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  • DaveM7, have to agree except possibly Honda coming on strong in the next couple of years. My '08 Base Model Prius is an absolute delight. Avg. 54-56 mpg. city and 48 mpg. hwy. The computer screen really makes you aware of mpg. and how you can keep raising it. I should have gotten leather seats but other than that - fantastic!
  • I travelled 1000 miles from Tampa to Falls Church, Virginia to get my Silver Prius with package #6. Truly love the car. I'm 72 and have owned 7 Mercedes and many different cars through the years. Most recently had a V-6 Highlander for 5 years which I sold to my best friend. People underestimate the Prius. I commute 70 miles round trip per day and find the power more than ample to go 75 to 85 miles per hour. With just 1200 miles on the car, I'm averaging 47 mpg. Learning to "coast" and be light on the pedal when I can. I think if our Government would reinstitute the tax credit for Hybrids and other alternative fuels we could solve our energy problems in America in 3 years. Can't say enough good stuff about Toyota.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    Congratulations on your Prius! Did you get the Touring or Non-Touring Pkg. 6? I just got a call from FL. and they want me to come and sign the paperwork for a Touring Pkg. 6. I heard I have to pay 4% of my taxes there and the rest in GA. Is this some kind of a game? Why can't I pay the 7% Tax here? After all, I am registering the car in GA. Something fishy... don't know. I am still in the bargaining process.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,112
    There are a lot of states that collect their tax even if you are an out of state buyer. Then your state usually collects the difference. In some parts of CA you have to pay 8.25% even if you are an out of state buyer.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    Thanks for the information. It is good to know this. No car, yet. This car buying experience is really fun. I have dealers calling me, but they are not giving me a decent price. I will buy soon...I know this is a good time to buy.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    I forgot to ask you about the price you paid. Were you able to get a good deal in Virginia? If you don't mind....can you tell us the price you paid for your Prius Pkg. 6? I am visiting my sis in Dec. and will be driving by VA on route to NJ. If I can't come up with a good deal next week, I would check this dealer. Can you give me additonal dealer info? I appreciate this-
  • south4south4 Posts: 32
    Just read your message and wanted to mention that you can add heated seats yourself. I went through the dealer to do it, because they got a better price than I had gotten from the same place.In our town the installer can change fabric seats to leather, change out sound systems and install a mechanism to heat the seats. I told another Prius owner in town about my seats and he had them installed too. Your dealer can probably tell you who can do it.
  • Prusa: When I looked for my Prius, there were no Silver cars with Package #6 in the Southeast Region. I went on the Toyota website and punched in zip codes for the mid Atlantic Region which I had from my Christmas card list. Three dealers in suburban Virginia showed up. I telephoned Bill Page Toyota in Falls Church and spoke to Yow. Terrific guy, no pressure. He had a Silver car with Package 6 which listed for $27,700. They gave me there no hassle price of $27,000. Yow picked me up at the airport. The car has virtually everything on it. Keep in mind, there are a lot more dealers in the Washington, D. C. area so they have to be competitive. In Florida there are fewer dealers and they play games. When I picked up the car, it had a temp. tag and I brought it home and registered it and paid the 7% sales tax in Tampa. It sounds like a lot of trouble to get a car, but I don't buy cars more often than every 5 years so it wasn't much of a hastle. I took the Auto Train home. The discount paid for the train and the flight up. Florida dealers like to "pack" their cars so be careful Or else they will offer you nothing for your trade. Good luck. Sailorman
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    Excellent information! Bill Page Toyota have already contacted me. I will be getting their quote soon. Dealers in FL gave me a high price and so I am not buying from them. GA dealers are not of much help, either. When they see that I am a woman they all think I am ..... : I rather buy in another state than having to deal with these individuals. I really appreciate all your help. Thanks a bunch.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    Can you contact me instead? I went to view profiles and wasn't able to get through. Sorry-
    My email is in my profile.
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  • You asked that I contact you. What can I tell you that my earlier replies neglected to say. Will be happy to help.
  • Prusa: Missed your message. Sorry. I got the Basic model with Package 6. I definitely wanted leather and I would highly recommend it. The seats are firmer with leather and easier to get in and out of the car. Why can't the dealer where you buy the car just issue a temporary tag for 30 days while you register the car in your home state? I borrowed the funds through Capital One in less than 5 minutes. They didn't even ask what kind of car I was buying. They overnighted the check to me and I could have skipped the counrty and gone to South America as far as they are concerned. Great to deal with if you have good credit. If you only buy cars once in a while, I would recommend you get it with Package #6 and you will have every convenience imaginable. Bluetooth phone, Navigation, HID headlights, etc. Go for it and good luck. If I can help, please feel free to ask.
  • prusaprusa Posts: 43
    I will take your advise. By the way, I always wanted leather seats. This will be my first car my them. I can't wait!
    In the last few hours, a couple of dealers have contacted me with decent prices. Taxes will be paid in my home state. I will make sure the dealer knows this. I read (in one of the previous posts) that the end of the month and the end of year are the best time to buy a car. It looks promising out there. I really appreciate all the support that this forum ( I mean you all nice people) have given me in the last month.
    Thanks sailorman4....
  • Just bought an '08 pkg 5 in classic silver that had just been delivered to dealership (watched it being unloaded off the truck) paid MSRP. I did get what I wanted for my trade-in. Northside Toyota (Chicago) offered 6yr/75k extended warranty for $1250.00 negotiated down to $780.00. My credit union offers 7yr/80k for $870.00. I only put on about 7k per year. Not sure which one to go with or at all. Any advice?
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    None. You will have the hybrid battery (which is what most people are scared about) covered the entire time by the factory warranty, 5 year power train warranty and the Prius is rated one of the most trouble free cars you can buy and you are not driving many miles.
    None of those choices make sense.
  • I agree with jaxs1. I have a 2004. While there have been a slightly annoying number of recalls or TSB's, my local dealer, who I did NOT buy the Prius from, has been great. They take care of the issues and they lend me a rental or shuttle me where I want to go and usually upgrade the software at the same time. I change my own oil so the only money I've paid them is for oil filters, air filters and washer fluid. They are absolutely great. (Bighorn Motors in Glenwood Springs, CO)
  • Thanks for the advice, decided not to buy extended warranty. Love this car!
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  • I am going to a foreign country with questionable roads and car service. I wanted to buy a Prius as my next vehicle but it was recommended that I get an SUV for Egypt because of roads. What do the Prius owners think about rough roads. Gas is much cheaper in Egypt
  • south4south4 Posts: 32
    I think my Prius is low to the ground and not great over rough roads. We use a Subaru outback for that-it's higher off the ground and has had no problem getting us to off road hiking drop offs. It also gets pretty good mileage. I would personally not take my Prius.
    Good luck in Egypt.When I was there it was incredibly hospitable.The people were fantastic.It was17 years ago and their views on us have changed, but I have great memories.
  • A vehicle like a RAV or even a Honda CR-V is more on the lines of what you need. "Decent" fuel economy but high ground clearance !!
  • I've owned my 2008 "bluescooter" (what my wife has nicknamed it) less than a week now. However, in 6 days I’ve put > 1400 miles on the odom and have to admit that the fuel economy – especially when compared to my old pickem-up-type truck - is mind boggling...

