Doesnt any one has the sense to buy the parts from Ebay (i.e. if you dont have any connections with people who can import the parts from junkyard abroad).
Parts are not an issue, be it Transmission, ECU, Battery, Engine parts. I dont even want to talk about cosmetic parts. Heck! its the easiest to get them with some connections.
Worst come to worst, Entire Engine can be bought on Ebay for a reasonable price which is well within 100K.
All you gotta do is get a nice mechanic to fit it. And believe me, fitting is not an issue especially if you are replacing the whole thing and not repairing it. I know a couple of good mechanics/electricians who are smart enough to do it.
And all this is a backup plan, thats if incase, by the time the Prius has issues and the parts and technology is not available in pakistan easily.
Hell! on internet you can find the entire repair plans! Which century are you guys living in? You can get anything done. Especially with a Car that is in the top 3 best selling car in the World, A Car that is getting way popular not only in Pakistan but the entire world. People are not going to ditch it, but accept it.
Imagine yourself to be scared of buying or using a mobile set 20 years ago, thinking that what will happen if it gets broken, Who will repair it? People did learn the technology even here in Pakistan when the occasion called for it. They will learn about this too as it is not a comfort or luxury. Its a necessity in order to save fuel and cost. I personally will save around Rs. 120K+ per year using this car, let alone the comfort and luxury of driving a Japanese car. And if after a couple of years, if it demands maintenance job of upto Rs. 100K or little bit more, then why not?
And please dont say that it will break down the first year round, even with used or re-conditioned car. The life of the car and battery is 200K miles, thats 320K Kilometeres. 100K miles is the warranty from Toyota. thats 160K Kilometeres. I dont remember ever keeping a care and driving it for more than 100K Kilometers. So the probability of it breaking down in a year or two is extremely low. And small issues like AC and all, OH PLEASE!!!! Do a proper research in the market for Electricians and mechanics.
And still if you want to just turn your face and be ignorant to all these facts, then so be it. Those who have the brains and knowledge will find a way and get through it. Infact they are buying the Hybrids now and enjoying. So those who still are scared and are chicken, just sit back in your locally assembled expensive piece of crap, excuse of a car, and join the Hybrid club when you grow up.
As for those who want to go for it. Remember! As the number of Prius grows in the Pakistani market today (Like it is growing), the demand will be higher, and there has never been a demand in pakistani market that has not been met.