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New Civic Hybrid Owners - Give Us Your Report



  • Still under 1000 miles since new but I'm more than satisfied with the MPG so far.

    38-39 in harsh winter weather and I expect the MPG to get better as it warms up.

    I love driving it with regards to squeezing mileage out of it... It's like a video game for old farts. Simple to apply rules and a reward at the end (fill-up time).

    I'm lucky to have a best friend who purchased a Prius within days of me buying the Honda Hybrid so the contest is on. I don't think there is much of a contest of fit and finish between the Honda and Toyota.. Both very nice but the Honda is miles ahead on interior quality.. Paint is beautiful. The Prius is certainly nice but if I chose a car to live in it would certainly be the Honda.
  • We purchsed a new HCH 11-15-07. On 12-4-07 we were in an accident that totaled it (not our fault) and it held up pretty good against a GMC Yukon. This car saved our lives. We will get another new one tomorrow and it is our only choice.
  • We just purchased our HCH two weeks ago. We took it on a road trip last weekend 350 miles from Iowa to Minn and back again. By the second leg we were averaging 45.3 mpg. We did experience some weird shaking once or twice on the interstate when going up a hill. Not sure what that was about.
  • 1stpik1stpik Posts: 495
    That was the little hamster in the engine. He was cold.
  • your problem is bad control mounts in the rear the dealer should fix it for free they did on mine
  • Thanks for the reply; can you provide a few details? Are you still under warranty?
    What was the burden of proof (the Honda's TBS shows a detailed procedure)? Did you have to fight to get it fixed?

    Honda (and my dealer) seem in no hurry to fix this problem while it obviously puts Civic owners and their families at risk. A recall is obviously needed and I've complained to NHTSA but slow wheels...
  • edeberghedebergh Posts: 3
    We bought our Civic hybrid 2007 10 months ago. At 5 months it started to vibrate. It is most noticeable when the cruise control is on. The dealer has rotated the tires, alignment and switched the tires with a new hybrid. The dealer gave us our shaky car back saying it is a natural characteristic of the vehicle. Any thoughts?
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Yes, that dealer is full of crapola.

    Take it to another dealer. Or a local shop that you trust. It's NOT a characterisitic of the vehicle !!
  • etpetp Posts: 153
    2003,2004,2006,2007 civic hybrids

    Gave the 2003 and 2004 to my daughter (no trans problems yet?)and had to get rid of the 2006. 2006 and 2007 had upper control arm problems. Just had the TSB done on the 2007 for rear upper control arms and now in the post wonder if this will works phase. Anyone have any long term results with the rear control arm replacement and other tires than the factory ones?
  • jonathannjonathann Posts: 55
    I have a 2007. I noticed the chipping/wearing of the inside edge of the rear tires when I had the oil change and tire rotation done at 8000 miles. I learned from this site the cause and fix for this problem.

    Because the wear was not enough to worry about, I had the upper control arms replaced by the dealer (Honda covered), but did not replace tires.

    I just had the 16,000 mile oil change and tire rotation done and the rear tires (formerly the fronts) showed no sign of unusual wear.

    The control arm fix seems to have solved the problem.


  • etpetp Posts: 153
    Went to Sams and got these tires and they work great at 42PSI. Took two days for it to mellow in and the mileage to start up again. But I am back where I was with a bigger around tire.

    Mine are made in Romania at the same plant the Michelins are made. I put these on the front only as I did not want to commit to 4 until I checked them out for 30 days.
  • Does anyone hit the top of their foot with the hush panel under the instrument panel when moving from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal? There doesn't seem to be any clip to support the part of the panel that's closest to the accelerator pedal. The Service Manager said that only one other customer has complained about this, and there is no resolution. I have asked him to order another piece because the one I have may have warped from the heat and started to hang. Mine wasn't always this way - just noticed it today. The hush panel is only on the hybrid and the upscale models. I believe this qualifies as a safety concern because there is not a clear upper path between the pedals. Or maybe I just have big feet.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
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  • djoydjoy Posts: 1
    I'm not seeing much here about 2009 models but I've begun to hear about the legacy alignment problems and am wondering about my brakes, which feel a bit funny. Has Honda dealt with the alignment issues? With the brakes, it feels like the car starts to rev high when I have to come to a quick stop. I'm trying to drive like a fuel efficient old lady and usually brake very sloooowly, but when I first got the car the braking was even a little scary at times. Any comments?
  • frednjudikfrednjudik Posts: 22
    I have a new Honda Civic Hybrid. It has 1,700 miles on it. Break-in period is supposed to be 600 miles. The dash indicator indicates 33mpg. The Honda Dealer says that the Hybrid needs 5,000 mile break-in period before it will get the higher gas mileage. I notice also that the EMA indicator only displays when first taking off from a dead stop, meaning the electric motor is assisting. I haven't noticed it coming on at other acceleration points. Has anyone else been experiencing this with a very low miles Honda Civic Hybrid? Is it true that the Hybrid needs this long 5,000 mile break in period? I have noticed that other discussions that discuss gas mileage, it is not indicated how mileage is determined. On the instrument panel, or dividing real gallons used, into real miles?
    Thanks for any responses.
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