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Any Prius Owners Here?

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by Villager, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Pats_fan

    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    Is there talk of a Passat TDI?

    I have been thinking about the Jetta TDI for my next car (when the lease on my gas-guzzling Honda Accord EX V-6 is up in just over a year), but I'm concerned about the relatively small size of the Jetta. I would definitely be interested in a Passat TDI if one were available.
     
  2. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    They have had Passat TDIs in EU for years, just not here... we trail EU in a bunch of areas :(
     
  3. Pluto

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    Anyone is thinking of buying Honda Insight (hybrid) which is just released today?

    http://automobiles.honda.com/insight-hybrid/


    The differences between the 2010 Honda Insight and the 2010 Toyota Prius—the vehicle that Honda hopes to knock of its perch as the hybrid leader—can be easily summarized: The Insight is thousands of dollars cheaper, gets comparable fuel economy, has a crisper look and provides a more agile and enjoyable ride. But the Insight is noticeably smaller, especially for passengers in the backseat. You need to sit in both vehicles before deciding if the Insight is the right size for your passengers, not just your pocketbook.

    The Insight is smaller than the Prius by 2.5 inches in both length and height, and also has a 6-inch shorter wheelbase. While the Prius is classed as a mid-sized car based on its interior volume, the Insight is a compact. The Prius has a decidedly spaceship-like feel, the Insight is far more conventional looking. The dashboard of the Insight looks like a blending of the Honda Civic and Honda Fit.

    Insight EX models add alloy wheels, cruise control, 6-speaker audio system with USB audio interface, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, Honda Vehicle Stability Assist and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition.



    the above differences taken from http://www.hybridcars.com/compacts-sedans/honda-insight-overview.html
     
  4. Ozgood

    Ozgood Not a space alien

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    That new honda looks pretty sharp.
     
  5. Pluto

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    rich351854 New Member

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    Note that the battery on a Prius will expire and have to be disposed of...the battery will have a large cost to the planet... and of course you will have to buy a new battery
     
  7. Ozgood

    Ozgood Not a space alien

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    I do wish my Prius had height adjustable seats.

    However, I disagree with the Edmund's comment

    I do not fit the model of a Japanese body (unless you include Sumo wrestlers). But I find the Prius very comfortable. Way more comfortable than the Land Rover I had before. This includes the back seat. It is rare that I can find comfort in any car's back seat, but the Prius' back seat is "sumo sized". :)
     
  8. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    I think the battery on the Prius is good for at least 10 years. Someone else can correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  9. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    I don't think the front seats of the 2008 Prius are very comfortable. I don't get much support for my lower back and feel like I'm always being pushed into a hunched position. Other than that, I love the Prius!
     
  10. Ozgood

    Ozgood Not a space alien

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    The Battery on the Prius is warenteed for 8 years and my dealer has told me they have never had to replace one yet.

    Of course a car dealer would never lie to me. That would be wrong. :)
     
  11. rich351854

    rich351854 New Member

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    The question on the battery is what happens on year 11..........How much is the new battery? How do you dispose of it?
     
  12. Ozgood

    Ozgood Not a space alien

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    Toyota will dispose of it. The replacement cost (as told to me in 2005) was about $8,000. I am sure the price has gone down over the years. But that is what the lyin dealer told me. :)

    So there is no telling what the real cost will be.
     
  13. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    I plan to bury it in my yard and then sell my house. Wait, what?
     
  14. Pats_fan

    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    If it really costs $8000 (or more) to replace the batteries, it's a pretty good bet that your car will be worth less than the replacement cost of the batteries. I would guess that most people would get rid of their car rather than put that kind of money into it (I probably would).
     
  15. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I know it's been a while since anyone posted here, but I just wanted to let everyone know that I finally made the jump; offloaded my old 2000 Ford Explorer under the Cash for Clunkers program and picked up a brand new 2010 Toyota Prius!

    It's a Metalic Gray exterior, with the very light gray interior. I got the Package IV with Navigation from Ourisman Toyota in Chantilly. Best car buying experience I have had; if you're looking for a Toyota, go there and ask for Adrian or Chris to help you.

    The car is awesome and VERY different than what I was used to driving SUV's for most of my life. Overall, I'm extremely pleased and having a blast driving it around. So for all of you that have been used to seeing me driving around Broadlands in my burgundy Explorer with the familiar license plates, you'll have something prettier to look at now :happygrin:

    If anyone has any questions about the new 2010 Prius, just ask!
     

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  16. JLC

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    You're going to love it! I've driven SUV's or minivans for the past 15 years and am really liking the "freedom" of a little car.
     
  17. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    Congratulations! We've had ours for just over a year and have averaged 51 MPG. I'm sure that alone will be the biggest change for you: paying for gas!

    The only complaint I have about our 2008 Prius is that I have trouble finding a comfortable driving position. Other than that, it's great. If the backup beep is still part of the design and you don't like it, you can find directions online for disabling it. I never saw the point of it.
     
  18. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Thanks!

    The seats in the 2010 have been redesigned and lots of folks who have a GEN2 Prius and have sat in a GEN3 say the new seats are a HUGE improvement.

    As for the beeps when in reverse, they haven't started to annoy me yet. All the ways to change those settings in GEN2 Priuses has changed and have become settings which can only be done via a computer at Toyota service depts. The manual has a list of all the settings which can be customized and that you can request your dealer to change for you.

    One of my favorite features so far is the audio streaming from my iPhone/iPod Touch to the audio system via Bluetooth. No more cable, cassette adapter or FM transmitter. And the sound is great! Only issue is you can only 'Play' or 'Pause' from the head unit. All other functions must be done on the iPhone/Touch. Easily remedied by making a 'playlist' before I get on the road... The new USB -based interface will be available in September and will provide full integration of controls and titles, etc on the head unit.
     
  19. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    Heh. You know somebody will find a way to hack it and then post instructions online. :devil2:

    I'm happy to hear that the seats have improved. Being in a car lower to the ground do you feel like your "you know what" is dragging the ground?
     
  20. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Honestly, not as much as I would have thought. Earlier in the year I was traveling to Tampa a lot on business and driving lots of rentals and definitely noticed it. In the Prius, I haven't had that 'feeling' yet. I do miss the 'wind deflector' I had on the end of my hood on the Explorer though; made it easy to know almost exactly how close I was to something in front of me. Now, I have to be more 'conservative' until I get a better feel for the dimensions of the car. The backup camera is VERY cool though! ;)
     

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