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#3298 of 3601 Re: Hybrid Accord in HOV lane in CA? [boe_d]
Nov 20, 2005 (9:08 pm)
NO Hybrid Accords allowed.
This page updated November 9, 2005
Enactment of the 2005 Federal transportation bill allows California to fully implement California Assembly Bill 2628. AB 2628, signed into law on September 23, 2004, allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by the cleanest alternative fuel, hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles
Vehicles not allowed
2005-2006 ESCAPE HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG.
2005 ACCORD HYBRID - not qualified due to lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard and fuel economy less than 45MPG
2005 INSIGHT HYBRID - not qualified due to lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard.
2006Rx400h HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG and lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard.
2006 MARINER HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG.
2006 HIGHLANDER HYBRID - not qualified due to fuel economy less than 45MPG and and lack of compliance with ATPZEV emission standard.
#3299 of 3601 Re: Not Happy with sound system [newhahowner]
Nov 20, 2005 (10:57 pm)
Frankly the sales person is being a yes man. If the radio in your accord doesn't sound better than the bose - try putting in a good CD and adjusting the controls or try a different accord. I have the similar all paper cheap watt bose in my 2001 acura. I was honestly embarrased when a friend (a fellow audiophile) was in my car and the radio was on. Frankly it is a disgrace for a nice vehicle. The tragedy is your ears may have gotten used to the way they sound so you need to give your ears a rest to appreciate a better system. I'm not saying the accord competes with B&W or Martin Logan speakers powered by a krell or better amp just that it has to better than those horrible bose.
If you are serious about upgrading the sound, I'd suggest listening to some speakers - every person has their own opinion of what is good but if you read the acura forums, I can safely say I'm not the only person to say the older acura radio is crap.
My preference for reasonably priced but good sounding car speakers are polk and alpine. Part of the problem with most car speakers is tweater placement - if they aren't aimed right for your ears they sound pretty bad. The other is cheap paper cones - they degrade signficantly due to sunlight and general fatique. Do you happen to have the specs for amps/watts of the one in the honda?
Try listening to the speakers at a resonably low level at first. When you are in the car they will probably be playing much louder but if you listen to them at a loud level right off the bat, you won't be able to tell the difference from one set of speakers to the next very easily.
Go to an install place that specializing in quality installs, not just subwoofers the size of your trunk or one of the major retailers that is all about percentage. I'd avoid al&eds - often a bad place for installs but OK to listen to stuff. Installers who are serious compete - you might want to look for competition awards - kind of like a doctors diploma - you can be sure if they compete they have them hanging prominently.
#3300 of 3601 Re: Hybrid Accord in HOV lane in CA? [gagrice]
Nov 21, 2005 (7:27 am)
NY is about to vote on such a law as well. Luckily where I travel there is no need for an HOV lane. It takes me ten minutes to drive to work. If I did have to use the HOV lane, I usually prop a blow up doll in the passenger seat and put a hat on her. So far it's worked!
#3301 of 3601 Re: Hybrid Accord in HOV lane in CA? [falconone]
Nov 21, 2005 (8:32 am)
You are sooo bad. The first time I saw that in CA, I said what is with that pervert carrying a blow up doll? The person said it was a common practice to circumvent the HOV laws, especially using the diamond on ramps to the freeway.
#3302 of 3601 Re: Hybrid Accord in HOV lane in CA? [gagrice]
Nov 21, 2005 (9:17 am)
Actually... you know my humor. I am joking. However, when they first started using HOV lanes in my area you'd laugh at some of the things NYers would due to circumvent the law. Some were mighty clever, but I would never chance it. Some had dummies propped up as if reading the paper! Ironically, we do have enforcement strictly for people who use those lanes with one occupant.
#3303 of 3601 If you have one now, would you buy another hybrid accord
Nov 21, 2005 (8:09 pm)
If you have already bought a hybrid honda accord and it gets stolen/in an accident/or whatever, and you were to buy a new car. Would you end up getting another hybrid accord or would you get a different vehicle. Could you explain why or why not? I'm curious how people feel about this car after you've already had it for a while.
#3305 of 3601 Re: If you have one now, would you buy another hybrid accord [boe_d]
Nov 21, 2005 (10:45 pm)
I will buy another car in less than a year when I have to "surrender" my current '05 HAH to my son who is going to enter college soon. My decision is probably to buy a new '06 HAH after a careful reevaluation of available V6 sedans of all makes.
My current '05 HAH is really a "piece of machinery" as Dennis put it. It has more power than a V6 EX Accord yet consumes gas as an I4 Accord. I feel I ride on a long-legged greyhound when I drive it on freeways. When one "goes up" to buy a V6 car he/ she probably does not want to "go down" to an I4.
#3306 of 3601 Re: If you have one now, would you buy another hybrid accord [viet]
Nov 22, 2005 (4:22 am)
Don't spoil your kids. Give him a ten year old Civic to ride around in. You won't regret it. I'm glad my parents gave me a POS to drive around in when I was 17.
#3307 of 3601 Re: If you have one now, would you buy another hybrid accord [falconone]
Nov 22, 2005 (12:04 pm)
Luxury! I used to dream of having a POS car. I worked at a Pizza delivery place and did maintenance on the fleet for minimum wage in exchange for once in a great while being able to drive the POS pizza delivery car for other purposes.
PS - we used to live in a shoebox and worked 26 hours a day. Seriously though as much as I wanted a car in college, I'm glad my parents didn't spoil me with one. Unless you have the ultimate discipline in college it is way too easy to get distracted and want to do other things.