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2008 Toyota Prius
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2008 Toyota Prius Pricing and Specs

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$9,999*

The Toyota Prius 2008 is priced from $3,990 for Hatchback Prius Hybrid.

The Toyota Prius 2008 is available in Hybrid with Regular Unleaded.

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Hatchback

Toyota Prius Models SPECS PRICE
Hybrid 1.5LHybrid with Regular UnleadedCVT auto $5,000 – 7,810
i-Tech Hybrid 1.5LHybrid with Regular UnleadedCVT auto $6,300 – 9,790

Toyota Prius 2008 FAQs

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  • Hybrid overrated

    HYBRIDS are only a part of the picture. I'm not convinced they are the answer to our woes. We are still waiting for the long-term answer, which might be hydrogen fuel cells. A small diesel is almost as economical as the hybrid, it's just not as clean. The best solution for most people is to downsize to smaller cars powered by small petrol engines. As for the batteries, Toyota claims they last the life of the car.

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  • Running costs

    THE only reason to buy a Prius is to protect the environment, not to cut your running costs. That's because of the purchase price. It would take some time at the mileage you do to recoup the extra money you would pay out to buy the Prius in savings at the fuel pump. Same with the diesel. As a rule of thumb, it generally takes about 70,000km to recoup the extra you pay to buy the diesel over a petrol-fuelled car. The LPG option is probably the best one, because you would recoup the cost of fitting the system within a couple of years.

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  • Buyer beware

    BUYING from auction leaves you little room to move if something goes wrong. It's a ``buyer beware'' scenario, and unfortunately you didn't show enough caution. The fact that it was a 1999 model -- when Toyota didn't start selling the Prius here until 2001 -- and the price was $10,000 should have tipped you off that something was amiss. Toyota's technical people say the earlier Prius is quite different to the car they sell here, with a different ECU and battery pack. The result is that Toyota dealers don't have the diagnostic equipment to determine what might be wrong with your car. Even though this is a grey import, Toyota is willing to help out if you call their customer hotline.

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