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Hybrid Performance..... February 28, 2005 5:35 PM

I had my very first problem with my 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid yesterday. And it was mild, but let me know that there could be issues in more intense situations. I was headed up the Blue Ridge mountains in VA-not the Rockies by any means-and the car actually started straining going up. I didn't think a whole lot of it-I mean, it's not a truck. But then I noticed that the battery was way, way down-further than it had ever been before. I got to the top before it was a problem. And of course on the way down, the battery charged all the way back up again. Just thought I'd mention it. Hybrids rockalot! But maybe not for someone who lives ON a mountain. ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
New Truck and SUV Hybrids? March 03, 2005 11:23 AM

I have also been worried about some of the performance issues of hybrids in 'difficult' terrain. I have heard rumors of new truck/ SUV hybrids that would be able to handle mountains and more importantly for me they would have more torque and so could tow. I have done little research on this but it seems like a good idea. It would also broaded the Hybrid buying group to include those who want to help the environment in this area but cannot due to the current limitations. Has anyone heard of the possible developments? Amanda  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 03, 2005 6:36 PM

Michele, Is your hybrid automatic or stick? I ask because mine is a stick. Last spring my daughter and I went to Slade, Kentucky - crossing over the Appalachians. It was a bit of a strain in places, although I attributed it to the fact I had not driven a stick in over 20 years and was still adjusting to my car... plus Civics don't have big engines to begin with. We laughed about it and managed just fine... plus it was GREAT not to have to worry so much about stopping for gas!! In fact, we filled up in Lexington, drove down to Slade, then headed up to Route 70 and across into Maryland, stopping in Maryland about halfway to Baltimore before getting gas... and we weren't even desperate for gas yet!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hybrid Trucks March 05, 2005 10:45 PM

There is the Hybrid Ford Escape SUV and Ford was going to come out with a Ranger (actually made them) but something happened. Assuming someone with a little more money like the oil industry played a role in that one. If I could afford something newer, I would personally get the Escape cause we need the extra dog and camping gear room which is not in a car and if we invested in a newer car, we would have to downsize to one to afford the insurance so it has to be able to handle the needs of two seperate individuals.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
True.... March 06, 2005 7:35 AM

My Civic H is an automatic. (I'm all for machines doing my work for me. Which is why I also own a Roomba carpet sweeper, given to me as a wedding gift.) As for the mountain trip, it is very true that the last time I was on that mountain, I was in a gas-guzzling Concorde, a V6 with a bigger engine. So maybe it was just the difference between the Civic and the Concorde, not the Hybrid and the non-Hybrid. I guess that would make sense. ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 06, 2005 12:23 PM

My daughter and I went camping with the hybrid. Amazing how much stuff the car can hold... including our climbing gear and crash pad! When we arrived at the camp site it was after 10:00 p.m. so we decided just to sleep in the car and set up camp in the morning. She slept on the back seat, I folded down the front passenger seat and slept there.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 March 06, 2005 12:38 PM

Good to know. Thanks Margaret.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Ha! The new camping vehicle! March 21, 2005 7:02 AM

Margaret, that's great. I once went camping with three friends of mine (one is now my husband). My husband and I shared his huge tent, and Beth had her own. Bill had his own too, but had rented a Suburban to come down in, to carry all our stuff. (Completely unnecessary, but whatever.) Yeah, he ditched the idea of a tent immediately, and just slept in the truck. I think it's great that in your story, the Suburban was replaced by a hybrid! The times, they are a-changing, and for the better! ~Michelle  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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