$187.04. Actually, $170.04 because my leasing company will be able to claim the GST. Actually, a bit less, because I'll pay for that from pre-tax (I think?). After a servicing few European cars it's nice to have one that's cheap to service. I turned up to pick up my car at 16:30. There was a … Continue reading Prius 90,000km service
The latest round of mods comes from the Prius Club of Queensland from where you can buy some of those spiffy accessories you've only seen on the PriusChat Shop. Parcel arrived on Saturday (well, this is Canberra) so I was able to get started in the afternoon. Front weather shields - ClimAir Profi It's been so … Continue reading Prius mods 5 – a few bits and pieces
The latest run from Canberra to Sydney and back produced a very good result. Temperature range was 10°c to 22°c on the way up and 20°c to 13°c on the way back. I filled up at Sutton Forest, halfway to Sydney. After 796.5 km, of which about 20% was city driving, I put in 34.49 … Continue reading Canberra-Sydney Loop – Better economy
I'll be taking a few more trips to Newcastle over the new few months. My father is recovering well and we're helping him with a few jobs around the house. So there's a few chances to baseline the fuel consumption under fairly arduous conditions. Parameters: Tyres at 45psi Lower grill fully blocked Full tank of … Continue reading Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle – better economy already
I'm considering a plug-in conversion for the Prius. The factory PiP (Plug-in Prius) is not sold in Australia but conversions by NilCO2 and others have been around for several years. A few thoughts come to mind: What size of pack should I get? Should it supplement or replace the HV battery? (Related to size) How … Continue reading Plug-in Conversion – things to consider
First 1000km tank is quite an achievement. A combination of factors lead to this figure, not least the warmer weather and grill blocking that kept the engine warm.
I keep track of my petrol use on http://www.fuelly.com. It has a simple interface and lets you record all manner of details in one place. You can compare your car to the same model; there's even 3 Trabants! Here's my stats and trends since January 2012: Fuel Consumption Average: 4.8L/100km Last: 4.6L/100km Best: 4.5L/100km … Continue reading Fuel Consumption trends – Fuelly.com
I read a Prius forum based in the USA, I've joined what seems to be the only Prius club in Australia, which is based in Queensland and apart from the white GenII with the Tesla sticker I see in Belconnen, there doesn't seem to be a hardcore Prius scene in Canberra. I see a few … Continue reading ScanGauge e – and a big thanks to Jon
Just as Winter is starting to wane, I finally blocked the grill. There's two main purposes to block the grill: Reduce the cooling effect so the engine warms quicker and stays warmer longer; and Improve aerodynamics. After a sample size of one day, it appears to be working. I took a few trips today recording … Continue reading Prius Mods 4 – Grill Block
I have finally installed the DEFA SafeStart permanently. We left the story at Prius Mods part 3.3 – DEFA SafeStart WarmUp cable installation with the cable attached to the coolant overflow bottle with a cable tie. To warm the engine I had to open the bonnet (hood) to fit and remove the power cable. Not … Continue reading Prius Mods part 3.4 – DEFA SafeStart finally installed!