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    If I had a Prius, I sure as hell wouldn't tell anyone. I'd have to wear a mask while driving it, so no one would recognize me. The Prius has one of the largest carbon foot prints of any vehicle made. I think nuclear powered aircraft carriers may have a larger foot print, but not sure on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    If I had a Prius, I sure as hell wouldn't tell anyone. I'd have to wear a mask while driving it, so no one would recognize me. The Prius has one of the largest carbon foot prints of any vehicle made. I think nuclear powered aircraft carriers may have a larger foot print, but not sure on that.
    At the time, it made sense to buy it. My husband had just bought a new '10; my PT was paid off, but the mileage sucked, it handled like crap in the winter, and had recently cost me $700 for a new ECM to fix a stupid turn signal problem. I liked Hubby's well enough, so I looked at used ones, got a great deal and fair trade on my PT, and here I am driving a car that's paid for (thanks to selling my Shadow) and getting 42mpg.

    However, I REALLY miss having a convertible and a stick shift, and the car just isn't "me". And on the practical side, I'll be moving out of state to the country in the next few years (goal: September/October 2016) and we'll need to be able to haul stuff. We'll be losing our network of family and friends with trucks and trailers and our '63 Chevy C10 can't go five miles without breaking down. If nothing else, the NT will have to go 40 minutes away for servicing periodically (the local shop only works on Harleys and old stuff, but they'll change my tires; I can do my own oil and plug changes), and rather than make two round trips and inconvenience someone to take me back and forth, I want to be able to haul it there myself. And when the infrequent foot of snow gets dumped on us, we gotta be able to get around somehow 'til it melts cuz they don't plow the roads.

    So other than the mpgs, I think I'll be a lot happier with the Jeep. As I had mentioned, I had a '74 CJ5, but that only last about six months. It wasn't civilized enough for me and it REALLY sucked gas. I sold it to a kid who lived about 45 minutes away, and I bet he couldn't get it home without stopping for gas. In contrast, the Unlimiteds meet the criteria for being civilized, utilitarian, cool, and fun. I test drove one and it didn't feel like a truck at all. So hopefully sometime next year we'll have some bills paid off and the right one that fits our needs and budget will come along so Norty will be willing to be seen with me again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    The Prius has one of the largest carbon foot prints of any vehicle made. I think nuclear powered aircraft carriers may have a larger foot print, but not sure on that.
    I've heard that before, but not sure why it is said, so I poked around a little. Where are you getting your information? I found this to be interesting.

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    My parents have a cat named CB-1, they got him after me taking their CB-1 away. The bike however is still called CB-1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mz33 View Post
    I've heard that before, but not sure why it is said, so I poked around a little. Where are you getting your information? I found this to be interesting.
    The part that concerns me with the Prius and similar cars is the environmental impact of mining the materials and disposal of the battery pack. You want that thing recycled big time.

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    In reference to my bike's previous life in law enforcement, I've dubbed my RT-P:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechdziner714 View Post
    My parents have a cat named CB-1, they got him after me taking their CB-1 away. The bike however is still called CB-1.
    ​...........

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    How green hybrids and electric cars are is still quite a debate - here's where we are in the industry right now: IEEE Link. When you come right down to it, moving a certain amount of mass a given distance at a given speed requires a fixed amount of energy. If I'm burning fossil fuel to do it, whether in a coal-fired power plant or right in the vehicle, I'm putting out similar amounts of greenhouse gases.

    That's why it's best to reduce the energy needed by moving less mass - you know, by riding a motorcycle instead of hauling around that stupid cage!
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