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Old 07-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #11
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Have you noticed the FJ "engine braking" going down hills? Mine does when towing, I tap the brake slightly and the FJ downshifts a gear to help slow down on down grades. Smart transmission...
I would expect the FJ to have that feature; my Sienna does, too. In the Sienna, it's called "Grade Logic". Very convenient in the mountains, especially when towing.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:39 PM   #12
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I agree that 97C has at least comparable and possibly worse grades than the Coquihalla. I don't remember speeds, but hauling our Boler 1700 (length of an Escape 17 but width and weight closer to an Escape 19) was slower uphill than I would choose on the level.

97 (the Okanagan valley highway) has much easier grades, but is a much slower road due to traffic and intersections... and if you use it to get to Peachland from Chilliwack you also need to use a substantial chunk of the slow (but scenic) Highway 3 (Hope to Osoyoos). Personally, I like Highway 3, in any vehicle... but then I like to drive.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:55 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=Brian B-P;29093

Personally, I like Highway 3, in any vehicle... but then I like to drive.[/QUOTE]

If time is not a consideration I too would much rather drive Hwy 3.
I find the Coquhalia gets a bit boring being basically a freeway.

Have never towed through the Coquihalia or 97C but driven it lots of times.

The route that is probably my favorite is the Fraser Canyon, Hwy 1. Now that is a road to drive. Incredible scenery as well. Even better now that most of the traffic takes the Coquihalia. No great hills to climb with the exception of Jackass Mountain hill.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:26 PM   #14
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Have you noticed the FJ "engine braking" going down hills? Mine does when towing, I tap the brake slightly and the FJ downshifts a gear to help slow down on down grades. Smart transmission...
Jim, i have not noticed this feature but will pay closer attention on the next leg of our journey and will get back to you.
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