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Honda Accord Hybrid Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited July 2014 in Honda
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  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Hi Karen S., the Accord Hybrid Host of the Century,

    I am Viet, an Accord super enthusiast and a Honda fan for over 40 years. I currently own a HAH 2005 along with other 4 Accord and 1 Civic. I plan to buy a second HAH as soon as my spoiled little son "steals" my current HAH when he enters college. I have been living in a suburb area of San Jose, Northern California for over 20 years. I love to meet other HAH owners soon.
  • cal_calcal_cal Posts: 39

    I am cal_cal. Just bought my hybrid yesterday (silver) in Cleveland. This car is awesome. Just cant wait to put miles on it.

  • Hi... Koi here

    I am GreenIsGood from CA wine country (North Bay). This is my 2nd Honda Hybrid...first the Civic then the HAH and past Honda/Acura/Toyota owner...
    My daily commute is approx 125 miles/day so the comfort and safety of the Accord vs the Civic was appealing while still getting decent gas mileage over all.
  • s2khahs2khah Posts: 26
    Gene Baker here.

    Getting "the boss" her HAH this week, to go in the stable with my S2000 and my daughters' 1998 & 2003 civics.

    Honda owe us big time!

    We live in the Princeton, NJ area and got our unit from the excellent Honda dealership here.

    Plan to be towing our kayaks with the HAH and just enjoying this awesome machine. The wife listens to books on tape so not sure how to handle that in the new HAH. The ex-Avalon has both a tape and CD player, and will miss that.

    See you later.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Hi S2khah,

    Honda owes me a big time too because I currently own 5 Accord and am planning to buy an extra HAH soon to make six Accord in the row. The HAH is truely is a real piece of machinery. Cant wait any longer.
  • bibeaudbibeaud Posts: 9
    Just purchased mine from Phillipsburg Easton Honda in Phillipsburg, NJ.

    I chose the Accord Hybrid over the Civic Hybrid because of the traction control feature. I drive 120 miles a day (round trip) to work and wanted decent gas mileage without sacrificing any comforts. I believe that I have found it with the Accord Hybrid.

    With only 1000 miles on the vehicle, I am averaging around 30-31 mpg during my commute (approx 65-70+ mph). I hope this gets closer to the theoretical value of 37 mpg highway rating as I break-in the car.

    To date, it drives well and I am happy with it.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    My MPG is about same as your MPG. The new Lexus hybrid RX 400 and other American hybrid sedans/ SUVs get no better MPG than the HAH. With the HAH's 255 HP and 232 Lbs-feet torque it is very tough to get the MPG better than 40. But the HAH can do it on long highway trips.

    I enjoy very much its acceleration. My current concern is if my young son drives it he may be too excited to cause accident. He very much impresses with my HAH's performance. Sometimes he "steals" it to drive very fast at 80+ MPH. I heard Honda will introduce the HAH's new design in 2008. ENJOY your new HAH my friend.
  • djr3djr3 Posts: 22
    I have an order in for the 06 Honda Accord Hybrid. If things go according to schedule I should be an official owner in November.

    I waited until the 06 model because:
    1) It has a moonroof
    2) The rear end design appeals to me more
    3) It is available in Red and my wife said that if I was going to have a mid-life crisis getting a sporty red car was much better than getting a mistress...

    I will be selling my 2001 Lexus GS300. I love the car and will miss the extraordinary Lexus service, but I really want something that gets better mileage than they offer. I have owned 5 or 6 Hondas in my life and have been happy with all of them.
  • We were going to buy a Pilot cause I miss driving from an elevated position and we liked the Pilot's extra room, but at the last minute the wife said... let's buy a hybrid. I wasn't too into the idea but after a test drive and seeing that the HAH is not a cheap feeling or looking hybrid I warmed up to the idea. Now that I'm seeing gas prices above $3 and rising- I think she's a genius!

    We got the graphite pearl and everyone loves that color. I wanted the 2005 because moonroofs always take away head room and at only 6 foot 1 I graze my head on my wife's EX civic all the time.

    I really like the XM radio and can't believe I lived without it for this long. This car is soooo quiet and drives really smoothly.

    Three gripes:
    1. Why don't the doors automatically lock when you take the car out of park?
    2. You can't creep up slowly on a light. The auto stop is really sensitive and it engages almost immediately so you have to just pick a spot behind a car and stay there until the light turns green... no more rolling starts trying to guess the green.
    3. I wish that the green autostop display wouldn't blink when the car is stopped. It should just stay lit.

