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Default I have found a new road rage..Hummer rage...or Prius envy???

Since I have owned Priuses for the last 4 years, I have found that Hummer drivers will give you an entertaining show. I have had the bird flipped at me on many an ocassion, been screamed at many a time...even had my poor baby 2003 Prius spit on (easy to do for an H2..they sit up in nosebleed heaven...).


Maybe they are jealous that my 2003 Prius was a better trade-in (even after being nearly totaled in an acident in 2005) and held its value better than their H2? Or perhaps bcause their weekly fuel bill would run my car for 6 weeks?

As a joke today I'm taking the 2007 one week old Prius and "trying" to trade it in for an H2 (but I really won't! I just want to see the reaction of the sales staff..lol). You can tell I have not much of a life..lol.

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Maybe my "60MPG...and you?" and "I support terrorism less than you do" bumperstickers don't help?

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Nope, that certainly wouldn't help.
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Wow! I've never seen or gotten anything like that but I've only had my Prius less than a year. Although I think people who drive H2s are asshats, they don't seem to do anything like that.

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Bullet 875 doesn't indicate his location but it can't be pleasant. I have never encountered any animosity account of driving my Prius almost three years. Most people in New England do not know what a Prius is and the car gets no more attention than any other compact car.
If the price of gas meant anything at all there would be no Hummers on the road today.
I test drove a new Mazda CX7 this week and when I mentioned that the drawback as I saw it was the required premium gas it required account of the turbo-charged four cylinder engine. (Premium is 30 cents a gallon more here than regular)
The salesman pulled out a circular computer and asked me how many miles a year I drove. When I said 12,000 he did a little math and said, "wouldn't $147.00 a year be worth it to drive a Porsche 911 like SUV?" And you know what? he was right.



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Ask if he'd be willing to pay it for you. That and the cost of the extra gas to compensate for the 24 miles per gallon the SUV gets.
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Iv'e driven this small hybrid for almost three years and you can't imagine the differance from driving a high performance car and if your not driving a 60 mile commute daily the cost is well worth it. That six speed auto/manual transmission (ala Chrysler 300) is really something else.
The buying public also must feel a little this way. My local dealer has had three unsold Prius in his lot for a month now and the big seller seems to be the Yaris.
Even Ricky must be able to get them easily now and even offers a thousand dollar discount, and that in California.



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Default They should have PRIUS ENVY!

I have driven a Prius since the end of 2002 and have never had a negative reaction. Most people don't even know what it is. Occasionally, bikers with leather jackets will give me a thumbs up.

Here is my solution, a bumper sticker just for Prius owners:
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I'm in NJ and that probably explains it ...lol. It seems that, in NJ, everything seems to upset some people. Plus I'm at the shore which has seen a bad year between tourism and the housing bust..many people seem to be on the edge here, both emotionally and financially.

I do understand that if the commute isn't large, that you don't save a whole lot of gas with the Prius vs a different car, but I see the savings as not only in gas, but also in emissions.


I think the reason why the Yaris is selling is because it is only 11K base price. People are getting sick of having to basically take out a second mortgage to buy a car. Amazingly you can even lease new Mercedes and H3s in my area starting at $299 per month. And we see more older cars on the road here than we used to...people are holding onto their cars longer.

I also was going to trade the Prius in for a Yaris..I think the reason wny the dealership tried to talk me out of it is becaus the 2003 Prius for the Yairs woud have been an even trade. I have found that the dealers I work with seem to like to steer you away from a Yaris...they always suggest Scions instead (of course they cost 4K more base). Probably a profit motive thing. I think the Yaris is a cute car...and better looking than my 2007 Prius..though I think you get a lot of car with both Prius and Yaris for the money.

I think that if gas goes back up to $3.00 a gallon again you'll see Priuses fly off of the lots..with a 3 to 5K premium above sticker..which makes no sense to me (you wouldn't save enough in gas to make up for that difference).


The great thing is that Prius retains its value very well. That's one reason why I stayed with it.

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I'm sweating out the resale value of my 04 now. This mornings paper had adds for as many as 15 Prius in stock starting at $19,777. KBB still lists my 04 at $20,000.
Big Article in the Boston Globe today quoting study showing factory incentives being much more important to todays buyers than milage figures.
I agree, the Yaris is a much better looking car than the prius which are becoming a little "stale." Too bad, Toyota isn't sticking the "synergy units" into more of their cars like the Yaris.
I sort of get the idea that Toyota might be having second thoughts about hybrids. They don't get the crowds they use too at the auto shows.



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