Drive Gently and Avoid High Speeds
Your vehicle does not need an elaborate break-in. But following a few simple tips for the first 1000 km (600 miles) can add to the future economy and long life of your vehicle:
* Avoid full-throttle acceleration when starting and driving.
* Avoid racing the hybrid engine.
* Try to avoid hard stops during the first 300 km (200 miles).
What kind of a sound? Is it a kind of whirring sound? When you shut off the Prius it pumps 1.5 liters of hot coolant into a super-insulated thermos bottle. Then when you start it again (even days later) it has some hot coolant to help get the valves (?) hot right away.Vemuru said:... Now I always hear a sound after I stop my car...
I don't pay much attention to the fluctuations in the way the fuel gauge reads. When the low fuel indicator comes on I simply fill the tank, even though it rarely accepts more than 7 or 8 gallons. As for your 44 MPG, that's in line with what most folks are getting--aside from those lucky enough to live in perpetually warm climes. Hopefully all of us will see increased mileage come summer. I took my car in for its first oil change and basic service at 3500 miles. Wasn't absolutely necessary, but I just thought it seemed like a nice number. After 4000+ miles in 30 days, it certainly wouldn't hurt to get an oil change. From what you've written so far it seems that your car is working fine.Vemuru said:I bought the Prius exactly one month back. Logged 4250 miles in 30 days. Working fine. I am now seeing the first two bars of the fuel display falling rapidly, earlier it use to drop after 170 miles. I am getting an average consumption of about 44 M/G versus 47 M/G. Any thoughts? When should I take it to service?
As stated in your 2004 Prius Passport to Performance Scheduled Maintenance guide, the service interval is either every 5000 miles or 6 months, whichever occurs first. Sounds like you are coming due...Vemuru said:4250 miles ... When should I take it to service?