Hybrid cars

zodiac66

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Hybrid cars

Are they really worth the price? I was looking at the Prius and the price seems rather steep. I will not buy a Civic. I am also looking at the Toyota ECHO, which in not a hybrid. Its affordable, 4 door and standard shift. The price is about 10 grand cheaper and the mileage difference is negligible.

I am not out for a flashy new car. I want dependable, affordable, safe and semi fuel efficient. I refuse to buy another American car.
 

Steve_Kow

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I remember reading somewhere that the price of the technology and increased maitenance costs (more parts +more complicated) outweighs any benefit you'll see at the pump.

Of course this depends on the price of gas--but even assuming the price of gas doubles--if it saves you 2 gallons a week we're still not talking a lot of money here.
 

zodiac66

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Steve_Kow said:
I remember reading somewhere that the price of the technology and increased maitenance costs (more parts +more complicated) outweighs any benefit you'll see at the pump.

Of course this depends on the price of gas--but even assuming the price of gas doubles--if it saves you 2 gallons a week we're still not talking a lot of money here.
I have heard that as well..the batteries cost between 1-2 grand. They are fairly new and haven't really established a reliability rating.
 
Basically agreeing. My approach is to let other people test out the new technology; then when more companies begin making them and prices come down so they can compete with one another, I'll think about it.
The mileage and efficiency isn't improved enough to warrant spending the extra money, IMO.
 

Johnny

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Steve_Kow said:
I remember reading somewhere that the price of the technology and increased maitenance costs (more parts +more complicated) outweighs any benefit you'll see at the pump.

Of course this depends on the price of gas--but even assuming the price of gas doubles--if it saves you 2 gallons a week we're still not talking a lot of money here.
Im not sure about the US but over here if you buy a hybrid car you wont have to pay any tax on the car for the first 3 years which would save alot of money.
 

Moosashi

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To me the hybrid car is something of an economic paradox. The high cost of fuel motivates their development, but also motivates efforts to reduce the cost of fuel, thereby reducing the motivation to develop hybrids, thus raising their price.
 

mhl12

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if you dont care about speed or looks (toyota prius.. ugghh...) and dont feel like going to the gas station every week then go for it.

however, dont expect to win any races in the car though lol
 

Merick

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As things stand now I think hybrid cars are mostly for those who want to do their best to protect the environment. Hopefully in a few decades it will be a better econmic choice too.
 

[exile]

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I vote for the Echo. Although the Corolla looks way better.

Of course I'm very partial to Japanese cars (particularly Toyota) and wouldn't even consider anything else. :D I find that generally speaking, my dad's Toyotas have been extremely good -- the older Camry has 340,000 km over 12 years and is still running very smoothly. He's changed a total of maybe 4 bulbs and the timing belt since the beginning (aside from obvious changes like brakes and such...).

As for hybrids, from what I understand, the technology involved isn't good enough just yet. I read someone's topic about some "super-battery" a few weeks ago, so I figure it can't be too long before hybrids become more economic.
 

Savage

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The Prius is a great car. Not a fan of the Echo but the Corolla I highly recommend. The Prius comes with a high price for obvious reasons and despite being so fuel efficient that alone will most likely not be a justification for buying it (from a financial standpoint). However, if you feel like being green and driving around in a very cool (from a technological standpoint) car go for it.
 

Geeno

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im trying to get my hands on an old toyota tercel

strictly for deliveries.. .they rock.
 

Newman

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My '87 Accord (carberuated) (sp?). Get's really good gas mileage, it has I believe a 13 gallon tank, and I can almost get 450 miles to it. I filled up at the tank on Friday, and it cost me 33 dollars.
 
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