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  1. I had a Prius T4 company car for 3 years, it was great. My answers are based on that knowledge. 1. Yes MPG gauge is about 5-10% optimistic. My best was 81MPG I achieved on a couple of longer trips, so that was better than 75MPG. Very happy with that. Most of the time I had the same type of journeys as you and the gauge was showing 55-57MPG (say over 50MPG real world). My previous car was an automatic diesel (Jaguar) and it was averaging 33MPG indicated (30MPG real world) on the same journeys. Oh, and the stop/start city driving part of the commute was killing the DPF. Diesel cars do not achieve anything like their advertised MPG in stop/start city driving. The hybrid is FAR better in that. However, if you do long distance journeys cruising at high speeds (60-80MPH indicated) the diesel is as good and possibly better. The hybrid certainly rewards a lighter right foot with better MPG. 2. Yes. For pulling out at junctions, use PWR mode. It gives you more rapid power delivery. I normally used ECO for better economy myself, but coming up to a junction I would either put the car into PWR mode or else just floor the throttle (same result, only a second or so longer to achieve). The traction control would sort out any wheel slip problems. For the record, the Prius was GREAT at standing starts in the Traffic Light Grand Prix. I blew off a couple of BMW turbo diesels and caught a Golf Turbo by surprise once as well. The trick was: a. Put the car into PWR mode b. Left foot on the brake c. Right foot lightly pressing the accelerator d. Drive select in forward (drive). When the lights changed: e. Step left foot sideways off the brake f. Right foot hard down on accelerator The Prius would leap off like a scalded cat (lots of torque at zero revs from the electric motor) and would leave the other cars standing. The surprise factor for the other drivers was the icing on the cake. 3. Best mode overall depends on your driving style. The hybrid car will encourage you to adopt a smoother, quieter, more restrained driving style. It's a very relaxing and economic way to drive. So I liked ECO for that. When I was in a hurry, I would go for PWR mode. 4. I went from a diesel to a Hybrid and LOVED it. The move works best if you are willing to adjust your driving style (as above). But if you try to drive a hybrid like a diesel (using lots of torque i.e. rev up the car and get the turbo going) then you will be disappointed.
  2. The early Volvos had a brilliant turning circle, not so much now in the noughties. No, it's not my age. It's the car. Honest dear!
  3. First off, congratulations on an amusing and well worded post. Secondly, I had exactly the same problem. As a highly experienced driver myself, I found I had to deliberately drive forward a greater distance before stopping and doing a reversing turn. Even after compensating for the poor turning circle, I would often find I had undercompensated and would still have to do the shuffle. I agree one's personal radar does adjust, but even then I found it did not stick. I would get it right about 75% of the time, but too many times I would do the shuffle. Of course, the answer is obvious. Buy a top of the range model and get it to automatically park itself. :-)
  4. Feel your pain, Ian. It's more than a niggle - having a speedometer that is clear could save your licence. Having said that, my Jaguar has a rev counter to the left of the speedometer and that's been pretty much the norm on any car I have driven with a rev counter. I've just handed my Prius back to the company. I shall miss the HUD. I am hoping you can get used to the car's setup in time and then this will no longer be a niggle for you.
  5. thats why i joined here. to first get help if needed but also to give help as i become more antiquated with the car. Chris - welcome on board to TOC, and indeed I do hope both you and the car become antiquated gracefully together! Don't you just love spell checkers!
  6. Love it! My Dad has a V70, so I know you can get loads into them. More than a Prius could handle, to be fair. But I am not surprised the Prius did better than a V60 diesel in MPG. Factor in the zero RFL, relative cost of diesel versus unleaded and we have a clear winner on that occasion.
  7. r04drunner1

    Prius Advice

    1. The Toyota dealer did it for me, it takes just a few minutes. I now get a single beep when I select reverse and not the annoying continuous beeping. You could ask the dealer to do it. 2. Service book is unlikely to have the information, you'd need to check the jobcards or receipts. If the car has been serviced by Toyota dealers they may have records on computer. 3. You could try www.pistonheads.com It has 116 Prii for sale when I last looked. Also www.eBay.co.uk has some. Here in NI, I use AutoTrader, UTVDrive, UsedcarsNI and Gumtree, in roughly that order.
  8. r04drunner1

