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Old 07-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The only negative about the prius is the insides. What one saves financially on fuel is nothing compared to the environmental damage and cost of the components and build process. I've HEARD that from life to death, most Land Rovers are more environmentally friendly. But I don't knw how that was measured, nor do I know how accurate the research is.
Total BS. Its been debunked over and over and over... Jeez, I hate the fallout from ONE horribly written bogus article STILL years later having people convinced.

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Old 07-05-2012, 01:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well... I wouldn't. It'd mean I'd be stuck with automatic transmission, that insanely stupid "push-to-start and I won't shut off if I don't want to" ignition, and much else.

Now I've often thought of putting an Insight's guts into something fun, like the Del Sol, or an early Lotus (or replica), MG, etc.
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A fiberglass body replica (to keep the weight down) of a 67-68 Mustang Fastback. This is just all theoretical, but what if you could fit 5-8 battery packs under the hood and/or in the trunk space/rear seat area to really extend the battery only range? Maybe slap a mid/high rpm turbo on the prius engine (like I've seen on youtube) to give it slightly more "oomph" when you need it for the freeway, and you'd have a nice prius with some classic style.

Or, if it is sacrilegious to put prius guts in such a classic body, you could use a Mustang II. No one would care that you gutted it. Or try to steal it. Or notice how much better you made the Mustang II. Top Gear would probably try to buy it to destroy it and get that eyesore off the road, lol.
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Total BS. Its been debunked over and over and over... Jeez, I hate the fallout from ONE horribly written bogus article STILL years later having people convinced.
There no arguing though that the mining of rare earth materials isn't exactly eco-friendly ...

Then again, neither is getting to the crude oil ...

We get to pick our poison.
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Nor is there any arguing that the difficulty of recycling the fuel made from the crude oil (after it has been burned) is significantly greater than recycling the rare earth materials from the batteries (after they are no longer usable)...
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Quite true and of course one could quite strongly argue that no car is environmentally freindly. Its really just which one is environmentally friendlier.
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I'd finesse the Prius HSD components into a rolling chasis from Smyth:



and then give the car to my son...

because while I could concievably get down and into the car,
there's no way I could get up and out of it.
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+1 Insight. Only i'd keep the 3 cylinder and only mate it to the electric part of it's synergy drive.

Toyota's Hyrbrid system is so much better than Hondas. Granted it's cheaper, but the more you pay is worth it when it comes to mpg.

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