    We live in southern california and really enjoy the autoroll down windows with the remote on our hot august days.
  • What makes you certain the 06 version will have a moonroof? I was looking at the 05 HAH and the salesman told me that the 06 would not change on the lack of moonroof.
  • He was trying to sell you the '05 :)

    2006 Accord specifications:

    EX V-6
    (Adds to or replaces LX V-6 features)
    • Leather-trimmed interior
    • Heated front seats
    • Power moonroof with tilt feature• Dual-zone automatic climate control system
    • XM® Satellite Radio
    • HomeLink® remote system
    • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition

    Automatic Transmission

    EX V-6 6-Speed
    (Adds to or replaces EX V-6 features)
    • Close-Ratio 6-spd Manual Transmission
    • Carbon Fiber-Look Interior Accents
    • 180-Watt AM/FM/6-Disc In-Dash CD Premium Audio System
    • Exclusive 17-Inch Alloy Wheels
    • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition

    6-spd Manual Transmission

    (Adds to or replaces EX V-6 features)
    • 253-hp, 3.0-liter VTEC® V-6 engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
    • Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
    • Compact 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
    • Dual-Zone Hybrid Automatic Climate Control System
    • Exclusive Front Chin Spoiler, Rear Diffuser, Rear Spoiler and Taillights
    • Aerodynamic 16-Inch Alloy Wheels
    • Side Mirror Turn Indicators
    • Exclusive IMA Charge/Assist Display
    • Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle Emissions Rating
    • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition

    Automatic Transmission

    Destination and Handling $550
    Pricing Effective 8/25/05
  • djr3djr3 Posts: 22
    I have the 06 Accord Brochure and it is listed. I believe that's where the other responder got their info. It does change the headroom. I'd have to look again but I think it was 1.5 or so inches less in the 06.

  • tpftpf Posts: 7
    Traded my 2000 Insight for an Accord Hybrid in July. The Insight was wonderful, dependable, and frugal (55 mgp after 60K) but uncomfortable, bad in inclement weather and scary around big trucks on the NJ Turnpike. The HAH is very comfortable, fast, and efficient. Frequent business trips don't seem as long and my posture restores quickly, rather than the next day with the Insight. The HAH feels indulgent after nearly 5 years of Spartan economy. The stereo is very good and quietly skipping along with CD, FM, XM, and AM is great. XM has become a standard at home and now on the highway.

    I look forward to switching to synthetic oil around 5K. Rated fuel economy has increased progressively. My Insight driving experience assists with maximum economoy with the HAH. The Insight was very sensistive to tire psi as reflected in mpg very quickly.

    Comments welcome
  • I purchased a HAH with NAV today from Bankston Honda in Lewisville, TX (close to Dallas/ Fort Worth). Since my experience is only a few hours old, I don't have much to report as yet. I look forward to hearing from other Hybrid owners for mileage tricks, issues, etc. The HAH will replace my '93 Toyota Previa for daily commuting (about 30 miles one way- 70% highway, the rest city). After looking at anything from Acuras to Lexus Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid made the most sense in terms of value, commuting patterns, and amenities. I could have waited for an 06 for the amenities of moonroof, etc. but given the fantastic discounting at the end of the model year, I could not justify going MSRP for an 06. Detail of my deal are on the HAH board for prices paid, posts 33 and 34.
    Look forward to talking to other HAH owners over the coming months.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Congratulations on your brand-new HAH Big Mama ! You should have enjoyed its eery smoothness and impressive acceleration by now.
  • I remember reading somewhere that there was a special way to drive a Prius during break-in to maximize mpg. Is there something similar to how we should be driving the HAH during the break in period?

    Also, while we were sitting at a light I couldn't help but think that the LCD read-out on the dash regarding mpg will always be a little off compared to computing it yourself on a traditional car. We live in southern california and spend a ton of time at stop lights and stopped in traffic. We have to be saving a ton of gas that we don't spend now while in the engine stop mode while others are idling. Yet that isn't really reflecting in the mpg read-out because that just measures moving time, not total driving time.

    Also, does anyone know how the computer figures out mpg- does it change every mile or every 5 or 10 miles or every 5 or 10 minutes?
  • I'm Keith. Owned the HAH for slightly over a month. I have over 2K miles and normally see 27 city and 38 highway. I live on the western side of Phoenix.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    The more I drive my HAH (6,300 miles now after 9 months) the more I love it. I always get 30.5 - 38+ MPG while my little son gets only 22 - 24 mixed MPG on my HAH. The MPG dilemma is the drivers, not the fabulous HAH. Those kids literally kill the MPG. That's why I am now paying astronomically for my auto insurance to cover them.