    The bluescooter is a fully loaded touring Prius in Spectra Blue Mica with all of the widgetry and gizmos; minus headrest DVD players and a sun/moon roof. The sheer leap in technology alone makes me smile every time I man the wheel. It is truly fun to drive. :shades:

    A few questions:
    1. Has anyone installed a sun/moon roof? What was/is its net effect on your mpg (if any)?
    2. Why is the fuel tank monitor set to ~8.75 gallons when the gas tank (supposedly) holds 11.9?
    3. What tips do you have for getting the most mpg (short of driving 25 mph on the freeway…)?
    4. I have kids, so… Has anyone tried the headrest DVD players? If so, how do you like them and what is your cost-2-value perception of them? And lastly,
    5. Is there a way to access POI and other items after your moving? Perhaps an aftermarket item?

    It was somewhat frustrating for the spousal-unit during the drive…

    Thx in advance for the insights and… Great site!!

    - - Bluescoot - -
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Tips for driving...
    1) Don't baby it. Just accelerate up to normal speed as you would with any vehicle ..then let off the pedal. You'll see the indicator shoot up to 100 mpg. Try then to hold that as long as possible. Repeat as necessary.

    2) Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate. If you know that you'll have to slow down or stop let off the pedal as early as possible while being safe. This turns the gas engine off. Helllloooo no fuel being burned.

    3) In your local neighborhood where the speed limit is probably 25 mph.. Do it. Keep a light touch on the pedal and you might be able to drive as much as a mile or two using no fuel.

    3) Coast whenever possible. Keep the tires inflated.

    4) Avoid short trips like the plague!!!! Combine errands into one longer trip,

    LOL.... Live in San Diego or South Fla.

    I don't think you can install a moonroof due to the antenna in the roof for the SKS.

    I normally drive using the mileage shown on the Display. When the mileage shown is 10 times the fuel economy rating I look for a station and usually fill 9.5-10.5 gallons. ( 450 mi and 45 mpg being shown ).
  • Thx kdhspyder!

    So the 11.9 gallon tank is correct, huh? Interesting. Twice I let it go down to flashing and then drove +10 miles before getting gas. Both times I topped off @ 3 gallons left in the ol' bluescooter; or 135 miles in reserve. (So much for the palpitations over getting stranded sans gas!)

    The dealership I bought from has a moon roof installer that claims they can reroute the nav system and install the roof with no affect; on the nav system or mpg. I'm talking with them this PM about it.

    Thx again.
  • I have been trying to get a 2008 Prius Touring with Option 2 in silver pine mica color in the new york region and I was told by 3-4 dealers that it does not exist... or they cannot get it. According to my info from the factory it does exists...
    Does anyone know how to get one here in New York?

  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If you read the fine print on the Toyota website or in the brochure, it will say certain options and option packages are not available in all regions of the US. Toyota has 12 regions, so you may need to have a dealer trade from another region (or go yourself) to obtain what you want. I know that the New England states are in a different region and so is my area (Virginia), which is part of the Central Atlantic region. I believe PA is in a different region as well, separate from NY/NJ.
  • at this point there are 14500 miles on my 2007 prius. Since my last oil change and the onset of the minnesota winter, the mileae has gone down to an average of 34 overall. This has put me under the number i needed the car to get to justify the price. As for as my overall satisfaction wit the rest of the car, I'm unsure also. From my perspective, I really don't need a back up camera, smart key, or even electric windows. I like the stability control. I don't like the way the car looks. I hate to say it, but i think i'll sell it. The car I will drive is a 1999 cavalier z-24 that is slightly modified. It has a manual trans, and a high compression 4 cyl that I built. The only problems are that it won't pass an emmission test, and it starts hard, requires 2 batteries. but it'll get 48 mpg on the highway,and leave black marks in five gears ( but not simultaneously). Guess i'm just too much redneck for the prius
  • Hi Al: I have similar experience after the first oil change at a local Toyota dealer. The gas mileage was reduced from 54 mpg to about 46 mpg. Did you find out what caused the reduction? It's deep winter now in Chicago, and I got 42 mpg from the Prius. It could be weather-related, but I have to say that when the car came new in March, it was also cold and it ran 56 mpg on the first two tanks of gas. Any comments will be appreciated.

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