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  • I bought a new Honda Civic Hybrid in 2004 (2004 Model). I did nothing but basic maintenance (Rotation, oil chg) up until I replaced 4 tires at 88,000 miles. At 130,000 miles I noticed the beginning of a shudder/bad transmission noise and brought it …
  • " If it were truly that much superior, they would have disengaged the transmission via computer control" Yes, this was overlooked, or may have saved manufacturing costs with more parts (Another clutch, etc) As you're rolling down hill in gear you …
  • I've considered the fact that 18 wheelers have a great weight to carry, but I seldom hear trucks straining on the grade. I suspect that they could gas it more and increase/maintain speed but choose not to. I had attributed their choice to saving fu…
  • I posted: "Part of the hypermiling skill is for it to be transparent to other drivers: to be considerate" How is being considerate rude? How is accelerating downhill and letting my speed fall to 40MPH, and in a 45MPH limit being rude if there is no…
  • Thanks for the comments bird2. Yes, driving out of gear can be dangerous, especially at high rates of speed. That's why I keep it in gear while at high rates of speed. This morning I had my dealer do my 35K mile oil change and asked him about relat…
  • Thanks Troy. Please keep in mind that I have a CVT, and your 5 speed is likely different. Your noted Insight FE is fantastic as well. It is most FE to accelerate while going downhill, as you have the weight of the car and gravity to assist you. Ac…
  • Thanks fruth. The HCH & Insight battery recharges 3 ways: 1. Brake regen. 2. Coasting charging with the foot off of the gas pedal. 3. When the battery's charge gets below a certain point, 4 green charge bars appear while you drive for a recharg…
  • Oakstock: I’ve only been to San Francisco Airport a couple of times as a hub to Asia, but have seen the “Streets of San Francisco” & loved those jumping car chases! Given what I’ve seen on TV your 34MPG is l…
  • "Doesn't that defeat the whole regenrative braking and battery charging idea?"   It would, but only if the battery needs charging :-} If you have coasted a long way and-or-have been in lean burn, you haven't been using the battery so i…
  • I also wish the AutoStop would come on in those instances.   If I am in that situation I'll put it in N, set the hand brake if neccessary and click the key back once.
  • Thanks Dsell! My data since March can be found here: http://www.greenhybrid.com/compare/mileage/details.php?cid=70 I'm currently just above 26K miles.
  • pf_flyer HOST: I'd say you used pretty bad judgment. You traveled out of gear driving on a couple of miles grade, not knowing what is at the bottom, not realizing that your brakes would heat up to the ineffective point, and it causing you to "swoop"…
  • I'm not sure about anyone else but I persoanlly wouldn't coast in N going freeway speeds or in those busy situations just described. However, at 2:00AM with zero traffic on a rural highway with maximum speed about 50 there is plenty of reaction time…
  • Troy, I know that many people have the desire to increase MPG in their HCH and originally wanted to provide tips for improvement, that's why I posted in the Optimizing thread: misterme, "Hybrid Tips: Optimizing mileage" #231, 31 Mar 2005 10:04 pm …
  • Zodiac that's just silly. 1.Who would go 20MPH under flow? In a 70 limit would be 50, 50 would be 30, 45 would be 25. 2. Going 20 over the limit is extremely dangerous and will land you in jail in many areas. You'd be driving 90 in a 70, 70 in a 50…
  • "they save 2 cents worth of gas on their trip to work and back" Two cents? My hypermiling paid the bulk of my hybrid premium within the first year of ownership, and can almost double the MPG of our Grand Caravan. (The wife mainly drives the GC and …
  • "do everything I can to let them by, short of "speeding up." This brings to mind a funny thing last summer. There's a set of HUGE hills on my way home @ 3:00AM. These are on a 55MPH limit, cops patrol it to just over 60MPH. Since there isn't anyo…
  • "I have never experienced anyone hypermiling" This is my point exactly. Some people think speed is the only tool to use. For example when the traffic gets moving again from that light you (we) have choices. Surely I could just follow behind the pac…
  • There is a flaw in your analogy of hypermilers: They're not going slow, bottling up traffic or causing trouble. "I formed my opinion of the Ford Hybrid, at that time. Not enough power to get out of it's own way. Or was it a goofy hypermiler?" This…
  • Hybrid cars don't have plugs and therefore not recharged on the power grid.
