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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Car Buying, Coupe, Sedan
#41 of 60 Re: 2007 Civic Hybrid II [marcion]
Jul 10, 2007 (10:07 am)
You don't have a lemon. You just accelerate a little too quickly and drive a little too fast -- in other words, you drive like a normal American. Even one auto magazine complained that their test drivers could only achieve low 40s with the Civic Hybrid.
But don't worry about lower-than-expected mpg on the hybrid. You'd be getting a lot worse with a gas-only car.
Remember, the 49/51 EPA rating is only achieved by driving at low speeds with low engine loads. I get those numbers ( http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35956 ), but I drive slower than most folks.
The NEW EPA rating for the HCH is only 42 combined, so you're not far off that.
Also, the CVT doesn't have a low gear. It continuously varies according to the load placed on the engine. So if you lay heavy on the accel. pedal, it'll rev higher in response until the load lightens.
#42 of 60 Press Request
by KarenS HOST
Sep 06, 2007 (9:38 am)
A freelancer aims to talk with owners of the following hybrid models: Accord, Altima, Camry, all Lexus hybrids and all pick-up truck hybrids.
Please respond to Chintan Talati at ctalatiedmunds.com no later than Wednesday, September 12, 2007 with your daytime contact information and the hybrid model you own.
Sep 26, 2007 (2:00 pm)
Owned HCH 06 for year and a half...like the unit, good mileage (42-45 winter; 48-52 summer) BUT severe inside tire wear (unadjustable negative camber); 3 sets of tires in 30K. Dealer kindly replaced tires but now warranty is gone and I'm on my own. Anyone else with weird tire wear?
#45 of 60 Interesting reading....
Jan 25, 2008 (9:18 am)
Still under 1000 miles since new but I'm more than satisfied with the MPG so far.
38-39 in harsh winter weather and I expect the MPG to get better as it warms up.
I love driving it with regards to squeezing mileage out of it... It's like a video game for old farts. Simple to apply rules and a reward at the end (fill-up time).
I'm lucky to have a best friend who purchased a Prius within days of me buying the Honda Hybrid so the contest is on. I don't think there is much of a contest of fit and finish between the Honda and Toyota.. Both very nice but the Honda is miles ahead on interior quality.. Paint is beautiful. The Prius is certainly nice but if I chose a car to live in it would certainly be the Honda.
#46 of 60 2 new hch in 3 months
Jan 27, 2008 (8:43 pm)
We purchsed a new HCH 11-15-07. On 12-4-07 we were in an accident that totaled it (not our fault) and it held up pretty good against a GMC Yukon. This car saved our lives. We will get another new one tomorrow and it is our only choice.
Feb 21, 2008 (4:52 am)
We just purchased our HCH two weeks ago. We took it on a road trip last weekend 350 miles from Iowa to Minn and back again. By the second leg we were averaging 45.3 mpg. We did experience some weird shaking once or twice on the interstate when going up a hill. Not sure what that was about.
Feb 21, 2008 (4:35 pm)
That was the little hamster in the engine. He was cold.
#49 of 60 Re: rear tire wear [hybridblues]
Mar 09, 2008 (8:50 pm)
your problem is bad control mounts in the rear the dealer should fix it for free they did on mine
#50 of 60 Re: rear tire wear [fearsofsin]
Mar 10, 2008 (9:06 am)
Thanks for the reply; can you provide a few details? Are you still under warranty?
What was the burden of proof (the Honda's TBS shows a detailed procedure)? Did you have to fight to get it fixed?
Honda (and my dealer) seem in no hurry to fix this problem while it obviously puts Civic owners and their families at risk. A recall is obviously needed and I've complained to NHTSA but slow wheels...