    Prius Advice

    My previous car was a Jaguar, I do like the Prius (I've had it three years) and it has been VERY wallet-friendly, but I must admit I hanker after some decent power sometimes. Don't expect anything like your MX5 (nice!) or Cooper S (nice!) the Prius will promote a much more relaxed and, dare I say it, mature driving style. I think the other responders have nailed it. The points about the brakes and the test drive over a bumpy surface to look out for rattles are particularly good ones to bear in mind. Obviously, ensure the car has been fully serviced by Toyota and that the correct 0W20 oil has been put into the car at each service. Otherwise your MPG will suffer. If you are going for a higher mileage car, do check out the tyres carefully. They should have all been changed at least once. And remember they need to be low rolling resistance tyres. I've done 30k so far on my first set. No problems. I would advise you to treat the Protection pack as a "nice to have" rather than a "must have" to be honest. Don't let the absence of a protection pack put you off buying an otherwise good car. I did consider getting it when I ordered my own Prius T4, which does not have a reversing camera, but after a test drive I decided not to bother, for several reasons: (1) The car is a hatchback so it's pretty easy to judge the length and position of the rear of the car when reversing. (I am not a reversing sensor snob: I would not buy a saloon car without sensors!) (2) Again, because it's a hatchback and has a big rear window, I find rear visibility is very good especially when I don't have the luggage cover in place. I think I made the right choice. I've never had a problem reversing in three years of ownership. You do have to watch out for errant pedestrians, the silent movement of the car can catch them out. But sensors don't really help that problem anyway - the pedestrian would be walking quickly from the side so the sensor would not give you much warning. I just take reversing slow and steady and keep a good lookout. The Prius has a handy concealed storage area underneath the floor of the boot. Very useful for storing valuables, rugs, umbrellas, shopping bags etc. I decided not to get the rubber luggage floor protector as I don't have any rubber luggage. (Just kidding!) I decided not to get the protector in case it made the concealed storage area more difficult to get into. I can't comment on these as I have never driven a Prius with LEDs. My wife had a stealth car (a Vauxhall Corsa, old shape) so I am familiar with the benefits of DRLs. However I've never had a problem in the Prius. In poorly lit underground garages I do tend to put the headlamps and foglamps on. This alerts pedestrians that I am coming: useful if the car is in stealth mode! I don't bother with Satnav nowadays, I find Google maps and GPS on my phone is far better than any SatNav I have ever used. I mount the phone in a holder on the dashboard and power it from the DC socket under the central console. But I really, really love the HUD so I can understand that a Satnav integrated with the HUD would be a very useful feature. HTH R04drunner1
  9. I find it's much better to use Cruise Control to keep to the speed limit on steep downhill roads. CC gives you more regeneration than B mode does. Also CC does not waste energy spinning up the engine. In CC, if the car is still going too fast, you can always press down on the CC control. That increases regeneration and slows the car down.
  10. As a long standing IAM member myself, I agree with the advice about consideration and safety. The hill start feature on the Prius is brilliant. Simply push down on the brake pedal extra hard and the car will hold the brakes (RANT ON: No it is NOT "breaks" it is "brakes" - exactly as you put it, so thank you! RANT OFF) while you transfer your foot to the accelerator and prepare to move off.
  11. Nice pics Barry. The car looks well on the 17 inch rims and I think the Pearl White really suits the lines. (But I could be accused of being biased there! ) I have a long history of vee-dubs myself, Golf GTI and Scirocco, so I totally agree the Prius feels a bit tinny in comparison. But the MPG and the style makes up for it! As you get better used to the car, you will find your MPG goes up even more and it DOES have a calming effect on one's driving style. Having said that, I agree acceleration is much less than a turbo car when the latter is on song, but the 0-30 acceleration of the Prius in PWR mode is a hoot. The electric engine applies maximum torque from zero revs and you can really notice that if you floor the accelerator in PWR mode at the lights. I have embarrassed a BMW and a Golf GTI myself! Enjoy the car and if you issue an update after a month, I suspect you'll have found even more to like.
  12. Great video Timberwolf, very interesting and when I applied the lessons I gained about 5 MPG in my average readings, which takes me over 60 MPG indicated on the HSI.
  13. I am thinking there is more mileage in the "Pulse and Glide" theory. Any experts care to comment? The idea of pulse and glide is: 1: Pulse with the throttle in the position for optimum engine efficiency (roughly at the full portion of the HSI, before the PWR zone). This builds up momentum. 2: Glide with the throttle in the position where power is not flowing to the wheels nor is it flowing from the wheels. Normally the driver achieves this by putting just the right amount of pressure on the throttle pedal to get to that position. Speed will bleed off but more distance will be covered at zero consumption, thus improving the overal MPG reading. The thing is, it can be pretty tough to achieve and sustain the correct throttle position for a sustained glide. So I am wondering if, by simply putting the driver selector into N (neutral) the same effect can more easily be achieved. And that is perhaps what the Prius driver was doing. I am aware this is effectively coasting and there is a whole other discussion on - safety (you can't simply press down on the throttle if you need to accelerate suddenly. You also lose engine braking.) - legality (there conflicting advice online re the legality of coasting in the UK - the Highway Code does not say it is illegal but some people believe coasting is illegal, although that's a law that would be pretty unenforcable).
  14. I have a T4 without SatNav (I used a freestanding Garmin until recently, now I use my SmartPhone with GPS). Even without SatNav integration, I love the HUD. I have it configured to show MPH and the HSI (Hybrid System Indicator). It's a brilliant way to see the key information I need while keeping my eyes on the road. Having driven the Toyota for over two years now, I think every car should have the HUD.
  15. If it's a company car, Toyota has a fleet of loan cars that you can test drive for four days or so. I just went for an ordinary test drive (liked the car and ordered it) but a colleague went to the fleet manager who organised a four day loan car from Toyota. That gave him a much better experience of the car and, yes, after the test drive he ordered one!