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My Hybrid May 21, 2004 10:25 PM

I purchased a one year old Hybrid Toyota Prius. I love it. It is a smooth ride. It has more pick-up then the Toyota Camry I use to own. I am shocked that I pass so many other vehicles entering the freeway. My gasoline tank takes almost 11 gallons. I drive every day and only have to fill my tank once every two to three weeks. If you have questions regarding Hybrids, let me know and I will try to locate an answer for you. Thanks.  [ send green star]
 May 27, 2004 5:04 AM

I've maintained that my first new car will be a hybrid, and that may still be a few years away. I think that they aren't perfect yet and they, in their current state, aren't going to solve the world's problems, but that they are a step in the right direction, and the more people buy them the more money goes into research to make them better. My question is about maintenance. I have a good idea of how to maintain a standard internal combustion engine car, and any mechanic worth his salt knows it inside and out. But I would not know how to maintain a hybrid engine. Are Honda and Toyota mechanics trained to service these? Are they costlier to maintain? How long do the batteries last, and how much do they cost to replace? And finally, how long can I expect this car to function well? Thanks, Jay  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
My Honda Civic May 28, 2004 9:16 AM

I have had my Honda Civic for a year and a half. I drive only 4 miles to work now but I'm getting better mileage than I did driving the freeway in Calforina. I have gone as far 476 miles on a tank of gas with one gallon left over (used 12.2 gallons). I can go a month before filling up. I really like my Civic but will only consider getting another hybird. Woo hoo to the auto industry for making more models available in 2005!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 May 31, 2004 7:01 PM

I bought a Honda Civic last December - manual transmission. I'm averaging around 43 mpg around town and fill the tank every 450 - 500 miles (I could hit 600 before running dry). The car handles well and has good pick up. When I went to Kenucky recently it had a little trouble on some of the larger mountains I had to cross, but overall I'm thrilled with it. It comes with a good warranty - and the battery has an 8 year warranty.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Response to Jay June 01, 2004 1:10 AM

Hi Jay, I have had my Toyota Prius Hybrid for 13 months. Upon the purchase, I extended my warantees for 5 years. Yes, some of the parts of a Hybrid are expensive to replace. For example, the battery is over $1,000, however it is covered under a warantee. Whatever dealership sells a Hybrid is required to have staff trained to work on them. Although most mechanics around town are not certified to work on Hybrids, the dealership that you purchased it from will be and everything related to the what makes it a Hybrid is covered under warantee. Some of the great things to report on easy maintenance are that I only had to get one oil change in the 13 months I have had her (my car's name is Gypsy). I also received a notification from the DMV to re-register my car and I did not have to get a Smog check. I hope this has answered your questions. Feel free to ask more. Thank you. Sophie  [ send green star]
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