Thinking of new Prius, which model?

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Old 29 Apr 2012, 11:32 am   #1 (permalink)
Lawrence Greenwald
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Default Thinking of new Prius, which model?

My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.

However, with the new models now out there (Prius c, Prius V) in
addition to the regular Prius, it's a question of what's right for me.

I want maximum MPG with minimum costs, but I like my creature comforts
in there as well (NAV a must, BlueTooth nice).

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

--LG
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Old 29 Apr 2012, 02:51 pm   #2 (permalink)
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In article
<lawrence.greenwald-C2018E.08320529042012@5ad64b5e.bb.sky.com>,
Lawrence Greenwald <lawrence.greenwald@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
> now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.


Why? Is something wrong with your current car?


>
> However, with the new models now out there (Prius c, Prius V) in
> addition to the regular Prius, it's a question of what's right for me.


No brainer: standard Prius all the way--it's the perfect combination of
size and fuel economy. Except, you couldn't pay me to take a current
Prius. The dashboard/center console thing is ALL wrong compared to my
07.

(Cue bobblehead and his smugness...)


>
> I want maximum MPG with minimum costs, but I like my creature comforts
> in there as well (NAV a must, BlueTooth nice).


Nav? Stick a Garmin on the dash, and you're way ahead compared to
paying Toyota for their ugly system. That same Garmin can also have
bluetooth.

>
> Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


Keep your perfectly running car, tweak it as necessary, and put the
money towards a cruise or something.
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Old 30 Apr 2012, 08:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
Lawrence Greenwald
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In article <elmop-3730F6.14511329042012@news.eternal-september.org>,
"Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> wrote:

> In article
> <lawrence.greenwald-C2018E.08320529042012@5ad64b5e.bb.sky.com>,
> Lawrence Greenwald <lawrence.greenwald@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> > My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
> > now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.

>
> Why? Is something wrong with your current car?
>

Actually, nothing really wrong with it. After 7+ years of ownership, I
was thinking about a newer model.
> >
> > Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

>
> Keep your perfectly running car, tweak it as necessary, and put the
> money towards a cruise or something.


--LG
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Old 01 May 2012, 07:22 am   #4 (permalink)
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On 4/29/2012 11:32 AM, Lawrence Greenwald wrote:
> My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
> now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.
>
> However, with the new models now out there (Prius c, Prius V) in
> addition to the regular Prius, it's a question of what's right for me.
>
> I want maximum MPG with minimum costs, but I like my creature comforts
> in there as well (NAV a must, BlueTooth nice).
>
> Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
>
> --LG


I ended up test driving a prius, a prius V and the prius C. I bought
the prius C, although I think I was motivated by the lower cost of the
C. The C is a smaller car with less HP. To a large degree, I relied
bought by the numbers generated by intellichoice cost comparisons. I
bought the prius c in the three trim level. Sounds like you would need
that trim level to get what you want. Note the level four trim level
gets larger wheels with a smaller turning radius. (and stiffer
suspension). I tend to keep cars a long time and who knows what fuel
prices will be 7 years from now.

It's interesting to note the prius C has better mileage in the city than
it does on the highway (interstate cruising). For the Connecticut two
lane roads that I often drive in the range of 35 to 50 miles an hour,
the city mileage numbers seem to apply based on my own experience.

I do question the seating comfort of the Prius C. I thought my Nissan
Sentra had more comfortable seating. A friend who often is a passenger
thinks the Prius C has better comfort than the 99 Nissan Sentra.

It's often a tough call as to when to get rid of cars. My Nissan Sentra
was still operating fine with 230K miles on it. The engine had plenty
of power, still sounded good and the original clutch was still
operating. But it had laundry list of small things that needed
attention. It needed EGR valve, knock sensor, an EVAP problem to be
sorted out, tie rod ends, ball joints, a power steering leak, new
battery, body rust through, gasket leaks, and other miscellaneous
undiagnosed noises. Cost of repair would have greatly exceeded the
value of the car.


