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Some more questions by a new Prius owner

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Posted by Shawn Hirn on January 13, 2008, 1:06 pm
After longly wanting a Prius for several years and waiting for my old
car to die on me, my old car lost its usefulness to me last week. So
this past Thursday, I bought a new 2008 Prius with package #2 and I am
happy with it, although I have only driven it 175 miles so far.

First, I am wondering how many miles is typical on a tank of gas for
about 50% city and 50% highway driving.

Second, I like the car a lot, but the seats seem much too firm for my
taste. My dad sat in the car at the dealership for an hour while I went
to the bank to get money to pay for it and he had no complaints about
the seats, but I find the driver's seat too firm. I am wondering if
anyone else agrees and what my options are to fix that. I guess I will
need to buy a seat pad or something for it.

Third, how long did it take you to stop reaching into your pocket to get
the car key before you got used to the idea of not needing a traditional
metal key to start the car? I keep doing that.

Speaking of keys, forth, how do you handle valet parking? Do you find
that parking valets know how to start/stop your Prius? Have you
mistakenly walked away without leaving a key with the parking attendant?
Thus far, I haven't had my Prius valet parked, but I am concerned that I
will forget to give the attendant the sensor thing so he or she can park
the car.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 13, 2008, 1:53 pm

That's an ambiguous question, all the more so since the gas tank on the
Prius has a bladder inside which will prevent you from seeing any
consistency from fillup to fillup, for quite a number of reasons.

So, pay attention to your MFD and ask the question, "what sort of
mileage is typical?"  And *that* depends on where you are in the
country, how you set your climate control, and other factors.

I'd say around 45mpg in summer, 35-40mpg in winter--that is, if you live
in a climate that has four seasons.

Posted by Shawn Hirn on January 14, 2008, 3:06 am

Thanks everyone for the advise. I will definitely check out priuschat.com

Posted by John H. on January 13, 2008, 4:21 pm
 Congratulations on you purchase.

If you haven't already found it, I recommend that you go to priuschat.com.
It's a chat forum that covers almost everything concerning the Prius.

I, also, found the seats uncomfortable.  During the first test drive "around
the block" of about 10 minutes, I didn't notice it.  When I did my second
drive of around 30 minutes (checking out Interstate driving and ability to
go up steep hills, I found out about the seats.  Due to figuring that I
would do some long distance driving, I opted for the '07 Camry Hybrid.

Many people use seat cushions while others go all-out and completely replace
the seats.

Posted by Greg on January 13, 2008, 4:28 pm
 Hi Shawn,

Congratulations on getting your new Prius! And  if you're new
here welcome to the newsgroup too!

Per your "typical on a tank of gas" question, that depends on
both climate and driver variables, as with any "normal" vehicle.

In my '04 Prius, I get low to mid 40 MPG in the winter and
about 10 MPG more in the summer here in northern Indiana.

As for the seat being "too firm", if it's too uncomfortable, you
could try using an extra cushion. But you'll probably get used
to it as it as you and the car get broken in to each other.  ;-)

You're gonna love that Smart Entry/Start option! Most all valets
are familiar with it, so you shouldn't have a problem.  But as
you mentioned, don't forget to give them the the key fob.

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