Can you resist "Reset"

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Fuel Economy' started by Whiteyprius, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. Mike F

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    Well spotted, it should have said 61.2 down to 60.9 mpg. Sorry for the error.
     
  2. qbee42

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    Yours will automatically reset the miles driven per tank, but not the mileage. Mileage accumulates until you manually hit reset. The 2004 models automatically reset both figures.

    I always reset my mileage after I refill the fuel tank. I like to know on a tank by tank basis.

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    My wish for the 2010 3G is for a mpg display similar to odometers on most current vehicles-- one that is not able to be reset, which would show lifetime mpg, and two re-settables, although one of the latter would satisfy 99% of us. This should be mandated for all vehicles.

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    I reset the MFD after every tank, and I also reset Trip A. I reset Trip B every time I change the oil. What can I say, I'm a button pusher. :D
     
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    I have not yet touched Reset after 9100 miles. Highest I saw was 50.1, now back to 49.8 as the temp has gone down. If it starts getting lower and bothering me I may succumb and hit reset.
     
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    I intended to not reset mine, but when I cleaned the fingerprints off the screen with the microfiber cloth there it went! Bye-bye overall MPG. Easily done, lesson learned, don't clean screen with car/MFD on.
     
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    I've got 13,200 miles and have yet to hit the RESET button. I'm at 46.5 mpg overall.
     
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    Thats one feature that I absolutely loved about the Honda Insight, it did have a lifetime MPG that could not be reset and was stuck for the life of the car. What I loved most about it is for resale value, you can tell (for the most part) how an Insight was driven by it's lifetime MPG. If it has a lifetime of upper 50's or higher, it was likely driven with care and a purpose. Low 50's and I'd be skeptical and look into it carefully, below 50 and I'd be concerned about it's condition based on how it must have been treated. A driver with low MPG likely does not show as much care for the car, dinging curbs with the wheels, door dings, scratches, less wash/waxing, etc, overall a less cared for car. One with much higher MPG obviously shows that much more care was put into it, the extra effort.

    I do find this to be a "must have" feature for all high efficiency hybrids, or any car at all for that matter.
     
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    I just bought my car with 9 miles on it.

    I have around 170 miles on the MFD and an avg of 49.5 mpg.

    Just getting the hang of it. I notice when I leave in the morning and it's cold I can't get about 25mpg till it warms up.
     
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    I've got just over 33,000 miles on my car. I haven't hit the reset button for the past 6 or 7 months, or about 7500 miles. I've been from san jose, to eureka and back during that period and my mileage is 52.6! I love my car.
     
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    Just to give you an update: Again, my commute is 3 miles, and most of my trips are 10 minutes. We take 1 - 200 mile trips a couple weekends a month. With the cold weather coming on, my mpg's have dropped a little, but right now with my having not touched "Reset" in 5K mi. my MFD is at 50.0 mpg:) I was at a Honda dealership the other day and the salesman showed some interest in 'ol Whitey. When I told him the above stats, he said "Yeah, that's about what the Civic Hybrids do. I was polite and didn't dispute his comment, but later I thought, "Yeah, if you can show me a Civic Hybrid that can do that under similar driving conditions I'll eat BOTH my front tires! (...besides the fact that he's comparing apples to oranges, with the Prius being a category larger car). Thanks for hearing my rant:)
     
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    I reset after every fillup. I also reset the A and B trips. When I get to one bar I reset the B trip and then when I see the bar flash I reset the A so I know how far I've gone before I need fuel.
     
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    Update: With the cooler weather my mpg is down to 48.9 over the last 10K miles according to the MFD:) Can any other production car on the road make that claim? Love my Prius:D
     
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    My coworker who also owns a prius told me never to hit reset. So I never ever did. That way it'll reflect my lifetime mpg score, which currently is 47. I'm happy with that.
     
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    I built a spreadsheet that calculates a weighted average of my tank averages so I know my lifetime.

    Meanwhile I get the fun of trying to improve from tank to tank and getting the feedback from day to day.
     
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    When I was getting the first fill up for my new Prius, I thought it would be interesting to not reset the MFD for awhile and see the overall average. First, I was really surprised to see the mileage automatically reset after the fill-up. So I figured I would just leave the mpg going and not reset that. Well, I accordantly reset it about half way through that first tank. So much for that idea. Like Fibb222, and many other here, I have a spreadsheet going to track overall mpg.
     
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    Since there is no lifetime mpg feature on the Prius and the MFD figure inflates the real at-the-pump figures, there seems to be no reason whatsoever to resist reset. I find it much more useful to reset after fill-up and compare MFD to real @pump numbers (pretty wild, sometimes). I'm with the folks who record data on a spread sheet to obtain valid lifetime numbers.

    If one strives to leave the reset 'button' at rest, what is really gained? You can't PROVE the number is real, can you?
     
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    Inflates?, who says?
     
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    I know it is not statistically significant, since I have had only two fill-ups, but the MFD mpg has been about 2% less than the calculated mpg.
    Question to Prius veterans: On my first fill-up the MFD mileage reset but the mpg did not. On the second fill-up neither mileage or mpg reset. Is this typical?
     
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    "...Most of us find that over multiple tanks that the MFD overestimates FE by 1-2%..." - efusco.

    That is my experience as well. Does yours differ?
     
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