I have 16K miles on an 02 CVt and since new, I have never had my battery guage go lower than 3-4 bars after which it quickly recharges to full. Most all the time, it only goes down 2 bars and back to full. I have heard that 5 speeds use more of the IMA than CVT's, but no matter how or where I drive, I have never gone down more than 4 bars. Have any other CVT, or 5speed owners for that matter, noticed this? I wish there were a way to use more of the battery power available.