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Posted by mark_digital on April 21, 2006, 12:04 pm

It's difficult to take you seriously. Distance between fill-ups??
What's the next question? What side is the filler on?


Posted by Bill on April 21, 2006, 5:54 pm

That was my problem with the question.   I view the Prius as a tool for
reducing fuel consumption and air pollution while getting from
place-to-place.  It's effectiveness is limited by the user's skill.  When I
suggested he use a ratio formed with the Saturn and Prius EPA rating I was
factoring in his unique conservation skills.  I'll admit it's nice to read
what other's achieve and to some extent other's success provides incentive
to improve.  The math is simple and will produce a more meaningful answer
than one which relies on someone else's unique conservation skills.

Posted by mark_digital on April 21, 2006, 10:02 pm

I wanted the best fuel efficient vehicle with the ability to hold at least 4
adults comfortably, with enough trunk space for four or five large suitcases
and one or two beverage coolers.
I wanted the most technically advanced with minimal headaches.
If I need a larger vehicle for a certain errand I rent one. Enterprise is
just down the street. Believe me when I say it beats paying taxes and
insurance on a driveway ornament. My favorite local lumber yard delivers
free of charge.

Everything else I like about the Prius came about from owning it. I learned
nothing from online because quite frankly I didn't bother. Other than
checking the washer fluid level or tire pressure, or washing and waxing and
vacuuming, Toyota handles the rest.

My wife drives it with no consideration its a hybrid.  The fuel economy
rises when she drives. I believe it was a Toyota engineer who said the less
you think about it the better the car will do. Well, I guess he was right.

Have a good day.


Posted by Bob Wilson on April 22, 2006, 4:34 am

Over in GreenHybrid.com, we've got a FAQ that describes the techniques
The Prius is actually two vehicles in one, an electric and a gas car.
Once you realize how to optimize the best characteristics of each, you
can get outstanding mileage.

In the Prius groups, we know that was wishful thinking in the early and
later Prius. Attention to these details goes a long way.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Bill on April 22, 2006, 5:24 am

I agree, Bob.   Besides, we paid for the instrumentation so we might as well
use it.

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