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Old 01-27-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Bellaire...Texas
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: missouri
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I have a rebuilt 2001 Prius and love it. I am short though, so getting in and out is no problem. I just invested in getting heated seats and keyless remote installed because I do plan on keeping it. It is not a snow/ice vehicle, so we also have a 4x4 vehicle for those times, but 95% of the time I can drive my prius and I got approx. 44 mpg all summer, and due to slower driving and warm-ups average 38 in winter. Can't beat that. Only holds 10 gal. gas so cheap to fill up it didn't seem that bad this summer when gas prices were over $4 per gallon - I had just traded from a car with a 20 gallon tank so didn't really feel the crunch others did. I would love to have a new one - maybe someday. The problems you described are very weird.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Still as ugly as ever. Thanks for making me lose my dinner.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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Still as ugly as ever. Thanks for making me lose my dinner.
Yeah, it looks the same to me.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:36 AM
 
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Has an Aztecy look about it. I agree with the other posters. Vehicles like that are strictly transportation appliances.

No style, pizzazz or fun.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Southern California Mountains
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Has an Aztecy look about it. I agree with the other posters. Vehicles like that are strictly transportation appliances.

No style, pizzazz or fun.
...or personality.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The old Honda Insight was a nightmare. It was far too expensive for what it was, every part was custom made and $$$$ to repair, and it handled like a golf cart with a worse ride.
Interesting observation. Did you ever own one?

I have never owned or driven one, the "Bonneville streamliner" esque looks, stickshift, and 2-seaterness of it make it at least theoretically attractive to me.

But if it really handles like a golf cart, well, that would spoil it.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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"I had to sit spread eagled to get my knees in."
"The ride is poor."
"Road noise is bad."
"Handling is poor."
"I was averaging 49.9 mpg."
"Feels tenuous in a crosswind at speed, or passing (or getting passed by) a truck."
"I'm green and I'm helping the environment."

You could have been describing my 28-year-old VW Rabbit Diesel!
think how green us Rabbit drivers are ... getting pretty good use out of resources, $5 tires from the junk yards, using bio-d or grease reduces emissions. I have several with over 300k miles.. AND great advantage of being able to tune suspension for awesome handling ~$100 for used parts. Since they were used as a SCCA racing class, there are lots of cheap tricks.

They can be very fun to drive (especially downhill). You can drop in a TDI for ~$1000 and get over 60 mpg and good performance. (even uphill!)

If creature comfort and airbags is your thing, get a TDI Passat, I have 3 of those hanging around the house for 'company & driving to church' 52mpg w/ 25 gal tank. 3,200#, & 4 passenger; never have had to spend more than $2000 to nab one.

Be Green, Be efficient, be Nice, "Rescue a Rabbit" Check your neighbors brier patch, I've gotten some for free that way.


50mpg since 1976, Where have you been?
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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The wheels look better (sportier). That's one thing I have always hated about hybrids, the ugly wheels to hide the re-gen braking.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Interesting observation. Did you ever own one?

I have never owned or driven one, the "Bonneville streamliner" esque looks, stickshift, and 2-seaterness of it make it at least theoretically attractive to me.

But if it really handles like a golf cart, well, that would spoil it.
I sold Hondas for a summer. This was in 2004 when Insight production was winding down. At that time, the Civic Hybrid was $24,000 and the Insight was $28,000 (with markups). It was no contest.
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