You stated above that the
You stated above that the cars come with specific instructions on how to drive them. Where can i find these on line? I'm thinking of buying a prius or a civic and am trying to make an informed choice.
For the Civic
For the Civic Hybrid you may want to check this first. This is the one and only thing you need to read if you choose the HCH-II:
For the Prius check here:
Again, please ask about any of the details if you have any questions and we'll be happy to explain. :)
it is expensive to replace
it is expensive to replace hybrid batteries—it can cost in the neighborhood of $3,000 for a full hybrid battery replacement. But on the other hand,according to some <a href=http://automechanics.wordpress.com/>Auto Mechanics</a> hybrid batteries have proven themselves to be extremely reliable. And as long as they are not abused and the vehicle charging control system operates effectively, they can be--not unrealistically—expected to last for nearly the life of the vehicle.
We had a 2003 Honda Civic
We had a 2003 Honda Civic Manual and then sold it to a familiy member. Shortly after the sale, at about 75,000 miles, the Honda dealer said the battery was not charging and was not so useful. Replacement cost would be ~ $3000. However, the dealer said that the car could be continued to be driven, just that the hybrid mode would not work anymore. Then a few days later, Honda called back and said that it was a warranty item and they replaced the battery free of charge!!
It is any wonder that Honda creates lifelong customers?
Note that peace was also preserved in the familiy!!
I'm considering purchasing a
I'm considering purchasing a hybridl, although I don't drive much, as I live in the city. Only driving is done on weekends and even that is very little usually. While I understand my infrequent driving will inhibit me from recouping my purchase price in fuel costs, we still want to go the hybrid route for environmental reasons.
My question is: does such infrequent driving / recharging harm the hybrid battery lifespan?
Thanks for your help.