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Hybrid Cars

 
 
Montana
 
Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:00 pm
With the soaring gas prices I'm left with no choice other than buying a hybrid car. I don't know much about them or who makes them, so any help with links or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks very much.
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Heeven
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:01 pm
Excellent choice. I know absolutely nothing about them and so can be of no use to you. I do however like the name "hybrid". Carry on woman!
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:13 pm
LOL! Thanks for the heads up there, Heeven ;-)
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:27 pm
I drive a Toyota Prius and love it. Have had it about 18 mo's. I believe it's the highest rated in terms of mileage and has more pep than you might think (the two engines work in tandem when you need to accelerate).

I suggest getting on a list right now!
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:30 pm
You need to be on a list? Do you need to have the car serviced by hybrid specialists?
How many miles do you get to the gallon?
Do you have to plug it in?
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kickycan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:30 pm
They're more expensive than their less-fuel-efficient counterparts, aren't they?
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:31 pm
Yeah, there's another question I forgot to ask. Thanks Kicky.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:32 pm
Yes, they are. But there is a federal tax break for the year you buy one. One could argue that hybrids don't ever make up for the extra you pay, but that would depend on how much you drive and what gas costs.

My guess is that the way gas prices have risen, we may be right around the break-even point!
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:34 pm
if you are shopping in the under 25,000 price bracket, yes they are.

for the amount of car you get they are more expencive, but there are used ones out there that you can buy and still benefit from the hybrid engine.


what i am curious about is maintance??
are they more expencive to take care of?
do they have diffrent requirements for tune ups? Oil changes..etc.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:36 pm
I go to a Toyota dealership for service, which think is advisable for obvious reasons. Oil changes no more frequent than with a conventional car.

I admit that I don't drive a lot, but I've had no problems with the Prius. Nor have I heard of any huge issues, and the car is now in its third or fourth year of production...
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Heeven
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:38 pm
Here's your hybrid car (tee hee)

http://www.stagingdimensions.com.au/content/gallery/staging/props/images/flintstones-car.jpg
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:46 pm
D'

noone can ever complain about problems with a toyota. ;-)
I own a corolla now. I am sold on toyota. All of my family has had nothing but toyotas. They last forever and have always had relatively good gas mileage.
Though.. I have to admit.. I have found a honda hybrid for 6,000.... Embarrassed
I may betray my toyota loyality for this..
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:50 pm
Heeven wrote:
Here's your hybrid car (tee hee)

http://www.stagingdimensions.com.au/content/gallery/staging/props/images/flintstones-car.jpg


LOL! It's lovely! Yaba daba doo Laughing
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:51 pm
shewolf,

Agreed re the Toyota in general; I had a Tercel that would've run forever, I'm sure. The Honda at $6,000 sounds good. The technology is different, but the price sure sounds right!
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:52 pm
Is that a penis on the hood?
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:53 pm
I actually wondered about that, too...
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:53 pm
Glad I am not the only one who noticed.... Laughing
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:54 pm
Shewolf
Honda is suppose to be just as good as Toyota.

If the hybrid is that much more expensive, I just may stick with getting my Toyota Camry. The idea is to save money.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:54 pm
With an '03 Focus that gets 37 - 40 hyw, and 22 - 24 mpg in town, and only 20,000 on the odometer, I'm going to have to wait. Being in third or fourth year of production is a good sign, and they make sense as the next trade in.

I bet they are trading at a premium for anything not nailed down by a solid contract, especially with gas prices on the rise.
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2005 01:54 pm
Oh wait, that's not the hood...duh...I see...it's the platform that the car is on! But either way...is that a penis on the platform?
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