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09-05-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,319
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Bought one of the new Mazda 3 skyactivs.

Our family has had excellent luck with Mazda vehicles. I hope yours lasts many trouble free miles!

I've been out of the loop and just recently learned about Mazda's SkyActive technologies. They...
09-05-2014, 01:22 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,235
Posted By BigTuna

Hyundai Elantra for highway driving

Rated 28 city, 38 highway, 32 combined. My wife's did great on a long trip carrying the whole family with the AC blasting it got mid 30ies at 70mph. My hybrid would not have done much better and...
09-04-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 121,116
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Failed IMA Battery Owners!

2005 HCH1 MT at about 90,000 miles.

Started out as an extreme hypermiler getting 80+ MPG in the Summer using no AC (of course). Now driving "traffic friendly" and using AC if needed.

Not in...
03-06-2011, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 19,370
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Will a Chevy Volt be able to power my house during an electric power outage?

There is no cause to be insulted. A cheap 3500w generator is just an option. Just because an option does not work for you does not make said option an insult. Certainly no insult was intended.

The...
09-08-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 19,370
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Will a Chevy Volt be able to power my house during an electric power outage?

Tractor Supply sells a small Honda clone 3500 watt "Champion" generator for around $300 that will power a fridge, small space heater, a computer and a few lights. It is fairly quiet (not as quiet...
09-01-2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 70,115
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Battery Cooling Fan Failure: Warranty or Not?

I'd like to point out that the long warranty on hybrid components is NOT the manufacture's idea but is in fact the LAW. In the green states all hybrid components have a great warranty by LAW. It...
08-17-2010, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 25,106
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Low Rolling Resistance Tires Work!

I agree that safety is a concern. My tires are rated for something like 44psi max pressure. I normally recommend not going over the max pressure stated by the manufacture for safety reasons.
08-12-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,300
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Annual vs Seasonal mpg

You are seeing things just perfect.

Mileage is lowest in cold temps for sure.

Mileage is highest in the warmest temps you can stand to drive without AC.

The mileage graph is very simple...
07-31-2010, 02:47 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,085
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Not Very Happy With Civic Hybrid

You all need to calm down.

Vegas you are free to complain about your car all you like but you must do so without being rude to other members. I'm sorry you don't care for your car.

Keep in...
07-15-2010, 07:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,621
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Where'd the U/A Problem Go?

Something just does not add up with that whole story... Car and Driver did tests and brakes were always able to slow a car down, even with the accelerator stuck at WOT.

C/D tests:
...
07-15-2010, 03:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 8,337
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Removing AC compressor from belt?

I'm pretty sure climate control (including AC) was a standard feature in hybrid models for that year, so there would not be any such thing as a non AC model...

Unless you are talking about the...
04-10-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,104
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Basic MPG questions

Looks like the gang has covered this issue fairly well.

Mileage goes down with:

Cold
Speed
Under Inflated Tires
Wind

Obviously a tail wind helps. Not everyone knows but a side wind can...
04-07-2010, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 25,106
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Low Rolling Resistance Tires Work!

I've already got em pumped up to 44 PSI (air). They came out of the shop at 32 PSI which drained the traction pack cause the car was on boost all the time trying to make up for the extra frictional...
04-07-2010, 07:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 25,106
Posted By BigTuna

Low Rolling Resistance Tires Work!

Low Rolling Resistance Tires Work!

Unfortunately I've discovered this fact by going the wrong direction and my mileage has taken a serious turn for the worse. The weather is warming up so mileage...
03-26-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,408
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Quietest LRR tire for TCH

In spite of the claim:


The P4 is noticeably worse for mileage than stock LRR tires.

At 32 psi my mileage plunged over 10%. It was like driving in sand. Pumping them up to 44 psi helped a...
03-24-2010, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,638
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Should I buy a 2005 HCH

http://www.hybrid-battery-repair.com/hch/index.html
03-24-2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,638
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Should I buy a 2005 HCH

The cost to have a dealer install a new traction pack would be prohibitive. The car can be driven without a fully functioning IMA battery so a dead IMA battery does not equal a dead car.

Rebuilt...
03-19-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,408
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Quietest LRR tire for TCH

The Pirelli P4 tires cost $232.16 from Discounttires (including shipping). Got em mounted /balanced for $12.25 each, plus $8.00 tire disposal fee, plus $5.27 tax. Total for mounting/balancing...
03-10-2010, 07:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,408
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Quietest LRR tire for TCH

Just purchased Pirelli P4 tires for my hybrid. They have more than double the treadwear rating and were about half the cost of the OEM tires!

I'll let you know how the MPGs pan out...
01-26-2010, 04:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,622
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Another recall - stick accelerators

I understand that you are anxious for a fix but, you need to be patient. 2.3 million is a lot of letters to send and a lot of repair parts to make. No way something of this magnitude could be done...
01-23-2010, 04:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,622
Posted By BigTuna

Re: Another recall - stick accelerators

According to this:

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/09q4/how_to_deal_with_unintended_acceleration-tech_dept

You are absolutely correct. Assuming the brakes are in good working order the...
01-07-2010, 02:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,054
Posted By BigTuna

Re: In car computing...the future is here...and it's scary!

I take it you won't be purchasing one of these? Check out the user comments and user photos!

http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8
12-30-2009, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,343
Posted By BigTuna

Re: GM BAS: Dead or Just Hibernating?

Similar except as you say a BAS could be easily hooked up aftermarket while IMA is engineered into a vehicle. Also IMA provides meaningful assist while BAS provided little more than autostop. IMHO...
11-12-2009, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,539
Posted By BigTuna

Re: No Charging in Reverse

Exactly.

HSD style vehicles lack a true reverse gear and back up on electric only. That there is no charging in reverse does not come as much of a surprise. In fact it would be a surprise if...
11-05-2009, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,123
Posted By BigTuna

Re: 30k Maintenance Rip

I'm inclined to agree. In fact I try to keep my car away from everybody as much as possible. Sure there are some maintenance items that need to be done every once in a while ,but mostly I just...
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