Hybrid vehicles


Ali de Bold
on Mar 03, 2009 @ 06:48 pm

Does anyone have one and what have your experiences been like? My old car is on her last legs and we're going to have to replace her probably this year.
 

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Tiffani
no way on Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:51 pm

http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/deals/are-hybrid-cars-worth-it-15101/

Hey MC!!!
I had my chem teacher went off for an hour and a half about hybrids being shi**y. I am buying a new truck in the fall and it won't be hybrid. My chem teacher basically said to wait for the elctric car to come back.
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artist
Wait for it... on Mar 04, 2009 @ 09:02 pm

I would wait it out a few years, misschickie. Until technology gets better is when you can get more eco-savvy with cars.
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spotty
agreed on Mar 06, 2009 @ 10:37 am

Hey MC. It depends on *why* you want a hybrid. If you want a hybrid for image, by all means, go right ahead. If you want a hybrid for fuel economy, go buy a traditional car that gets good mileage and exploit it even further. Many cars on the market get as good or better fuel economy when they are driven mindfully. There is no premium hybrid sticker price involved, either. Just search around on the internet, or ask me, there are *many* ways you can change your driving habits to stretch extra mileage out of a tank of fuel.

When we were living in California, people drove hybrids almost exclusively on image. Monterey was ranked #3 in hybrid ownership per capita in the USA for a metro area. They were EVERYWHERE. What's worse, folks would flaunt their car in a "holier than thou" mentality and drive it around like a holy terror! They were NOT getting their advertised mpg, but they didn't care ... they were in "hybrid." (rolls eyes)
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Ali de Bold
Environment on Mar 06, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

I want something that is better for the environment and whether that is a hybrid or a more fuel efficient vehicle or something in between, that's what we're looking for.

I currently drive a dented late nineties Cavalier that I've had for 12 years (!!). She's a good girl and we've been through a lot, but it's becoming a safety issue - esp for highway driving.
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Becky
Prius vs Civic Hybrid on Mar 07, 2009 @ 08:38 pm

Both look like pretty good cars

You can find reviews for the Prius here:
http://www.auto123.com/en/toyota/prius/2008/review?carid=1086101800&artid=97401

http://www.canadiandriver.com/2009/01/29/used-vehicle-review-toyota-prius-2004-2008.htm


And for the Civic here:

http://www.auto123.com/en/honda/civic-sedan/2008/review?carid=1082300200&artid=97286

http://www.canadiandriver.com/2007/06/08/test-drive-2007-honda-civic-hybrid.htm



I found www.auto123.com 's review to be pretty helpful. Right at the begining they give a "Summary Rating" chart where they rate the vehicle based on Safety, Driving Dyanimics, etc.

I think the Civic Hybrid out-rates the Prius..... and I think its prettier :) of course I'm biased since it looks just like my car hehe :-)

Either way you're looking at two extremely reliable companies; Honda and Toyota. Both are very well known for their reliability, low maintenance, and fuel efficiency.

hope this helps! :-)
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Ali de Bold
Thanks guys! on Mar 07, 2009 @ 09:04 pm

I really appreciate your feedback. In addition to what you said, we've been doing some more research and it looks like hybrids may still have a ways to go before they make sense for us. We need something a bit bigger since we tend to cart product around for events and stuff, but I don't want a big SUV. Maybe a cross over of some sort.

Ultimately we'll be looking for something that is low on emissions, good on gas and of good quality that will retain it's value (as much as possible).

It's funny but I've had my car for so long that I think I will be really sad to get a new one. I feel like I grew up in it!

I know, get over it...
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Tiffani
? on Mar 07, 2009 @ 09:25 pm

Its all about your lifestyle. I have a 1999 Chevy Blazier right now and the 4X4 in Winnipeg is a must for me.



Great idea to buy something that will keep its value---the Chevys didn't !!



Get like a Toyota or Honda. (Import)



My husband and I looking at getting a Nissan Murano.



It is sad to part with a vehicle......
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Tiffani
heart on Mar 07, 2009 @ 09:27 pm

I made a heart in my title and it turned to a question mark :P
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Ali de Bold
haha on Mar 07, 2009 @ 09:42 pm

yep our good 'ole wonky forums. It's funny we looked at the Murano and the Rogue today. Heard good things about both. Anyone have the rogue?
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spotty
vibe or matrix on Mar 08, 2009 @ 09:09 am

I do not have the rogue, but I have I drive the Pontiac Vibe. Its sister car, if you want to go Toyota, is the Matrix. Underneath the hood of my Vibe everything says Toyota! :-P GM and Toyota partnered back in 2004 to make the 2 cars.

The Vibe is smaller than an SUV/crossover, but still offers A LOT of space.My Vibe is front wheel drive w/ manual transmission and I get excellent fuel economy. It has ~12 gallon tank and I routinely get ~400 miles a tank (Sorry for the US units).

If you check out the Matrix/Vibe and are interested, let me know and I can tell you more.

Have fun in your car hunt! :-)
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