Accord 4 cylinder freeway driving

Discussion in 'Accord' started by JXStern, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. JXStern

    JXStern Guest

    4cyl engine with stick, can it stay up with LA freeway traffic (80mph
    when clear), including making it up a hill like Sepulveda Pass in
    decent shape?


    JXStern, Dec 10, 2003
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    Artfulcodger Guest

    What time of day can you do 80 on an LA freeway? :)

    The Artful Codger
    Artfulcodger, Dec 10, 2003
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    Cosmin N. Guest

    I don't know how steep that hill is, but my 94 Accord EXR and my dad's
    02 Accord
    (both 4cyl, auto) have no problem driving at about 140km/h (about 85mph)
    very comfortably,
    going over hills. Above 140km/h you're starting to push the car a bit,
    but I drove about
    1200km at 160km/h constantly with the AC full on (Toronto-Montreal and
    back at 35-40 Celsius)
    and the car had no problems whatsoever. My only concern was the auto
    gear box heating up,
    but that did not happen.

    If you get the stick version, then it will go even better, since there's
    no auto gear box to
    take away power from the engine (ok, you still lose 10%, but not the
    20-30% for the auto).

    Cosmin N., Dec 10, 2003
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    razingkane Guest

    You did not state what kind of car your driving. I've got a 99 Accord EX
    4cyl /manual (150 hp). I live in Colorado. On Interstate 70, the main
    east/west interstate through Colorado. I've had no problems keeping up
    with cars traveling 70-80 MPH through mountain passes. The highest pass is
    the Eisenhower Tunnel at a little over 11,000 feet above sea level. I
    routinely drive at over 9000 feet above sea level with no problems. I used
    live in California and I drove a 87 CRX 4cyl/manual I've been up Sepulveda,
    Cajon pass, Palomar Mountain, Montezuma grade, Big Bear, Lake Tahoe... and I
    never had any sort of problems keeping up with traffic. So I don't think
    you'll have any problems with Sepulveda matter what your driving,
    although I don't know how the Honda Insight would do but the are automatics


    razingkane, Dec 10, 2003
  5. Yes--I recently took my 4 cyl. Honda to Las Vegas and was able to do 130
    mph on the freeway that goes thru the middle of the desert. The freeway
    was almost free of traffic and my radar detector did not make a sound
    while I was on that 10 mile section of staight road. My temp. gauge
    despite the high desert temperatures never went above the half way mark.
    Bill B. Johnson, Dec 10, 2003

  6. You do the conversion. I have a 2003 Honda Accord Sedan with 5 speed.
    It will do:
    60 kph in 1st
    100 kph in 2nd
    140 kph in 3rd
    195 kph in 4th
    not sure for 5th as I want to regain some points. :eek:P

    Knuckles Muldoon, Dec 10, 2003
  7. JXStern

    JXStern Guest

    As on subject line, the current Accord sedan (160HP).

    When I finally traded my old '87 Accord, it was in part because the
    100hp engine had trouble keeping up with newer traffic. It would
    eventually go well over 80, but had very weak acceleration above 70.
    It would make it over Sepulveda Pass in 4th but not 5th (it's a
    moderate hill on interstate 405, only a few hundred feet vertical
    starting basically at sea level and usually clogged to 10mph anyway,
    but sometimes you get lucky!)

    The power/weight ratio of the new 4cyl is much better on paper, but
    sometimes there are hidden gotchas, so I thought I'd ask.

    Thanks to all responders.

    JXStern, Dec 11, 2003
  8. Rick--you are right--I did NOT state the type of car that I was driving. I
    was driving a 1999 4 cyl auto trans. I found out that both of our cars
    have a computer chip set so that our cars can't go above 130 mph. I think
    that it is refered to as a speed limiter or something like that. One
    poster told me that Honda does this so that people don't blow head gaskets
    as a result of going over 130 mph for long distances.
    Bill B. Johnson, Dec 11, 2003
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    Cosmin N. Guest

    My 94 Accord EXR (4Cyl, auto) does not have such a limitation. I pushed
    it all the way to 220km/h, and it still had some acceleration left, but
    I ran out of road. Only an idiot would imagine he can drive the car over
    long distances at such high speeds though, but I guess it happened,
    because the 98-02 4Cyl model does have that limiter at 180km/h. I wonder
    if the 03 still has it...

    I'm fairly sure that the 98-02 V6's do not have the limiter either.

    Cosmin N., Dec 11, 2003
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    mrdancer Guest

    More likely it is because of the tires. Most cars are governed to 118mph
    because that's the speed rating (for extended high speed running) on the
    tires. Tires that are rated beyond that are more expensive, thus increasing
    the bottom line price of the car and making it harder to move off of the
    dealers' lots. Therefore, use cheap oem tires and limit the speedo for
    liability reasons. Of course, the speed rating of your oem tires depends on
    what the oem decided was worth putting on. YMMV
    mrdancer, Dec 12, 2003
  11. I have an '03 and had it to 195 so far, so no limiter at 180 anyway.

    Knuckles Muldoon, Dec 12, 2003
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    Nobody Guest

    (Bill B. Johnson) wrote in
    I'm going to ask a stupid question here...what does vehicle velocity (as
    opposed to engine RPM) have to do with a head gasket?
    Nobody, Dec 13, 2003
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    JXStern Guest

    I'm going to guess that it's a matter of running the engine at full
    power on a long gear putting maximum stress on everything, which is
    tough enough on Indy cars and not really what street cars are designed
    to do.

    JXStern, Dec 13, 2003
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    mrdancer Guest

    I'd think the Honda engines would handle it, though. Shoot, the
    ubiquitous 2.2L engine that Chrysler put into millions of vehicles back in
    the 80's would handle 24 hours straight of average speeds well in excess of
    100mph. You won't be able to do that on any roads that I know of, unless
    you're just running back and forth on the Autobahn for 24 hours and happen
    to have no traffic....
    mrdancer, Dec 13, 2003
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    Jason Faas Guest

    Isn't that Chrysler 2.2L the same engine that is always blowing a rich,
    black plume of smoke out of nearly every late 80s Caravan still on the road?
    Or did they have something different in them?
    Jason Faas, Dec 14, 2003
  16. Hey, they're not broken down though, are they?
    Chris Aseltine, Dec 14, 2003
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    xxxxxxxx Guest

    and climate zones and 80 mph in LA would be a snap for a stick as its at sea
    level for the most part.
    `86 Accord
    xxxxxxxx, Dec 15, 2003
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    xxxxxxxx Guest

    xxxxxxxx, Dec 15, 2003
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    Jason Faas Guest

    160kph is more like 100 mph (99.2). A little more of a risk for tires and

    Jason Faas, Dec 15, 2003
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