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I acquired a hybrid Highlander with my marriage a little back and I've got to say now that I've got one, I'd NEVER buy another one. A couple reasons that I wasn't aware of at all prior to dealing with this one. First, it gets lousy highway mileage, they are designed to truly benefit the city driver in stop and go traffic. From a USATODAY article: "The best place to maximize the gas mileage of the Prius is in stop-and-go city driving and California commuting where cars rock back and forth between 25 mph and 45 mph," Toyota spokesman John Hanson says. Second of all, all the maintenance costs are much higher. I've got my usual goto guy that's been working on my cars for years and I totally trust him, he just scratches his head with that hybrid, so I usually end up back at the dealer which is my last resort. About 3 months ago I had to have a full brake job done on the front and rear, I was expecting the bill to $500-$600, came in at $2100 and the dealer was "nice" enough to knock a few things off and get it down to $1800. I checked around, the labor charges were fairly standard although taking the rear end apart apparently takes a few hours longer because the hybrid setup is different, but the killer was how much the parts cost. We also had the hybrid inverter (aka hybrid brain) go out at 70,000 miles, luckily it was still under warranty or that would have cost $8200 to replace.

So basically, to hybrid or not to hybrid is an individual choice, me personally never again would I get one, and anybody that thinks they are going to ultimately save money by getting one should really do their research before buying one. The maintenance expense would easily have wiped out any gas savings I had made assuming I did have a gas savings in the first place.
 

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It all sounds good. I would like a RAM with as much power as it has now(more is always better) with higher MPG's. Maybe 17-19 city and 24-30 highway. I know, but it sounds good,lol.:4-looney:
 

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I work on Gm's two stage hybrid silverado's.... At first i was really against it but this electric motors got balls. They don't add much wait really and electric motor's have 100% torque off the line along with a 5.3 theses trucks can haul some A$$. Don't get me wrong They still need some fine tuning for me to buy one but if they amp these electric motors for 80HP to like a 120HP I think that they could do some serious work.

I mean I love my old ram but with gas going where it is going it's gotten me thinking. This may be in our future.
 

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A truck is a truck, not meant to sip on gas. Its supposed to down it like a man! :) If I wanted better mileage I would pick up a cheap car to beat around in and take my pickup out on the weekends. This new 6.4 is rumored to be getting better mileage than the 5.7 according to a few sources I've read.
 

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My biggest problem with any Hybrid truck would be the fact that those suckers are always tested as light as possible when they list MPG's. So an unloaded hybrid truck might be great if you are cruising the city, but what happens when you load that sucker up and take it to the lake. Your truck is going to run much differently and I am sure you can maintain a sustained speed, but I am betting that with the additional load the truck will run on the gas engine during hauling and pulling because the electrical will not keep up or run out of juice.

The hybrid I am sure will benefit the conscious consumer who uses his truck in place of an SUV with little hauling. For someone who depends on the truck for its full use, a hybrid will be a joke. This seems like more of a ploy to show the Government that their large bailouts are a step in the right direction for American Automotive Manufacturers.

Plus the additional 10-15,000 price tag will require probably 5-7 years of driving for the gas savings to out weigh the additional costs.

I think I will pass for now.
 

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I would not buy any hybrid auto until they start telling the truth about them. First of all, they are too expensive. Sure,,you will save a ton of money on gas,,,for the first 5 years. Then you have to change out the batteries,,,,$5000.00 AND pay for the disposal of the old ones. Now ,,,how much money did you save???? Until these hybrid makers get the price down and start using the battery technology from NASA they can stick 'em. Question ,,,does anybody remember the beginning of NASA and the space program and the revolutionary invention of the "FUEL CELL" ? This thing was going to be the next best thing since sliced bread. What happened to that? Just wondering.
 

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found this while surfing around...thought it would go well with my NO vote


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If I could get the same performance and sound out of a hybrid as I get out of my Ram now, then yeah, but the price would also have to not be prohibitive. The hybrid Silverados are like a $50K truck, and I can't afford that, especially since it lacks in performance too.

So for me, I am up in the air. All for gas now, but it could change.
 

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Not a chance. It would be a HUGE waste of money! And no they are not better for the environment.

If you wanna be more green and get better mpg, diesel is the way to go.
 

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A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that uses two or more distinct power sources to move the vehicle.[1] The term most commonly refers to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), which combine an internal combustion engine and one or more electric motors. However other mechanisms to capture and utilize energy are included.

Now what are the options regarding a hybrid vehicle? Is it strictly electric/gasoline...

Or something like Diesel/JP5?
 
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