You are certainly free to do what you want. The numbers in the owner's
manual are not going to be dangerously far off for any tire that is suited
to the car, so go for it.
But I'm sure you understand that I will take the advice of the tire chain
that has given me first class service for decades over your advice, your
prejudices notwithstanding. And the "some guy" has proven his overall
competence to me many times over the years while you are a variable source
of opinion, so we are separating on this one.
As I pointed out, that "some guy" is my partner of 5 years. I have had good
advice and stellar support from various stores in the Discount Tire chain
for more than 20 years. In that time, I have seen or heard no complaints I
can recall regarding Discount Tire. I have had exactly one in all these
years: the mechanic failed to tighten the lug nuts on a wheel after a
repair. And I never presented it as gospel, just as the most reliable info I
I don't know what you have against Discount Tire, and you still don't say -
only that you "have the facts" you don't see fit to share. You don't know my
partner but you assume he is less competent than you, particularly in the
field of tires, a premise I find laughable. So who would you have me go
with - somebody who has earned my trust or some random anonymous guy who
offers no support for his ravings? Maybe I should listen to Alex, the
"Toyota kills" guy, because he has less going for him than you do.
I'm not finding any safety issues per se by inflating to
near that which is printed on the side of the tire. The only
caution is that overinflation may lead to greater wear down
the middle of the tire than on the edges, so tires should be
inspected more often. If wear down the middle is detected,
reduce the pressure.
Check out this website:
It allows hybrid owners to submit their actual mileage results, and
pools that information to provide "typical" results for each model.
Granted, different people have different driving needs (ratio of city
vs. highway miles) as well as driving styles (leadfoot vs. "sipper"),
but it's a start...
Oh yeah- our 2004 Civic Hybrid (automatic) is averaging 42.7 mpg over
25,000 miles with a mix of about 50% city driving and 50% rural
road/hwy driving (hwy speeds usually around 70-80 mph)...
We're pretty happy with our car, although the A/C cutting off with the
engine at stops can be a little annoying on hot days (I believe the
2006 model has an electric compressor that runs the A/C even when the
car stops at intersections)
We are seriously considering an '06 Accord Hybrid as a second car for
our household, although we would be more inclined if they had mated
the IMA with the 4-cylinder (even better fuel economy, and the 4-cyl
does a pretty good job at moving the car on its own).
My experience after two years with a 2003 Civic Hybrid is about the
same as yours. By the panel I usually get 42 mpg. By actual calculation
of miles I've gone divided by gallons used, I'm getting right at 40
mpg. The vast majority of my miles are on city streets going to and
from work. That's what I got the hybrid for - an economical work car.
So I'm pretty happy averaging 40 mpg in very demanding stop and go
Like you, I find I get very good mileage when going at between 50 and
65 miles an hour. And it drops pretty quickly at speeds over 70.
I thought I said the technology fascinates me. It's roughly for the same
reason that I bought a Mazda RX4 about 30 years ago, and a Honda CRX Si in
1990. They're all fun to drive, and I like something different. What's
hard to understand about that?
Traded in an '04 Civic that pretty much ran 10% under the EPA mileages
over the 1.5 year period for an '05 Accord Hybrid w/Navi. Mulitple
tank average of the Civic's mixed local and up
to 900 mile round trips was always over 40. The Accord's multiple
tank averages are running 31 ish.
Wife could not abide the highway 'feel' of the Civic (light-weight
wandering in the lane) nor the 'slipping clutch' characteristic of the
I must admit, I LOVE the power of the Accord V6. Has more get up and
get than the non-hybrid V6 and even my old 72 Comet GT with the 302 V8
was a wimp (stock) compared to the Hybrid. Love the 'better' gas
mileage. However, it is truly only an 'ego' or 'status' purchase with
no monetary advantage over a standard vehicle. The premium is too
high to recover unless gas prices get over $20/gal an as for being
"green" the battery disposal is not.
But... you have to breath air, you can bury batteries.
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