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#104 of 155 Re: Aaarrrggghhh... [verdi942]
Oct 03, 2004 (6:25 am)
Thanks for the info. I have about 11,000 miles on mine and have averaged over 21 mpg with a little better on long trips. I am replacing the standard air filter with a K&N air filter based on recommendation from other RDV owners reporting a little more power and mpg. I will find a way to change the horn since I hate it.
#105 of 155 Re : Lousy Horn and Low Power
Oct 05, 2004 (10:37 pm)
I had to add my two cents worth. Glad to hear it's not only me. I ended up tearing out the left front fender liner(plastic) . Here is where the horn is located. I then attached a quick connect to the hot wire only. I mounted two horns I had laying around and mounted them. It's a good sound for this car and much louder. Does anyone know how to remove the grill? About the K&N Filter. Wow!! What a difference. An entirely different vehicle. I get 23 and 24 MPG on the freeway at 75 and 80 MPH. Really. Lots of power and torque tt. It's kind of a tough job though, but worth it. Filter costs $47.00 special order.
#106 of 155 Re: Re : Lousy Horn and Low Power [nidge]
Oct 06, 2004 (1:04 pm)
Thanks, nidge. I am trying to find another way to get to the horn other than removing the inner fender liner. However, if I can't, I will remove whatever it takes to get the horn changed. Had to order the K&N filter for mine and it should be here next week. Hope it gives a little more power and mpg. Haven't tried to remove the grille but noticed someone else who was having a problem removing it posted a question, but have seen no replies with "how to".
Oct 08, 2004 (9:30 pm)
Actually, when you do get the horn replaced, you havea hard time using it anyway. That's because it's to stiff to push on. By the time you find it, the emergency is past. Be sure to use silicone spray as is suggested to install filter(Supercharger). You'll love it.
Oct 14, 2004 (6:34 am)
In what kinds of road condition do you normally drive? Is it mostly free traffic and little bumper-to-bumper or vice versa? Also, do you normally drive alone or with passengers? And finally, are your roads flat or hilly? I'm considering the K&N but want to understand the conditions under which I can expect those MPGs.
Oct 14, 2004 (7:34 am)
I picked up my new 2004 RDV CL-Plus (FWD, towing package) on Thursday of last week and took it on a trip on Friday night. I got 22.5 mpg on the Friday night (hit some traffic). On the way home I averaged 28.5! I'm thrilled, to say the least. I can't wait to see what this thing is getting when the engine is broken in! My friends with Explorers (who never go off road) were pretty surprised to hear I'm getting that kind of mileage. I'd like to have another one of these (AWD) for my daily commute (my Nissan truck feels like an old haywagon now).
#110 of 155 Re: K&N filter [nextmoon]
Oct 14, 2004 (10:58 pm)
I live in suburban Chicago. Daily driving is typical of everyone. Sometimes pretty congested. Mostly I use the car on freeways other than to go to the store etc. Usually I am alone but my wife pops in once in a while. The K&N Filter was installed at about 15,000 miles. I now have over 21,000 miles and it works fine. Gas mileage has increased also. I just returned for a trip of over 500 miles. At 75-80 MPH I averaged 25.5. At one time I did see 26.4 mpg. Power is great and torque in good too. I'm now going to install a K&K Filter into my daughters 2002 RDV. She drove mine today, and that was all it took. You won't be sorry that you laid out the money for one.
#111 of 155 Re: K&N filter
Oct 15, 2004 (8:00 am)
Normally for me as I go past 65mph I see the MPG slightly go down. I assume it's related to wind drag. So I'm somewhat surprised you are getting rather good MPG's at those high speeds. Please report back if your daughter gets the same improvements in power and MPG. Thanks!
#112 of 155 Re: Horn [nidge]
Oct 15, 2004 (3:51 pm)
Haven't tackled the horn yet but did get a K&N airfilter installed. Took a short trip today from Valdosta, Ga to Jacksonville, Fl. Drove right at the speed limit (Most of the time around 70mph and averaged 26.5 mpg on the way down but only 23 mpg on the way back due to a stormy headwind. I believe the filter will make some difference in mpg, but unable to really tell much on this trip.
Oct 20, 2004 (1:42 pm)
Went to buy a K&N filter at my local auto parts store. Took it to the cash, I guess it was mis-bar-coded. Scanned as a potted plant for $5.95. Girl didn't notice and I got a K&N for less than the cost of a throw-away. Hee-hee-hee. Bought a lottery ticket on the way home