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Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 5, 2006, 4:23 pm


That set of gauges hasn't been standard in decades.  RPM is pretty
meaningless in the Prius because at any point the engine can not be
running while the car is running on batteries alone.  Also with the kind
of transmission it has, there is no way for you to shift gears--for that
matter, there is no such thing as shifting gears.

Knowing the RPM won't do you any good in the Prius.  For that matter,
neither would knowing the exact engine temperature or oil pressure.

But if having these gauges was so important to you, and knowing before
you bought the car that it doesn't have these gauges, why did you buy it?

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

Posted by richard schumacher on August 5, 2006, 8:51 pm


They are no "standard" gauges on the Prius dash.  If you require those
to be able to drive a car then you're out of luck with your Prius.

Posted by A Sherman on August 5, 2006, 9:31 pm

"richard schumacher"  wrote

You are not necessarily out of luck.  There are after-market add-ons such as
this http://scangauge.com/  that supposedly can provide this information.


Posted by Bill on August 5, 2006, 9:50 pm

Right.  Connecting a scanner will give him a hell of a lot more information
than, for example, a tachometer.  Besides, the gauges, there all the time,
are generally ignored until the associated warning lamp lights.

Posted by Michael Pardee on August 6, 2006, 5:27 am

Good point. I've seen occasional wishes for oil pressure guages or
voltmeters in the Prius, but I'd expect those to be too alarming (my oil
pressure has been zero for a minute now!) or too boring ("still 13.4
volts"). The real question revolves around what we need to know when
operating the vehicle, since we don't have to worry about the alternator
failing or the belt slipping. I don't think the final chapter has been
written on that yet, not by a long shot.


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