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    Hybrid owners..

    Who owns one? How do you like it? How is fuel economy? Any problems?

    Im about to pull the trigger on a Civic Hybrid and just wanted some input from some current owners.
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    Not a current owner, but I'd buy a regular Civic and wait until Hybrids mature with better battery tech. Personally I'm getting an older one...96-98 or so. $5k can get you 40+mpg.
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    Batteries arent an issue afaik, they are designed to last 150-200k miles, plus they are under 8 year warranty.
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    That's better than I had thought.
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    Previously I know the battery was a cause of concern for lifespan, but that sounds decent actually, kind of surprising. I wouldn't have expected a battery to last that long.

    I still don't like hybrid cars tho :P Too small, not enough guts for me, but if you get one I hope it works out for ya.
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    40mpg from a Hybrid - that's frankly terrible!!!

    I know people getting 55mpg out of 2.0 Turbodiesels!


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    Civic hybrid should have a little over 50mpg. Im not worried about guts in a car anymore, I passed that stage of my life, i just sit in traffic all the time anyway. Hybrid can shut down 3 of 4 cylinders when idling so you save a bundle in city driving.

    I just want fuel economy, and good resale value. Plus my govt gives nice rebates to people buying hybrid cars.

    I was worried about battery life and stuff too, but the warranty covers all hybrid electrical components including battery for 8 years, the rest of the car is covered for 3 years as comparison. I guess that is to address peoples concerns of the electrical systems and batteries failing.
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    Is this buying new I assume?
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    I'm still a bigger diesel fan than the hybrids at the mo. But ive heard that their are diesel hybrids in the pipeline and some even on the market (peugeot have one http://www.peugeot.com/en/innovation...terBy=1&page=1)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner View Post
    Is this buying new I assume?
    Probably, or I might get a 07 depending on how big the difference in price is. Im just trying to find people that own one to see what they think. All Ive done is research and a test drive.

    Diesel? That is 20 cents a liter more than gas around here. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldonko View Post
    Probably, or I might get a 07 depending on how big the difference in price is. Im just trying to find people that own one to see what they think. All Ive done is research and a test drive.
    Unless its really worth it (and it almost never is), let someone else take the first 1-2 year hit. You'll save thousands.
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    I just picked up a Prius. It's ugly but a roomy, functional car. I own a taxi company so a hybrid is definitely worth it. I figure I'll save $35000 in fuel over the life of the car, and that's compared to the Pontiac Vibe it's replacing. But for the average driver who only keeps a car a few years it's not worth it. It takes alot of driving to make up the price difference between a hybrid and a similar non-hybrid model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fallwind View Post
    I just picked up a Prius. It's ugly but a roomy, functional car. I own a taxi company so a hybrid is definitely worth it. I figure I'll save $35000 in fuel over the life of the car, and that's compared to the Pontiac Vibe it's replacing. But for the average driver who only keeps a car a few years it's not worth it. It takes alot of driving to make up the price difference between a hybrid and a similar non-hybrid model.
    How do you figure? The difference between a Civic EX and a Civic Hybrid with similar options is only ~3k. You can make that up in 4 years at with 12-15k miles /year or filling up once /week. The difference in MPG between the two cars is almost 33%. Also for some, its not a monetary issue, its about being green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jas420221 View Post
    How do you figure? The difference between a Civic EX and a Civic Hybrid with similar options is only ~3k. You can make that up in 4 years at with 12-15k miles /year or filling up once /week. The difference in MPG between the two cars is almost 33%. Also for some, its not a monetary issue, its about being green.

    Sorry about the threadjack...I do not own one...
    Is there not a lot of controversy about the hybrid being green, I heard the nickel for the non recyclable battery's is mined in the usa then flew to japan to be processed then flew back . Also the are not the most fuel efficient car on the road, surely a vw polo blue motion diesel is better at 70 mpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gallag View Post
    Is there not a lot of controversy about the hybrid being green, I heard the nickel for the non recyclable battery's is mined in the usa then flew to japan to be processed then flew back . Also the are not the most fuel efficient car on the road, surely a vw polo blue motion diesel is better at 70 mpg.
    Im sure there is. But the context we are talking about is MPG.

    Not to mention, we dont have all those fancy diesels you have overseas.

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    "being green" is the lamest I've ever heard. You could get an older civic hatch or other honda that gets damn good gas mileage for far cheaper than one of these hybrids and not look like a (insert derogatory term for "green" people here) while doing it.

    Yeah it sucks america gets shafted on the cool diesels
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    Quote Originally Posted by afireinside View Post
    "being green" is the lamest I've ever heard. You could get an older civic hatch or other honda that gets damn good gas mileage for far cheaper than one of these hybrids and not look like a (insert derogatory term for "green" people here) while doing it.

    Yeah it sucks america gets shafted on the cool diesels
    You could get any older 4 banger that gets 'damn good gas mileage for far cheaper than one of these hybrids'. That was a silly statement!!!

    I dont think the new civic hybrid looks bad at all aside from the stock rims. I dont like the looks of the prius, but there are other not quite as fuel efficient hybrids such as Honda Acorrds and Lexus RX/GS/LS that look just the same as their non hybrid siblings so you dont look like a douche trying to help out the environment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by afireinside View Post
    "being green" is the lamest I've ever heard. You could get an older civic hatch or other honda that gets damn good gas mileage for far cheaper than one of these hybrids and not look like a (insert derogatory term for "green" people here) while doing it.

    Yeah it sucks america gets shafted on the cool diesels :(
    Psh..How is a Dodge Cummins diesel pumping 700 RWHP and still getting 18MPG not cool
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    Diesels FTW. I wanna Jetta TDI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jas420221 View Post
    How do you figure? The difference between a Civic EX and a Civic Hybrid with similar options is only ~3k. You can make that up in 4 years at with 12-15k miles /year or filling up once /week. The difference in MPG between the two cars is almost 33%. Also for some, its not a monetary issue, its about being green.

    Sorry about the threadjack...I do not own one...
    havent you read all the issues honda had with the ratings of the civic hybrid not getting the stated mileage
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    diesel hybrid FTW...dudes. pity they dont make them.

    prius 'supposed' to get 4.4L/100km ~60mpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by [cTx] Nooc View Post
    Diesels FTW. I wanna Jetta TDI.
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