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Posted by A Sherman on June 2, 2006, 1:19 am

The engine is not  "hard connected" to the wheels.  I think one of the better
explanations is at:


Posted by Bob Wilson on May 20, 2006, 2:08 am

Is your oil over the fill line? The optimum is 3/4 between F and E.

I have pressure sensor tire caps at 40 psi.

I use a run of at least 150-200 miles to make sure enough gas is burned
to get a good metric. I'm looking forward to your data.

Bob Wilson

Posted by B. Peg on May 21, 2006, 11:39 pm


This car is a victim of it's environment.  I thought the mileage up I-5 was
going to be crap and it was:  39-41 mpg running 80-85 mph.

What was really odd was while in San Francisco with all the hills, rainy
weather, constant temps in the 70's, the car reported 50.8 mpg!  Huh?  I
never see that figure in Southern San Jacquin Valley.  All I get around
there is 43 mpg.  Maybe the SJV air is so crappy it won't burn as well?

Granted S.F. is more stop and go and slow driving than what I'm accustomed
to.  Guess I'll pipe down a while about mpg numbers and why some are getting
so much more than I.

I read earlier about the parking brake thing.  One of my mechanics in the
past told me not too set the parking brake if the shoes are really hot else
I may warp the drum and get a pulsating in the pedal.  I just leave it in
plain old Park.


Posted by Michael Pardee on May 22, 2006, 12:47 am

An oddity many oof us have noticed is that the hybrid system really seems to
like hills.


Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on May 22, 2006, 8:56 am

Maybe the software was convinced it was safe to give you electromotion and
not be called upon for speed demon antics. May sound silly but it does use
logic based on the driver's habits. You're safe as long as it doesn't use
face recognition. Let's hope it doesn't report to the Toyota service
department you have a split personality.

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