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  Reply # 1132139 19-Sep-2014 14:00
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cnor152: What about a Bluebird guys?

I sat in the Toyota X today, it is very comfy. Also on the 2cheapcars site, the fuel saver is only 400 dollars more for the 2.5 Toyota X than that 1.8 Bluebird. How can that be?

Also is it hard to get the GPS thing to work for these jap cars?

Ive got a 2006-2011 shape Bluebird Sylphy. This is the 2.0 with the CVT transmission. 

It gets reasonable economy around town, about 8.5l/100km . Recent trip to Palmerston north from Auckland i used 38Litres and that was 540Km's which works out to be roughly 7.1l/100km, so its not too bad on gas for a 2.0. 
It has great boot space and excellent leg room in the back if you want to carry passengers. 

Factory integrated units with GPS from Japan wont work in NZ, they generally cannot be converted either so you would have to replace. Also be aware that some of the clocks on Japanese imported cars cannot be changed to NZ timezone. 

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  Reply # 1132161 19-Sep-2014 14:43
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If you want a lot of economy and reliability try Toyota Prius
2004 to 2008 models are very good in that price range.
They run more than 500,000kms with no major problems


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  Reply # 1132162 19-Sep-2014 14:44
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i thought the battery is rated to 150,000ks?

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  Reply # 1132166 19-Sep-2014 14:47
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joker97: i thought the battery is rated to 150,000ks?

The warranty on the battery for Prius is 8 years or 160,000kms. However I personally seen many cars (taxi's) that had well over 400,000 kms on the clock without touching the hybrid battery and they are still strong. 

Replacing a 2nd hand one is about 1200 to 1500 now in NZ. 

There are some very good reviews about the performance of these batteries all over the world.

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  Reply # 1132172 19-Sep-2014 14:53
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My family has a 2006 Prius for 5 years now and never had any issues. 
The servicing cost of it is like any other Corolla. It is very reliable and the economy is about 21 Km per ltr

We have another 2011 Prius which is the new shape and it has all the bells and whistles like Radar Cruise control and head up display of GPS and I am sure it will last for at least for another 10 more years. 

We live far from city and the amount of cost savings we get from these cars is amazing. 

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  Reply # 1132308 19-Sep-2014 19:04
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My uncle bought a new Prius when they first came out in NZ... When it came to the second battery replacement under 200k, he got a camry hybrid.

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