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I plan on buying a Toyota Corolla within the next couple months. Now I know I could get a 2003 for cheap right now, but I think it would be hard to find one with everything I want.<br><br><br><br>
So I am open to getting a 2004. I went to the Toyota site and they have this "build your own" where you select options, model, etc. and they tell you the MSRP (Which of course, I will not be paying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )<br><br><br><br>
But unlike with the 2003, the 2004 has these option packages, and not only does this include a bunch of overpriced stuff I don't want, (like Yosemite Sam mudflaps, trunk organizer, etc.) it includes the "leather trim" package. Yuck!<br><br><br><br>
So, those of you have bought cars, are these packages mandatory? Can I order a car with the specific options I want? (which mainly is power locks/windows, and all the safety features)
 

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Good luck finding a car exactly how you like it. Visit the dealer and see what "standard" options really means. You'll be surprised. You'll get stuff you don't want, and stuff you don't want ends up costing extra installed by the dealer.<br><br><br><br>
Besides, you should buy the 2004 Prius.
 

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Well, how about I take the money I save on the corolla and donate it? I drive less than 7,000 miles a year, so the difference in gas usage for me wouldn't be big.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>Prius? I doubt Thalia wants a car powered by 3 arthritic gerbils.</b></div>
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Have you driven the Prius? It moooves. The electric system acts as a boost to the 4-cylinder engine. It may not be a Ferrari off the line, but it gets far better mileage.<br><br><br><br>
Thalia: If that's your rationale, just get a moped. You'll save even more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Packages are not mandatory, but ,<br><br><br><br>
It's what they have..... If you would want one without a package it has to be specially ordered.<br><br><br><br>
If they have some 2003 models with a package standing there, these might be sold for a lower price than a special ordered "without anything" one.<br><br><br><br>
Personally I would never buy a new one, but one that's two / three years old. You'd save lots of money on the purchase.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Have you driven the Prius? It moooves. The electric system acts as a boost to the 4-cylinder engine. It may not be a Ferrari off the line, but it gets far better mileage.<br><br><br><br></b></div>
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Yeah, I rode in one. It moved like...3 arthritic gerbils.<br><br>
I'll take a big old nasty V-8 anytime... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Thalia - if all you want is the basic power options and the safety features, make a run at the 2003 model. That is essentially a no-frills Toyota, and there is a good chance one of those is on the lot.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know how set you are on the Toyota, but take a peek at the Honda Civic. I personally think it is a better car, and I like the Honda engineering much more.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Michael</i><br><br><b>Some options are only available in a package, if they're not listed seperately you're pretty much out of luck.</b></div>
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What would you know? Yugos did have any package options. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I agree.. go for the Honda Civic. I've had two Honda's now and they've both been great. My current Civic is a '99 and the gas mileage is awesome! As for the Prius, it's not all that bad, it's a bit slower than my Civic but it's ok. I think my car would do 0-60 in 10-11 seconds. The Prius does it in 'bout 12. Those hybrid ones are cool though - hehehe - it ends up being a video game whenever you go anywhere, 'cause it constantly tells you what mileage you are getting, so you do everything you can to achieve higher mileage. A bonus for the Prius is that US residents get a tax rebate.<br><br><br><br>
well.. there are my 2 cents. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by skarrlett</i><br><br><b>A bonus for the Prius is that US residents get a tax rebate.<br><br></b></div>
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I think it is a deduction, not a rebate. In which case, it does me no good. I don't have enough other deductions to take more than the standard deduction.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Yeah, I was originally set on a civic. My mom has one, so I know what they are like. But I also drive currently an old prizm (aka old corolla sold by GM). I really like my prizm, plus, ratings by consumer reports on all the different areas are comparable, but the corolla costs less. But if I can get civic for a similar price, that is OK, too.<br><br><br><br>
Basically, I want the power options, ABS and front side air bags. The ABS and especially front side air bags are higher options. I don't mind a sun roof (If I absolutely can't get out of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) or cruise control. I mainly don't want the stupid stuff like leather, all-weather package, trunk organizer, pimped out stereo etc. I don't even want floor mats. I can buy all that stuff myself for cheaper.<br><br><br><br>
I will look at the prius, but if it is one of those cars that you have to get on a waiting list to have, then, really, what is the point. I will pay at least MSRP, plus I will be taking that car from someone who will actually save some gas with it. But someday when I am making a little more money, I would like a hybrid. I would be willing to pay for it.<br><br><br><br>
Epski (moped comment)- You obviously live in CA not in Cleveland like me!
 

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Ya, I'm looking at new cars too and I really hate it when they have things like a "Convenience" package but I only want one or two things, not the entire package. I've asked about a non leather steering wheel and the sales people look at me funny. I just recently bought a house and I think buying a car is more frustrating.. ugh
 

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Before I bought my last vehicle I would have gone with a Ford Focus but the model I wanted had a leather steering wheel. So Ford lost a sale on that one.<br><br><br><br>
Thalia - I don't know much about them but Toyota is coming out with a line called Scion (info should be available on the web), they come fully loaded for like $14,000. They're probably underpowered and small but would get good mileage. Might want to check into them.<br><br><br><br>
ETA link: <a href="http://www.scion.com/" target="_blank">http://www.scion.com/</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Tame</i><br><br><b>Yeah, I rode in one. It moved like...3 arthritic gerbils.<br><br>
I'll take a big old nasty V-8 anytime... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></b></div>
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Ah, well, you can't compare the two, obviously. But the Prius gives me plenty of power to get up to 75 mph when merging on to the freeway uphill, so that's about all I ever need here in L.A. I'm not going to be doing any drag-racing. I'll save the insane motor vehicle activities for motorcycling.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Thalia</i><br><br><b>I think it is a deduction, not a rebate. In which case, it does me no good. I don't have enough other deductions to take more than the standard deduction.<br><br><br><br>
Yeah, I was originally set on a civic. My mom has one, so I know what they are like. But I also drive currently an old prizm (aka old corolla sold by GM). I really like my prizm, plus, ratings by consumer reports on all the different areas are comparable, but the corolla costs less. But if I can get civic for a similar price, that is OK, too.<br><br><br><br>
Basically, I want the power options, ABS and front side air bags. The ABS and especially front side air bags are higher options. I don't mind a sun roof (If I absolutely can't get out of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) or cruise control. I mainly don't want the stupid stuff like leather, all-weather package, trunk organizer, pimped out stereo etc. I don't even want floor mats. I can buy all that stuff myself for cheaper.<br><br><br><br>
I will look at the prius, but if it is one of those cars that you have to get on a waiting list to have, then, really, what is the point. I will pay at least MSRP, plus I will be taking that car from someone who will actually save some gas with it. But someday when I am making a little more money, I would like a hybrid. I would be willing to pay for it.<br><br><br><br>
Epski (moped comment)- You obviously live in CA not in Cleveland like me!</b></div>
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Yeah, it's a deduction, or a credit.<br><br><br><br>
No waiting list for any Prius that I've ever seen. I liked the Honda Civic Hybrid better until I saw the new 2004 Prius at the auto show. It's bigger, more powerful, it's awesome, so i'm skipping the Civic for now.<br><br><br><br>
As for the moped, my tongue was firmly in cheek. I wouldn't wish one of those on anyone.
 
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