23. May 2013 · Comments Off on Coast-to-Coast in my Gen1 Prius · Categories: Environment, Hybrid

Alice and I just completed a coast-to-coast (almost) trip in my gen1, 2001 Prius.

This trip totalled over 5500 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina to Redlands, California, where our daughter and her family live. Much of the trip was through mountains and desert and the air-conditioner was on over 80% of the time. As you can see by the picture below, our mileage for 5526 miles was 41.7 MPG. Pretty darn great for a 12-year old hybrid.

Mileage data for our trip to California from Raleigh, NC

Mileage data for our trip to California from Raleigh, NC


Once again we have gone to the beach for a week and returned to Raleigh on a single tank of gas. And then some. This is in our 10 year old, Gen 1 Prius with 143,000 miles on it.

I filled up Thursday, September 1 in Raleigh. We drove to Pine Knoll Shores on Friday. We spent the week being lazy and doing touristy things and drove home again on Friday the 9th.

To the beach and back for a week we got 50.1 MPG.

We got 50.1 MPG going to the beach and back for a week.


I ran some errands on Friday and the picture above shows the Consumption display at the end of the day on Friday. Overall we got 50.1 MPG for this trip of 483 miles.

Then I added about 10 more miles on Saturday running some additional errands before filling up with 10.1 gallons of gas. And I had to try hard to get that much in it.

I sure do love my Prius.

I have had my Toyota Prius for 10 years this past April. I am very happy with it. This news makes me even happier because future Toyotas of all models will use embedded Linux for the onboard control and entertainment systems.

See http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/72867.html for the details and an interesting Top Ten List.

My wife and I drove to Ohio 2 weeks ago. On the way home we stopped for gas about a mile from my mother’s house in Columbus. My intent was to hit a gas station on the WV turnpike or in central NC when we took a break. Well, when we took a break we ate but did not need gas. Still intending to take another break we never did. Got home on 11.1 gallons of gas in my 2001 Toyota Prius.

I filled up last Friday. Friday afternoon we went from NE Raleigh to eat at Mama Dip’s in Chapel Hill. Sunday church. Monday Costco and errands. Tuesday we went to Carolina Beach near Wilmington, NC. Ate lunch on the river downtown. Back to the beach. Then home, intending to get gas on the way out of town or on a break. The gas there was too expensive and we did not need a break. Got home with the last bar of the fuel indicator flashing. Went to get gas the next day and put 11.007 gallons in a 11.9 gallon tank. Not the first time we did this.

I love my 2001 Toyota Prius which I bought new and now has over 141,000 miles.

I once had a steering problem in the middle of winter in Cherry Hill, NJ. The dealer treated me like royalty. Said it would take couple days, but we were there for a week anyway. Gave us a car to drive and asked us if we needed a place to stay. Called the second day to say that Toyota engineers requested that they replace all of the mechanical steering components due to the vibration caused by the problem whether there was any visible damage or not. I paid not one single penny for that. And the car was already 4 years old.

I have had similar treatment from any dealer I used, especially the one I purchased the car from here in N Raleigh, Leith Toyota. They replaced the main battery at 86,000 miles, again at no cost to me.

My next car will be a Toyota Prius. No question in my mind at all.

My 2001 Prius, one of the original ones, hit 100,000 miles yesterday and is still going strong. I am very happy with it and my overall experiences have been excellent. Toyota has done much to keep me a satisfied customer, such as replace the main battery at no charge (pun intended) when it went out well after all warranties had expired.

I am trying to decide whether to try to get 250,000 or more miles on it. I really think I could do that and more. Plus it will eventually be a historical vehicle as the first viable production hybrid.

My Toyota Prius is getting even better gas mileage than it has in the past. This is a bit of a story but I think it is very interesting.

About a month ago I had to have the main battery replaced. This was with about 91,000 miles on my car, which I would think would make it officially beyond the 8 year/80,000 mile hybrid power train warranty. I have had the car for a little over seven years. My dealership, Leith Toyota in Raleigh, North Carolina, replaced the battery under warranty and provided me a rental car at no charge while we waited for the new battery to come in.

I have to say that this is incredible service and far beyond what I would expect. Needless to say I will be going back there for my next Prius or whatever might be even better when the time comes.

55.4 MPG

Getting 55.4 MPG for the first 67 miles after my last fill-up.

However I have noticed that with the new battery I am now getting in the low 50’s for gas mileage instead of the high 40’s. How great is that! I can only surmise that the new battery, while the same basic technology as before, must have been tweaked a bit. I have noticed that my Prius now is more aggressive about turning off the gasoline engine when the vehicle is coasting to a stop or stopped. That will make a great difference right there.

After my last fill-up I actually was getting 55.4 MPG. It is currently at 53.6 MPG. I cannot complain about that a bit. Although I suppose if it ever does drop back down below 50MPG I will be somewhat disappointed.

High-tech hybrid cars are now competing directly with 100% gasoline powered cars in 24-hour endurance races. The latest is the Gumpert Apollo Supercar which will race the 24-hour Nurburgring this year from 22 to 25 May.

Wired has a great story at http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/05/800-horsepower.html

A hybrid Toyota Supra won the Tokachi 24-hour race last year by 19 laps, well ahead of any other cars in the field. The Tokachi race is less well known than the Nurburgring so this race may change the face of the auto industry.

I remember the year that the Chrysler turbine car nearly won the Indy 500, but broke down two or three laps from the finish line due to a broken bearing in the gear shift box. But it was one of a kind from a third rate auto company and hybrids are already here to stay. What this could do is convince the bozos in Detroit that any and all vehicles can and should be hybrids. And it could convince the American auto buying public that hybrids can save fuel and provide performance at the same time.

Detroit claims that would be impossible. But they whine every time something new comes along. They whined about seatbelts and other safety requirements, saying that it would be too expensive.

Now here is a guy who is actually making Hummers get 60MPG with twice the horsepower of the stock models. Read about the Motorhead Messiah. He is doing some amazing things.

And of course the article also points out what a piece of crap the Hummer is anyway as his new stock Hummer required repair three times on his 200 mile trip home from the showroom floor.