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#6257 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [ruking1]
Dec 02, 2005 (8:55 pm)
If I had this information before I looked at the Prius, I would have rejected it out of hand. Man this thing eats tires!!
The tires from Yokohama on the original 2001/02 Prius were too soft for the weight of the battery. They were all replaced by Toyota if the customers wanted them so. As you probably know tires on any vehicle are the only part not warranteed by the automaker. Toyota replaced them anyway when requested.
On the Gen2 Prius the tires are the same as those on the base Corolla and Civic. No special comments. It's a non-issue but your concern is noted.
#6258 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [kdhspyder]
Dec 02, 2005 (9:03 pm)
"They were all replaced by Toyota if the customers wanted them so"
So what did they replace them with?
"On the Gen2 Prius the tires are the same as those on the base Corolla and Civic"
What oem tires come with these two cars? For example my Civic came with Dunlop SP FE 20. This is probably one of THE WORST oem tires I have ever gotten on a new car. But on the other hand it is very hard to complain about the fuel mileage I get on this vehicle. After break in, 36-41 mpg. Of course it remains to be seen what the next set of tires will do in the MPG department.
#6259 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [gagrice]
Dec 02, 2005 (9:11 pm)
Despite all the fears here, I stepped up and got mine this week. And guess what? I dont get the EPA values. Well That's not exactly correct.
I can, as I wish, get 35 mpg, 45 mpg, 55 mpg and 65+ mpg for extended distances. It's entirely up to me and traffic. In my 150 mi daily commute I hit all of these for stretches of up to 10 mi min. In every case I'm doing the speed limit or slightly above it. ( I really was stopped on the 2nd trip home for going 11 mi over. The nice lady gave me a warning ).
#6260 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [ruking1]
Dec 02, 2005 (9:16 pm)
They got rid of the Yokohamas and replaced them with Bridgestones.
Gen2 OEM tires?
....run downstairs to look..... Goodyear Integrity P185/65R15..
At the first opportunity I always switch out whatever OEM tires I get for Michelins.
#6261 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [kdhspyder]
Dec 02, 2005 (11:53 pm)
Tirerack surveys have those tires at 28/31. the Dunlop SP20 FE is rated 30/31. Thank heavens for Firestones, they have 31 st place locked up tight! Pure dominance.
#6262 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [kdhspyder]
Dec 03, 2005 (12:02 am)
Your "progressive" commute really illustrates what I said in a prior post about the "computer" behaviorial modification tool. Seems like you also got an "assist" from the LAW
Actually with 39,600 miles per year (commute only!!??) you are a perfect candidate for a TDI!
#6264 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [ruking1]
Dec 03, 2005 (3:51 am)
yep 40K commute.. then I have my own time..( not much ) 5-10K/yr.
Funny about the 'behavior mod' comments. You guys should sell Prius'. Ever since they came out in 2001, I sold the first in our area, I've presented the instantaneous consumption display as a 'biofeedback' means to help the Prius 'teach' the new owner to drive more efficiently. It does work.
The progressive mpg ratings are not consecutive in my daily drive although the 35 reading is always first as the vehicle gets limbered up. The first inning for this starter is always the hardest.
For the commute home, with the prevailing weather and mostly downhill, the mph readings for the 5 min segs are something like:
35, 45, 50, 50, 65+, 65+, then 50-52 for next 8-10 segs ~60mph, then 55, then 80+ for the final minutes in our neighborhood 25 mph - all on EV mode.
I find it very speed-dependent once the vehicle is warmed up. It also depends on the conditions also. This goes back to the awareness comments also.
Into the weather or with the prevailing weather affects mileage 5-10% Differences in elevation have a similar effect. This is obvious stuff but in 20 mpg vehicles who cares. In 50 mpg vehicles the effects are multiplied because the effect is a constant percentage on a significantly larger variable. Going home from a 200' elevation to sea level - downhill almost all the way - as opposed to going the other way has maybe another 5-10% effect. It does for all vehicles it's just more noticeable with the feedback and with a high mpg vehicle, including the TDI .
#6265 of 7508 Re: More Happy Prius Owners [kdhspyder]
Dec 03, 2005 (5:14 am)
If this idiot paid $8k over sticker she truly deserves to be voted putz of the year!! Planted?? Spyder I do doubt that, but they sure chose a "dumb subject" for their piece.
#6266 of 7508 Fascinating Videos
Dec 03, 2005 (6:53 am)
You'll be pleased to know that the Prius does EXTREMELY well in crash tests. Gotta love it!!
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