HectorG

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    Paul
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    Prius Plug-in Excel
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    2019
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  1. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    Funnily enough, I recently found the same summary pages and looked at the vehicles history. I bought my PHV as an ex demonstrator approximately seven months since first registered and having covered a little over 5000 miles. From memory (I’m currently in the South of France on holiday without my car - its a hard life I know!) looking at the average miles/kWh figure, it was clear that the car was driven, but not plugged in for 3 months. For the other 4 months, I seem to remember, the average mpg didn’t exceed mid to late 50’s, indicating very little plugging in. I suspect the car had been used by a member of the sales team for their personal use for much of the time (often the case with demos) and they couldn’t be bothered to plug it in as they weren’t paying for fuel. My son tells me he has reps visiting him at work in Mitsubishi PHEVS and they happily admit they never plug them in either as they don’t pay for fuel.
  2. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    (Cocked up quote above) This is my second response: I’ve now discovered another layer to the MFD giving miles per kWh on a daily and monthly basis! Now I’m more used to driving the PHV I’ve increased my miles/kWh score to be consistently above 5. The last few days I’ve been getting 5.2/5.3 and on a couple of days I’ve achieved 5.6. I’m not sure how accurate these figures will be because, even if only 7kWh is available that computes to a range of 39.2.......or am I missing something?
  3. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    I didn't reset the MFD for the journey. I will try that next time. I'm still trying to get my head round all the data available and how to harvest it. I'm quite impressed with the mpg since I returned from my long trip to Newcastle to pick up the car - 629.3 mpg over 715 miles with 93% EV ratio. It would seem the PHV is ideal for my normal daily use with my camper used for long journeys and holidays.
  4. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    The 4.3 kWh was on the MFD. The range (34.5) was arrived at from adding the distance covered since full re-charge (from memory about 24) to the indicated range left.
  5. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    I’ve been achieving 4.3 miles/kWh recently and today had a range of 34.5 miles. Amazingly, that computes at 8.02 kWh.
  6. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    I understood that 8kWh is useable. But I stand to be corrected.
  7. HectorG

    Charging PHV

    I frequently do journeys that only use about half the battery or a tad less. On my return home I routinely plug the car in for a full re-charge. I think I’ve read somewhere that it may not be a good idea to repeatedly top up the battery rather than let it flatten before re-charging. Any advice on this gratefully received.
  8. HectorG

    My New PHV

    Thanks Pete - never thought of that as I’ve just left it on all the time! I’m sure I’ve seen somewhere (possibly on YouTube) that you can also display the turn signals on the HUD when the sat nav is being used. Is this the case in the UK?
  9. HectorG

    My New PHV

    It’s definitely not a generator whine (I’ve been a hybrid user for 3 years) and definitely sounds like a scraping sound similar to pads on rusty discs. I assumed it can’t be that as it’s been driven 650 miles since acquired 10 days ago. Although much of that was on the motorway it’s been driven about 250 miles on shortish local journeys. I’ve just looked at the discs and the front pair are shiny, but there is a very small amount of rust on the rear pair. However, it’s difficult to decide if the noise is coming from the front or the rear, or both. Thanks for that. Unfortunately I have no Android devices.
  10. HectorG

    My New PHV

    After a week in my ‘new’ PHV I have a couple of queries that the experts on here may be able to help me with. 1) When braking there is a noise similar to the one you get when I car has been left for a few weeks and the discs get a coat of rust on their surface. I wondered if this was a result of the regenerative braking effect. But it seems Moore pronounced than on my RAV4 Hybrid. 2) How do I get more info than the mph on the HUD? I understand that the Hybrid System Indicator can be displayed, but I’ve read the manual and I’m still not clear how to do it!
  11. HectorG

    My New PHV

    This is my first car with the dreaded piano black trim. I’ve already noticed a couple of surface scratches it has suffered as a result of being a demonstrator and before I end up damaging it further, can any of you detailers out there give me advice on how best to repair/protect/polish and generally look after piano black.
  12. HectorG

    My New PHV

    Couldn't agree more. Regarding JLR, six of my last seven cars have been Japanese with the one exception being a Freelander 2 diesel auto. I was on the verge of trading my seven year old Subaru Forester XT for a new Outback when I was talked into a new Freelander (my wife had a financial interest in the new car). Dreadful mistake - rear diff failure literally on the last day of the warranty and a pathetic 30.3 mpg (brim to brim measurement) over 33,000 miles. Needless to say I got rid. A friend who had one the same age as mine had a £2,000 bill 2 months after the warranty ran out. My wife had a habit of buying new VW's despite a catalogue of failures - gearbox failed in Polo after 13 months; engine replaced in Golf TDi after 2 years, plus new cylinder head, DMF, sunroof motor, door seals, etc. She eventually realised her folly and bought a Honda Jazz, despite my preference for a Yaris (she didn't like the look of the Yaris at the time). I have a very nice 1 year old Westfalia camper van which is unfortunately based on a Mercedes V-Class. Very car-like to drive, lovely interior and very bling. However, it's spent the last 5 weeks at the local Mercedes dealers having a new pop-up roof, various bits of corroded metal replaced and investigations into intermittent failure of the fuel gauge. I didn't have much more luck about twelve years ago with a new VW California which spent most of its downtime at the dealers having niggling faults repaired until I got fed up with it.
  13. HectorG

    My New PHV

    I spent several years living in the Yorkshire Dales and as a keen cyclist I assure you the hills in Dorset (as South as you can get in the UK), where I now live, are far worse. And Dartmoor is worse still!
  14. HectorG

    My New PHV

    Fair enough, but it seems to me that most private buyers will avoid buying brand new and go for a demo model or nearly new. I spent several weeks searching for a Plug -in and in almost all cases of cars less than 18 months old there was little or no difference between PHV and Gen 4 Prius when comparing cars of each type of similar age mileage and spec. In quite a few cases the standard Prius was more expensive than the equivalent PHV. More than one dealer told me that the interest from taxi drivers in the 5-seat Prius pushes up their relative cost in relation to PHV’s. The dealer on Exeter sells quite a few to London taxi drivers. Also, the PHV cannot be used by Uber drivers as their conditions require their drivers’ cars to have 5 seats. I was quite happy to get 26% off list price for a 7 month old demonstrator with 5,000 miles which also came with a dealer-fit dash cam included. Initially I was put off by the 4 seats and comical boot; but I rarely carry 5 people and my main holiday/long journey vehicle is a camper van. It clearly isn’t a family car and I’m sure if any of my 3 children were still at home I wouldn't give it a moment’s consideration. Horses for courses.