2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Three year old hybrid - pretty reliable

by from Centerport, NY on June 7, 2009

I am very pleased with the performance of my hybrid. I have had two mechanical problems with my hybrid; one, the power windows which was fixed while under warranty and two, the wiper motor just went b...
I am very pleased with the performance of my hybrid. I have had two mechanical problems with my hybrid; one, the power windows which was fixed while under warranty and two, the wiper motor just went bad. I had to pay $200.00 to fix that. I now have 60,000 miles on my hybrid and hope to keep going another 140,000 or seven years. Hybrid is good in snow and hasn't needed much maintenance. I routinely have the oil changed. The auto-stop does not function in the rain or when the defroster is on. Honda service not reliable, I now use a local repair shop for minor maintenance.
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Great Car for the Value

by from Catskills of NY on June 1, 2009

I recently got this car last week. I have to say it's an amazing car for the value. It's a great car for traveling the distance to college and commuting to summer classes. I love not having to stop by...
I recently got this car last week. I have to say it's an amazing car for the value. It's a great car for traveling the distance to college and commuting to summer classes. I love not having to stop by the gas station so often. The headrests are slightly uncomfortable, and the trunk isn't the largest, but that's insignificant in the overall package. This little car zips right along whether it's the highway or the winding country road. If you're even slightly interested in a hybrid, I would definitely recommend this one. I looked into the insight, prius and the civic hybrid and I have to say I couldn't be happier with my decision. Good Luck with the Car Search.
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disappointed in Honda

by from Redlands, CA on June 13, 2015

I am a huge fan of Honda and have had several over the years. I bought the Hybrid to save gas, trusting the Honda brand name. Here is what I have experienced: the dealer won't leave me along trying to...
I am a huge fan of Honda and have had several over the years. I bought the Hybrid to save gas, trusting the Honda brand name. Here is what I have experienced: the dealer won't leave me along trying to repurchase my car; the car dealer mechanics always seem to find some $100-200 thing to fix along with my oil changes; the car only gets about 34,000 to 40,000 (on the highway) which is much lower than what they advertise...I paid more for a Hybrid and am not seeing the benefit at all. I'm going to keep this car because it is paid off and I hope to take i for a good long time, taking it to another mechanic. I have been a loyal Honda girl but that will probably end after this car.
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Life of IMA battery

by from Sri Lanka on July 8, 2015

I have been using this car since August 2011, has done only 55,000 km. At the mileage of 45,000 km IMA light started appearing and continues. Battery gets fully charged within a few km and at times it...
I have been using this car since August 2011, has done only 55,000 km. At the mileage of 45,000 km IMA light started appearing and continues. Battery gets fully charged within a few km and at times it goes off but soon at appears, indicating the charge holding capacity of the big battery is gone. I am interested to know whether this car could be run with only 1.3 l engine with the IMA battery removed from the car. Will any one help me with this question?
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98K and still going

by from Kansas City, MO. on April 29, 2015

I bought this 2009 in 2010 and have driven 2 sets of tires off of it. at first I was skeptical about the mileage but I would easily get 40-41 MPG all day long, I did have issues with the battery and i...
I bought this 2009 in 2010 and have driven 2 sets of tires off of it. at first I was skeptical about the mileage but I would easily get 40-41 MPG all day long, I did have issues with the battery and it has had 3 in it all provided under warranty. when it hit the oil change at 98K I had the transmission serviced, at that time they installed an upgrade to the firmware and WOW what an upgrade, I replaced the air filter and took it on a 3 hour tour and I clocked 42MPG. So I brought it home and put new brakes on the front. This is critical as these are the first pads and rotors I ever put on the car.. Not bad 100K from Brake pads. I never really had issues at all with it. regular service, When I first got it for some reason the DVD for the nav got damaged by the head unit and they said it ws the head unit so it was replaced at about 25K and thank goodness for that as that beast is a $5000 item. I just received a letter from Honda stating that due to issues customers have had they extended the IMA system warranty to 150K. I bet I will be selling it by then but nice to know they will cover issues. I will add I have an awesome Dealer that services it here in Kansas CIty.
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Great car for the price