    The HAH is quite a piece of fantastic machinery. I cannot find a better word to express my great satisfaction. My big hugs and appreciation to Honda management and smart engineers. They make my days happy after long days seeing my boss' ugly face..
  • taleztalez Posts: 1
    Too bad the back seats for the hybrids models of accord and civic can't be fold down. The prius still appears to be the best choice given the mpg rating and more practical.
  • HI! I'm Jill from Jacksonville, FL.
    I just bought a 2005 accord hybrid. traded in a 2004 nissan maxima (fully loaded). The relationship w/ my maxima was a love/hate one. I loved the looks of it and all the gadgets but it had a terrible turning radius, bad suspension and not so good gas mileage. The accord is much easier to drive and see out of, and most of all, PARK. It turns on a dime! I love the satellite radio although the stereo system is not nearly as good as the bose system my maxima had! Two concerns I have about this accord: (1) NO SPARE TIRE...does anyone else have a problem w/ this fix a flat kit? and (2) was disappointed that I had to pay extra for the compas/auto dimming rear view mirror ($332). I feel that should have been a standard feature on a $30,000 car! I went to a used tire dealer and purchased a rim/full size spare tire for the trunk but now I hear that the weight of that tire in the truck will affect my gas mileage which is one of the main reasons I bought this car. Any suggestions? So, for now I just have it in my garage, guess if I have a total blow out I'll have the car towed. What kind of mileage are other owners experiencing? So far, the highest number on my digital read out has been 32mpg and that's a mixture of highway/city WITH A/C.
    Thanks! :blush:
  • s2khahs2khah Posts: 26
    Don't worry about the loss of fuel mileage. It will be not noticeable. If you remove the compressor and its plastic housing (or not) and put the tire in the car it will not be any more than having a suitcase in the trunk or a case or two of beer(he!He!).
    You will get better mileage once you get a handle for driving the car easily and only kicking in the 255 HP when you need it. Just keep in mind to use gentle acceleration and little movement on the gas pedal unless you are doing something that requires power.
    Keep an eye on the "ECO" green light on the speedometer. The more you can keep that ECO light the more you will improve your mpg's. The ECO light is on when the engine is in the 3 cylinder mode of operation (instead of 6) and is the key to getting the mpg's up there.
    Good luck and we love our HAH.
  • thanks for the info!! Happy hybrid driving!!! :)
  • I have a 2005 Accord Hybrid and had the same feelings about not having a spare tire. I found that a full size spare would NOT fit into the tire well with enough room to close the floorboard cover. I purchased a Mini-spare tire and rim from my dealer (not available at tire stores) for $151.00. The 05 Canadian Accord Hybrid comes with the Mini-spare included. There is a foam cover for the mini-spare that Honda sells for $60.00 that is needed to support the floorboard cover. I used a piece of 1/2" plywood to cover the spare and support the floorboard cover. Works just fine. The inner rim area of the mini spare is used for the jack assembly. You also need to order a bolt and an adapter to hold down the mini-spare ($8.50) . I also have a can of pressurized fix-a flat in place of the tire pump.
  • I have the silver frost. I must say I am disappointed in my decision to go w/ silver instead of my USUAL boring WHITE. My last 3 cars have been white (living in FL, need light color for the heat). I decided to go silver for a change but the Silver Frost color on my new HAH sometimes looks blue in the sun and I don't like blue cars. Wondering what the most popular color for HAH's are. anyone want to trade white for my silver?? LOL just kidding...i'll get used to it... OTHERWISE, I love this car. very smooth ride and more fun to drive than my last 2004 maxima. love the MPG and feel like I am doing my part to help the environment. (i'll probably upgrade in 2 years to the newer HAH with sunroof and get a white one!!) :)
  • I traded in my Escalade ESV and CTS-V for two Honda Accords 1 HAH and 1 EX 4 Banger. I was just sick and tired of fuel prices between myself and the wife over $1000 a month in fuel. I drove the HAH I actually enjoy driving and seeing what I can get for MPG. I am getting 27 mpg 60 miles per day 1/2 city other half HW. Also anyone out there that cares I had the HAH at 132 est mph had to slow down curve.
  • Mine is silver frost too. Bought it for the blue tinge it has, subtly different from regular silver.
  • I have a white HAH that I bought in early October. White and silver are my favorites being in south Texas, for the same reasons that they are yours. Just too hot for anything else around here. I love the silver frost look, but I bought my HAH on an impulse. Just saw it sitting on the lot when I went to get my 2002 EX V6 serviced, and got a great trade-in for my old car. Plus, it was one of the two right colors. I'd take you up on your offer to trade colors, but I have really become attached to the maple and tan console and my paint looks incredible with the 5-star shine I just put on it! (That's a paint protection I got off the internet and hired someone to detail my car with, bugs and bird stuff just wash right off)

    I LOVE driving this car, and the body style is getting sexier every day I see it. This is the perfect car for me, someone who has to drive 50 miles each way to work, has a lead foot and loves performance, comfort and luxury!
  • Hi! Wish they had a white one at the time I bought mine. I do like the gray and silver interior on the silver frost model though. Still just don't like the silver frost color. I'm thinking about trading up when the 2006's come out to get a pearl white one and sunroof! The car really is fun to drive and very smooth. I have been averaging 32 mpg total. My drive to work is 35 miles one way, which I do about 16 days a month. Most is highway. I now have 4000 miles on mine! Happy New Year!! :blush:
  • Folks,

    I bought the 05 Accord Hybrid for $25K on 01/01/06. It is a very good deal but I am only getting 20mpg max. I currently have around 500 miles. Will this mileage ever go up
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