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 Anyone own a hybrid vehicle??

DH and I are considering trading in our current compact SUV for a hybrid vehicle. I'll be honest, most of our motivation is to save money at the pumps but we are also currently trying to make our home and lifestyle more green as well. We are looking at the Toyota Prius right now but have been looking around online at other options too.

Tell me about your hybrid! Are you glad you bought it? Pros, cons?

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 6 Jul 2008 10:50 PM
 16 Sep 2005
 New Westminster BC
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Hybrids are a good way to save money at the pump, but that they are a green alternative to straight gasoline cars is not necessarily true. Because of the amount of resources needed to create new hybrids technologies, batteries, composites, carbon fibres which is not environmentaly friendly they can actually have a more detrimental impact on the earth. Not saying you should or shouldn't buy one,I just want to dispel the myth that hybrids are so "green".

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 6 Jul 2008 11:08 PM
 25 Jul 2006
 GTA
SEL
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I'm really interested in reading the replies to this as well. I am really interested in the new 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid and it has received great reviews. I'm a bit nervous though because I have never had a domestic car (in fact, my dad might give me a hard time about it...he hates GM), and I don't know anyone with this vehicle.
We would like to have one car with more space for the future (dog, kids, etc.) and it would be nice to have one that isn't so hard on gas.

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 7 Jul 2008 12:14 AM
 13 Dec 2005
 I'm a Prairie Girl!
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We have been eyeing up the Prius for a few months now, I'm very interested in it!

However we just bought our current vechile last July and its probably worht less then we owe on it right now so I think we will have to hang tight for at least another year before we look into it more seriously!

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 7 Jul 2008 6:29 AM
 27 Apr 2006
 Kitchener
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As we look to replace our rather old vehicles (1995 for DH's car), we are looking at hybrids, but most specifically the prius. At this point, we are putting off buying the vehicle until
a) The 2009 model rolls out next year
b) We have enough saved to buy it outright or at least 70% outright

3 of the people that DH works with (in a fairly small company) have a prius and love it.

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 7 Jul 2008 6:37 AM
 28 Dec 2004
 Laval, Quebec
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We have a Prius!

DH is the main driver, and he loves it. One drawback in last year's model: there is no indicator for when the windshield wiper solution is low.

Our main motivator was the environment, however, with the price of gas, I don't think we'll ever go back to conventional cars and only buy hybrids from now on. We are hoping to eventually buy a hybrid SUV as our family grows.

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 7 Jul 2008 7:40 AM
 29 Aug 2006
 Ottawa
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Just out of curiosity, what would it cost to fill your tank and how long would that typically last?

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 7 Jul 2008 1:36 PM
 20 Aug 2006
 Cambridge, Ontario
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Pinks: Thank you for the info. I have been looking around online most of the morning and have found a lot of info supporting what you said. I wish I could say that that would deter me but unfortunately, the price of gas has me making efficient fuel consumption more of a priority

For those who have a Prius (Cypra, that was you I think), I'm curous to know how you find the fuel efficiency. I have been reading that they can be very efficient in town but not so much on the highway (???). Also, I have been reading some reviews that say a hybrid is no better than a regular small fuel efficent vehicle, just more expensive. Can anyone comment on that?

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 7 Jul 2008 1:50 PM
 20 Nov 2005
 Calgary
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I was set on getting one. I was going to trade in my gas guzzling Yukon Denali and get a Yukon Hybrid. I would still get my big SUV but with less environmental impact and less money spent at the pumps.

Then I got a lecture from a good friend of ours who is a paramedic. He told me about the current safety issues that come with Hybrid batteries. He said that currenty if he gets called out to an accident that involves a hybrid he is quite scared because of the damage that the battery can cause to people.

I will wait until the technology improves a little.

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 7 Jul 2008 2:04 PM
 12 Apr 2004
Dragonfly_Girl
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Quote:

Hybrids are a good way to save money at the pump, but that they are a green alternative to straight gasoline cars is not necessarily true. Because of the amount of resources needed to create new hybrids technologies, batteries, composites, carbon fibres which is not environmentaly friendly they can actually have a more detrimental impact on the earth. Not saying you should or shouldn't buy one,I just want to dispel the myth that hybrids are so "green".




I too agree with this statement. Also - The batteries are pretty costly once they DO go (6-8 years) - like $10K.

What about the new Diesel engines they have coming out - Jeep etc...I believe that Diesel is typically a cleaner burning fuel, and you can often get better mileage - not to mention lifespan of the engines is usually more.

Be careful - the "E85 flex fuel" is another "new" idea - but I hear the engines SUCK BADLY on the E85 fuel (VERY bad gas mileage)- that is assuming you can even find a place to BUY it.....

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 7 Jul 2008 2:30 PM
 20 Aug 2006
 Cambridge, Ontario
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I was aware that the batteries were $$ to replace but I didn't think it would need to be done very often. I'll have to do some mopre research about that.

Miss Blondie, thank you for posting about the battery safety. I'll have to look and see what kind of information I can find about that. Do you know why they are dangerous?

Keep the info coming girls. This is why I like getting personal accounts. You know the salespeople only have good things to say about their cars so I love the real life perspective!

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 7 Jul 2008 5:35 PM
 22 May 2006
 Calgary
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If you are going to get a hybrid, it's a good idea to look at the 2008 models. I know that someone said that they were waiting for the '09s to come out, but those vehicles won't be covered/included in the energy rebate program sponsored by the feds. The program winds down at the end of the year, and is only on 2008s. You can get up to $2K off your vehicle.

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 8 Jul 2008 1:27 AM
 28 Jul 2002
 San Francisco
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As much as I would love to buy a hybrid car, it won't happen this time around. In SF, there is a 2 months wait to get a Prius and they sell for $5,000 above sticker price. It's a tad less crazy for the Honda Civic Hybrid but they still go for $2,000 over sticker price.

Funny story about the battery. We went rafting this weekend with my friend's Prius. We needed to use the battery to inflate the raft... We couldn't find the battery to save our lives! We eventually figured it out. The inside of the Prius is so different.

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