Jena
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Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:09 pm

Do any of you know what the honk sounds like? I thinks the lower the pitch the less offense it sounds.

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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:38 pm

i believe most (if not all) car horns in the United States are set at the key of F.

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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:20 pm

solardude wrote:i believe most (if not all) car horns in the United States are set at the key of F.


Really? Thats interesting. Has any one seen a video with the Leafs horn sounding off. I guessing it comes with a car alarm also. how does that sound too?

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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:30 pm

solardude wrote:i believe most (if not all) car horns in the United States are set at the key of F.


I've had many cars and every one had a different 'key'. Some were 'deep' sounding, some were in the middle, and some were very high.
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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:45 pm

Jena wrote: I guessing it comes with a car alarm also. how does that sound too?


Most factory car alarms do not have a sound. They only cut the ignition. That is my preferred method; an audible alarm from a car does nothing to stop the crime, it only pollutes the air.
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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:07 pm

The LEAF has no "anti-theft alarm system" (like motion or shock sensor), as far as I know.
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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:56 pm

I tried the horn at the local dealer in town.* The Leaf horn isn't loud enough and a bit wimpy sounding :-(
I'm afraid it won't be commanding enough at freeway speeds.

Replacing the horn will be the first mod I do to the car. I've replaced the horns on both of my 1st gen Insights and our Toyota Tacoma with 2009 Honda Ridgeline horns. Now people can hear the horns on the freeway.

*Nissan made a special stop for 1hr 30 min on the way to load the car onto a semi heading to an LA show. The dealer let us try all the buttons, touch screen features, fold the seats down, etc., just short of not test driving or getting a ride in the car.
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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:04 pm

gasmiser1 wrote:I tried the horn at the local dealer in town.* The Leaf horn isn't loud enough and a bit wimpy sounding :-(
I'm afraid it won't be commanding enough at freeway speeds.

Replacing the horn will be the first mod I do to the car. I've replaced the horns on both of my 1st gen Insights and our Toyota Tacoma with 2009 Honda Ridgeline horns. Now people can hear the horns on the freeway.

*Nissan made a special stop for 1hr 30 min on the way to load the car onto a semi heading to an LA show. The dealer let us try all the buttons, touch screen features, fold the seats down, etc., just short of not test driving or getting a ride in the car.


A long time ago (before we had much noise pollution ;) ), I had a VW Rabbit and it had a barely audible horn so I had my mechanic put in duel air horns. People thought a truck was coming! :lol: But it was much safer!
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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:32 pm

One thing I really liked on the Volt (one of the only things) was a little chirping sound that the horn would make as a "pedestrian warning beep" by pulling in the left stem on the steering column (like flashing high-beams in most cars). Hopefully the Leaf will have that type of system as well, as that could be very useful.

I, too, like having a loud horn and many newer cars seem to have wimpy ones. I added twin air horns to my Murano, and it helps a lot. What I always say is that if I have to honk at someone, it had better be loud enough to make them want to change their underwear. :lol:
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Re: Honk!!!

Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:33 pm

gasmiser1 wrote:I tried the horn at the local dealer in town. The Leaf horn isn't loud enough and a bit wimpy sounding :-(
I'm afraid it won't be commanding enough at freeway speeds.

OK, I'll bite. What "commands" do you ask your horn to issue at freeway speeds? How do you avoid road rage responses to them?

So far as I can remember, I have never, in 55+ years of driving, used my horn at freeway speeds.
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