For those of you who bought a Prius (2K5), how much did you pay?

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  1. falconbrad

    falconbrad "You're one angry white boy."

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    Serious answers please. I know a lot of you hate hybrids...

    I'm looking to purchase one within the next month (in Los Angeles), and I'm curious as to whether or not anyone's been successful in bargaining the price down in the post-markup era... The problem being that these things sell like hotcakes when they reach the dealersips.

    Also, if you bought one in So Cal, where did you get it? Where you happy with the way they treated you? I was at Longo yesterday and they treated me like shit. I won't be buying my car there...

    Thanks in advance guys.
     
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    I didn't buy a prius, but I got a tacoma at Toyota of Orange. Top-notch service. I highly recommend you go there!
     
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    I don't have a prius and I don't know how much they cost but I heard that since they're selling so well, anywhere you go you can't just buy one, you have to order one.
     
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    falconbrad "You're one angry white boy."

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    Well, I've been to a couple of dealerships and that's not the case. If you want to order one, you have to wait ~90 days. However, the ones that are rolling onto the lots right now are sellable to anyone who wants one. But one sales guy told me they sit on the lot for an average of 2-3 days before they're sold. I've got 3 dealerships on the lookout for the package/colors I want, so I'm not too worried about finding it. I'm just curious if anyone even tried negotiating down the price.
     
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    edmunds.com lists the ACV (what people actually end up paying) as above MSRP... Which is probably averaged between people paying full MSRP, and those being charged ADM.

    So it appears Toyota dealers as a whole, are not dealing. And if they sell them with an average 2-3 day turnaround, I can't blame them... No reason to deal down at all. If you don't pay sticker, the next guy will.
     
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    Im sure they are charging people like crazy cuz that car has 1 year wait list here in CLE Ohio. Im sure wait list is a decade in LA.
    I suggest that you look into purchasing a silightly used one
     
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    falconbrad "You're one angry white boy."

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    There is no waitlist. You can purchase one off the lots in LA. They sell fast, but there is no waitlist.
     
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    are you purchasing because its a "green car" or because you like the technology, if its the green car theory you should reconsider because many reviewers have called bs on toyota´s claims. But the tech part of it actually is impressive.
     
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    just remember the VERY costly replacement for the batteries that you must do in a few years.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    I have a stupid question.. where are the gauges in the 2k5 Prius?
     
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    hmm, how much are those anyway? a few grand?
     
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    I've heard anywhere from $2-4k. Seems overly expensive, especially when you consider the overall small vehicle, and it prolly counter-acts any fuel savings you would have had.

    A normal econo-car would get you around 30-40mpg, anyway... It would cost less initially, and no batteries to worry about.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    was this in response to mine? Does the speedo etc display on that screen?
     
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    yes
     
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    Yea thats why i posted also, they are pretty expensive to maintain so it would just kill what you save, plus there are amny other cars that get better mpg and are still economic.
     
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    Batteries have 10 year/100,000 mile warranty.
    Also the people who wrote negative of hybrid cars probably were paid millions by other companies that are losing money cuz of this technology.
     
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    you've heard it could be, but is it? prices of the battery will be cheap as hell when they are needed to be replaced in like 5-10 years depending on how much you drive (toyota hasnt had to change one battery for the current model prius yet)

    the prius is not a small compact, its a midsize car
     
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    bullshit. Batteries are some of the MOST expensive parts in vehicles.
     
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    no, engines cost more than a car battery
     
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    when you factor in cost per weight, a battery costs more. And last time I checked, we wern't needing to replace an engine in 5 years... But you're gonna need to swap out your batteries.
     
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    you only need to replace the battery after 180,000 miles, a engine needs to be rebuilt by that time depemding on the engine

    when does cost per weight matter, an amp and speaker will cost more than the battery
     
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    but, again, you do not need to replace the amp in 5 years... You need to replace the batteries, however. I do not know where you get 180k miles, but Toyota says the batteries have a half-life of about 4-5 years for the "average" driver...
     
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    http://pressroom.toyota.com/photo_library/display_release.html?id=20040623

    How long does the Prius battery last and what is the replacement cost?

    The Prius battery (and the battery-power management system) has been designed to maximize battery life. In part this is done by keeping the battery at an optimum charge level - never fully draining it and never fully recharging it. As a result, the Prius battery leads a pretty easy life. We have lab data showing the equivalent of 180,000 miles with no deterioration and expect it to last the life of the vehicle. We also expect battery technology to continue to improve: the second-generation model battery is 15% smaller, 25% lighter, and has 35% more specific power than the first. This is true of price as well. Between the 2003 and 2004 models, service battery costs came down 36% and we expect them to continue to drop so that by the time replacements may be needed it won't be a much of an issue. Since the car went on sale in 2000, Toyota has not replaced a single battery for wear and tear.
     

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