Let someone else buy the design flaws and engineering quirks and let those fools deal with the headaches. Then buy the third or fourth release when all the bugs are worked out.
For those of you who need that lesson to be reinforced (I'll admit I don't like paying increased gas prices either.), this is in today's news:
It stands to reason that Toyota - even Toyota - would face certain performance and maintenance issues and would have to work the bugs out of such a revolutionary new concept car.
Toyota probes reports of stalling hybrids
Toyota is looking into complaints in the United States that its popular Prius hybrid car suddenly stalled or shut down, often at high speeds on highways.
"We have been alerted to the fact that some owners might have a problem," Toyota spokesman John Hansen told Reuters on Monday. "We are going to go back to our service records to find out what owners have had a problem like this and how many."
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 13 complaints so far of the gas-electric hybrid vehicles stalling or stopping unexpectedly.
Toyota dealers attributed the problems to a software glitch in the car's complex computer system, according to some complaints.
NHTSA spokesman Rae Tyson said the agency is monitoring the complaints but that no formal investigation has been launched.
Toyota has sold 34,225 Prius cars so far this year.
There is usually a waiting list to buy the vehicle, which has a gasoline engine with an electric motor to increase fuel efficiency. The Prius gets as much as 60 miles per gallon of gasoline. (link)
They'll figure these problems out. Buy in 2007 - if it is still around.