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Posted by Bill on May 15, 2006, 4:49 pm

I told my dealer to put 42 psi in the front and 40 psi in the rear tires.
After the last change I had 32 psi in the front and 30 psi in the back but
they didn't overfill it with oil like the previous change.  The guy who had
to remove the excess oil was really pissed.  He said curtly "Exactly how
much oil do you want?" to which I replied "I like it on the full line, not
3/8" above the full line, what did you think?"

Posted by Bill on May 15, 2006, 4:38 pm

Same here.

Posted by Bob Wilson on May 16, 2006, 3:32 am

You might want to look at the hybrid mileage database. I'm driving the
earlier model, NHW11, a 2003 model:


I'm only getting 50.7 mpg after seven months and 8,920 miles with my
used Prius. Your mileage may vary but we've got a FAQ describing how:


Bob Wilson

Posted by B. Peg on May 16, 2006, 6:20 am

Bob, check the CR link:

There's also a federal one that points to 44 mpg as the reported norm for
the car from its owners (probably the ones complaining they should be
getting the EPA 50-60 that appears on the car's sticker).  Most on the
greenhybrid forum tend to fudge their figures I find. If I were fishing, I'd
claim mine was bigger than yours in a fishing forum.

If you are in the 50's in mpg's, you're doing pretty good.  Where I'm at in
CA, we've got the watered down ethanol stuff that takes a toll on mileage.
My last trip to LA put me in the 39 mpg range going over the Grapevine at
4400 feet.  I was going to the dealer for service.  I told him I was getting
44 mpg thinking he would say "We need to improve that."  Instead, he said
"That's pretty good."  hmmmm....?  No doubt the new hybrid Camry will
present disappointing numbers to their owners from the sticker.


Posted by Michelle Steiner on May 16, 2006, 6:32 am

That's what CR reports, but that's much less than what the overwhelming
majority of Prius drivers get.

What is the URL?

How did you determine that?

I've been doing in the fifties since last September or late August.  
Previously to that, I was doing about 46 to 48.  As one keeps driving
with attention to mileage, one learns how to get better mileage.

We have MTBE (or is it MBTE?  I keep forgetting) half the year and
ethanol the other half; it doesn't seem to affect my mileage all that
much, if at all.

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

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