People Mover! I hear you shout. Truly agreeable with you on that one. It is NOT a car. Its a bus. Initially it was an embarrassing idea to have one. Yet I have a family with three above average size children with above average appetite. Plus we used to have a lived in maid from Indonesia. Therefore, it is a must have. It is a Hyundai Trajet GLS circa 2002 but we bought it in 2004. The only automatic transmission car that I own. My wife actually owns it. I just pour in the fuel and pay the monthly dues and do all the maintenance on it.
A bit of history. Hyundai made this to compete against the Toyota Estima, Honda Oddysey and the GM/Opel Zafira. Wherever they meet. I would think Asians would be the preferred market as the Europeans are dead set on station wagons. Aisans tend to have a sizeable family extended or not.
It drinks a lot. Petrol I mean. Wherever you go except for national highways which seem to be just about ‘ok’. The fuel consumption is a real issue when it does not travel in one huff. Stop and Go traffic is stressful on the heart and the wallet. It does not have a fuel consumption meter. Which makes it hard to guess how efficient it is at doing its thing. However, big lugs like this are the ones that supposed to get the highest attention. Reducing fuel consumptions on behemoths should be the main focus of car designers.
Therefore, in the spirit of chasing efficiency, I plugged in the washing machine hose thingy into the airbox. Drilled an M25 hole and simply push it in. The other end with the funnel could be placed anywhere. So I did.
I had it go through various orifices. I had to remove the front grille to make my hand accessible to where I want it. I then decided to run it through the bottom grill. I found this not to be the ideal place. The wake from the bumper would have a slight pressure drop where I had it. It ws a bit lengthy and would cause some measure of pressure loss.
Since then I had cut it up and placed it just over the left light cluster. What I do want to see is using a snorkel and mount it right over the radiator. That would be Trajet Snorkel 2.0
I still have no clue if there was any improvement. I leave that one to faith.