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#14377 of 14955 Re: New Tires for a 2005 Avalon [havalongavalon]
Mar 17, 2008 (2:17 pm)
This is because in city stop/go driving there is much more energy to harvest during deceleration and re-use
not so sure about this one: I think the reason might be that low speed City driving, and trafficky stop 'n go conditions will allow the hybrid to operate on electricity only, hence the difference between City and Highway ratings. We can be relatively confident though, that because Toyota 'invented' the true hybrids and because they already have combination drivetrains in the Camry and/or the LS that could conceivablely work in an Avalon, that it won't be long. The hybrids have had surprisingly (they are after all high tech and new) good reliability ratings but some serious overestimations on the old EPA FE ratings - but will definitely become more and more 'viable'.
#14378 of 14955 Re: New Tires for a 2005 Avalon [captain2]
Mar 17, 2008 (2:56 pm)
not so sure about this one: I think the reason might be that low speed City driving, and trafficky stop 'n go conditions will allow the hybrid to operate on electricity only
Yes, this is ONE reason; hybrids don't need gas at low speeds. But this cannot be the only reason, because they would quickly run out of battery power UNLESS they also harvest electric power during decelerations and use it to recharge the battery. This is how the hybrid car uses 2x-3x less gas in city driving than the same car with conventional engine. And hybrids should love hilly terrain, generally speaking, for similar reasons.
#14379 of 14955 Re: New Tires for a 2005 Avalon [havalongavalon]
Mar 17, 2008 (3:14 pm)
Don't forget too that Hybrids shut the motor off completely at stop lights.
#14380 of 14955 Re: New Tires for a 2005 Avalon [tjc78]
Mar 17, 2008 (4:07 pm)
Yes, of course, that also helps maximize FE! Thanks, tj.
And the more you have to stop in your daily driving, the more you benefit from this hybrid feature.
#14381 of 14955 Re: New Tires for a 2005 Avalon [jlsexton]
Mar 17, 2008 (7:05 pm)
Dunlop is a good tire. I've used them before on my Camry. Another good tire is Yokohama, Kuhmo, etc.besides the Michelins. Good Year I never liked much with the exception of Aquatreds which were really good in the rain but they wore out too fast.
#14382 of 14955 the windfall state & federal is collecting on $3.50 a gallon.
Mar 18, 2008 (11:05 am)
Re: #14376, fuel taxes are generally based on cents per gallon. The general increase in cost per gallon does not put any more tax money in anyone's pocket. If the government wanted to increase revenue it would want a lower FE average. It is logical that higher FE standards will ultimately result in higher fuel taxes because of fewer gallons purchased.
#14383 of 14955 Re: the windfall state & federal is collecting on $3.50 a gallon. [gedgoudasl]
Mar 18, 2008 (11:46 am)
That was my understanding but an IRS representative was there and totally agreed with the complaint, stating it was a percentage, go figure.
#14384 of 14955 Avalon entry using key fob - volume of horn?
Mar 19, 2008 (1:44 pm)
Does anyone know how to adjust the volume of the horn when opening/locking the Avalon with the key fob? I don't have the 'smart/dumb key', but have noticed that it is louder than many other cars... actually, I would not mind just disabling it as you can still hear the locks "click" while approaching the vehicle., along with the driving lights flash.
#14385 of 14955 Re: Avalon entry using key fob - volume of horn? [avytouring]
Mar 19, 2008 (2:40 pm)
I would think that you should be able to get it disconnected quite easily. It might be something the dealer should do.
On my 2006 XLS, the horn does not "chirp" at all. I hear the click
of the lock and the headlights and tail lights flash.
#14386 of 14955 Re: the windfall state & federal is collecting on $3.50 a gallon. [jlsexton
Mar 30, 2008 (7:42 pm)
Mr. IRS may be an expert on income tax, but around here the amount of fed. and state tax PER GALLON is posted on the fuel pump. Guess the fuel pump is dumb.