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Old 12-28-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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Prius

I have a 2009 and average 49 mpg at 30,480 miles on the car. no problems with anything. replacement batteries are more expensive than a "regular" car battery but they do not cost 10,000. i would not go with the honda hybrid. they are tiny in the back due to them placing the battery all weird. the prius is pretty huge inside. i moved out of my home and my prius packed more items than a friends truck. i have also heard some honda hybrid owners complain about the car not living up to the standard that basically the prius set

we may be snotty, but once you own or drive a hybrid you really can't fathom ever driving something else. due to getting paid for travel for my work at a standard rate I earn a pretty nice profit each month =)
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:43 PM
 
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2-4 years old used Honda Accord/Civic.

Stay away from any new vehicles.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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Prius

I have a 2009 and average 49 mpg at 30,480 miles on the car. no problems with anything. replacement batteries are more expensive than a "regular" car battery but they do not cost 10,000. i would not go with the honda hybrid. they are tiny in the back due to them placing the battery all weird. the prius is pretty huge inside. i moved out of my home and my prius packed more items than a friends truck. i have also heard some honda hybrid owners complain about the car not living up to the standard that basically the prius set

we may be snotty, but once you own or drive a hybrid you really can't fathom ever driving something else. due to getting paid for travel for my work at a standard rate I earn a pretty nice profit each month =)
What's the cost of replacing the battery ? And how long does the battery last ?
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Get a civic or a corolla. Both great cars. Civic always was a great car. I know the new gen corolla got bunch of bad press, but a used older gen is really good car.

Now if it was me, I'd get the previous gen Jetta. I think it looks alot better than a civic. But it may not be as reliable.

Forget the hybrid. Get it after you graduate to look like a responsible, green adult.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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But why is every1 against the Hybrid ?
It looks like the best deal for me at a cheaper price
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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My son bought a civic and they tried their best to unload a hybrid on us - offering us all sorts of better prices.....I'm leery based on reviews I had read and the fact that they were way too eager to lower the price on it.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:01 PM
 
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Now I'm getting even more confused
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Haven't had to replace the battery on my 2007 Civic Hybrid yet, so can't answer your question. You've got enough suggestions/opinions already. Now do your homework and read Edmunds and other car review sources, then go for a few test drives in several models, and go from there . I had my heart set on a Prius until I drove one. Although I love the way it looks, it just didn't feel comfortable to me. The Civic Hybrid has a little more oomph in terms of hp. Everyone is different.

The other day I saw an article that estimates the cost of gas will rise to about $5/gal in 2012... so a hybrid makes a lot of sense, economically and environmentally.

Have fun car shopping!
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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Going for a Hybrid for sure now
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Go to a Gov't Auction on a rainy day and you should get a sweet deal.
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