I will not buy PRIUS. There are several reasons for saying it.
The only point for it the fuel saving. But the amount of fuel you save has already been factored its initial purchase price by Toyota or rental price when you hire it from any of the vehicle rental companies.
The starting is unique with the key less system and unless you know it already could pose you surprise and that is nothing to do with your quality of driving or vehicle license.
The starting is unique as you have to press brake pedal. I started the car for first time okay but after restarting it I needed to call RAC road side assistance over phone to learn it (Before any one picks me : My driving license in Australia is more than 20 years old, have driven all kinds of cars small and large, and do have both Australian and Europe made cars in my possession).
The most dangerous thing is its odo meter. When you drive facing sun then the shadow falls on the odo meter directly. You just can not see the speed limit. I was driving blindly not knowing what speed it was running in a freeway and was real panicked. Thankfully I kept trailing another car and reached my destination. If you see any time other than full sun on a mid day probably this will never be seen. There is a solution to increase the odo meter reading from digital to old faithful round type and reposition where normally you expect all speedo meters are located.
Toyota did not respond to the suggestion. I raised a safety incidence and no one contested. After investitation I have stopped people to hire this car for company's purpose for the organisation I then worked for.
This is my experience and there could be many greenies who love this car and I have nothing against with electric / petrol driven car and the comment is only relevant for PRIUS.
All sellers are inevitably, and by the meaning of the word, buyers so DYOR .
Thanks miner good insight......
Same on the late model Porsches, I think it stops you continuing through the front of the garage.The starting is unique as you have to press brake pedal.
Wow... for at least a few seconds I thought that was a serious post.
phew!Or a V12 Aston Martin.
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Its not just the fuel savings with these hybrids, apparently
they also have very low emissions.
But to answer the question - would you buy one?
I will wait for the hybrid Camry next year.
Expected price about $37K
No buy a BMW instead. wonder.
I would consider it if it didn't look like ****! Seriously why can't a car company build a nice looking hybrid? something that doesn't try and look futuristic.
Here it is, looks just great to me: http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/minisite/newprius
Click away for 20 minutes and enjoy yourself. LHD though, never mind you can't have everything.
Don't tell me you're turning into a Hippie in your old age Burnsie?
Yes, you can dispute it's true environmental benefits, but for what it is worth as a car..
My dad has the 2nd generation Prius, and has not had one problem in the 4 years he's owned it, and it has done 100,000km now. So just because it's a hybrid, doesn't mean it's lost it's Toyota reliability. Feels pretty much like any other car to drive, and the finish inside seems a little bit above a standard Corolla, Camry, etc so you do get a bit extra for the price. Some dispute the fuel economy compared to a modern diesel, but I remember when he was up here, and reading 5.6L/100km in mixed traffic as the average was impressive. Some/many "economical" new 4 cylinders do nowhere near their claimed 6/7/8L 100km in the real world, but the Prius is closer to low figures.
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The generation 2 Prius paid back the greenhouse emmissions after 18 months.
I'd buy one if they were half their present price. They cost way too much for what you get.
I think I'll stick to my Volvo
Where the Prius excells is in the city cycle. On the highway the
fuel consumption is nothing exceptional, but in the stop start
rat race driving, the Prius still returns about 5 or 6 L/100k.
The new Prius claims 3.9 l/100k, thats something like 70 mpg.
Of all the hybrids at the present time, the Prius wins.. no contest.
This will change soon as other manuf. release their products.