Thanks for this. I was looking for exactly the same kind of information you gave - how's someone else's system performing. Everyone has been telling about different problems I might be having with the engine and I don't blame anyone because it's just very hard to investigate those things via a forum. Perhaps it's normal then how it performs, if you're sure 100% that yours is ok.I'm kinda with the rest of the group on this one. If you've secured the hose so that it doesn't blow off now, then it doesn't really sound like much of a problem.
You sound like you've double-checked everything and replaced most of the usual stuff and then some.
Checking for line pressure by squeezing the radiator hose when hot isn't exactly a great measurement tool. I know on my car that the radiator hose is naturally quite a bit sturdier than the radiator hose use on a 4-banger daily driver. Even when hot, my radiator hose doesn't have much give.
If the car ain't overheating and you aren't losing any more coolant, then be satisfied that you have a properly working vehicle.
As for the reservoir not having much coolant in it when the car is up to temps, same here. Mine almost never has coolant in it, even on the hottest days of 100°+ outside temps. But I know my system is 100% good.
If you are concerned about adding coolant to the system without popping the radiator cap, just put coolant in the overflow tank and let the system suck up the extra juice on it's own. Whatever it doesn't need will remain in the overflow.
Sounds like you're good to go, guy!
Jack - thanks for the extra clarifications I think I was a bit confusing with the "coolant dripping from radiator" part. I meant that if I run the engine with radiator cap off, is it then supposed to be dripping out from the cap hole? Still no? The level should stay even with the radiator neck when engine is running?