You do realize that by going somewhere else and getting a different car you're still not getting what you want--right?Pebble Beach said:I want what I want. Will accept nothing less. If they tell me I cant have what I want I will go elsewhere and probably never by a Toyota product.
For goodness sake folks, look at the big picture and step outside this thing a little bit. You'd boycott Toyota for life b/c they're producing the most technologically advance car on the face of the earth that you've fallen in love with and would love to have, but if you can't have it right now and exactly how you want it you're going to become passive aggressive and boycott them for life? How on earth does that make sense to you. How will that improve your situation? Do you think it will 'teach Toyota a lesson' or something? Don't you think they WISH they'd accurately anticipated the demand for this car and were immediately up to the task of meeting it? Or do you think this is some kind of ploy that they think will somehow work in their favor and you're going to show them who's boss?
I'm not trying to be mean to you. And I can understand that it is frustrating to wait and have to deal with all the distribution issues going on right now. But just b/c you can't have exactly what you want when you want it and in the color you want doesn't make Toyota a bad company deserving of your rebellion, nor does it make the Pruis a bad car. Just the opposite, it's a bizarre tribute to both of their quality.
Now, that may not help your current situation I grant. If you are in dire immediate need of a car then you are more than justified in looking elsewhere for something that immediately suits your needs. But to start some lifelong vendeta against Toyota or the Prius or both is just juvenile rebellion. Do you think Toyota is going to read this and just say "Oh ****, Pebble Beach is about to jump ship, let's ship him/her a car right away." No, they can only produce cars as fast as the manufacturing process that is in place and as fast as their suppliers can go, and no faster. They've already announced a 31% increase in the '04 production which should, to some degree, help relieve the imbalance of the current demand/supply issue, but probably not completely.
Remember, there were, prior to the '04, only about 100K Prii on the road, with 47K '04s that will increase the number by almost 50%--in less than one year!
Do what you need to do, demand what you feel you have a right to--that's great. But please don't blame Toyota or try to defame the Prius just b/c you can't have the immediate gratification of getting one immediately. I assure you that Toyota greatly regrets their underestimation of the success while they simulataneously bask in it. They'll still be a good car company and the Prius will still be a great car when the temporary frustrations of these delays are long forgotten.