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Posted by Michael Pardee on June 20, 2005, 12:51 pm

What amazes me is that when we bought our Prius 2 1/2 years ago the buzz was
that we would never recover the cost of the hybrid system at $.50 per
gallon (compared to 35 mpg for a similar conventional car) and that the
resale value was very low.

No matter - this car is still a joy to drive and has been completely


Posted by pettusta@gmail.com on June 23, 2005, 2:32 am
I am a new Prius owner (just got it June 11th). I bought the car with 5
miles on it and a full tank of gas.  I drove it 323 miles and filled up
with 3 squares remaining. My fill-up was 7.4 gallons and cost me
$5.75.  I calculated that my MPG was 43.65 MPG.  So far my second tank
doesn't seem to be lasting as long, and I don't think I've driven it
any differently.  The first tank I drove with the A/C on frequently
(it's hot here in Florida). I am doing nothing different with the
second tank.  Is the lower MPG due to the fact that I'm still in the
'break-in' period, or am I doing something else wrong?  Does my car
need maintenance or a software upgrade?

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on June 23, 2005, 12:03 pm

Oh, don't be too concerned about your tankful to tankful MPG variation.
I've had my 2004 Prius since mid September, also in Florida
(Jacksonville), and while my overall MPG has been pretty steady at
between 43 and 44, my individual tankfuls have been all over the place,
from high 30s to over 50, and most of the time it's for the same type of

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Posted by pettusta@gmail.com on June 23, 2005, 12:16 pm
 Hey, I am in Jacksonville too! Small world! I wonder how some people
are getting closer to 50 MPG though. Is it a climate thing or a driving
habit thing?

Thanks for the info. See you on the road!


Posted by Michael N. LeVine on June 23, 2005, 2:30 pm
  mike@POSTTOGROUP.invalid (Mike Rosenberg) wrote:

Did you always fill up using the same fill nozzle? I have found
that no two will click off at the same level. Depending on the
nozzle used, the time its takes for my fuel indicator to drop from
full to 9/10's can vary from over an hour to maybe 15 minutes of highway driving.
This can reflect a difference of over a gallon variation in the fuel level in
the tank.
Topping off can make the variation's even worse.
Michael LeVine -  mlevine@redshift.com
"Thirty days hath September, April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty one except for Gypsy Rose Lee
and every one knew what she had" - Mel Blanc

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