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10-24-18, 01:22 PM
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Posted By Sulu

If you run down the battery charge in EV mode,...

If you run down the battery charge in EV mode, that discharged battery becomes little more than a heavy lump that has to be dragged around by the internal combustion engine, meaning the engine has to...
10-10-18, 06:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,308
Posted By Sulu

I have been driving a Hybrid (2015 ES 300h) for 4...

I have been driving a Hybrid (2015 ES 300h) for 4 years now and am very happy with it. Yes, it cost more than the ES 350 and yes, I know that the money saved in using less fuel may not pay back that...
09-26-18, 11:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,344
Posted By Sulu

I would not put turbos and hybrids in the same...

I would not put turbos and hybrids in the same category.

Yes, hybrids have electric motors but those seldom go wrong. And because of the parallel electric drivetrain, there is less wear and tear...
09-07-18, 08:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,928
Posted By Sulu

Did you look in the owner's manual? Changing...

Did you look in the owner's manual?

Changing this setting may involve some funny combination of pressing and holding various buttons in the car (like pressing and holding the master lock switch on...
08-30-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,068
Posted By Sulu

The Lexus ES shares the (TN)GA-K platform with...

The Lexus ES shares the (TN)GA-K platform with the Toyota Avalon and the Toyota Camry.

In current terms, a car platform describes the unseen, shared components (including engines, transmissions,...
08-01-18, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By Sulu

It is not necessarily the snow that will cause...

It is not necessarily the snow that will cause you problems in the winter, the colder tempertures will cause a loss of traction even on cleared roads. Once the snow gets piled high enough, you may...
07-17-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By Sulu

Allow me to answer with a personal example. I...

Allow me to answer with a personal example. I drive a 2015 ES Hybrid, as do a number of airport limousine companies here.

A year or so ago, the 3 of us went on vacation, packing 2 large (but not...
06-14-18, 06:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By Sulu

I have always owned sedans and have only driven...

I have always owned sedans and have only driven SUVs and crossover utility vehicles on a loaner or rental basis. Whenever I have had to step up into and drive one of these utility vehicles (but I...
04-06-17, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,938
Posted By Sulu

The concern is charging the 12-volt battery, not...

The concern is charging the 12-volt battery, not the hybrid battery. That should not take long.
Forum: Car Chat
03-06-17, 04:45 PM
Replies: 567
Views: 34,809
Posted By Sulu

I might believe that IF other automakers were...

I might believe that IF other automakers were caught cheating, yet no other automakers have done what VW did. This is just trying to defend VW. You, of all people, should appreciate that cheating is...
Forum: Car Chat
03-05-17, 09:20 AM
Replies: 567
Views: 34,809
Posted By Sulu

[/h1] This is a straw man argument that has...

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This is a straw man argument that has nothing to do with the fact that VW was caught with an illegal emissions cheating device. Let's stay on the topic of this thread. The Takata air bag...
Forum: Car Chat
02-25-17, 03:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,427
Posted By Sulu

But the Odyssey and the Sienna are comparable in...

But the Odyssey and the Sienna are comparable in interior space and comparable in features, so the comparison then comes down to whether you like smoother ride of the Sienna or the sportier handling...
Forum: Car Chat
02-17-17, 07:43 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 25,531
Posted By Sulu

We keep forgetting this. Toyota is the first to...

We keep forgetting this. Toyota is the first to market and is still the only automaker with this 2-in-1 on-demand Atkinson cycle engine (Atkinson cycle at low load for fuel efficiency and...
Forum: Car Chat
02-16-17, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 200,658
Posted By Sulu

Have you never heard of "beauty is in the eye of...

Have you never heard of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" (or "a face only a mother can love")? What you believe is ugly, others may find to be exceedingly beautiful. Styling is also very...
Forum: Car Chat
02-14-17, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,454
Posted By Sulu

I don't know about the Niro, but my ESh offers a...

I don't know about the Niro, but my ESh offers a manual regeneration-braking feature: If I manually downshift (6-simulated gears), the car offers increasingly strong electric motor braking, and it...
Forum: Car Chat
02-10-17, 10:14 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 8,633
Posted By Sulu

You and Fizzboy are talking about 2 different...

You and Fizzboy are talking about 2 different things. You are talking about what the driver hears (or does not hear) inside the vehicle. Fizzboy is talking about what pedestrians and other drivers --...
Forum: Car Chat
02-03-17, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 200,658
Posted By Sulu

It seems that you may be confusing...

It seems that you may be confusing twin-turbocharging and twin-scroll turbocharging; they are different.

Twin-turbocharging uses 2 turbochargers in sequence, a smaller one for lower engine speeds...
Forum: Car Chat
01-10-17, 01:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,563
Posted By Sulu

We have had this discussion before. Since a car...

We have had this discussion before. Since a car does not appreciate in value, paying for it becomes an expense (money coming out of your assets) rather than an investment (money going to increase...
Forum: Car Chat
12-31-16, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2,925
Views: 344,303
Posted By Sulu

This comes from someone who does not understand...

This comes from someone who does not understand hybrids and hates hybrids, and quoting a publication that does not understand hybrids, hates hybrids, does not particularly like Toyota nor Lexus, and...
Forum: Car Chat
12-22-16, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2,925
Views: 344,303
Posted By Sulu

It's about gaming the system. Two-seater coupes...

It's about gaming the system. Two-seater coupes are seen as likely to be driven fast and recklessly, more likely to get into accidents (just as young drivers are seen to be less careful drivers and...
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