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  1. CamryDriver

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    This has been the warmest December I can remember. This might be a record tank for this time of year (not an absolute record of course, just for mid winter).

    56.0 MPG displayed
    569.5 miles tank
    57.6 MPG long term average
    25,114 OD (just had the last free service)

    $24.68
    10.734 gallons

    53.06 MPG calculated
     
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    My state just added a $100 Hybrid Tax and evidently a $200 EV tax. Didn't need to pay the first 2 years of ownership but they got me this last renewal. Can't say I'm happy about it.
     
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    No good deed will go unpunished. :)
     
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    55.7 MPG displayed
    580 miles
    57.5 MPG long term average
    25,694 OD

    $25.02
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    52.84 MPG calculated

    An excellent result for this time of year, thanks mostly to unseasonably warm temps.
     
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    53.3 mpg displayed tank
    528 miles
    57.2 mpg long term average
    26,222 od

    $22.53
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    50.6 mpg calculated

    Weather has been from 25 degrees to 75 degrees but mostly cold. Coldest weather this winter but still over 50 mpg calculated!
     
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    My car has been driving me nuts!! We live on a bit of a rough road and the car has always rattled a bit when driving on our road but on all other roads the car had been quiet. I figured the noise was more than likely the result of some loose personal item like an ice scraper, not noise from the car itself.

    A few days ago the rattle increased in both volume and occurrence. The darn thing made noise all the time so I took all the stuff that could have been a possible source and the car still sounded like it was falling apart. The car itself was making the noise!

    In an effort to track down the source of the cacophony I rolled down each window to see if the pitch would change. Rolling the windows down made no change however rolling the passenger side window back up reduced the sound to roughly the former tolerable level.
     
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    Noise while stationary or moving?
    Rock or debris stuck in a tire?
    Loose bolt on an under cover or splash shield?
    Loose wheel nut?
    Debris between under cover and frame?
    Debris in engine compartment?
     
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    Noise while moving. Small bumps cause the noises.The window mechanism appears to be the cause of the worst of it.
     
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    Update:

    The rattle noise went away, then came back. I was all set to make an appointment with the dealer when a lightbulb went off. Turns out the source of the noise was just the buckle for the seat belt for the front passenger. The noise is gone now and I like my car again.
     
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    Happened to me on at least two cars. Then some car I don't recall which, had a clip you could secure the belt with to assure it was out of the way and the buckle wasn't floating around to rattle. I think it was the v and rear belts.
     
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    54.4 MPG displayed
    547.3 miles
    57 MPG long term
    26,769 OD

    10.71 gallons
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    51.1 MPG calculated

    The car has not been below 50 MPG this winter! This is especially interesting because the car gets terrible mileage on the short new round trip to take my son to school.

    I credit selective use of heat and tire pressure. I try not to warm up the car but I'm not going to freeze the kid so the car gets a warm up when he is in the car, or when it is really cold, or when the windshield needs to be warm to melt ice. The heated seats are really nice in the cold. Never had them before. Will never be without them going forward.
     
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    LOL!! I get the same thing frequently on my Prime. Front passenger seatbelt twisted just right. Thankfully, I was able to zero in on the direction a little more quickly.
     
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    So the seatbelts being twisted was the source of the worst of the noise but somewhere in the back seat area something is still making too much noise. I put my wife back there in an effort to determine the source and wouldn't you know it, the car was all but silent the whole time she was back there.
     
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    :eek::eek: :rolleyes::rolleyes: :eek::eek: :rolleyes: o_Oo_O
     
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    It could be the seat bottom. On the the 2005 Prius, it was held on just by some clips; you could pull it off by hand. Since people got photos of the battery pack under the seat at the reveal event, it is the same way on the gen4 Prius, and likely the Camry hybrid as well.

    If so, pull out the seat, and drive without it to check.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    The current tank is hovering around 60 MPG displayed (which should translate to about 57 MPG calculated) thanks to some generally warmer weather. So it looks like this will have been the first winter that never went below 50 MPG (calculated) for a tank. We can thank a mild winter for that.
     
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    Honestly this is amazing. A midsize family sedan that can get Prius-like fuel economy.
     
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    I looked at the Maroney sticker on a Camry hybrid at the other day and I think it said 51 mpg ciity or something like that. So I looked it up. That LE Hybrid is pretty amazing in the fuel department.
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    Y'all need to know that I drive really slow to achieve these numbers.

    Example:

    The highway at our subdivision has a speed limit of 70 MPH until the top of the first hill. Only if I'm running very late do I ever hit 70 MPH, maybe twice a month. Most days since the limit goes down to 55 MPH anyhow I go up the hill at 50-55 MPH. Some days if I leave really early and have extra time I might go up the hill at 40-45 MPH. There is little traffic out here when I go to work so it is fairly safe for me to do this.
     
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