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I have noticed people have slowed posting here is there less intrest in the prius or is everyone just busy lately or is everyone waiting for the 04 if you didn't mind getting the 03 dealers might drop price to get rid of them this fall well was just wondering what was going on
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The 2004 anticipation is beginning to make some people (like myself) crazy. Speculating just makes it worse. So activity has died down. The fact that it is the height of summer doesn't help either.

Things will change significantly once the deliveries begin.
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It isn't that there is lost interest, it is simply that I make myself thinking about it.... I think about the new prius every time I fill up my Super Unleaded 16 gallon tank... getting close to $30 sometimes... I think about it every month when I make my car payment...

Every time I see a CIvic Hybrid... I need to build myself a padded cell, because I will need it soon.
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I have noticed people have slowed posting here is there less intrest in the prius or is everyone just busy lately or is everyone waiting for the 04
Several factors at work, IMHO.

1. Prius isn't brand-new technology any more. Most of what there is to be said, has been said. The good news is that you can, as John says, "just drive it."

2. Prius sales are down marginally. (Gas prices are down, and the 2004 is coming.) http://www.autonews.com/article.cms?articleId=44444

3. Prius isn't a "tinkering" car, so there's no post volume from people who are slapping new manifolds on it, for instance.
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Most of the action is on the Yahoo! toyota-prius site, and you have to register to post there. I found that registration on that Yahoo! site was very tedious; I had lots of trouble getting a password approved, even though I used every conceivable variation of my name forward-backward-upside down, etc. Finally got accepted and started lurking and occasionally participating, only to have my ISP start blocking Yahoo! because it appeared on some spammer listing. More trouble to get it unblocked. Finally got it working again, for now. Almost more trouble than it was worth. I really wish that priusonline.com was the main Prius site because it is intelligently organized and very easy to access. As usual, quantity doesn't mean quality, and vice versa.
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I personally have not been posting recently as I've been busy elsewhere (work and otherwise). This is normal in summer for our company (mostly due to other people's vacations ).

There appears to be some quiet interest here in Hoboken (or at least a few turned heads). I work 3rd shift, so the car is not showed off as often as I'd like.

There are now several Prius here in NYC metro area under the ZipCar shared vehicle program, and Port Athority is apparently replacing a signifigant part of their fleet with them (as per discussion with my dealer, who has the contract).

As for Yahoo site, I don't like massive amounts of ads (which they appear to excel in). Even with AdSubtract turned all the way up, the site is barely useable to me. I also care a lot about online privacy, so sites like this one are awesome.
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Default low interest

I no longer bother with the Yahoo site; too much advertising. This is better suited to my needs and I have learned a lot. I still think that the hybrid technology is not mainstreamed enough to increase postings. I had my 02 blue moon pearl at school the first day and when it came time for lunch, I volunteered to drive. None of those who rode with me had heard of or seen the concept. I was happy to enlighten them and they were highly impressed.
On the other hand, when I drove 1100 miles up and back I95 in July, I saw only four other Prius on the road and no Hondas. One Prius was in Baltimore, one outside of D.C. , and two in my home town in Massachusetts (inclusive of the one my father owns). If the gas price keeps spiraling up, we will hear more about them again, I think...
drive in stealthy peace...
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