by from Nampa, ID on July 13, 2009

We have owned the 09 Civic Hybrid since 10/08. Great car, we did ALOT of price and driving comparisons before buying. Definitely believe this was the best car for the price.
We have owned the 09 Civic Hybrid since 10/08. Great car, we did ALOT of price and driving comparisons before buying. Definitely believe this was the best car for the price.
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There are much better choices

by from Florida on July 19, 2011

I purchased a 2009 Civic Hybrid new in 2009. It was an excellent vehicle for the first year. I took my vehicle in for service in 2010 and had the hybrid system software updated. From that point on the...
I purchased a 2009 Civic Hybrid new in 2009. It was an excellent vehicle for the first year. I took my vehicle in for service in 2010 and had the hybrid system software updated. From that point on the battery discharges fully after turning the vehicle off, every time. I park the car with a full battery and come back an hour later to start it. The battery will then go from full to empty within 2 min. During the summer the battery is almost useless. It takes forever to charge and discharges quickly. The result is very poor gas mileage due to not having any electric assistance at all and having to use only the tiny gas engine. Just to get the vehicle moving with only the gas engine takes pushing the gas pedal to the floor. Even then, the traffic around the car will blow by. Merging onto the highway also requires flooring the vehicle just to keep up with other cars. If more than two people are in the car it become so slow and sluggish that it really is dangerous. The seats are only comfortable for short trips, anything extended will require frequent stops to get some relief. There is almost no useable room for traveling. Two people will have to pack very conservatively for a weekend trip if they want to fit everything in the car. The car is good looking and has good features. It is mechanically reliable, however, the transmission would just rev from time to time with no forward movement of the car (felt like it was slipping). For the extra money, the hybrid Civic isn't worth it. A regular Civic will get nearly as good of mileage for a lot less. There won't be a battery issue either with a regular Civic. Having to wonder if the battery is charged enough to merge or pass is no fun. I averaged 44MPG on level ground in Florida before the hybrid system software update. Since then my average was 34 and to get that I had to be very careful with how I drove. If I drover normal I would get 26-29MPG. Also, to achieve decent mileage Honda uses a low rolling resistance tire. To replace these expect to pay a few hundred dollars more than what normal tires cost. Due to never knowing if the batteries were actually going to be charged and work I traded my car. Really, just save yourself a lot of time and worry and avoid the Honda Civic Hybrid.
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I would not buy another one!

by from Bakersville, NC on January 28, 2013

Car was great. Bought with 40,000 mile and put another 30,000 on it before battery went out. We bought an extended warrenty that covered it, but the re-programing put the miliage at 31mpg in the city ...
Car was great. Bought with 40,000 mile and put another 30,000 on it before battery went out. We bought an extended warrenty that covered it, but the re-programing put the miliage at 31mpg in the city and 35/37 on the road. Way down from the 39/40 city and 41/45 on the road. Dealer said they had to re-program to extend the battery life. WTF. DO NOTBUY. BATTERY LIFE ZERO. ONLY GOOD FOR 100,000 mile, or less. We had 72,000.
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A real gas saver

by from Los Angeles,CA on August 18, 2010

We've had it for a year and have never had a problem!! Great on gas, Looks great. We have averaged 44+mpg on the freeway>
We've had it for a year and have never had a problem!! Great on gas, Looks great. We have averaged 44+mpg on the freeway>
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gets worse with time

by from New York, NY on September 24, 2011

I bought this car new 3 years ago. For the first year it was lovely. As time has passed the mileage has plummeted to 28 mpg. the power and acceleration, once perky are now poor. When I takeit to the d...
I bought this car new 3 years ago. For the first year it was lovely. As time has passed the mileage has plummeted to 28 mpg. the power and acceleration, once perky are now poor. When I takeit to the dealer for servicing they act like nothing is worng. Just get a regular civic if you want this car.
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