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Forum: Driving, Maintenance & Safety Issues (for All Hybrids)

Issues related to the day-to-day operations of hybrids. If the post concerns a specific vehicle, then it belongs in the "Cars" forum (above) for that vehicle. This section is about hybrids in general.

  1. audio in hybrid vehicles

    For people like myself who like listening to base from a couple of good high end subwoofers, along with crisp mids and high's on an aftermarket sound...

    Started by ‎, 08-16-2004 10:58 PM
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    08-17-2004 02:55 AM Go to last post
  2. Fast Driver

    I am very interested in buying a hybrid car. However, the speed does concern me a bit. I am willing to change my habits as a fast driver, but it...

    Started by ‎, 01-18-2005 12:22 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    01-21-2005 01:33 AM Go to last post
  3. Batteries need replacement?

    I was informed that the battery of a hybrid vehicle can expire requiring replacement in 8-10 years. This sounds like a huge disincentive for someone...

    Started by ‎, 04-25-2005 10:40 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    04-26-2005 01:51 AM Go to last post
  4. Electrical Fire

    I have seen several cars demolished by electrical fires, and have heard of more these days. Has there been any reports of this with the Toyota Prius,...

    Started by ‎, 07-02-2005 01:50 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    07-09-2005 08:01 PM Go to last post
  5. Hybrids and water

    I'm considering buying a FEH, but I'm concerned about water. Specifically I have two creeks to cross to get to my vacation cabin. In the jeep that...

    Started by ‎, 09-16-2005 08:58 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    09-16-2005 08:52 PM Go to last post
  6. Oil Change for Hybrids

    At the dealership which I purchase my HCH, also does service. The charge for oil change is $20 higher for hybrids. I asked the reason and they...

    Started by ‎, 07-23-2005 03:43 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    09-28-2005 04:30 AM Go to last post
  7. Hybrids in the mountains

    I drove my 2003 HCH out to Wyoming this last fall and all I can say is I was very disappointed in how the car performed driving over mountain passes....

    Started by ‎, 01-21-2006 02:20 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    02-03-2006 01:41 AM Go to last post
  8. snow tires

    I find the stock tires are really not that good in the snow....any suggestions? Have used Bridgestone Blizzacs on my older van and theyare great,...

    Started by ‎, 12-10-2005 09:32 AM
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    02-15-2006 07:13 AM Go to last post
  9. hybrids and smog check

    just curious: how to perform a smog check on a hybrid? what's the "idle"? and what's the requirement for hybrid smog check in CA, i.e. when is the...

    Started by ‎, 09-20-2006 09:54 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    09-23-2006 12:13 AM Go to last post
  10. thinking about a new prius (help)

    hi guys, iím thinking about getting a new prius and because it is a bit expensive for me so i want to know if it's worth it. i've done some...

    Started by judy‎, 11-19-2006 05:14 AM
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    12-20-2006 08:00 PM Go to last post
  11. Carbon Fiber Aftermarket Parts

    I recently thought about installing a carbon fiber hood on my honda civic hybrid. Does anybody have any experience or know how on this subject. Say...

    Started by ‎, 02-26-2006 10:55 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    03-09-2007 03:35 PM Go to last post
  12. CA Insurance Discount For Hybrids?

    Has anyone found a CA auto insurer that povides a hybrid car discount to attract customers?

    Started by ‎, 02-14-2006 03:24 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    06-25-2007 05:09 AM Go to last post
  13. AAA roadside service and hybrids

    I found out the hard way recently that AAA in my area provides very limited roadside assistance for hybrids. When my 12V battery was dead, I called...

    Started by kea‎, 07-04-2007 06:19 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    07-20-2007 08:57 AM Go to last post
  14. Battery life, define replacment parameters

    I posted this in TCH ...got a few views..no responses... this may be the better forum.. Most rechargable batteries wear out slowly and...

    Started by bruegge‎, 08-01-2007 05:33 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    08-01-2007 07:22 PM Go to last post
  15. owners manual for HCH 2002

    I'm a new member and owner of HCH 2002 Japanese Import. I just need a help if somebody can email to me an English owners manual. Thanks

    Started by bobot‎, 08-03-2007 02:15 PM
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    08-03-2007 02:15 PM Go to last post
  16. Automatic Door Locks

    Does anyone know how to program the doors to lock automatically when the car is in Drive?

    Started by ‎, 06-07-2006 04:46 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    02-03-2008 06:04 AM Go to last post
  17. Insulated tools necessary??

    I'm wondering if anyone knows if mechanics are required to or are inclined to use insulated tools when working on certain parts (batter, electric...

    Started by chris_w‎, 07-19-2007 09:39 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    02-23-2008 12:14 AM Go to last post
  18. How many miles on your hybrid

    Hello everybody, How many miles do you have on your hybrid? How's it doing? Anybody got over 100,000 on theirs. Thanks, Steve

    Started by SteveC‎, 04-19-2007 07:35 PM
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    03-12-2008 11:33 PM Go to last post
  19. Oil change interval/ICE run time/miles

    My 2008 FEH FWD owner's manual suggests 5,000 mile oil change intervals. My dealer has me on a 3,000 mile interval. Discussion with the technician...

    Started by bruski1959‎, 03-16-2008 08:06 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    03-17-2008 10:27 AM Go to last post
  20. qualified hybrid technicians

    where can i find one in my local area? should i be aware of any certificates? thanks

    Started by ‎, 06-29-2006 10:44 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    05-13-2008 01:44 PM Go to last post

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