New Car: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid

I bought a new car today – a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid (manual, darkish-blue). It gets 46-51 miles per gallon according to fueleconomy.gov (and the sticker on the car). We’ll see how much it actually gets, but most reports say that the sticker MPG is pretty accurate. I’m pretty excited!

16 thoughts on “New Car: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid

  1. Cool stuff, just remember to trade it in before the battery dies out (or the warranty is up, whichever comes first). Those batteries cost about $1,000 to replace.

  2. Did you have any trouble getting your hands on one of those? I’ve heard different stories at different times about the supply and demand of hyrbids in general.

  3. Chris: I didn’t have any trouble getting the car. I bought it on Saturday, it gets delivered today (Monday). My dealer just did a trade with another dealer to get the car in the right color.

    Armen: I’ll race you, but only if we can race for 500 miles and no stopping for gas 🙂

  4. Awesome, Josh! Does this mean you’ll be driving back to Minnesota next time, instead of flying? My next car will probably have to be a hybrid, but that won’t happen until my jetta dies.

  5. Nicademus, actually, he can’t mod his Honda that way. only the toyota-hybrid-system cars, such as the toyotas, lexus, and ford vehicles, can get that mod. main reason for that is that the honda hybrids can’t drive on electricity alone.

    and why would he kill the car?

  6. I just bought one on about a month ago and am getting a lousy 35 mpg: 5 speed manual, and doing all the right things! Did I get a lemon?

  7. Dave and all…

    I bought my HCH in June…and have put 7500 miles on it already…I live in hilly territory and commute 80 miles a day. I wasn’t getting anything better than 43.5- 46 mpg on my commutes…but on flatter terrain, and in slower traffic conditions, I got 49 MPG. I’ve also adjusted my driving habits to get the better MPG…going 65 instead of 72, coasting downhill, etc. I think (don’t know) that the car improved slightly over the break-in time, too…

  8. I have been thinking about getting a 2005 civic hybrid or maybe even the accord hybrid but I’m looking into it more. I recently traded my 98 bmw 328i in for the 2002 toyota 4runner that I currently drive. Any advice would be appreciated.

  9. There are a few minor problems with My Honda Civic Hybrid. The brakes make a noise and will release when the brake is applied, letting the car accelerate some before stoping (bad when in traffic, do not travel too close). The power jacks blow the fuse when pluging any thing in (can not use the jacks for phone or computer while traveling). The service department said this was common on all Honda hybrids. There is a recall for the MPG indication, you may not be getting the MPG you think, this is a special order replacement part.

  10. To add to the comments offered by Movies on September 13, 2006 12:42 PM, I’ve encoutnered a problem with Honda hybrid braking systems on two models (the 2000 Insight and the 2003 HCH – both manual transmissions). Recently, ambivalence cost me dearly. Driving on the interstate, a truck cut me off. I hit the brakes but found myself accelerating towards the truck instead of stopping. At the last minute, I swereved to avoid the truck and ended up skidding, rolling, and finally crashing to a stop. On a positive note, I walked away from the accident with some minor scratches and no one else was hurt. But needless to say, I’m reluctant to go with Honda again.

    -RO

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