nice car, herky jerky
July 23, 2013
We have had the honda hybrid civic 2011 since we bought it new in 2011. Our car has automatic transmission, no navigation and no bluetooth. (We use a Garmin GPS and a Jabra Freeway for those functions). We have 26,000 miles on it.
First, it gets the mileage we expected. We are getting around 40 miles per gallon in local driving and up to 51 miles per gallon on long distance freeway driving at speeds up to 75 mph.
The problem is the car lurches when going at slow speeds, which is pretty common in traffic in Northern Virginia. Step on the accelerator normally and the car feels like a teenager just learning to drive a manual transmission. It lurches a bit when it gets going and at slow speeds.
Honda America (HQ) said, when we complained about the herky jerky motions, that it is part of the design of the car. Nothing to be done about it. Clearly, to me, just poor engineering. Difficult to believe that a company with Honda's reputation has such poor engineering and will not do anything to correct it, but that appears to be the case.
At 25,000 miles the dealer replaced the power steering module under warranty. It was not causing trouble, but my wife heard a squeal in the steering. When we brought it in for regular servicing, the mechanic checked this and decided to replace the power steering. This was under the factory warranty. Good service as far as I'm concerned.
We have purchased the 100,000 mile warranty to be sure that we don't run into any further surprises.