I'm new to this forum but I thought I would try it out to see what information I could get.

I have owned a 1997 honda civic lx for the past ten years and put 200,000 miles on it. I am interested in replacing it with a 2006 HCH that 63,499 miles on it. What can I expect the maintenance and expenses to be like? I also heard horror stories of expensive battery replacement, when should I expect to have to replace the battery?

I really want to make the switch to hybrid but the mixed reviews I have read are making me nervous.