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  1. What's that "hybrid" sound when braking?

    I think it's a pump as mentioned. I heard a Honda Odyssey making a similar noise. Was wondering if it's a hydraulic pump for the CVT. I think turbo spool is silent. Muffled completely by the intake resonators. I can only faintly hear the turbo on our V6 TDI Audi Q5 even, and it's gulping...
  2. Learning to drive manual

    Take a trip to Great Britain and rent a manual. You'll learn fast or die trying as you'll be focused first on driving on the opposite side. Then come back and relearn the shift patter with the stick on opposite side. It's good fun for those experienced. Bonus loading the car up on a car...
  3. What temperature does the radiator fan come on?

    IF I remember correctly, even my 600cc motorcycle from 2001, the fan came on at I think 210 or 215. warning light was 225 or 230. Couple things, higher temp increases efficiency as less energy is “wasted” going to the cooling system. But it can slightly reduce peak power because you can’t...
  4. Does Honda have a signature color?

    I think the same generally. Black or Blue for cars and red for motorcycles. I have a red CBR300R. Fun little commuter on nice days. Like most Hondas, it's not a spec sheet champion and particularly great at any one thing, but as a package, it does everything really, really well.
  5. Throttle by wire

    At m You sure there's no feedback? Throttle could be a communicating device on CANBUS, not and analog position command. 2 wires can give position command, feedback and other info like an end switches for homing.
  6. Civic Type R pick up.

    Honestly, if you took the CR-V chassis and modified it as an standard cab and gave it a 6' bed (can haul 8' board and lumber with tailgate down) I could see this being pretty good. Just enough ground clearance, AWD, plenty of power with the 190HP and CVT. Could give it a tow rating of...
  7. 2017 Honda Civic 1.0 i-VTEC Turbo SR review

    Doubt it. All car MFG's have active dampers that can work that out. Plus it will have a counter balancer. Most vibration will be when accelerating, but not much worse than a I-4. 4 cylinder still only have one piston firing at a time and also needs to be counterbalanced. Only an I6, 90...
  8. Leg room in Honda Civic / car comparisons / what's important to you?

    The Civic is incredibly space efficient, as is the CR-V for the overall dimensions. You can pretty much cross shop them one class up. Civic will just be slightly narrower and overall cabin is a little smaller, but honestly, how often do you have 4 adults in a car anyway. For our family, in...
  9. Ford Kills Civic Competitor Focus/Fiesta and All Small Cars

    Ford will keep making and selling compacts overseas where demand for smaller vehicles on smaller roadways is still there. Won't be hard to bring them back. Of course in Europe, very few buy automatics, that that issue is null. Overall probably a smart move. They never could compete very...
  10. Turbo boost indicator.....

    I think it's NET boost. So 0 bars is partial Vacuum. Full boost is around 5Psi relative to atmosphere. At least that's what it correlates too when I plug in a bluetooth OBDII reader. Maximum bars might only be possible in certain conditions as mentioned. Probably mainly with a manual when...
  11. Mpg question

    Cold weather and short trips kill mileage. Takes a lot of fuel to heat up the motor and fluids. It's a big heat sink and until warm Its robbing the engine of power. Plus it runs slightly richer until warm to prevent knocking. I drive mostly highway and don;t see over 35mpg until I'm 15 miles...
  12. Slow to set cruise control Hbelow it to 100kmh, an set the but it was

    The civic always crusies at 1mph...or 2kph below setpoint. Not sure why. Plus with new tires, it reads about 1mph slow on top of that. But that's typical for most cars. It's at least smooth. The CC in our CR-V is the jerkiest I've ever encountered. Varies by about 2 mph compared to <1mph...
  13. CVT Longevity -

    Honestly, I was far more worried on the reliability of the Audi 8speed we had, the 6 speed auto in the BMW i owned and the 5 speed auto in the CR-V i had. I've also rented a Chevy Malibu and it has the slowest shifted transmission I can ever remember driving. Made the marginal performance of...
  14. CVT Longevity -

    Nissan has used them for over 15 years now without issues. At low speeds I believe it has a somewhat typical torque converter, then it's a hydraulically operated pulleys and belt. It's a sealed system and there's not a lot to it. CVT's are now common on taxis around the world in Toyota Prius...
  15. Driving Impressions when going fast

    ... oh, and I owned a BMW 325i for 2 years. Civic can't match it's braking or handling, but overall, it's still a fun car. My Civic is actually just a little faster in a straight line, but nothing sounds much better than that sweet Inline 6.
  16. Driving Impressions when going fast

    Seriously? I've driven cars in europe with weaker engines than the Civic for sustained periods of time (legally) at 180-200kph. It's not a big deal. A 1.5L engine wit ha relatively short stroke like this one, at 4000 or even 5000 RPM isn't very stressed. Redline is very conservative...
  17. When to drive car

    About 5 seconds, just so I know oil pressure is up and RPM has settled from initial startup. It's about how long it takes to buckle my seatbelt and plug in my cell phone. I'm then just idling as it back out of the driveway, then I keep it under 2000-2500RPM until it warms up. There's no...
  18. TPMS and spare tire

    My 2006 BMW also used rotational speed. Works fairly well. It's nothing new at all. However, when you mount a spare, you may get an alert. Our 2011 Audi Q5 also had it. Except the Audi required a scan tool to reset the fault I found. SO I bought the OBDII dongle and iphone app.... then I...
  19. How much should I worry about the CVT?

    Haven't heard of a lot of issues with Nissan CVT and they've had it all across their lineup for 12 years now. As a matter of fact, the Rogue drivetrain is virtually unchanged in the last 11 years...haha. Murano has been using it since I think 2003. I think their heavier minivan had some...
  20. Slow throttle response?

    I actually think it's a little too jumpy sometimes. The slight turbo lag and the lag of changing ratios in the CVT does take some getting used to. I think emissions controls also has a lot to do with this. I think they have to operate the car in a range that keeps from fouling the catalytic...
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