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It seems to I saw somewhere a tabulation of maximum/minimum rpm for the various gears. In my car (2000. 5 speed) I have almost never seen the down arrow, yet always see the up arrow.
If anyone has this information please post it, inclusing source. Dick/Christine
 

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I don't have the info.

However, I don't think the down arrow lights up based on RPM. In my experience the down arrow lights up only if I have my foot pressed down hard on the accelerator yet I am losing speed.
 

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In my experience if you see the down arrow you really really really should have down shifted two gears a long time ago. The only time I've seen it was going up a really steep hill, which was stupid because I listened to the car and by doing so I drained the battery dead by the time I got to the steepest part of the hill. The only other couple of times I've seen it was while going up an incline on the freeway while lugging it in 5th in traffic. All times I had the pedal on the floor.

To witness the down shift arrow on an Insight is a rare thing.
 

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Down arrow? I live in Florida. It could be broken and I'd never know. :)
 

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Ditto to the last post, I live in Michigan, hills are not a concern.
 

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The down arrow generally comes on for me when I'm heading up Afton Mountain once the battery charge gets down to one or two bars left. That's about when the boost indicator starts to cut back and the car begins to show serious lack of punch. I drop down two gears and everything's fine.

Basically, since the electric motor provides low-end torque, if you USE that torque long enough to drain the battery, the entire system loses low-end torque, so you need to shift down to push the engine into the high end, where it has lots of torque. It burns more gas, but then, if you are headed up a mountain, hey, that burns gas.

This is what hybrid design is all about. Each side of the hybrid offers what it has and when one side doesn't have any more, the other side kicks in. You still get the best gas mileage and lowest pollution anybody could get driving up that mountain.

Face it, most motorcycles get worse gas mileage than the Insight.
 
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