Mental Health Care professionals call this "a statement posed as a
question". What he meant to say was, "You, Sir, are completely delusional!"
to which I am able to respond. This "question" is meant to confound.
Emotionally challenged people pose their statements as questions in order to
provide themselves "cover" from more intelligent, more aggressive or perhaps
more nearly sane people. This is passive/aggressive behavior. I believe the
most energy we need to expend as a species is the novel, creative human
energy it will take to make our planet a garden instead of a garbage dump. I
believe all humans are served poorly by their "leaders". I also believe that
each person awakens each day with the intention of making their lives, and
their children's lives, as prosperous, comfortable and happy as their
circumstances allow. We'll be OK unless the nukes fly. Then it'll be 'They
are on their way in and no one can bring them back. For the sake of our
country and our way of life, I suggest you get the rest of SAC in after
them. Otherwise, we will be totally destroyed by Red retaliation. My boys
will give you the best kind of start, 1400 megatons worth, and you sure as
hell won't stop them now. So let's get going. There's no other choice. God
willing, we will prevail in peace and freedom from fear and in true health
through the purity and essence of our natural fluids. God bless you all.'
Then he hung up. :)
That depends on where you are. There are a few states with speed
limits of 75, which means 80 would be a pretty normal speed. In some
parts of Texas, the posted limit is 80.
I'd agree, though, that the engine would be able to provide enough
torque to keep the car going 80 @ 2000 RPM. Just not a big enough
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Really? Have you priced out a fuel cell lately? And where do you buy
hydrogen? Or for that matter, a car that burns hydrogen? Of course
you can modify a piston engine to burn hydrogen, but I don't think you
will get a cost advantage and it certainly won't be convenient.
The Honda and Toyota hybrids have been on the road long enough to
prove the doomsayers wrong. Hybrid batteries are very reliable and
it appears that they could easily last the life of the car in many or
most cases. The batteries and other hybrid components have an 8 to 10
year warranty so they are all likely to last the life of the car for
most owners. AFAIK, the warranty is not pro-rated.
Yes, those batteries are expensive as well as being dangerous in an
In spite of the weight hybrids do very well. There are many reasons for
this, and some of the technology can be applied to mild hybrids to get
much of the fuel savings, without having a huge battery.
I live 1km from Ballard, a fuel cell developer.
A few years ago a tanker delivering H to their plant developed a leak
and fire at the hose fitting. The area 0.5km around was shut down for
12+ hrs until it burned off.
Fuel cells need much further development and then there is the high
cost, plus a required refueling network for this dangerous fuel.
IMO the new diesels, developed in Germany will be the next fuel saving
hot vehicle. Over 50% of people in Europe are now buying them.
The 2L VW diesel performs very well in the small mid size cars.
I would have agreed with you in the past, but diesel is selling for $1 a
gallon more than regular right now. At current prices, a gas engine at 40
mpg costs the same in fuel per mile as a diesel at 50 mpg. I don't know if
it has changed in Europe, but gas and diesel were just pennies apart per
liter last year, diesel was 1.16 Euro gas was 1.22 per liter.
Fuel oil cost was exactly the same as diesel too. In milder climates it is
not uncommon for homeowners to buy 5 or 10 gallons at a time at the filling
station as needed.
I agree with you that if diesel is selling for too high premium, using
diesel doesn't make sense.
Here in Canada diesel has recently crept a bit higher than regular
gasoline, but I believe it's more of a supply situation as diesel use is
increasing. In the USA you seem to be facing more variability in fuel
pricing than here in Canada.
For urban driving a properly sized diesel gets about 30% more MPG than
an equivalent performance gasoline engine.
The Jeep Cherokee 2 wd EPA figures are:
Gas 3.7L- 15/20
Gas 5.7L- 13/19
Diesel 3L- 18/23 Performance is close to the gas 5.7L.
Don't forget the size. The Prius is larger than the Corolla; if you
think you'd want something larger that also gets good gas mileage,
that's the Prius. If you think you're stuck with a Corolla-sized car,
you're not. Not necessarily.
IMO they've similar in interior space.
A few months ago we drove to the airport in a Corolla and returned in a
Prius. The Prius did have the advantage of being able to pile our
luggage up to the back window, so you couldn't see out the window even
the tiny bit that is normal.
I would never pile the luggage that high for safety reasons and would
wrap a cargo net around the Prius luggage to avoid it coming forward in
a quick stop.
I have read that the Prius mileage in cold winter weather is similar to
It's a little larger, though it's misleading because the cargo capacity
is higher only if you pile things up so you can't see out the back! It's
still closer to the Corolla in size than the Camry.
92.0 cubic feet: passenger compartment
12.3 cubic feet: cargo
96.2 cubic feet: passenger compartment
16.1 cubic feet: cargo
101.4 cubic feet: passenger compartment
16.7 cubic feet: cargo
But is bigger better? That extra 4 cubic feet of passenger space does
little if it is not in the hip room when you want it. Of if the trunk space
is more in volume but the trunk lid is too small to fit a decent sized
carton through it. .
That's a good point. I find the Corolla to have much more usable room.
It's a lot more cramped than a Corolla. You can carry five people in a
Corolla and not be too uncomfortable, but not in a Prius which is really
good for only two adults and two children. Still, if you're using the
Prius as a commute vehicle, and have a larger family vehicle for trips
with more people, it's fine.
That's correct, the Corolla and Prius are similar, but if you pile
things high in the Prius it has more space for cargo.
I would not do that due to the safety concern of luggage flying forward
in a fast stop.
The Prius has a lot of passenger Cu Ft. forward of the dash, which is
Having been a passenger in both, with two & three others, I suggest
they are similar for practical purposes.
As for the driver the previous Corollas didn't fit me comfortably; I'm
5'-11". A similar height friend of mine who has the previous Corolla
confirms that it wouldn't fit me very well as a driver, his shorter wife
I've not tried the new Corolla for size.
Before you say you cant afford a hybrid, lets take a look at the web site,
base Prius $21,100, base Corolla auto (apples to apples) $17,110, difference
$2,715, City epa for Prius is 48, Corolla 26 Presuming that is the best you
could do in either car (not likely) the Prius would use 250 gallons of gas a
year, the Corolla 461 presuming your 12,000 per year driven....@ lets say
$4.50 a gallon you would save $949 per year/ 2715=2.8 years for break even,
then you would save oh I don't know $1000 a year in gas, not to mention be
driving a MUCH cleaner car and doing your own little part to reduce the use
of fossil fuel.
As for the batteries, Honda has had Hybrids since 96, Toyota about 98 (not
positive) if there were massive battery failures, don't you think there
would be a public outcry by now? why do you think no one really knows what
it would cost to replace them? could it be not many are replaced? If it were
a common item, I can assure you, there would be a price attached to it. By
the way, Brakes last much longer in a Hybrid due to the fact that much of
the forward energy is converted to electricity when stopping.
So, Lets recap, 10 years ownership, Prius, car and fuel only $32,350,
Corolla, car & fuel only $37,855, so, looks like you can't afford to save
I am not a fan of the Prius BTW, I prefer the Honda Civic Hybrid, it, to me
is a far more comfortable car.
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