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Thursday, January 12, 2006

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ThatDudeMike

Yeah, I guess I'd be a bitter person too if I had to drive a GM product for any extended period of time...

M1EK

Fred, that's a load of crap - the Jetta TDI is getting its doors blown off by the Prius in fuel economy, despite being smaller.

http://mdahmus.thebaba.com/blog/archives/000247.html

And so far, the previous-gen Prius (now up to 6 or 7 years old) has been extraordinarily reliable.

Fred D.

I agree on your hybrid comment. I'd gladly pay more for a fuel efficient car (that provides a real ROI), but I won't buy a Rube Goldberg hybrid.

Automakers could easily put that $3,000 hybrid premium into making vehicles lighter (aluminum bodies?), more aerodynamic (like the Prius), and with better transmissions. All these things result in no more complexity.

The cynical side of me makes me think that Hybrids are a big conspiracy. The automakers really want the downstream parts & repair income when these hybrid systems start wearing out.

Look at Consumer Reports reliabilty rankings for most cars. The most unreliable subsystem of ALL cars is usually the electrical system. And you really want a car with $10,000+ list price hybrid components just waiting to break?

No thanks. Give me a 2,500lb aluminum bodied Accord with a 2.0L diesel and 6 speed tranny. That hypothetical car will get far better fuel economy than your typical hybrid.

Joe Aya

Hey AssHoles,

Are you guys all failed auto designers that have a grudge against Detroit, or the country of your birth? The Japanese, Koreans, Germans, ect. were beat, but you don't see their citizens bad-mouthing themselves. I have owned a '93 Chevy S-10 for years, and it has never let me down. If you are so impressed with everyone else, I say pack your bags & move, bitch.

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