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Posted by Doug on August 20, 2005, 9:00 pm
 
How many of you use the Engine Braking feature? Do you find it useful?


Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 20, 2005, 10:41 pm
 


I use it only on long downhills; it beats using the brakes.  Sometimes,
it's not enough and I have to use the brakes as well.

Using it instead of normal braking in normal conditions reduces gas
mileage.

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Posted by Michael Pardee on August 20, 2005, 11:27 pm
 
Only on descents of more than about 1000 ft elevation or so. Check your
Energy screen and when the battery gets to "full" it is better to rely on
engine braking instead of the regenerative braking. As Michelle states,
engine braking reduces regeneration.

Mike



Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 20, 2005, 11:41 pm
 

Actually I said it reduces gas mileage.

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Posted by Ingenuous on August 21, 2005, 10:08 pm
 

I've not used it in the seven months I've owned my Prius and doubt I ever
will in MN.  Next time I pass through CO on my way to AZ I probably will.



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