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post #1 of 15 Old 01-02-2017, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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New 2017 HR-V owner form Texas

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New 2017 HR-V owner here.
My name is Charley, I am in Austin TX, 47y.o..
A retired Honda and GM mechanic.

Just purchased my new car a week ago, it is 2017 HR-V EX with a stick-shift, This car replaced my VW TDI SportWagen which I dearly loved, but due to the emission cheat fiesco, I've decided to hand it back to VW.
So far very happy with the car, it hauls my bicycle, my dog well.

Likes:
1.8L true and proven, non direct-injection engine,
Smooth shifting transmission.
No timing belt.

Dislikes:-
Seats are comfy, but would have preferred something with lumbar adjustment.
No android auto!
lack of storage spaces - example under the seat, or pockets in bottom of door panel - VW did a much better job in that respect.
head lamps are dated, but convetional ligh bulbs are cheap to replace.
bumpy ride
lots of road noise transmitted.
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Welcome to the forum Charley and I hope you enjoy your HRV!
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Trying to edit spelling mistake in my original post, can't find the edit button.
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Trying to edit spelling mistake in my original post, can't find the edit button.
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I believe you will have to make a few more posts to gain editing ability. Not sure but I think you need (5) posts.
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Nice to see another stick driver here!

After 18k miles on mine, I'd say your complaints are spot on. I had to add seat extender rails and raise the front of the seat to make it comfortable, now I don't notice the lack of lumbar, but my wife still complains sometimes.

I thought I'd miss the storage room up front, but I've quickly gotten used to it. Looking at the Honda Fit interior I think they missed a huge opportunity in the HRV for adding more small storage space, but oh well.

Welcome to the site man, enjoy the car.

2016 HR-V EX 6MT - Purchased 4/14/16.

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Thanks guys

since I can not edit my own post, and this may not be the correct forum, but I want to add to the list "likes" of my new HR-V,

Interior--- clean look, flat touch screen useful dash layout.
I like the radio, text notification, being able to play music off of a USB stick. Bonus - it can shuffle music from a single directory or the entire USB. have repeat function, in case you are listening to a lecture... Nice.

Seats are actually comfy.
Have good visibility with minimal blind spots.
Large mirrors are nice.
While the car is a bit rough on some surfaced due to compression and rebound setting of the shocks/struts. it seems to eat up speed bumps well.
steering wheel- good feel, not too skinny and not too fat, good form - ( disliked the large protrusion on the Mazdas).
Steering wheel buttons well layed out. not cluttered.

Brakes- seems to have decent stopping power when applying just the right amount of pressure on the pedal. I like it.
the car is growing on my.
Love the stick shift, and love reving the piss out of it occasionally- especially coming off of a low revving but super torquey 2.0 Liter diesel, (only 140 HP ... BUT 236 lb-ft of torque).
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We got some cold weather in texas 27degrees.
Started the car this morning noticed how smooth the power steering functioned in cold weather.
After some investigation I found that it is electronic steering assist. Furthermore, the electric motor that assist us by turning the wheels for us is actually inside the cabin, whereas with other cars it is often located near or on the steering rack.
With the HR-V It is located just below the steering wheel. It is a giant electric motor.
Manufacturers switched to electric assist vs. the old hydraulic assist powersteering pump, to reduce complexity (fewer parts) and most importantly, power is not taken away from the engine, turning a hydraulic pump that is not used most of the time= better fuel efficiency.
Just some tech bits.
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I agree, I think the electronic steering is quite an improvement!
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Nice hearing your likes about the HRV Charley. It's a shame about what VW did. Although it seems like folks with diesels are doing OK with the buy back. I have a Golf GTI & love the interior, plus the build seems very good. I know the HRV is different in many ways, but I really like the versatility it has. Do you feel it has enough power?
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"Enough" is the keyword. Could it use more? Yes.
Let's face it, it is not going to win any races, but it will move along with traffic just fine. Passing power is questionable at best, I just have to take a more relaxed driving stance.
Also, drivin g a stick shift sometimes makes it a bit more fun to keep it in gear and let the engine rev to its powerband. Example getting on the interstate ramp I can keep it in 4th gear rev it to 5000 RPM (close to peak H.P) and be at 70 mph, then shift to 6th.
I've owned a few powerfull cars, 5second or sub 5second to 60 mph; twin turbo straight 6 cyl BMW. It was fun but with that power at hand I always wanted to drive fast, sometimes reckleslly. Driving with traffic was painfull, having all this power and unable to use it = why do i need all that power?
With that being said, a good balance of power is nice to have.
The HR-V could have benefited from the new 2.0L engine or better yet a 2.4L engine.
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