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Posted by Jean B. on April 2, 2006, 2:32 pm
I think I have read that the Prius is not fully broken in
until 8000 miles.  At any rate, now that we are having some
warmer weather, I am seeing better mileage than I did last
fall--now the norm seems to be in the high 54-55-range (mostly
non-highway).  I guess I didn't notice this earlier because of
the drop in MPG when the weather was cold.
Jean B.

Posted by Bill on April 2, 2006, 5:36 pm

That's great mileage Jean.  You have mastered the art!  Did you sell your
other car?


Posted by Jean B. on April 3, 2006, 1:00 pm
 Bill wrote:

No.  In fact, it is dead in the garage.  I have to get it
started and to VW for its inspection.  I don't know what I'm
going to do with it, because my friend who said he'd buy it
doesn't have the money to do so.  It is painful to drive it at
16 mpg when I can get 55 mpg in the Prius!!!!!

I was thinking of looking at the Camry Hybrid, but suddenly my
daughter is biking, so the hatchback is coming in handy.  I do
wish the Prius had a roof vent though....

Jean B.

Posted by Bill on April 3, 2006, 6:01 pm

I have to charge the battery in my explorer after it sits for a couple of
months.  If you have a small battery charger that's pretty easy.  I loosen
the vent caps, check the acid level and disconnect the negative terminal
cable before connecting my charger.  That will probably get your VW going in
short order.

Never had a car with a roof vent so I don't know what I'm missing.


Posted by mrv@kluge.net on April 5, 2006, 7:16 pm
Jean B. wrote:

The owner's manual only lists around 500-600 miles (I don't have mine
handy at the moment), to avoid jack-rabbit starts, vary your speed, and
avoid excessive (panic) braking.

Some owners have reported as high as 10,000 miles to fully break in
their car.  Unknown if this is for the car to wear in components (like
tires), and learn the driver's habits, or if it is the time for the
driver to break-in and learn how to drive more efficiently...

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