Re: money and mileage
- Garth and Kim wrote:"I am looking at what it really costs to have a more fuel efficient vehicle.... "My 2005 Prius is approaching 150,000 miles, over half of it on the highway (where I do rather regularly go about 5-10 % over the speed limit - mea culpa). My "vanity plate" says 44 MPG because early on I concluded I would average that if I drive halfway carefully. Overall, I have really averaged right at a very honest 40 MPG. Newer Prii(?) reportedly do quite a bit better.
You must remember that wind resistance is proportional to the SQUARE of the front cross-section of the vehicle. From that standpoint, I'd like for the Prius to be less tall (I'm 5'-8" and have way more headroom than I need). If you spend a lot of time on the highway, you should consider the front cross-section. I'm sure that applies to towing-capable vehicles as well as to small sedans.
FYI, my costs (besides tires, wipers, etc) have been a rear bumper thanks to somebody else, a water pump, and the "small" battery replaced at about 120,000 miles. Oh, and $ 2.25 for a back-up light bulb which I still think should have been a warranty item. I love my Prius and the smart people who designed it.
- We are all Human beings here together. We have to help one another, since otherwise there is NO ONE who will help.
- All countries need a NO REGRETS strategic policy regarding non-renewable resources, starting with water.
- Plan ahead seven generations -- reduce all your consumption, and eliminate waste.
- "Health" insurance companies are the American death panels; their business is to collect premiums and deny benefits. Their CEO's, and lesser bureaucrats, should not be part of any civilized health care system.
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