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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Voni's SC1 has either a 85 or 100-hp engine which propels a 2400~2500-lb compact car. My wife's Gen 3 Prius has a 98-hp 4-cyl engine and a 36-hp electric motor for a combined output of 134-hp to propel a 3000-lb mid-size car.

    Bigger car, more power and higher fuel mileage.......... even a hydroelectricalmechanical engineer can understand that.
    All true, but then you have to drive a honking big Prius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    All true, but then you have to drive a honking big Prius.
    Which isn't so bad on a long drive with the wife and kids.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    All true, but then you have to drive a honking big Prius.
    They make smaller and larger models. Something exactly right for Poppa, Mama or Baby Bear................

    Seriously, our Prius has more passenger room than my 2003 330i, but it's not as fun to drive. But, for the mundane trips to the grocery store or driving in urban areas, it offers the same thrill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Seriously, our Prius has more passenger room than my 2003 330i, but it's not as fun to drive. But, for the mundane trips to the grocery store or driving in urban areas, it offers the same thrill.
    What are these things, "urban areas" about which you speak?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    What are these things, "urban areas" about which you speak?
    Places somewhat less comfortable than Bloomsburg in 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    They make smaller and larger models. Something exactly right for Poppa, Mama or Baby Bear................

    Seriously, our Prius has more passenger room than my 2003 330i, but it's not as fun to drive. But, for the mundane trips to the grocery store or driving in urban areas, it offers the same thrill.
    We have a little Prius C. The gas tank holds about as much as my GSA, but it gets better mileage so 8.6 gallons will last me two and a half weeks. It's a surprisingly peppy little car for what it is. The way some Prius owners drive I expected it to be a real slug! Another surprise was how well it handles in snow. My neighbor is a cross country ski resort and we see a bit of the white stuff. The car (with Nokian snow tires) is extremely sure-footed and handles winter well unless the town plow left a ridge of hard snow across our driveway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    My neighbor is a cross country ski resort
    Not Maria's farm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Not Maria's farm?
    Yup, that's the one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    The car (with Nokian snow tires) is extremely sure-footed and handles winter well unless the town plow left a ridge of hard snow across our driveway.
    What car isn't sure footed with Nokians? Deciding to blast through the heavy deep stuff (such as gifts from the plow) left mine with cracks in the front plastics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    It's a surprisingly peppy little car for what it is. The way some Prius owners drive I expected it to be a real slug! Another surprise was how well it handles in snow.
    Most people assume a Prius is slow. It is quite peppy because it has two motors, with full torque available from the electric motor the instant you floor it. I have no trouble passing cars at all. Mine isn't great in snow with conventional tires, but I live in a small town and normally don't have to deal with hills. If I did, I would get those good snow tires.

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    With good snow tires, running the unplowed lane on the highway passing 4 wheel drive trucks was amusing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Yup, that's the one.
    Doe, a deer, a female deer...............


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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    When he said Jeep...............everything just went in the ditch. I mean, Jeeps are vehicles for people that can't afford homes on paved roads and have no need to ever carry anything with them. Otherwise, they would have a 4x4 truck.

    The Porsche part, I think I understand, but have never experienced. I'm too practical for that style of car.
    Now your after the jeep crowd...it never was a practical thing...just fun, kind of like bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Now your after the jeep crowd
    Just sharing the love
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Just sharing the love
    I shared my Jeep love with the Germans. In 1976 I took a CJ5 with me when I deployed to Germany. It was a piece of dog doo doo, but it was that way when it came off the assembly line. The Germans loved it. The local Mercedes dealer in Heidelburg bought it for his personal use. He paid far more than it was worth. The day after the sale I went back to the dealership and they had it on the lift and it was nearly completely stripped. I'd see it running around the streets of Heidelburg fixed up to look like it was ready for the Paris - Dakar race. When we lived in Kansas in the 90s I bought a couple 70s era CJs. Paid less than a $1000. Put some big tires on them, add some JC Whitney cheap parts and some labor and sold them to high school kids for $2500. I sometimes wonder if those kids survived the ecperience.
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