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Honda May 30, 2004 2:48 PM

Well, I recently bought a civic hybrid, which some how became both mine and my brother's, so I feel I'm gonna just let him take it up, because really, he's using it most of the time. Though, money isn't an issue, otherwise I would be up his %#* about not using it, but in away, I'm glad he's using it, instead of buying a 500.00 used car, that will die in another 3 months, and waste tons of gas and so forth. My question to all of you who know a great deal about hybrids, I'm not thinking of buying myself a Honda Insight (hybrid), I was wondering if any one could give some comments on the model if they know much more than what the honda website has to say about it. hope you have all have a great memorial day, cya!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
My friend owns a Honda Hybrid June 01, 2004 12:42 AM

Hey, My friend owns the Honda Insight and he loves it! The only thing that I could fairly report is that it gets better gas mileage than my Toyota Hybrid. Maybe it's the way they are made or perhaps it is how we drive them. Who knows. Hopefully, someone else will respond with more personal experience.  [ send green star]
 
I own a 2003 Civic Hybrid July 11, 2004 3:01 PM

...bought it new and it now has over 40,000 miles including two trips from the heartland to California and one to South Florida. I like it. It doesn't get the mileage I'd like, but the fault there is my right foot. I typically cruise about 75 MPH and that isn't good for economy. Once on I-5 in CA I was just crusing along with the rest of traffic and noticed we were doing 95. So...no problems with speed. Or acceleration. I get about 40-42 mpg. I've gotten nearly 60 mpg when I tried but I cannot drive 50 miles an hour for very long. Winds also affect mileage, a good headwind will cost 5 or 6 mpg and a good tailwind will give an extra 10 mpg, sometimes more. Reliability to this point is 100%. The Insight gets substantially better mileage but the Civic has a lot more room. Frankly, if I was buying a new one today I think it would be a Toyota. It can go short distances on just the battery, the Honda cannot. And that automatic parallel parking feature would be something to show off!! InN ten years we're going to look back at these hybrids and laugh. But that cannot happen if we don't support the industry today. That is my main motivation for buying one.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hybrid lover July 24, 2004 2:59 PM

I also have a 2003 Hybrid. It only cost us about $86 to drive cross country - definitely worth it. It's a better car for town and city driving than straight smooth stretches like the highway; it was designed for city driving, and this is where the electric battery boost kicks in. The car tells you how well you are doing on miles per gallon - and this usually goes from 45 to 55 depending on the speed, incline, etc. The only downside is that the air conditioning stops blowing fresh cold air from the unit when the car is stopped or idling; though the air circulates still in the car, at a long stop in hot weather it can get kinda stuffy - otherwise, it's a great ride and we've had no issues.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank you July 30, 2004 1:21 AM

Thank you Darryl and Beth for your responses. We appreciate them and your continued support!  [ send green star]
 
Hi from France August 31, 2004 2:09 AM

Hello all, I di consider buying a Honda Hybrid. Honda has really good reputation, and I was sad to let go my Civic. But I wanter a cleaner car. I did not buy the Civic IMA (Hybrid) because of its low modularity. I mean the battery is behind the back seats, therefore one can't put them down to carry a bigger piece of luggage. Finally I bought a second-hand gas car (GPL). I might go back to Honda when they make an hybrid car with better modularity. regards, Marina  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
hey Marina regarding back seat battery September 18, 2004 1:44 PM

Salut I am wondering what do you mean by the battery being behind the back seat. I never saw one like that so i have no idea. Is the battery inside the car itself instead of being behind the hood>? Sounds kinda weird at least to me and maybe dangerous? hum vero  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Reply to Salut re: battery location September 18, 2004 6:38 PM

Hi Salut: The batteries are in a protective enclosure, which is located behind the seats. The reason for their location is that they are heavy, and the Honda engineers located them near the car's center of gravity for road stability. I hope this answers your question. Jason  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
the batteries.... September 20, 2004 6:17 AM

Yeah, that big battery pack is about the only thing visible (without lifting the hood) that makes the Civic Hybrid different than the conventional Civic. On the conventional civic, you can push down the back seats to make your trunk bigger (like you can on many other cars like Corollas, Saturns, etc). But on the Hybrid Civic, you cannot...because that's where the main battery pack is. (Note, this is referring to the electric engine battery pack. There is still your plain old-fashioned car battery in the front under the hood just like in traditional cars.) For me, it's no big deal. I don't carry large objects in my car often. The only time I had something too big for the trunk, I was able to fit it in the backseat sideways instead. No big deal.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
thank you for answering September 21, 2004 2:34 AM

Sorry I've been away for a while. Yes, you have explained what I meant. I do carry big object once in a while, and even if I don't for a year, I like to know that I'm able to do so. I did buy my LPG car, though... :-)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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