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Old 06-25-2009, 01:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to EM! Are you your own country yet, ? Those moocher friends of yours better be paying for gas, or at least hamburgers! Have you been taking advantage of the cylinder deactivation? :

2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L Minivan reviews - CNET Reviews
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There is a lot of clever technology in the 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L's engine bay, which is not what you'd expect from a vehicle that seeks neither amazing gas mileage nor exceptional performance.

But the Odyssey EX-L's 3.5-liter, SOHC V-6 engine seeks optimal gas mileage through the use of cylinder deactivation, a much-maligned technology. Honda calls it variable-cylinder management (VCM), and it's standard equipment on the EX-L. By exploiting the controllability of Honda's VTEC valve train, engineers were able to devise a largely hydromechanical system to close and idle the valves and injectors on the rear three cylinders on this transversely mounted engine when the car doesn't need them.
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