New convert to the Prius club

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  1. golfmk681

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    Ok so I began driving my used Prius $3k from a forum member this week. I’ve been getting 47mpg according to the car’s meter, but the manual equation comes to 52mpg using Fuelly???? I don’t know if that’s correct because I can’t believe it’s getting that kind of mileage! The picture attached is 360 miles of driving in 4 day.

    I’m coming from my former daily that had max 26mpg and I drive 100 miles per day to work.

    I love the middle finger I’m giving oil to the companies. Don’t get me wrong I love fast cars. And I’m going to get a manual transmission German sports sedan later this year as my weekender, nice car, road trip car, but my Prius daily driver is amazing.
    I love how I don’t have to obsess about keeping it super clean like I do with my other car. I can park close now.

    I intend to drive this to 500k or more miles. I averaged 27k miles a year in my other car.
     

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    Welcome to the fraternity. I prefer to think of it that way, as opposed to a religion. I am glad to hear that you are pleased with your car's MPG so far, but I would caution you that mid-40s (at least for a Gen 2) is more like what you should expect once Fuelly averages out the differences in fill level. That's still pretty darn good for a $3K car.
     
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    Ya I have a hard time believing it’s accurate. All I know is a full tank cost me $21 at Costco. My other car was $40-43 for a full tank. Those are real difference!
    The good mpg was obtained from me driving hwy 95% little of no stop and go, and averaging 68-69 miles per hour.

    Ya can a mod change the title to “club” and not religion. Sorry miss use of the term.
     
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    Welcome aboard! I think what davecook was referring to was the different amount of fuel the tank holds from fillup to fillup. The second generation Prius has a rubber bladder for a gas tank so it can be very inconsistent on the amount of gas it holds each tank. That causes substantial swings in mpg. Using a site like fuelly.com and taking your average over 3 or 4 tanks at a time is going to give you more of a true average.

    Your driving conditions are pretty conducive to getting good mileage out of, though. Enjoy!
     
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    That causes substantial swings in calculated mpg.

    This is one of the reasons I think the on screen average is reasonably accurate tank to tank, and not as inaccurate as people make out.
     
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    congrats!

    what year prius did you buy, and how many miles?
     
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    The best way to do this, is to use the "Report" button on post #1 and ask the question. Mods don't always ready every post.
     
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    Its an 06 with 253k miles. I'm pretty comfortable working on cars so the miles don't scare me. My 2010 msport bmw has 142k miles and never been to a shop. I have a garage with a respectable tool selection.
     
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    What's nice about buying a new Prius is saving gas all those years and if something does go wrong down the road you already saved a ton of money.
     
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    nah I really don't want my commuter car that'll acrue 27k miles per year with a monthly payment. It doesn't make sense to me to do that, and I haven't had a car payment in 6 years. Yah I'm a cheap.

    But an Audi S4 weekend car, I'll gladly shove money to the bank lol.
     
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    Yeah you'll get a lot of fluctuations in your hand calculated MPGs due to variations in fill volume. Just keep plotting it on Fuelly for a number of consecutive fills (don't skip any) and the trend line will give you a really good estimate of your true fuel consumption.
     
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    Ya I will use fuelly for my Prius. I’ve been tracking my 128i series fuel for the past year or so.
     
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