Last post on Sep 06, 2008 at 8:12 AM
You are in the Honda Civic GX (natural gas)
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Honda Civic, Alternative Fuels, Hybrid Cars
#920 of 1097 Re: CNG cars? [freedml]
Mar 03, 2009 (9:37 am)
Our 1999 CNG-only Honda has lots of spunk around town. I believe, however, that it has the smaller engine available for the Civic, so is not great at altitude (5000', e.g.) or on steep hills, where is must shift down to "3rd" gear (it is an automatic) to maintain 60 MPH, especially with two folks aboard. It will maintain that (or higher speeds) in 3rd, but I feel like I'm running the engine at a very high rpm, so I generally let it climb hills at around 55, where the engine seems to be racing less.
The Honda is a very smooth-running engine, and may well be able to handle high rpms without excessive wear, but I prefer to err on the conservative side.
#921 of 1097 Re: SF Bay Bridge free? [temj12]
Mar 03, 2009 (9:17 pm)
The main difference in filling up with CNG is that you can't just go to a gasoline filling station. There are specific locations for public use and these may or may not be close to where you live. People that have a natural gas line to their home can purchase a home cng pump. Gasoline is a liquid and CNG is compressed natural gas which is about 12 times lighter than air and it goes into specially made kevlar/carbon reinforced tanks (anywhere from 3000 to 4500 psi) and is actually safer than a gasoline car. I have a Honda Civic GX (dedicated cng) and it has comparable acceleration to the gasoline version. But I also get much better mileage than the gasoline version (45 hwy/40 city) because the engine is made just for cng or hythane ( cng and a mix of 20% hydrogen) as it runs much leaner on cng. Right now, I'm paying $1.20/gge (equivalent gallon) but in Utah, they're only paying about 70 cents/gge.
#922 of 1097 Re: SMOG Certification Required [beingreen]
Mar 03, 2009 (9:36 pm)
One thing you should be aware of is that some of the cng pumps allow oil from the compressors into your fuel system. I know Trillium is one to avoid. I had a converted car and after using Trillium for one year, I had it emissions tested so I could get a certificate. The gasoline part passed with flying colors, but the cng one failed. Because of the excess oil going into the system, it was emitting excess HC (hydrocarbons). The injectors that were on my converted car were much different than the ones on the Honda Civic GX, which have very fine tolerances so buyer beware.
#924 of 1097 An End to Free Parking?
Jul 21, 2009 (2:27 pm)
Recently I was led to believe that we can no longer park a compressed natural gas car at a meter in the City of Los Angeles without putting money in the meter. Has anyone else heard this? What about Santa Monica and, is it, Hermosa Beach?
#925 of 1097 Re: SF Bay Bridge free? [epnfrn]
Jul 03, 2010 (7:35 pm)
Our 2005 Honda hybrid has been great. Now there seems to be plenty of CNG stations to try the Honda GX. My only concern is after a few years of use (3) what is the market for resale? I would think it would be small and really come at a loss. What is your resale experience. Thanks!
#926 of 1097 Re: SF Bay Bridge free? [hybridbuzz]
Jul 05, 2010 (6:31 am)
Any time you drive a new car off the lot, you take a big hit. If you want to reduce that, buy a late model used car. I have bought late model used Civic GXs and have been very happy with them. One was still within the 3/36 warranty and all of them were under the 15/150 special California warranty which covers the 'weird' fuel-related components, so the only thing that I missed was a big drop in value and 'that new car smell.'
#927 of 1097 Re: SF Bay Bridge free? [freedml]
Jul 05, 2010 (10:37 am)
If you find any used GX let me know. I've not been successful in finding any (SF bay area). Thanks
#929 of 1097 2007, 90k miles, is this a concern?
Apr 20, 2011 (9:40 am)
I own a Prius in southern CA, but have been thinking about getting the GX. I've found one with a bit of high mileage. Is this a concern? When is major service due, and I assume timing belt service is coming up? How much would this cost?
My other option is a 2009 with about 22k miles from a dealer. There's about a $7k price difference between the two vehicles so I'm not sure what the maintenance schedule is like for the GX. I'm not finding very many for sale like the Prius'...
Any help would be great. Thanks everyone!