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#214 of 292 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details
Jul 31, 2008 (1:09 pm)
I have over 67,000 miles on my 2007 TCH bought in February 2007. It is a Kentucky built model. No NAV. No Leather. He are my tech notes of interest to this forum.
Tires - The Bridgestone Turanzas are horrible. You will not see more than about 35,000 out of them. I changed to a different model after the second set at 62,000 miles. I am not an aggressive driver.
Aftermarket GPS - Beware of GPS placements and electrical interference in the TCH. When powering GPS via 12vDC cords, I think the electrical frequencies confuse some GPS units.
Battery - The NiMH batteries do not start the TCH nor do they run the accessories. The little 12vDC battery in your trunk does. You can kill the battery in a TCH just as quick as any other car.
Starting - Beware of cell phones. Keep them away from your key fob and shut them off when diagnosing problems. [see manual... it talks about this]. Use the brake pedal.
Turning Off - Do not touch the brake pedal!
Aftermarket filters - Mine works fine [K&N]
Bluetooth - Horrible system. Never use it due to noise and echo.
Transmission - This is the best CVT on the market. Nissan buys it for their Altima Hybrid, and they already have a CVT in most of their cars. Enough said.
ICE - It will run less in the summer months and you will get better mileage in the warm months of the year. Seems counterintuitive, but it is my observation.
This is the best car I have ever owned. It is my 14th car. Lucky me!
#215 of 292 Re: 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details [wreednelson]
Aug 01, 2008 (6:31 am)
What tires did you replace with after the Turanzas? I am at about 35K on my 2007 TCH and I will need tires soon and I'm not sure which way to go.
Thanks in advance for any advice from any other owners
#216 of 292 Re: 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details [larsb]
Aug 01, 2008 (10:53 am)
They are Yokohamas, but the dealer chose them as I have a "tires for life" program. They seem fine, but you need to select tires from Consumer Reports if you the one paying for them. Your local library will have back issues. At the back of each issue is a product/date match-up index to help you find the most recent tire reviews.
#217 of 292 Re: 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details [wreednelson]
Aug 01, 2008 (1:19 pm)
"Transmission - This is the best CVT on the market. Nissan buys it for their Altima Hybrid, and they already have a CVT in most of their cars. Enough said. "
The Nissan CVT was not a hybrid unit. That is why they use the Toyota CVT. The Nissan CVT has been very reliable from what I have read. But in any case there can be no comparison between an HSD and a CVT. They are entirely different technologies.
#218 of 292 Re: 2007 Camry and TCH: Instant Seatbelt Chime Silence System [wreednelson]
Aug 01, 2008 (7:06 pm)
Gestapo? I don't think so. The reminder chime isn't mandated by the government, which is why your dealer could disable it.
Studies have shown the devices increase seat belt use, which in turn save lives in crashes. The chimes don't bother my wife or me because we always buckle our belts, except for pulling from our short driveway into the garage. And we always put heavy items in the trunk, not on the front passenger seat.
To each his own, however!
#220 of 292 Re: 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details [stevedebi]
Aug 04, 2008 (5:06 am)
I was not speaking to the Nissan CVT's developmental origin or their mainline CVT's design intent.
Nissan is a CVT powerhouse, and they could design one for the Hybrid. But they do/did not plan on selling a lot of Hybrids and the developmental costs of tranys and ICE's are too high these days.
Anyway, this is a TCH forum and I should not have made the the Nissan CVT comment, nor should anyone have responded to it. Sorry for getting off track.
#221 of 292 Re: 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details [larsb]
Aug 05, 2008 (4:45 pm)
FYI... My TCH came with Michelin's and I just changed them to another set of Michelin's at 44,000 miles. At tirerack.com they are ine of the two tires listed as standard with the TCH. A little more expensive but they have been great ride and wear wise.
#222 of 292 Re: 2007 TCH Review - Tires & Tech details [larsb]
Aug 05, 2008 (7:16 pm)
I bought mine in July 06 and had to replace the terrible Turanzas around 27K. Replaced with Michelin Pilot Exalto (after a LOT of deliberation scanning through tirerack.com and other similar sites and aliases) ... I like them so far... after 10K miles on them. But again, the moment of truth will probably arrive somewhere after 25K.
My Tank Average display is showing around 39 mpg.....the other day it showed 40.5 ... but it has been hovering around 39 for the past ~2 months ... before it used to stay around 36. I think it's gone nuts... 40.5 couldn't be right, right? Well, my wife thinks I may have finally learned to drive normally
Also, just by looking at mpg numbers ... I think the Exaltos may have low roll resistance compared to other tires in it's class. One more thing, I try to keep them inflated at 34psi.
Good luck with your purchase.
Aug 16, 2008 (6:47 pm)
I just picked up from 09 TCH three days ago. I am still learning the "best way" to drive this car, but I have a few questions that I need assistance with.
1) One issue that doesn't seem normal to me...When I am at a complete stop, and then push the accelerator to go, there is a pause, a bump, a jerk, and then it takes off. Is this normal? It's like a jerking movement. Am I pushing the gas pedal too hard or not hard enough? I've tried it both ways, and it does the same thing every time.
2) Also, when I turn on the car first thing, it's so quiet. Then about 10 seconds later, I hear the engine kick on. During the quiet seconds, is the car on? Am I able to move the car (back out of my driveway) during this time or do I have to wait to back out when the engine kicks on?
3) When can you use the "B" feature (battery mode) instead of putting the car in "D" (drive)?
Any information would be greatly appreciated!!!!!