• fb_519521268 avatar fb_519521268 Posted: 1/25/2014 11:46pm PST

    Where do you get your BS?

    Yes, the DO cost more to maintain, and YES plenty of people have replaced batteries. At $3000 to $5000 more, with gas at $4 a gallon, it would take 100,000 miles just to break even. Less as gas goes down.

    Speaking of gas, you guys are a bunch of gasbags.

  • fb_100000407824738 avatar fb_100000407824738 Posted: 7/18/2011 1:32pm PDT

    Hybrids do cost more to insure than their non-hybrid counterparts. This is pretty well known. Look it up.

  • JKD Posted: 11/26/2010 9:51am PST

    Dr. Olds. Oh, so that's supposed to make me feel better that only 10% (~$18 billion) is going to the Saudis, the same to Venezuela, and not much less to Nigeria. The article doesn't refute the premise, since it may cost more per repair but it also says the repairs are less frequent. Emotions aside, I'm getting the LEAF in April - in my case it will be priced around what Corolla costs (FED, 5K from GA, 3K from work.) I don't mind supporting new promising technology and not sending 10% (or whatever it may be) of my gas money to the Bedouins (or even the Canadians and Mexicans whom I love to death.) Who do you think sponsored the scholarships in Germany for the 9/11 attackers? Who builds more and more radical schools to appease the public? Who's paying for it?

  • Dr Olds Posted: 11/26/2010 8:18am PST

    @JKD- Prius is most similar to Corolla. Emotion aside,there is presently no financial justification for the Prius, or any other hybrid. Although the headline says they don't cost more to maintain, the article actually refutes its own premise by noting an 8.4% higher cost per repair! btw- Our two largest sources of imported oil are Canada & Mexico. Only 10% is from Saudi Arabia. The only other mid eastern sources are Iraq & Kuwait which combined provide 6.4%. You might feel good about your hybrid, but there is really not much justification other than emotion.

  • fb_519521268 avatar fb_519521268 Posted: 1/25/2014 11:47pm PST

    Perfect, right on.

  • carl Posted: 11/25/2010 12:01pm PST

    we live in a very sad world if we feel the need to justify a $3,000 dollar repair to a car with a sub $30k market price.
    where did the manual transmission go? why don't we have comprehensive driver's ed so we can shuck traction control and anti lock brakes? americans need to learn how to drive. we're the most poorly educated country in the industrialized/developed world in terms of driving.

  • Rick Posted: 11/25/2010 9:26am PST

    Cost less to maintain? Tell that to my neighbor who has a 2007 Prius that the batteries won't hold a charge. Toyota has agreed to pay part of it for this early failure but my neighbors part of the bill was $2500.

  • JKD Posted: 11/24/2010 2:58pm PST

    Good stuff, Bengt! But isn't Prius in the midsize category? Why compare it to Corolla then? And even if they were the same, $3K is a small price to pay for supporting this tech, our environment, and pumping less money into Saudi pockets, so it means fewer Ferraris and Islamic schools for those dark age Beduins. It's also a nice hedge against rising gas prices. These can only go up, so the payoff period may realistically shorten.