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Old 09-01-2016, 09:04 PM   #81 (permalink)
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The best way to drive an insight is to think like an automatic ... you wanna move faster, downshift, you wanna pass, downshift ... its the only way I can get any decent mpg, with or without IMA.
The biggest thing with IMA is to use it it 1st and maybe 2nd gear then forget it exists for extra power, downshift for power, stay away from IMA boost and your battery will last a lot longer.
My battery must be pretty healthy, I've done some 4-5000ft ascents with heavy assist and it has made it to the top with charge left.



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Old 09-01-2016, 11:34 PM   #82 (permalink)
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I drove w/o hybrid function for the first 8 months I had the car. Things went okay. The car still gets incredible (compared to "normal" vehicles) mileage. I mean yeah you gotta downshift... but it's no biggie, just DFCO down the other side of the hill.

I have an okay battery now, and I still downshift on certain hills.
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:20 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Have you ever checked the wheel alignment?
I've not checked mine do to time constraints.
She will roll if you blow on it.Push starting is easy on level or better surface.
The tread on the Bridgestones doesn't reveal any alignment-related issues,but when I get back I can look into it.
My CRX fell from favor when it was released for sale in mountainous areas.With 3-overdrive gears she doesn't have enough torque to pull any grade at all.
My 40-hp Ghia and 57-hp Transporter were the same way.Nostalgia!
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l'il update

I topped off the car New Years Eve to close out 2016.She had averaged 45.1-mpg for the time I drove her last year.
I reset the trip odometer and,driving with the shift light as much as possible, am indicating 50.2-mpg since Jan. 1st,170-miles.
The repairs to the T-100 are delaying any progress with the Honda.
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3. Buy An Upgraded Battery Pack, Install It Yourself

Sometimes you don't want to deal with the DIY home-made solutions and just want something with a functional guarantee. That's where Bumblebee Batteries comes in, with their increased capacity 8.0 amp-hour NiMH batteries. At $2095, they're not the cheapest solution, but they could be the most stress-free if you want a car that you won't have to constantly monitor and tweak
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it would really be something if someone came out with a Lithium ion pack for these cars...
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Its been done by DIYers. Its pretty costly though.

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