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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. Oil: 5w-20 vs. 0w-20

    Has anyone tried using 5w-20 in place of 0w-20 oil? If yes, how many miles do you have on your car? I was thinking of using 0W-20 in the winter and...

    Started by ‎, 05-27-2006 06:04 AM
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    06-10-2012 01:03 AM Go to last post
  2. 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 05:46 AM
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    02-03-2008 07:04 AM Go to last post
  3. Road Trips

    I've only seen 1 or 2 references to maximum distance a hybrid car can travel, but they were unclear. I would love to be more environmentally...

    Started by ‎, 04-12-2005 09:27 AM
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    09-23-2012 03:56 PM Go to last post
  4. 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 11:44 AM
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    05-13-2008 02:44 PM Go to last post
  5. Water

    I live in Houston, where we have yearly periods or heavy rains and flooded streets. How would driving thru heavy rains and high water effect the...

    Started by ‎, 07-03-2006 07:15 PM
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    10-08-2009 05:37 AM Go to last post
  6. 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 10:32 AM
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    02-15-2006 08:13 AM Go to last post
  7. Maintenance costs

    Hi everyone, a colleague of mine told me that the savings that are presumably accrued following the purchase of a hybrid vehicle wouldn't be realized...

    Started by ‎, 06-10-2005 06:59 PM
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    07-03-2012 04:22 AM Go to last post
  8. High speed-long distance driving??

    Does anyone have info on the Hybrid's performance/reliability if it is used for a cross country trip? ie: North dakota to Orlando in three days? ...

    Started by ‎, 12-21-2005 10:28 PM
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    03-01-2011 11:28 AM Go to last post
  9. Jaws of life

    I just heard recently that hybrids can or could kill fire or policemen when rescuing people with the jaw's of life. I was wondering if someone could...

    Started by ‎, 06-24-2005 01:06 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    01-07-2012 01:03 AM Go to last post
  10. 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 03:20 AM
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    02-03-2006 02:41 AM Go to last post
  11. 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 04:43 AM
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    09-28-2005 05:30 AM Go to last post
  12. Towing capacity

    Does anyone know why these models are incapable of towing a decent amount? what good is a tow rating of 3,500 lbs when any decent boat is more than...

    Started by ‎, 07-26-2005 02:27 AM
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    05-10-2012 10:58 PM Go to last post
  13. CA Extended Warranty On Hybrid Battery

    CA vs Nevada Extended warranty Has anyone read their extended warranty and can verify if it is true that CA offers a longer extended warranty...

    Started by ‎, 01-25-2006 12:45 PM
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    03-08-2012 05:40 AM Go to last post
  14. 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 10:54 AM
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    09-23-2006 01:13 AM Go to last post
  15. my highschool project

    Have you ever driven a hybrid or ridden in one, and what is it like? How do you get all of your information about hybrids? Do your experiences...

    Started by ‎, 09-29-2006 12:03 AM
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    10-08-2008 11:22 AM Go to last post
  16. Tires for best MPG

    Some info you might be able to use: My car came standard with Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus tires. I just changed tires (after 63,000 mi., good tread...

    Started by ‎, 11-12-2004 11:14 PM
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    12-14-2011 09:52 AM Go to last post
  17. Is Silence Deadly?

    Isn't there a highway safety factor in hybrids? Driven only by an electric motor, which is almost silent, no one will 'hear' them coming. Should they...

    Started by ‎, 08-17-2005 04:15 PM
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    07-02-2008 01:59 AM Go to last post
  18. jump-starting a hybrid vehicle?

    As I was loading groceries into the trunk of my '04 Honda Civic Hybrid, I saw the jumper cables I've had clunking around in the trunk for the past 8...

    Started by ‎, 01-06-2005 12:08 AM
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    08-24-2012 01:30 PM Go to last post
  19. hybrid top speed

    I am just curious what the top crusing speed for some hybrids are. It seems to me that if you wanted to go faster than the ICE could take then then...

    Started by ‎, 01-08-2005 04:14 AM
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    08-21-2011 11:40 PM Go to last post
  20. Hybrid (esp. Escape) Mountain Driving?

    Have any of you lucky owners driven in real mountains yet? I'm wondering how it will behave. Going uphill: When the battery runs out, will it get...

    Started by ‎, 01-20-2005 09:59 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    08-20-2011 07:25 AM Go to last post

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