Late last Fall, our Volvo XC70s (2004, 2006) required service, one after the other. I had to rent a car. The Volvo repairs took a long time. An acquaintance loaned us an ’05 Prius with 299,999 miles on the odometer (2nd generation Prius odos get stuck there). The vehicle ran amazingly well, was a pleasant vehicle to drive in terms of overall comfort and responsiveness, used Regular fuel (unlike the Volvos) and got amazing gas mileage (unlike the Volvos). Regarding vehicle reliability and maintenance, my acquaintance said, “I just get the oil changed wherever there’s a coupon.” My daily commute is a 60 mile round trip. Even though I felt 30 percent less manly driving that car, I decided I needed a Prius.
Prior to all this, my wife bought the latest model Rainbow vacuum cleaner. Honestly, it’s a marvel and we use it a lot. The Rainbow was the most expensive home appliance we’ve ever purchased.
Eventually, thanks to SearchTempest, I found an unprepossessing 2008 Prius in pale metallic green with about 202,000 miles on the odometer for less than $3000. I mentioned the Rainbow vacuum cleaner because it cost more than my 2008 Prius.
In our area we’ve got a Toyota dealership that can be trusted to manage service work and a really excellent independent mechanic who specializes in Japanese cars. Since purchase, have put new tires, new 12-volt battery, front brakes and had a roof leak fixed (faulty seal under the leftside seam trim-piece where roof and body panels meet). Car probably needs a tune up, but I’ve been getting between 39 and 45 mpg (depending on ambient temperature).
All in all, I’ve been pleased with the car.
ON THE OTHER HAND, I wish I’d checked out the available information at PriusChat prior to buying (for my wife) a 2016 Prius Three with Advanced Technology Package for a bundle of cash from Bill Penney Toyota of Huntsville, Alabama. More about that disaster in another post when I get enough emotional distance to write clearly.
Don’t worry. I still have and use firearms and vote my conservative conscience. I still don’t believe any of the climate alarmism that’s functionally a religion for some people. Saving money on fuel is what motivates my Prius ownership.
Yes, I know that one shed in the photo needs replaced.
Below please find a photo of a Franken-Benz monster car I saw February 3 at Spencer, Tennessee. It’s in worse shape than that shed.