Danielle






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Old 01 May 2012, 07:57 am   #5 (permalink)
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On 5/1/2012 7:22 AM, DanielleOM wrote:
> On 4/29/2012 11:32 AM, Lawrence Greenwald wrote:
>> My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
>> now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.
>>
>> However, with the new models now out there (Prius c, Prius V) in
>> addition to the regular Prius, it's a question of what's right for me.
>>
>> I want maximum MPG with minimum costs, but I like my creature comforts
>> in there as well (NAV a must, BlueTooth nice).
>>
>> Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
>>
>> --LG

>
> I ended up test driving a prius, a prius V and the prius C. I bought the
> prius C, although I think I was motivated by the lower cost of the C.
> The C is a smaller car with less HP. To a large degree, I relied bought
> by the numbers generated by intellichoice cost comparisons. I bought the
> prius c in the three trim level. Sounds like you would need that trim
> level to get what you want. Note the level four trim level gets larger
> wheels with a smaller turning radius. (and stiffer suspension). I tend
> to keep cars a long time and who knows what fuel prices will be 7 years
> from now.
>
> It's interesting to note the prius C has better mileage in the city than
> it does on the highway (interstate cruising). For the Connecticut two
> lane roads that I often drive in the range of 35 to 50 miles an hour,
> the city mileage numbers seem to apply based on my own experience.
>
> I do question the seating comfort of the Prius C. I thought my Nissan
> Sentra had more comfortable seating. A friend who often is a passenger
> thinks the Prius C has better comfort than the 99 Nissan Sentra.
>
> It's often a tough call as to when to get rid of cars. My Nissan Sentra
> was still operating fine with 230K miles on it. The engine had plenty of
> power, still sounded good and the original clutch was still operating.
> But it had laundry list of small things that needed attention. It needed
> EGR valve, knock sensor, an EVAP problem to be sorted out, tie rod ends,
> ball joints, a power steering leak, new battery, body rust through,
> gasket leaks, and other miscellaneous undiagnosed noises. Cost of repair
> would have greatly exceeded the value of the car.
>
>
> Danielle



Any reason you chose not to test the NewGen Prius (non-c/v)?
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Old 01 May 2012, 11:46 am   #6 (permalink)
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On 5/1/2012 7:57 AM, News wrote:
> On 5/1/2012 7:22 AM, DanielleOM wrote:
>> On 4/29/2012 11:32 AM, Lawrence Greenwald wrote:
>>> My venerable 2005 model year Prius, in service since December 2004, is
>>> now at about 105K miles. Been thinking about getting a new one.
>>>
>>> However, with the new models now out there (Prius c, Prius V) in
>>> addition to the regular Prius, it's a question of what's right for me.
>>>
>>> I want maximum MPG with minimum costs, but I like my creature comforts
>>> in there as well (NAV a must, BlueTooth nice).
>>>
>>> Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
>>>
>>> --LG

>>
>> I ended up test driving a prius, a prius V and the prius C. I bought the
>> prius C, although I think I was motivated by the lower cost of the C.
>> The C is a smaller car with less HP. To a large degree, I relied bought
>> by the numbers generated by intellichoice cost comparisons. I bought the
>> prius c in the three trim level. Sounds like you would need that trim
>> level to get what you want. Note the level four trim level gets larger
>> wheels with a smaller turning radius. (and stiffer suspension). I tend
>> to keep cars a long time and who knows what fuel prices will be 7 years
>> from now.
>>
>> It's interesting to note the prius C has better mileage in the city than
>> it does on the highway (interstate cruising). For the Connecticut two
>> lane roads that I often drive in the range of 35 to 50 miles an hour,
>> the city mileage numbers seem to apply based on my own experience.
>>
>> I do question the seating comfort of the Prius C. I thought my Nissan
>> Sentra had more comfortable seating. A friend who often is a passenger
>> thinks the Prius C has better comfort than the 99 Nissan Sentra.
>>
>> It's often a tough call as to when to get rid of cars. My Nissan Sentra
>> was still operating fine with 230K miles on it. The engine had plenty of
>> power, still sounded good and the original clutch was still operating.
>> But it had laundry list of small things that needed attention. It needed
>> EGR valve, knock sensor, an EVAP problem to be sorted out, tie rod ends,
>> ball joints, a power steering leak, new battery, body rust through,
>> gasket leaks, and other miscellaneous undiagnosed noises. Cost of repair
>> would have greatly exceeded the value of the car.
>>
>>
>> Danielle

>
>
> Any reason you chose not to test the NewGen Prius (non-c/v)?



I thought I had test driven all of the latest except for the plug in. I
may have incorrectly referenced c/v earlier in the thread. There is
certainly a lot of detail from a technical perspective that I am not
aware of. With my current situation it would be difficult to plan for a
plug in. I really do not know where I will be 6 months from now.
Dealer told me the state takes a while to get the title mailed.


Danielle




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