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#1 of 60 New Civic Hybrid Owners - Give Us Your Report
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jul 20, 2006 (3:23 am)
Congratulations on your new car! This is the place to give us your first impressions.
#2 of 60 rambling 06 questions/thoughts
Dec 03, 2005 (9:05 am)
Just finished my 1st week with my new 06 HCH, traded in my 03 HCH CVT. Really like all the improvements, mileage remains to be seen, (1st tank came out to 41 mpg, (with 43 on trip computer) but it was the dealer fill up, so not sure how topped off it was). So far trip computer shows 44 for the 2nd tank, haven't noticed the 64 mi reset phenom.
Very interested with any aftermarket XM installations and how well they integrate into factory (non-nav) system.
Have not noticed the hyped gas engine shutdown on level cruise below 35, wouldn't the mpg gauge max out? Any insight on that?
From Honda website "For 2006, the electric motor can propel the car from a stop to speeds up to 35 mph." I wish...
Love the better acceleration, I always felt the previous HCH just lacked a little. The auto stop tweaks help much in stop and go traffic jams (almost daily for me)
Anyone else wish there could be more user input into the amount of assist? I live in a hilly area and end up fully charged a lot, wish I could expend a little more electric on the climbs.
Getting aftermarket leather, anyone else done that? I got galaxy gray exterior, love that new color.
Anyone changed the factory wheels? Would it seriously affect the economy?
#3 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [tunes77]
Dec 03, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Like yourself i'm still wondering about the minus 35mph gas engine shutdown feature, as far as I can see it doesn't exist except on auto stop with the brake applied.
I did question the dealer about this point before buying the '06 HCH and they disclaimed any knowledge of it. Still it does appear on the website leaving one to wonder if it was an oversight.
My XM radio was installed by the Honda dealer and so far the performance is excellent. The antenna is mounted on the upper right of the front windshield and I still haven't found out if the factory installed version would use the roof antenna or not.
I have reception about 98% of the time except for the obvious dead spots such as tunnels and thick tree cover.
#4 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [davem7]
Dec 05, 2005 (4:10 pm)
The car has a 20 hp electric motor which is not enough to propel a 2800 lb car, so there is no real electric-only mode. But it is possible, though hard, to use the motors without using the engine, but only when the car is already moving, slowly, on a level or downhill surface. And the car still decelerates even with them on, but at a much slower rate than when coasting.
It's still a mild hybrid, in other words.
#5 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [hchinsandiego]
Dec 05, 2005 (9:57 pm)
I agree, 06 CH is a mild hybrid. Although I have been fairly successul at getting the car into pure electric mode, I am averaging about 30-35 mph when it is happening, the trick is I let go of the accelerator at about 40, let it trickle to 33-35, and put foot on gas pedal and maintain 1100 rpm exactly, and for about 40-50 seconds my gauge goes to 100 mpg on instant. I will admit prius does a much better job at holding electric mode only longer-thus the 67 hp motor for that model.
By the way if you could send me an e-mail, I am the one with the problem of my ave mpg reseting at 63.5 just like you, I have a call into Honda, and supposedly a factory rep is supposed to know about it this week, if you send an e-mail to my private e-mail, I can give you phone # and case # to reinforce the complaint if your interested.
#6 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [hchinsandiego]
Dec 06, 2005 (9:27 am)
Straight from Honda...
"During acceleration, the engine or the engine and electric motor propel the vehicle. During cruising, the gasoline engine and/or the electric motor can propel the vehicle."
While most of the time the electric motor works in assist mode, 2006 Civic Hybrid can run completely on electric power as well. Especially during cruising, there isn't much of HP requirement anyway. How many horses do you think a typical sedan is using under constant speed cruising on a highway? Not much.
#7 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [davem7]
Dec 06, 2005 (9:50 am)
Hi, I just purchased my 1st hybrid and I have not experience 35mph gas engine shutdown.
I have the NAV display and the dealership wants to charge me $700 parts/labor for XM. Dose this sound right? XM ready I thought its pre wired.
Also what kind of display you get on the XM i.e. band name song name?
#8 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [robertsmx]
Dec 06, 2005 (11:32 am)
larsb and robertsmx, we are well aware of Honda's literature. But speaking as people who actually own the car and have been driving it extensively, it doesn't have a real electric-only mode. The Prius does, I know this because I rented one and drove it, but this car keeps its engine running all the time except when coasting, braking, or stopping. It is possible to get the car to engage an electric-only mode but it's very difficult.
I love the car, but I think the electric-only mode was just thrown in so Honda could claim the car is a full hybrid.
#9 of 60 Re: rambling 06 questions/thoughts [hellpatrol]
Dec 06, 2005 (2:51 pm)
For the XM music channels there are three display modes, first is for the channel name(i.e.Bluegrass), the second is for the song title, the third is for the artist name.
For the news channels there are also three display modes, first is for channel name(i.e. Fox News), the other two identify the program and host(i.e. The Big Story, John Gibson)
A button on the instrument panel enables you to switch between the display modes, you can leave it locked in on any one mode.
The display mode has large type and is well illuminated, its easy to read while driving.
Occasionally you will see brief text messages such as phone numbers.
I paid $700.00 for installation by the Honda dealer.
#10 of 60 Re: The Numbers Game [JBaumgart]
Dec 23, 2005 (5:50 pm)
I picked up my Civic Hybrid last night, and today had the opportunity to assess its performance in the pinch of holiday traffic. I was in the right lane, the left lane occupied, and a vehicle was merging on the right. I was AMAZED at the acceleration and power as I moved forward in the right lane to avoid the merging car