Last post on Sep 09, 2009 at 4:34 AM
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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Coupe, Sedan
#148 of 167 Auto Stop Issue - 2007 Civic
Jun 03, 2007 (6:18 pm)
The auto stop feature doesn't work when you have the defrost on. This is indicated in the manual. However, in addition to this, auto stop also won't work if you have selected the ventilation mode where the air blows to your feet and to the windshield.
I took my Civic to the dealer when the auto stop stopped working and it's there that this was noticed. Personally, I think this is a glitch that should be fixed in a software update. I understand why it doesn't work when you press the defrost button. The AC comes on and the fan runs at full speed. But in the above mentioned ventilation mode, no extra resources are called upon.
Nov 02, 2007 (9:29 am)
With the autostop working intermittently. The dealer had the car for a week before figuring it out. There were no engine or transmission faults, but it turned out to be the HVAC controller which is back in the IMA controller behind the rear seat. That was replaced, and now autostop works all of the time and the gas mileage is 25% better.
#150 of 167 Auto idle stop problem - 2006-2008
Feb 14, 2008 (4:08 pm)
There appears to be a generic problem with the 2006-2008 Civic Hybrids. When stopped at a traffic light, and with the heater on at low fan speed and without the defroster on, the auto idle stop kicks on as expected, but after a minute or two, it kicks off abruptly and startles the driver.
This problem has persisted with my 2006 Civic hybrid and also with a brand new 2008 Civic hybrid I test drove recently.
Have other Civic hybrid owners noticed this problem?
#151 of 167 Is it normal with my new Honda Civic Hybrid 2009?
Jul 14, 2009 (1:27 pm)
I recently bought a new 2009 HCH. Having never driven a hybrid before, I have noticed a few odd things while driving this car.
Owners of HCH, please let me know if the following is normal:
1. When stopped completely (say at red light), the car sometimes goes a bit backward when foot is released from the break -- like in manual transmission cars.
2. At lower speed (less than 25 mph), the car does not move smoothly like a non-hybrid car does. I can feel the perceptible jerk.
Then there is the small matter of dealership that never gave me two keys (I have just one), and did not give me the manuals either. Will contacting Honda do any good?
#152 of 167 Re: Is it normal with my new Honda Civic Hybrid 2009? [johngalt007]
Jul 14, 2009 (2:22 pm)
Congrats on the new car! I bought my '09 HCH back in June. The only time the car has moved backward for me when taking my foot off the brake is when I've been on an incline (same as with a regular car). Also, I've never noticed any jerkiness at lower speeds, I'll pay attention next time I'm in the car.
When I purchased my car I was given 3 keys - two regular keys and one valet key. Have you contacted the dealership about getting the keys and the manuals? If so, what was their response?
I hope this helps!
#153 of 167 Re: Is it normal with my new Honda Civic Hybrid 2009? [MsAdventure]
Jul 15, 2009 (10:56 am)
With the car going backward, this does not happen always. But, it happens on the flats road as well.
The jerkiness is perceptible -- I can feel it in my belly. Please drive at slow speed and see if your car hesitates -- almost as if it can't decide if it needs to accelerate or decelerate.
Also, could you please tell me which manuals did you receive with your car? I was given a 2009 civic manual (not of hybrid). I checked Honda's website at http://tinyurl.com/nhfddo, and I can see that there are following manuals and user guides related to the hybrid that I believe I should have been given (my car came with navigation):
2009 Civic Hybrid Navigation System Owner's Manual
(English, Paper, 31SNC820)
2009 Civic Hybrid Owner's Manual
(English, Paper, 31SNC630)
2009 Civic Hybrid Quick Start Guide
(English, Paper, 31SNCQ30)
2009 Civic Hybrid Service History
(English, Paper, 31SNCM30)
Did you receive all four of the above?
#154 of 167 Re: Is it normal with my new Honda Civic Hybrid 2009? [johngalt007]
Jul 23, 2009 (1:42 pm)
I'm so sorry for the delayed response - I forgot to set myself email notifications! I did pay attention to driving at slower speeds two separate times. Once, after I first started the car it seemed to act slightly jerky. Second, after I'd driven for a while and that time, I didn't notice any jerkiness at all. Both times were at speeds 20-25 mph.
I did receive all 4 of those manuals as well as these add'l booklets:
2009 Warranties - 31SNCW30
Consumer Information - 31H06801
Hope that helps!!!
#155 of 167 Low Mileage on 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
Jul 23, 2009 (5:09 pm)
New 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid purchased end of March, has 1900 miles.
the MPG Indicator at the bottom dash display indicates 33 mpg. I have not reset any trip meter readings. We have combination city and highway. Outside Temps. 101 degrees, its summer in SW Calif.! The dealer tells me that the car needs a break-in period of at least 5,000 miles to begin to get the good gas mileage. The owners manual indicates 600 miles break-in. The Electric Motor kicks in at take off's from a dead stop, and accelerating above 3,000rpm. When coasting/free-wheeling, the EM is charging the battery. Has anyone else experienced low mileage on a new 2009 Honda Hybrid? Should I wait until the Odometer turns 5,000 miles, and then complain about low mpg? My wife and I are retired. We don't drive like teenagers anymore! I have not yet measured gallons divided into real miles yet, but will on the next tank fill. The very first tankful, I did, and it matched the MPG Indicator in the Dash. Any Ideas? I think the Dealer is Full of It!
#156 of 167 Re: Is it normal with my new Honda Civic Hybrid 2009? [MsAdventure]
Jul 24, 2009 (3:45 am)
Thanks, MsAdventure. We all get busy from time to time. Thanks for taking the time to remember and reply.
I did call Honda last week, and complained about not receiving a single manuals from the dealership. The rep from Honda said something about the dealer communication. No word from anyone (Honda or dealer) yet. I am not sure what my options are if I don't get them!!
#157 of 167 Re: Low Mileage on 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid [frednjudik]
Jul 24, 2009 (3:47 am)
frednjudik, I bought a 2009 HCH a month ago, and my overall avg has been 37 only with a combination of city and highway driving. I have seen that it does worse during city driving. Last week I was driving in NYC, and my mpg dropped to 33.
At the moment since last 5 days with just suburbia driving. my mpg has stayed close to 35!! I am yet to see an EPA claimed 45 ever.