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#1 of 50 Honda Civic Hybrid Owners: Meet the Members
by KarenS HOST
Jun 20, 2005 (12:12 pm)
Introduce yourself and get to know other Civic Hybrid owners here!
#2 of 50 Disappointed
Jul 16, 2005 (6:06 pm)
I bought a 2005 Civic Hybrid last month and after 2 fill ups my mileage is 561.7 and my mileage per gallon is only 30.393. The mileage has been 80% city & 20% highway. The dealer tells me that there is a break in time & that I should wait until the car has 2,000 miles on it. Is there something I'm doing wrong or is the dealer correct.
#3 of 50 RE: Disappointed
Jul 21, 2005 (1:43 pm)
I just purchased an 05 Civic Hybrid with the 5-speed manual transmission.
My first tank of gas lasted 497 miles and I put 10.5 gallons in. Thats 47 mpg.
The trip A meter on the dashboard read 47.1mpg as the average mpg for the tank. Now I am on my second tank and the trip A meter is registering 51.7 average mpg.
I drive up and down hills both ways to work with some flat area driving in stop and go traffic 18 miles each way.. At times I'm going 20mph other times I'm going 50mph.
My suggestion for you to improve your milage is as follows. Push the button sticking out where the speedometer is until you see Trip A lit up. Reset trip A at each fill up. I have been reading that other owners never rest Trip B to track the life time average MPG for their car. Keep an eye as you drive on your current average mpg. As you are driving make sure the mpg realtime bar on the bottom is registering higher than you averave mpg. You will find that if you lift a tiny bit of pressure from the gas pedel as your driving your realtime milage will stay between 40 and 60 mpg most of the time.
The owners manual states that if you use the AC you will see a HUGE drop in gas milage. Try not to use it too often. Try using your cars secondary AC system. All cars have one.
Its the unspoken air conditioner model 450 . Four windows down at 50mph.
Good luck with your car.
#4 of 50 RE: Disappointed [hybrid_bri]
Jul 21, 2005 (6:44 pm)
"Four windows down at 50mph" will probably cost you more in fuel than all windows up with the A/C on. It's a well understood simple matter of aerodynamics and reduced coefficient of drag (Cd).
#5 of 50 Re: Disappointed
Jul 25, 2005 (12:18 pm)
Not true with the hybrid. Read your owners manual concerning the hit on fuel milage with the hybrid civic running with the AC on. I got 47mpg on the first tank and 51.8 on the second tank with the windows wide open averaging 50-55mph.
I am quite aware of the fact that a normal gas only powered car or truck will achieve better fuel economy with the AC on and the windows closed at higher speeds.
Listen, don't take my word for it. Drive around yourself with the AC on all the time for your entire next tank of gas.
I challenge you to prove me wrong.
#6 of 50 Re: Disappointed [hybrid_bri]
Jul 25, 2005 (1:16 pm)
As I am interested in purchasing a Civic Hybrid, but do not yet own one, I don't have an Owner's Manual to which I can refer. Please type the exact wording from the manual that (as you indicate) confirms that driving with the windows down will give you better mileage than with them up. Thanks in advance.
#7 of 50 Re: Disappointed [richard26]
Jul 25, 2005 (2:46 pm)
I'm looking to buy a 2005 Civic Hybryd in the next few weeks. Has the mileage improved on you car? Anything you can tell me that I should know?
Thanks in advance,
#10 of 50 Re: Disappointed [richard26]
Jul 29, 2005 (8:01 pm)
yea that is what my dealer told me too. Seems to be the case as far as i can tell. My 2005 civic hybrid milage slowly increased over the first 1000-2000 miles and has and is now after almost 8000 miles ave. 42mpg. I am pleased as i drive about 800miles/wk for work 50/50 city/HW.