Sunday, May 07, 2006


"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca

I just secured a hybrid Camry in Tri-Cities by making a deposit over the phone. We already have a Prius on order from the Toyota dealer in Hermiston.

I guess we are officially "going green", at least re. our driving habits.

We will fill out auto loan forms at our credit union this week, so the finances will all be in order. Our monthly car payments will be about the same as they have been, possibly a bit less.

Our van gets 22-23 mpg on the highway and 17-18 in town. It will be replaced by the light metallic blue Prius, which should get around 55 mpg in town and high-40's-low 50's on the highway. We had to order the Prius, and it probably won't be here for another month or six weeks.

Our turbo-engine Subaru gets 21 on the highway and 16 in town. We'll replace it with the jasper green metallic Camry, which will probably get in the high 30's for both in-town and highway driving. We will be able to pick up the Camry this coming Friday afternoon or on Saturday.

I will post pictures of the cars when we actually have them!


Blogger Kvatch said...

Dude, you're an inspiration. Green is, and rightly so, the most beautiful color.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Thanks, K!

We don't know an awful lot about what we're getting into, but we have talked to three local Prius owners we know personally, and they all love their cars. We were just getting to where we actually felt guilty driving cars that aren't environmentally friendly or which aren't good on gas. In a way it seems sad that is has come to this... I will always have a certain feeling of nostalgia for traditional American cars. But things change, and our outlook has changed.

Ours may be one of the first hybrid Camrys in town. It will get its first highway test on Friday night or on Saturday, because the dealership is in Pasco, Washington, about 115 miles from La Grande! (We will pick up the Prius at a dealership 80 miles from here.)

8:23 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

That's great, Snave. I'm thinking of eventually trading our 2000 Accord in on a hybrid or something that can use biodiesel.

8:46 PM  
Blogger David said...

Very cool, J. Two new vehicles at once! You'll be able to compare and contrast those two options for us...

7:26 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Excellent work, my friend.

I'm very curious to hear how you like the hybrids. I would love to trade in my car for one, but right now all my finances are tied up in the house.

I love the metallic blue...that would be my choice, as well.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Congrats. Let us know how you like it.

We're moving to Portland, OR and I was thinking of dumping my Jeep for a flex fuel car but read they're not practical there. Prius was next choice. Kudos.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Hey Rhodian! I think you should like Portland. It's a pretty relaxed place for its size. Lots of funky old neighborhoods, lots of great places to eat (check out Esparza's!) and loads of great places to eat and have a microbrew (check out McMenimans and the Horse Brass!) Portland also gets lots of good music, and has a lot of culture. Never mind that Portland is home to the NBA's Trail Blazers, it's still a great city!

As for the Prius, we will know what it's like to own one when ours gets to the dealer in 4-6 weeks. I'll be able to tell you about how the hybrid Camry works within a week!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Damien said...

Vahooo a Subie man,

Kick'n that your going to the hybrid, great stuff Snaveroo.

Waiting lists here for the new Prius's (that don't sound quite right?) are still about 3 months!!!

Also saw one the other day on the highway with its wing mirrors tucked in (fuel saving?)

3:54 PM  
Blogger Left of Center said...

Grats on the new vehical decision. First time here. Saw you at Lews place. erasorhead is one of my favs so I fugure you can be all bad.. lol I wish i had a better alternative to my minivan, but with a family of 5 it's hard. I guess it's better than most SUVs.

8:54 PM  
Blogger GTX said...

If the planet is green we should keep him that colour.
I've a white VW Polo (999 hp) with low consuming.

Green House Effect (TESTAMENT)

8:10 AM  
Blogger GTX said...

Where is 999hp you should read 50hp

8:21 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

LOC, minivans are o.k.! We are just ending our "van phase" as our girls are now 17 and 19 and we aren't having to haul them and their friends around everywhere anymore. Kids are expensive! Heh... I'm guessing you are younger than me and my wife, so when you're "empty nesters" something like what we're doing would be more practical for you.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Dodge Caravan, it has been very good to us, and it is easily the best (if not the only) really decent American car I've ever owned.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Joao, from what I understand about VWs, many of them are very good on fuel economy. I also have read a couple of things about Brazil importing a large number of VWs that can run on multiple types of fuel! Being smart and speaking Portuguese must go together, eh!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Brilliant, I would love one of those cars! When I first bought my Hyundi Elantra 3 years ago it cost me $22 to fill the tank, the other day it was $40 and the gas prices are killing me!

PS: I saw a license plate in our little town which said SNAVER1 and thought of you! I think I am blog-obsessed!

3:43 PM  
Blogger GTX said...

It's small potatoes to you, real Americans.
A country with open arms to innovation will be the centre of all kind of attentions.
Blogs like yours or Damien's or J.Marquis, for instance, give the example.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

Snave, congratulations for your new purchases. Think of the amount of money you'll be saving at the pump every week. Not a diesel-electric hybrid, but close.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Thanks, MC. Hopefully we won't make up for the savings by having to make higher car payments. We will find out what the payments on the Camry will be like tomorrow evening when we make the 115-mile drive to Pasco, WA to get the car. I am hoping they won't lowball us on the Subaru on the trade-in, but if they do we can always just say "thanks but no thanks", come home, and advertise the Subaru on

8:18 PM  

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