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Posted by B. Peg on April 20, 2006, 12:34 pm

I found the car has a noisy hissy-fit climbing the Grapevine heading south.
The car sounds as though it is in first gear all the way up.

Worse one is try climbing Hwy. 155 out of Lake Isabella, CA.  The road is
something like a 13-15% incline.  I had the battery drop down into the red
zone (1 bar) and top speed was 35 mph even in the one passing zone while
climbing.  Nothing left at the throttle.  Least it made up for it going down
into Glennville on the other side of the 6600' climb.

Might have to try out Hwy. 4 (Ebbett's Pass) or some other steep mountain
crossing to see how it performs...or not.


Posted by Michael Pardee on April 20, 2006, 12:55 pm

We went over Wolf Creek pass in Colorado a couple weeks ago - no problem.
AFAIK interstate freeways won't have more than a 6% grade, but state
highways can be anything. I remember one in California that turned into a
single lane road with scattered weeds growing through the pavement.


Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 21, 2006, 12:01 am

I never had that problem on the Grapevine, in either direction--nor on
the hill east of Indio on I-10.  Nor on I-8 between the AZ state line
and San Diego.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

Posted by Michael Pardee on April 21, 2006, 10:40 pm
Same here, including the climb from San Bernardino to Barstow and the 17
mile climb onto the Colorado Plateau north of Camp Verde, AZ.

The engine sound is strong at full power, but remember that the red-line is
artifically limited by the MG speeds in the hybrid system. I don't feel bad
running it hard uphill. Even in the Arizona summer it has done beautifully.


Posted by mark_digital on April 22, 2006, 11:26 am

I wish I could identify with the areas you speak of, but I have taken a trip
up Pike's Peak and tooled around the Rockies, stopping for a moment at the
Continental Divide rest stop. Maybe it's a little unfair to criticize the
bad emissions of other vehicles I had to contend with as we trekked 19 miles
up 14,100 feet because not all of Colorado requires vehicle emission
testing. But at the entrance of Pike's Peak a sign says you should have at
least three quarter of a tank of gas before proceeding.
I kinda knew what to expect when I read that.
It was fun for awhile cruising 75 miles an hour (on interstate 83  believe)
and be legal! Sometimes I had to hold it at 85 mph just to keep the truck
driver behind me happy. The wind turbulence when they pass is quite

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