  • "Hybrids that we now have are much like those days" I remember when the first ESC's came into the market and people were afraid to get away from mechanical points. Then they were installed on every car. About the same time ECM's showed up and FI. …
  • Thanks hybridhater. You had posted: "But the fact is, I'm all I have. We are the only people we know that have a hybrid anything. I was glad to see postings of a few websites and I plan to visit them tomorrow." I'm happy to say that no, you are not…
  • Motherweary, I don't give tips on this website but if I did, I'd suggest rebooting (Switching the key off then on again without restarting)
  • That is truly amazing marathon, involving many drivers using the same vehicle. Another thing to point out is that except for that advanced fuel consumption gauge the Prius was stock! No additional battery packs or anything. 120.6MPG is really somet…
  • It's my car in the video. Most of the time I can get Assist to come on at 40 or 36MPG while pulling a hill, but I do my best to stay off of it completely. You probably noticed the first 14 miles were almost constant stair cased hills. I don't beli…
  • Yes, I know what you mean. My tank came out to 886 miles and I put in 13 point something gallons which came out over 66MPG. The last fuel bar had just gone out. It was a little better than expected.
  • I knew this couldn't go on without a personal jab at someone. Please let me reprint: "There will always be an issue whether it's driver error, mechanical malfunction or environment. Period." Kemick I don't blame your comments about my post. You ar…
  • Thanks everyone for keeping this discussion civil. What is REAL WORLD NUMBERS? I would say the use of cruise control on a normal trip should give pretty much an indication of MPG-REAL WORLD NUMBERS and most owners ( Myself included) report abou…
  • For the record, I haven't always done so well in the MPG department. My prior car was a Dodge 4cy and I don't believe it ever did better than 16-1`7MPG for my poor, aggressive driving style. I drove about 28 years that way. I bought my HCH CVT in J…
  • Mark you wrote in post #46: "If you want good advise here you are not going to get it" ----Here we can agree. Personally I avoid posting tips on this particular site for the trolls allowed here who distort even the most basic benign suggestions. …
  • Hi shrag: I had posted that all the tips aren't for everyone. Safety is #1 and must be made with good judgement. I've been a lead foot from 1977 to 2004 and I've grown tired of all my previous cars after the first year. My last car was Dodge Spiri…
  • (Continued) You might want to consider my final tip. The procedure can be extremely dangerous if used in poor judgement. I use it in creeping heavy traffic, where speeds are no faster than about 10MPH. I also use it for a mile through my town, spe…
  • These tips are based on a 2004 HCH1 with CVT. Some of these tips can be controversial. Some of these tips can be dangerous if not done properly. All of these tips can save you gas money. All these tips are not for everybody, so if you're not comfort…
  • Hi. This is my 1st post at Edmunds in years. You can see me posting from page 1 to 9 on this thread. Since this is a new community to me please let me re-introduce myself. I've owned my HCH1 since new on Jan 18 2004. It is my commuter car, of which…
  • I need to correct myself about the marathon- They are 4-5 hypermilers driving a single Prius 2 in over an extremely hilly course with about 7 stoplights. Still in progress, they are exceeding 100MPG using their techniques. One of them drives a HCH …
  • with low MPG. The average on the HCH is upper 40's, I have no idea why yours in paticular is so low. Myself, if I depend on cruise control set at posted speed limits the car does upper 40's to low 50's. My wife cares nothing about driving for effic…
  • Winter 2004: 55-60MPG Last summer: 58-65 Last winter: 58-62 Last couple of months 62-65MPG 41K miles driven and 17months have been consistent. Drive from rural N. Georgia into the City of Atlanta and back for work, ~96miles round trip. Extremely hi…
  • Markdel, in post #14 you mentioned: One said to try to keep it to "ONE BAR of assist" "You cannot get just one bar. Makes me wonder about the rest of the advice from that poster." Can you point out where anyone says one bar of assist? If you are r…
  • Want to see it personally? I made a video of one of my commutes just for you doubting Thomas's and for others who may like to improve their numbers. The camcorder was strapped to the rear of the front seats and at the same time a webcam was recordin…