No, sir. Premium is 10c more than regular at this gas station. Plus
is 5c more. I only get fuel where the span is at most 10c. This is
becoming more and more common around here, I don't know if it's the
same where you live.
I wish I had a picture of the price billboard, because I suspect
you'll never believe me until you see it.
You are correct in that I won't believe it until I see it, I have lived in
Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, Washington state, California and Guam and it has
always been 10 cents each octane higher. But I don't really want to argue
about it, you may be right or I may be right, lets leave it at that.
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You'll notice that the new Prius comes pretty well loaded up - like a
More than that with the tax rebate. Only fair, IMO, since it pollutes
a fraction of a typical engine, and the first year registration is
pretty close to $1000.
Oh - the new one? 55mpg average. ~440 a year in gas. Roughly
three years and seven months to make up the difference.
Call it four. That's as short as the typical loan periods get.(48 months)
Whoopee. Of my 3 daily-driven vehicles, one is 37 years old with 265,000
miles, one is 30 years old with 430,000 miles, and one is 11 years old
with 205,000 miles. A Dodge, a Plymouth, and an Eagle.
Toyota impresses me not.
Actually, the packs are good for ten years or 200K miles and real world
driving has verified the 200K part. 7 years so far on the others - and
a mere handful of failures at the 7 year mark.
This is the real deal and not a piece of junk like the EV-1
FYI, the Pruis came out in Japan seven years ago. It's had plenty of
time to work the bugs out and is now in its second generation. The plan
is to use this version for 3-4 years and then redesign it again.
Newer technology, batteries, bit better power - and stuff that into
a larger, heavier car. You guessed it - a Camry.(the 2004 Pruis is
about 80% as large as a Camry). The 4 cylinder Camry will go bye-bye
and you'll get hybrid efficiency and the same performance for the
GM and Ford - kludge city. They are TEN YEARS behind Toyota on
building hybrid designs and the best they can rush to the market
will be a first generation design with tons of bugs and horrible
efficiency. Honda is already nearing the end of its first hybrid
design and gearing up for a second generation as well.(Maybe 2-3
years from now, about the time GM anf Ford make competing designs.
Oh - Honda and Toyota are making a profit on these(if a slim one).
GM? $40K or sell at a loss.
GM and Ford aren't 10 years behind in hybrid technology because the
most important parts of this technology were invented outside the
industry, so every car maker has access to the very same technology.
What's wrong is that GM, Ford, and Chrysler just don't run their
design projects very well, probably because their companies are
dominated by business types rather than engineering types. I don't
have experience with Japanese car maker, but in their other companies,
management doesn't seem to overrule the engineers nearly as much,
except when they want them to do better.
Sure, but Toyota has seven years of real-world data and working
out the bugs in a real vhehicle. Not prototypes. Not new
implimentations. 200K+ miles on numerous vehicles used for
deliveries and as Taxis, plus tens of thousands of U.S. sales.
(started in 1997 in Japan)
That gives them a full generation leap on everyone else other
than Honda, which is not as efficient as design.
Oh gimme a freaking BREAK.
Horsepower per liter means NOTHING. Less than nothing. Its a non-issue,
except for bragging rights in glossy advertising. It means nothing in
terms of efficiency. It usually has NEGATIVE implications in terms of
reliability and driveability. There's nothing I need less than an engine
that I must wind out to 8500 RPM just to keep up with traffic in my
commute to work. Its another one of those things that gets the
automotive press all hot and steamy, but is absolutely meaningless in
the real world, except in the rarefied air of racing rules where there's
some displacement limit. Here's a hint- there IS no displacement limit
on street cars, so using displacement to improve efficiency,
reliability, and driveability is a GOOD thing. Even if it doesn't yield
"horsepower per liter" bragging rights.
Just mention one Honda with such steering, one Infinity or Nissan with
active suspension and a Subaru with CVT.
They really started with valve lift, not timing...
I believe that one could mention success and disaster stories about
each and every manufacturer.
It remains to be seen if hybrids will go the way of 4-wheel steering,
Waenkel or mainstream...
BTW, I'd never group each and every Japanese manufacturer in the same
group of innovators or makers of fine cars...
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