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05-10-2009, 08:23 PM
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Posted By Tim

2006 Acura TSX

I'll throw in my 2 cents as a former 03 HCH owner (late 2002 thru Apr 2007). I barely creep over the bar here at just over 30 MPG average (over 2 years). My HCH got around 46 using the exact same...
12-09-2007, 09:14 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 26,537
Posted By Tim

Re: Chevrolet Volt concept... plug-in hybrid

I don't see this as a huge obstacle / issue either. Thye type of dwelling people live in already provide limitations to the kind of vehicle they could own. 100% of homes/apartments do not have to be...
11-25-2007, 08:20 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 26,537
Posted By Tim

Re: Chevrolet Volt concept... plug-in hybrid

I disagree just a bit. There is nothing about the Volt's technology that's revolutionary or can't be produced by any number of auto makers right now. The problem is the batteries. For the size and...
08-31-2007, 01:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,153
Posted By Tim

Re: Ford sees plug-in hybrids in 5-10 years

That's pretty much describes a current ad, doesn't it? :omg:

Ba-dooom-ching.

Seriously, Ford has some really great cars in their line up that are all sold outside the US. Some of them could...
08-11-2007, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,633
Posted By Tim

Re: Thinking about buying 03 HCH CVT

I had 65K miles on my 03 before getting anything remotely like a CVT issue. I did have the fluid changed at 60K, and at 65 was having some hesitation and "thumping" into gear if you hit the gas too...
07-31-2007, 09:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,153
Posted By Tim

Re: Ford sees plug-in hybrids in 5-10 years

I won't disagree with your numbers - I've seen similar cost data like that for a lithium pack. It's going to have to drop, that's for sure. If it's raw material, that could be a problem. However I...
07-31-2007, 08:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,153
Posted By Tim

Re: Ford sees plug-in hybrids in 5-10 years

I'd be stunned if you found more than 100. So I'm wondering now - is it the lack (or perceived lack) of market holding this back, or is it really a technological issue?
07-10-2007, 06:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,153
Posted By Tim

Re: Ford sees plug-in hybrids in 5-10 years

I missed that part - I hope he's right. I do actually hope for the best, even if I am a bit pessimistic. :)
07-10-2007, 12:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,153
Posted By Tim

Re: Ford sees plug-in hybrids in 5-10 years

Trying...to...resist...must...not...type...oh forget it.

Brilliant. Toyota will have it in 2.

Sigh. "Yes. Sure." is what you say when someone asks if you want whip on your latte, not what you...
07-07-2007, 09:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By Tim

Re: Perception . . . is reality?

Queenfan, I'll be the first to encourage folks to make a buying decision based what they value and see as a priority. I also know many very happy American car owners. I'm not one of those people that...
Forum: Lexus GS 450h
07-06-2007, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,112
Posted By Tim

Re: Lexus GS 450h pros and cons?

The answer to that will depend on what kind of car you are in the market for to begin with. If you are looking for a GS 450 class of vehicle, then yes, this is the best (well, only) hybrid in that...
07-06-2007, 11:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By Tim

Re: Perception . . . is reality?

"Real world" American car experience: 75,000 miles, three failed transmissions, four failed rotors, two replaced tie-rods, failed A/C, failed power locks, 9 recalls, fraud committed at two different...
07-05-2007, 09:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,984
Posted By Tim

Re: Insults for customers

You know, I don't see it as so wrong if you choose the car to "make a statement" about you or something else. People have been making statements with their cars since they were invented. There seem...
06-20-2007, 08:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,809
Posted By Tim

Re: finally saw the Tesla Roadster in real life...

That's a awesome car! Too bad it's more of a play-thing for the wealthy. But, it has to start somewhere...
06-06-2007, 09:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,883
Posted By Tim

Re: For all you HCH I drivers with 50+ MPG...

The tire weight (rim and tire) went down 2.3 lbs in the new setup from OEM. I went up to 15", 195/60 as opposed to the 185/70, so it's a wider tire. The tires were LRR (according to Continental). So...
06-06-2007, 09:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,883
Posted By Tim

Re: For all you HCH I drivers with 50+ MPG...

My commute is 23 miles each way. I suspect the out-bound trip is a bit downhill, because I always get better FE out and it sort of resets to average on the way back.
06-06-2007, 09:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,883
Posted By Tim

Re: For all you HCH I drivers with 50+ MPG...

Sorry - I'm very behind on my posts. I can't explain the spike you see. It was a great summer, but I never isolated a cause and was never able to repeat it. Just "one of those things" I suppose. I...
05-11-2007, 07:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,883
Posted By Tim

Re: For all you HCH I drivers with 50+ MPG...

Yes I did, which I now suspect as the culprit. They're spoked (well, 10 spokes). They're lighter than OEM by about 3 lbs per wheel, but I'll bet the spokes dropped the MPG. Still, even with the old...
05-01-2007, 12:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,883
Posted By Tim

Re: For all you HCH I drivers with 50+ MPG...

Vox - I have the exact same thing happen. Ethanol drops my MPG by 2-3, and over the 100 tanks that I've tracked the error between the display and the actual, the display is 3.1 MPG off, always high.
04-23-2007, 06:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,883
Posted By Tim

Re: For all you HCH I drivers with 50+ MPG...

It may have been obvious, but to clarify those readings are on the same meter reset. That is, fill up, reset the trip computer, and that's what the readout is as I come and go from work. That error...
04-05-2007, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,561
Posted By Tim

Re: CVT Question

Thanks! I'm calling tomorrow.
04-05-2007, 11:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,561
Posted By Tim

Re: CVT Question

I'll have that looked into - curious thing though (and what has me worried) is that I had it done at the 60K service - just 4-5K miles ago.
04-04-2007, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,561
Posted By Tim

CVT Question

I know there has been discussions on the CVT before, but I'm having a rough time sorting out what's going on and was looking for anyone who has experienced similar.

I have an 03 HCH CVT with 65K...
Forum: Anything Goes
04-03-2007, 09:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,919
Posted By Tim

Re: Supremes rule against Bush

You know, even as a Republican I've stood by and watched GW's presidency fall short in important areas, but I don't think he deserves the scathing criticism often directed to him - remember there's...
04-03-2007, 08:45 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 26,537
Posted By Tim

Re: Chevrolet Volt concept... plug-in hybrid

Hi Bob,

I'm only quoting what I've read - and it's all sketchy at best. I've read 90, 80, but no real description if that's using a plug-in feature or not. I think a 90 MPG Prius that plugs in...
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