[QUOTE=Riomouse911;1442743]A really dumb post.[QUOTE=Riomouse911;1442743] I know a lot of non "ECO FREAKS" who got them because they were sick of paying 4+ skins a gallon to POS a-holes overseas and the corporate masters who own and run this Country...[QUOTE=Riomouse911;1442743]the stickers were a bonus for the first hybrid buyers, most of the folks I know weren't eligible to get them because they got them after the program was done.
Prius bashers crack me up...they think anyone that drives a prius is a tree hugger and Eco Freak. They are severely wrong...they MUST be either "BIG BALLERS" and have unlimited budgets (which I HIGHLY doubt) OR I think they lack business smarts because there is no other explanation for the lack of their ability to run some simple numbers and see why some SMART business people drive hybrids...Keep driving those 9-12mpg gas guzzlers in town while those Prius or other hybrid drivers get 50mpg and put Thousands and THOUSANDS of dollars a year away and into other investments....Just cracks me up...and for the guys that think driving a status symbol is important...good luck to you guys....I think an early retirement, lots of paid off investments and money in the bank is a much smarter investment plan....
So they dont like paying a ton for gas , dont wanna sit in traffic , over paid by 10k for a bucket of a car and now they are back in traffic...Nice
I know the Prius scores "good" in it's class in almost every crash test , yet I still want to be the one in the full size truck or car.
Note the blankets in the passenger seat.
I've already posted this before, and I'll do it again...
I commute 130+ miles a day, you can compare my numbers to yours (whatever you may drive) and btw, I'm not a tree hugger.
2006 Honda Civic GX (CNG) $4,500 government rebate. Alterative fuel grey carpool sticker saves me approx 45min a day in my commute. Home refueling station $3,800, state and federal paid $3000 of that. Gas Co. as an incentive for purchasing the home refueling appliance changed our billing to "baseline", no more tear system for my total usage. The cost of Natural Gas over the last 4yrs at home has ranged between $0.43 and $0.88 per gallon. At public station it can vary between $1.29 and $2.59 per gallon. The car gets about 36-41mpg with an 8 gallon tank. It's a carbon less fuel so oil changes are rare. I run Mobile 1 for about 25,000 to 35,000 miles and it still comes out clean.The home refueling system runs on 220vlt and costs my about $4.00 a day in electricity. But, my new solar panels cover that and the rest of my house...off the grid it nice.
So, in the grand scheme of things, all the time and money I save is the 1 and ONLY reason I drive a "eco" friendly car. I get 45min a day to spend with my family and all the money I save driving from Corona to Long Beach 6-7 days a week I get to put into 2 gas guzzling Halletts.
The officer told my brother that it's a simple law of physics, "he who has the most lug nuts, wins".
I choose to drive my civic, my wife hauls the family around in a gas guzzling SUV.
Last edited by "Flat" foot'n; 07-08-2011 at 10:53 AM.
I worked for honda for many years and never understood peoples reasoning for buying a prius or insight/honda hybrid. My buddy bought a prius for about 25k and loves that it gets 48mpg but why not buy a little nissan versa that gets 35mpg brand new for 10K? You will never make up that difference of 15k in mileage difference between the two. And believe me from working at honda when those damn IMA batteries go out let me tell you its about $5k for the battery and labor and most of them would pop well before 150k miles on the clock meanwhile that little nissan will still be chugging along after 200k miles.
Plus your price quote of 10k is for a striped down version...something comparable:
MSRP PRICING:$17,410 INVOICE PRICING:$16,818
CarsDirect Price: $17,268
Pricing as of 7/11/11
$16,650 - $17,286
4-spd auto w/OD
Fuel Economy City
Fuel Economy Hwy
Big difference if you do the math...
Last edited by PaPaG; 07-11-2011 at 01:28 PM.