Last post on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu, Car Comparisons, Auto Repair, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#1 of 4 Repair Malibu or go for Civic Hybrid or Prius? Advice?
Jul 10, 2013 (5:32 pm)
Ok, my 2006 Malibu needs at least $3000 worth of work and has 350,000km on the odometer. It hasn't been bad on gas - been getting 32mpg on my commute (I drive 75% highway, 25% city).
I am trying to decide whether to fix the Malibu or get a decent used hybrid so the better mileage gas savings can go towards the monthly payments.
So far I have found:
a nicely maintained 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid with 100,000 km on it and a brand new battery. (I am nervous about the recent battery lifespan claims since the battery is $2000+ and it had to be replaced after just 100,000 km)
an in decent shape 2007 Prius with 90,000 km on it.
They are both $10,500 CDN.
Not sure what to do. They get about the same highway mileage (as posted by EPA and average user claims). Prius gets better in-town of course, but I don't do that much city driving.
What could I expect in ongoing maintenance for the 2007 Prius or the 2009 Civic Hybrid?
(That will help me decide which will be the most economical including payments if I buy, plus gas and expected maintenance costs).
And, what kind of mileage would I realistically get with the Prius (including winter driving commuting across South Western Ontario with very little stop-and-go traffic? i.e. not Toronto)
The Malibu is costing me an average of $1700 a year to maintain (primarily replacing brake pads, rotors, etc. due to the 40,000 km I drive each year).
#3 of 4 Re: Repair Malibu or go for Civic Hybrid or Prius? Advice? [Kirstie@Edmunds]
Jul 11, 2013 (11:20 am)
Thanks! Didn't know about that thread. I have now posted there.
#4 of 4 Re: Repair Malibu or go for Civic Hybrid or Prius? Advice? [rafe]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2013 (12:15 pm)
If you want to read perspectives on the Civic Hybrid and the Prius from other members, just use the search tools on the right-hand side of the forums page. You can use the make/model drop-downs to get a list of all discussions about a particular vehicle, and pick & choose what interests you.