Usability of the 11.6" screen?

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  1. Mendel Leisk

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    Yeah we had those on a previous Accord, about 15 years back. I'd be on the fence on them, since they tend to get "burnished", are a bit more hassle when washing the car. But yes, they do allow you to crack windows in rain.
     
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    Yeah they make cleaning and drying the side windows a pain. I've never had any of the deflectors installed (although a hood/bug deflector would be useful... maybe. Most of my chips are on the bumper, not hood)
     
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    A good idea, to keep the battery cool.
     
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    It sounds like it would be, only: monitoring battery temps with ScanGuage, I saw:

    1. Even on cool evenings, easy driving conditions, car fully warmed, around 80 kmh, the hybrid battery temp would settle in around 35C. This is in conditions where AC definetely isn't need, actually running the heat to our feet a little. I get the sense that 35C is "operating temperature" for the battery.

    2. In hot-soak conditions, ie: when the car's been driven a long way, then parked say 1/2 hour in full sun, then started up again, measured battery temps will be up around 45C. Running AC agressively after that start up, for 20~30 minutes, I saw at most 1~2C battery temperature drop, something I suspect would have happened with or without AC.

    Bottom line: every body here preaches the mantra "using AC lowers the battery temperature", and it becomes gospel. But yeah...
     
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    Also Mr. Leisk, what does running the A/C so much, say in a closed garage, do to it's longevity? A/C systems can fail, and are very costly. It's all a trade off.

     
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    Yeah we use AC much more so in winter, in the rain. I've discontinued use the ScanGuage, it was apparently causing some sort of communications problem, but for a while I monitored AC Watts. Very handy, shows values either zero, or positive values, 100, 200, and higher, basically saying when AC is running and at what wattage. I noticed, under some conditions when the AC light is NOT on, but the car is in heat/defog mode, ie when air is being directed to your feet and the windscreen, it will surreptitiously run AC. Ambient temperature seems to be a factor too: if it's near freezing, it won't do this. It might be monitoring humidity too, not sure.

    But yeah, in summer, we rarely run AC. It's usually started by my wife, when we get behind a smoky diesel or similar. And I try to sneak it off asap, and definitely run the fan without AC for protracted period thereafter, to blow out the humidity.

    Guess I'm not a fan of AC, lol. All you have to do is look up those pictures of Prius dash disassembly, to swear off AC except for emergency. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    You have to be kidding.

    When I get in my car, it's about 160 degrees F inside, and lately it's been about 102 outside. Opening the window can clear out some heat for a few minutes, but after that it's just like sitting in front of a hair dryer. And besides, it's really noisy and uncomfortable to have the windows open at highway speeds. I use AC every time I drive the car from about April to October, baring a cold spell. The car would be, to me, unusable without it.
     
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    Let's face it, Beelzebub lives 2 houses down from me; there's no way I'm running without A/C down here in Southern Ovenlifornia. I wonder what running the A/C while charging, when requested by my car, inside a closed garage, does to the A/C's longevity.

     
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    I'm very much a fan of A/C and wouldn't own or drive a car that I wasn't comfortable when driving. And it's not for the battery, it's for me, though I wouldn't mind if it helped the battery too.

    As for disassembly of the dash, I'm never going to do it, so what difference does it make to me..
     
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    I too live in a hot climate, but it really doesn't make a difference to me if it limits the lifespan of the A/C, that's what repairs are for. It might be interesting to do a cost/life analysis with battery vs. A/C, but it would be a purely academic exercise.
     
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    Thanks for making me laugh out loud! I love it!
     
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