RE: [hreg] Happy Birthday (?)
Well, I just bought a 1998 Suzuki Swift (Geo Metro twin) with a 1.3 four banger which gets around 40 mpg. It cost $1900 and seems to run pretty good (so far). I parked the Ranger which got 17 mpg in the city. I haven’t done the math but am thinking the break even will be a couple of years. With college-aged kids, I couldn’t afford the 25k for a Prius. But there are lower-priced options if you’re willing to drive a used car. I have to be honest – my primary motivation was saving money.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of Ariel T.
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 10:52 PM
Subject: [hreg] Happy Birthday (?)
- Happy 3-1/2 B'day (almost) to my 2005 Prius. I bought it in late March 2005. What prompts me to be cheerful about it is the front page article "Hybrid, diesel powertrains save money on fuel" in the Auto section of today's Houston Chronicle. It cites Edmunds in the following terms: "...it takes 3.5 years to recover the extra cost of the Prius' high-tech hybrid componentry".
- I think they based that on 15,000 miles per year. Since I've been doing 20,000 per year (now very close to 69,000) I guesstimate that the car has earned a chronologically early celebration. Besides routine 5,000 K service, etc, I've had to spend a grand total of $ 2.25 for a tail-light bulb.
- I'll probably start carrying a crying towel for lesser mortals who gripe about the cost of fuel.
- 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 NO REGRETS strategic policies regarding every non-renewable resource, including water.
- Plan ahead seven generations -- reduce all your consumption, and eliminate waste.
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