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Toyota Prius

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Manton, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    I drove one of these the past two days. It is a really nice car. I enjoyed it a lot. Well designed, nice handling, terrific interior, and way cool Star Trek like displays.

    They are all over NorCal. Like, six on our street alone. I think they are talking about replacing the bear on the state flag with a Prius.

    I especially loved the feeling of smug solidarity I felt with all the other Priuses I saw on the road. We are superior to the rest of you and we know it.
     
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    meh. I'd rather date a vegan and drive a Mini or a Fiat.
     
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    Does your Accord know?
     
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    You struck me more as a Merc man, Manton.
     
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    people who contribute to global cooling annoy me
     
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    "Smug solidarity" is a great phrase to describe them.
     
  7. Manton

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    hard-headed analysis suggests that the prius has no net positive enviro effects at all and may in fact be net-negative, so I'm off the hook here.
     
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    Virginia just passed a new tax on hybrid owners. The justification is hilarious. Hybrids get more MPGs, so they don't buy as much gas, so they pay less in gas tax. This was (ostensibly) to make up for that. However, they don't tax other high mileage cars. And...they got rid of the gas tax and replaced it with a sales tax increase. Hurray, politics!
     
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    I actually heard some discussion about this on NPR once. People not paying their fair share!
     
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    Funny, over here the Prius and all electric cars are exempt from road tax exactly because they have such a high mileage..

    Then again, we already pay 9 to 10 dollars a gallon, which has a big effect on which engine one chooses. I grew up with v12's , I don't think I will ever drive a new one as a daily driver again..
     
  11. Manton

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    So, no joke, I counted Prii on the way to church, which is like one exit of the 1 from the house. 15 confirmed, 3 more suspected.

    The mass was a sort of hybrid of paganism and hippiedom with a dusting of Catholicism, defnitely not a quality hybrid like the Prius.
     
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    I feel like the Prius would be an ideal Manton car.


    MB? Not a chance in hell.
     
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    A hybrid town car? That would suit my perception of him...
     
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    I don't know that there are 15 Prii in all of Houston.
     
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    We have a Prius, and its pretty awesome. Lots of room for the kids on day trips, easy to park and maneuver thru traffic, great for San Francisco. We average about 43 mpg so fill-ups are about once every 2 1/2 weeks.
     
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    I went to SF and back, then to Carmel Valley, then into Monterey and back, then to SC, finally to Scott's Valley ... on six gallons. :slayer:
     
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    Robert Parker drives an all electric Tesla. Just sayin. As an economic nationalist I support Tesla over Prius. Then again you can buy 2 or three Pruises (Priui?) for the price of a Tesla.
     
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    Another factor to consider for plug in hybrids is if they become very prevalent utilities might be forced to put a new meter in your house for the car and put it on mandatory time of day rates, which economically encourages one to charge it later or earlier than at 6 or 7pm whenever everybody gets home from work. Otherwise everybody plugging them in at the same time would put a lot of strain on load pockets and cause the utility to increase capital expenditures to reinforce the system unnecessarily. We are talking hundreds of millions to and easily billions of dollars to support them. Off peak charging is highly beneficial if you don't want your electric rates to skyrocket even more than they already have (in NY at least).
     
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    you east coast people don't understand. This is not an economic decision. Owning a prius is a gut level feeling of belonging and moral superiority, cost be damned. we may lie to ourselves that the cost is lower but that is OK, however, we don't like it to be pointed out to us. and we have elaborate rationalizations to "prove" you are wrong even if our math is preposterous.
     
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    So get the Rolls Royce all electric. Nothing sends that message like a $500,000 Eco-friendly vehicle.
     

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