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My brother had decided he wanted a used Prius and we went to a local dealer to look at one.
The salesman didn't quite get that my brother had already decided to buy a Prius and starts trying to sell him on the model: "This car is *electric*. That means it doesn't have a lot of stuff like CV joints, wheel bearings, exhaust system, and brakes that you have to worry about with a gas car."
O RLY? ;^)
I got into a more serious discussion with my wife when she became interested in the Chevy Volt and somehow also got the impression that being a hybrid would make it more reliable. To their credit, Toyota has proven that a hybrid *can* be as reliable as a gas car but at a basic level, a hybrid has just about all the same components (that can fail) as a gas car, plus all the ones associated with the hybrid system. So all other things being equal, they should have more trouble, not less.
Of course a Tesla isn't a hybrid so it does lose some things that can fail in a gas car, plus a lot of maintenance items like engine oil. But it has other points of failure a pure gas (/Diesel) car would not have.
I guess in my opinion the bottom line re reliability isn't what components are in the car, it's how they're designed and built. And possibly how they're maintained.
'90 Audi 80 quattro (modded to death), '12 Audi A4 quattro (stock for now)
Gone but not forgotten:
'72 99, '77 99 (became a turbo, twice)
'80 900T 5-door, '81 900T, '86 900S (became a turbo), '86 900 SPG
'86 9000, '97 9000 Aero
A bunch of Audis, '69 Firebird, '64 Toyota Corona (first car, cost $35 and worth every penny)
Be alert... America needs more lerts!
Posts in this Thread:
- OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales, MI-Roger , Mon, 4 Apr 2016 11:05:22
- Re: OT: Tesla Model 3, AdamSAAB2kAero , Tue, 5 Apr 2016 07:52:14
- It's a world wide number, not just only US...., TKC, Tue, 5 Apr 2016 07:02:27
- Re: OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales, Dave The Ice Age Knave , Mon, 4 Apr 2016 18:18:40
- A+, Justin VanAbrahams, Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:34:14
- Re: OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales, Snowmobile , Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:59:56
- Re: OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales, A1-turbo, Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:44:45
- Re: OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales, Scott Paterson , Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:48:55
- Re: OT: Tesla Model 3 Pre-sales, NCCaniac , Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:46:49
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