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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#365 of 674 HAPPY NEW PRIUS OWNER
Oct 01, 2007 (10:47 am)
We have 5000 miles on our 2007 prius and have only a couple of complaints. Had the drifting to the left problem initially and it took the dealer 3 attempts to get it fixed. OK now. Very happy to be getting 44-46 mpg combined city and 50 mile commute to work and back. Don't really understand how anyone gets over 50 unless they are freeway driving 55 miles per hour which doesn't make sense. We only get 17 mpg in our PT Cruiser GT turbo. We will probably buy a 2009 if the rumors of 95mpg are even close to correct. Hopefully by then Toyota will have decided to add more features like heated seats, automatic door locks and power seat controls
#366 of 674 Re: HAPPY NEW PRIUS OWNER [slimcat]
Oct 01, 2007 (11:39 am)
Glad to hear you like your Prius. I've not had this much fun with a car for quite a while. I now have 13,500 miles on it and have discovered that the local dealer did something (??) at the 10,000 mile checkup that LOWERED my average mileage from nearly 51 to under 48 with no other change in driving habit, gasoline, etc. I can't understand that, but if anyone has any ideas about what they've done and how to get back to my initial, right-on-target, terrific mileage, I'd love to hear from you.
#367 of 674 Re: HAPPY NEW PRIUS OWNER [slimcat]
Oct 01, 2007 (11:39 am)
I have about 3500 miles on my Prius, 2000 of which are highway miles. My average MPG if I take the Odometer reading at gas-up, add up total gallons of gas purchased to date, and divide, I am averaging 54 MPG. It was up as high as 55.2 when I was on the road. I live in Chicago so I do a lot of stop and go driving. I am expecting that my MPG will drop over time as I will not be doing much highway driving until next September. I drive at 70 miles per hour on the highway, try not to make sudden starts or stops, and coast when I can. I have had no problems with "pulling to the left". Also, I want to point out that the computer on the car is NOT accurate for MPG.
#368 of 674 Re: HAPPY NEW PRIUS OWNER [slimcat]
Oct 01, 2007 (11:40 am)
To get better mileage stay off the freeways. The Prius gets very good mileage on 50 MPH roads. You also have to learn to be very gentle on the accelerator peddle. Accelerate normally, but brake very gently, even trying to anticipate lights a block or more ahead.
But if you just drive it you will get nice mileage.
I presume by automatic door locks you mean the ones that lock after you reach some speed? Personally I don't need that, but whatever. I also don't need power seats, but more adjustments would be nice. Particularly a seat height adjustment. Also a lumbar lever would be nice. And a heated steering wheel. My rear end can take care of itself heat wise, but my hands can freeze very easily. Hard to drive with mitts on!
#369 of 674 Re: HAPPY NEW PRIUS OWNER [pathstar1]
Oct 01, 2007 (12:07 pm)
It really needs fully adjustable seats with height and tilt adjustments.
The lack of adjustment for thigh support has been a common complaint with the Prius since day one of this model.
The poorly padded center armrest is another issue, but it could be fixed at a local upholstery shop.
You will have to just live with the non-adjusting seat if you want to buy a Prius since there is no solution other than to buy a different vehicle.
Maybe Toyota will finally address this with the redesigned 2009 model.
Nov 03, 2007 (8:46 pm)
We have had ours for 6 weeks and have 1500 miles on it. The mileage has been between 38-40 but if we worked on it I am sure it could be better. It is starting to get a little cooler too.We like the car alot, it could have adjustable seats but that is a minor issue for us. No mechanical adjustments needed yet and my wife is just in love with this car. The bluetooth for the cell phone is very impressive!
#372 of 674 Re: Not Your Typical Prius Owner [davem7]
Nov 14, 2007 (3:34 pm)
DaveM7, have to agree except possibly Honda coming on strong in the next couple of years. My '08 Base Model Prius is an absolute delight. Avg. 54-56 mpg. city and 48 mpg. hwy. The computer screen really makes you aware of mpg. and how you can keep raising it. I should have gotten leather seats but other than that - fantastic!
Nov 16, 2007 (3:48 am)
I travelled 1000 miles from Tampa to Falls Church, Virginia to get my Silver Prius with package #6. Truly love the car. I'm 72 and have owned 7 Mercedes and many different cars through the years. Most recently had a V-6 Highlander for 5 years which I sold to my best friend. People underestimate the Prius. I commute 70 miles round trip per day and find the power more than ample to go 75 to 85 miles per hour. With just 1200 miles on the car, I'm averaging 47 mpg. Learning to "coast" and be light on the pedal when I can. I think if our Government would reinstitute the tax credit for Hybrids and other alternative fuels we could solve our energy problems in America in 3 years. Can't say enough good stuff about Toyota.
#374 of 674 Re: Wonderful Car [sailorman4]
Nov 16, 2007 (3:18 pm)
Congratulations on your Prius! Did you get the Touring or Non-Touring Pkg. 6? I just got a call from FL. and they want me to come and sign the paperwork for a Touring Pkg. 6. I heard I have to pay 4% of my taxes there and the rest in GA. Is this some kind of a game? Why can't I pay the 7% Tax here? After all, I am registering the car in GA. Something fishy... don't know. I am still in the bargaining process.