Last post on Oct 02, 2012 at 8:01 PM
You are in the Toyota Prius
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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#665 of 674 Re: Prius Plug In MPG [bobw3]
Sep 16, 2012 (7:48 pm)
We just got our electric bill, to my suprise it went down slightly from same time last Year. I am sure it has been a little less hot so our home AC is running a little less- but this is telling me this plug in is not using an extraordinary amount of electric. I really expected the KWH to go up some amount but not seeing it..as yet. I'd say we plug it in to recharge 5 days a week. I'm sure the usage will "show" somewhere along the line on the bill.
You make a good point about the MPG readout- the "MPG" gain from adding in the electric is not "free" there is some cost for sure. Also, real pleased with how the engine/hybrid/batteries seem to run in a seamless manner. The transition on our old Prius 2007 was much more noticeable than this one.
#666 of 674 Re: Prius Plug In MPG [michaelcozens]
Sep 17, 2012 (9:01 am)
It would be nice if the charging unit would keep track of the Kwh used in charging the battery, so at the end of the month you could take that Kwh of usage as a percent of your electric bill to add in the electricity cost to the gasoline usage.
#667 of 674 Questionable Paint Job
Sep 17, 2012 (3:40 pm)
I recently purchased a 2011 year-end close-out Prius to replace a 2006 Prius that I purchased new and handed down to my son. I am not using my new car any differently, but I am seeing new scratches show up on a regular basis. I didn't have this problem with the 2006 Prius; the paint job on it looks practically new. I just asked the service rep at the dealer about this, and he was incredibly dismissive about it, saying it is the same as the 2006 paint job and nothing has changed. I worked in the automotive industry for 12 years and know that things change all the time. And something has definitely changed between the paint job on my old Prius and this one. If I had it to do over again, I would not buy this car. I will probably not buy another Toyota if this one continues to scratch up and turn into a rust bucket.
#668 of 674 Re: Questionable Paint Job [joyce_m]
Sep 18, 2012 (4:41 am)
Is the new Prius a different color? Sometimes scratches show up differently with different colors.
#669 of 674 Re: Questionable Paint Job [bobw3]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 18, 2012 (7:28 am)
Darker colors for instance.
Also, how the car is washed and who is washing it (are they trained and what materials do they use) can make a huge difference.
#670 of 674 Gas Mileage dropped to 46 mpg from 52 mpg
Oct 02, 2012 (11:24 am)
MPG suddenly dropped on a trip. Toyota checked car computer and found no problems
Local dealer says he can not fix it without help from SE Toyota
SE Toyota refuses to help
Problem has lasted for 3 months and have made 4 trips to the dealer
Car, bought new now has 20,000 miles, has had only one driver and has used many different gasoline brands Before this problem, car always got 50+mpg
#671 of 674 Re: Gas Mileage dropped to 46 mpg from 52 mpg 
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 02, 2012 (11:38 am)
Were you traveling at higher speeds than you normally do? With a Prius, the best MPG is often city driving.
#672 of 674 Re: Gas Mileage dropped to 46 mpg from 52 mpg [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 02, 2012 (1:17 pm)
The best mpg in my prius is creeping along in a 15 minute traffic jam. The dash pegs at 100 mpg. 46 isn't that bad. Short trips and cool weather take a toll. I leave my trip meter alone and after 2-3000 miles I average 51. I've been in the 40's when I was always checking but no more. 27k total miles and probably in the high 40's overall.
#673 of 674 Re: Gas Mileage dropped to 46 mpg from 52 mpg 
Oct 02, 2012 (1:38 pm)
Factors affecting fuel economy:
cold temperatures, new tire tread, low tire pressure, vertical, hard acceleration and braking, speed.
When I first got my Prius, I was patient and slow on all of my trips, had original small factory tires, and drove in summer with fuel economy 50 MPG. After the first winter, the cold temperatures gave me an average of 48 MPG. Purchase of heavy, all-season tires cut fuel economy five percent. Over-inflating tires is a trick used to increase fuel economy, operating in the light of day leads to warmer temperatures, and getting the luggage and excess junk out of the vehicle potentially offers higher fuel economy. Kick your spouse out of the car for higher fuel efficiency.
#674 of 674 Re: Gas Mileage dropped to 46 mpg from 52 mpg [snowboarder4]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 02, 2012 (8:01 pm)
I have two friends and I'm always bugging them about MPG, and over the course of a few years, they both seem to average right around 46-48 mpg.