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Posted by ELaw [Email] (#699) [Profile/Gallery] (more from ELaw) on Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:55:00
In Reply to: Re: NOT FOR ME....Re: Not for me, JerseySaab [Profile/Gallery] , Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:48:39 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
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.
_______________________________________ Eric Law Current collection: '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!
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