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Old 13 Apr 2008, 01:16 am
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I have a 2003 Honda Civic HYBRID and I was thinking about getting cold air intake. Since my car is a hybrid, would getting cold air intake mess anything up? Because I mean it was made to save gas and I would hate for something little like that to mess everything up. So anyone that knows a lot about cars could you please help me out? Would cold air intake mess anything up, not work since it is a hybrid, or work perfectly fine and not mess anything up?Oh, and what's some other things I could maybe do to my car as well?
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Old 13 Apr 2008, 01:31 am
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try this web site i order from here every know an then you should find what you looking for but try the short ram intakesince your replacing the stock air box for an intake your bettering your performance and gas.when you install the intake you might hear a sucking sound but that's only your intake doing its job...but yea its a ton of after market for your car..
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Cold air intakes don't do much, I would not spend that much money just to boost the horsepower by at MOST 5 horsepower, in some cases cold air intakes actually take away power. But if you still decide to buy it know that according to the description of a cold air intake, its supposed to suck in more cooler denser air into the engine. However there is a specific amount of gas that has to go with air so if theres more air getting sucked in, the cars computer will notice and in return it will waste more gas to burn efficiently. So if you bought the hybrid to save gas why are you gonna buy something thats gonna waste more gas? Just save the money and buy yourself something nice or spend it on gas...check out the website, it talks about what i just said































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Cold air intakes don't do much, I would not spend that much money just to boost the horsepower by at MOST 5 horsepower, in some cases cold air intakes actually take away power. But if you still decide to buy it know that according to the description of a cold air intake, its supposed to suck in more cooler denser air into the engine. However there is a specific amount of gas that has to go with air so if theres more air getting sucked in, the cars computer will notice and in return it will waste more gas to burn efficiently. So if you bought the hybrid to save gas why are you gonna buy something thats gonna waste more gas? Just save the money and buy yourself something nice or spend it on gas...check out the website, it talks about what i just said
I would not go with the cold air intake incase you run into a large puddle or you get caught in a storm and have to drive because in those situations it would be easy to hydrolock your engine, rendering it useless. I would though go with a short ram intake. You can get a cheap one on ebay between 40-60 US dollars. If you go that route though I would for sure go to your local auto parts store and get a high proformance filter such as K&N, for higher quality to filter better to keep your engine clean. These filters are also cleanable so you will never have to buy another one again, saving you money on air filters. The reason I say to get a cheap intake though is because what it is doing is straightening the airflow into your engine and reducing it's constriction. So I would purchase the cheaper one to save money since basically what you want from it is the tube essentially, then buy a better filter for it. With a hybrid, I would estimate 3-5 better mpg highway with this, which with the way gas prices are right now, will save you quite a bit in the long run, well more than the price of the intake and filter. As far as what this guy says about losing hp and wasting gas, he is wrong. Honda's, especially civics, are one of the most popular cars in the market today that recieve aftermarket upgrades, giving the rest of us a large selection to choose from. Now do you think if millions of people across the world add aftermarket upgrades such as this to their civic, that it would actually be wasting gas and power for them? I don't think so. A honda civic hybrid is meant to save you gas money, this can only help. Honda makes civics capable of handling these upgrades. Your car will greatly benefit from this. Now something like a dodge caravan or something similar meant to haul kids to soccer practice in, is probably not set up to handle more air being added to the engine, so in an instance such as this he would be right. In your case, all you can do is gain from it. Besides, this is a rumor about losing power with an intake. Think about it, your engine is basically an air pump. The way gas burns, is with activation energy (spark plug) igniting the gas in the air. Gasoline cannot burn without oxygen, try putting a glass cup over a candle and sealing it to the table, the candle will go out once all the oxygen is burned. All this will be doing is adding more oxygen into your engine for your gasoline to take advantage of and burn in. How could more oxygen be hurting your car? It is like trying to breathe through a coffee straw going from stock, to breathing through a respirator tube (intake added) it becomes infinitly easier for your engine to breathe, making it much more efficient at what it does best. Hope this helps and best of luck to you in your hunt for gas mileage!!! Let me know if this helped your decision!
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when you install the intake you might hear a sucking sound
Yeah, that's the sound of hard earned money leaving your wallet for a gadget that's useless on a street car.
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I would for sure go to your local auto parts store and get a high proformance filter such as K&N, for higher quality to filter better to keep your engine clean.
K&N filters typically let more dirt into your engine.

See here:

Filtration Testing for Amsoil, K&N, Napa, Jackson Racing, Baldwin, and Mazda air filters on a Miata

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