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Old 03 Jul 2011, 11:46 pm
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Default Should I buy a Honda Civic Hybrid?

Just caught this 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid on autotrader from a private seller. It has 66K miles and its going for $10K. I still dont understand the technology associated with hybrids but I have heard that replacing the battery is expensive. When does it be replaced though? 100K miles? 150K?

I mean, 40+ MPG is awesome but I wont see the gas savings if I have to pay a **** load of money for a ****ing battery. How much do they cost anyway?

PS: car is in awesome condition. Its almost perfect for 2005, minus some minor scratches and regular wear & tear.
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Old 04 Jul 2011, 12:01 am
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the last battery i replaced in a civic hybrid cost about $7500 yes seventy five hundred personal experience with these cars the are not worth the can get a regular civic and get 35 mpg and not have to worry about knowing much about the car other than its a honda and it wont give you that many problems...good luck and I hope i was Helpful
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Old 04 Jul 2011, 12:16 am
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We recently bought 2009 Honda Civic LX with 16,800 miles that came off a lease. Why I passed on Hybrids had more to do with fact that I did not know if my trustworthy & honest mechanic of 20 years actually serviced hybrid vehicles as I have yet to see one there.

Also if I were in your shoes our/my preference was Honda Civics from 2006 to 2011 that reflects a later body change so that it is less obvious to your friends & neighbors that you bought used...

Have you checked the car rental sales like Thrifty Car Rental abd Hertz Rent 2 Buy?

Best of Luck with Your Shopping!
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Old 04 Jul 2011, 12:31 am
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Great condition or not a 2005 civic hybrid with 66k miles is not worth $10k. I guarantee you can find the newer generation civics, 2006-2011 with the same or less mileage for the same price. Also, the hybrids are not worth it, and from what ive read you can easily achieve 35+ mpg in a base civic. I highly recommend you do a more extensive search on used cars in your area and you will find a better deal. The batteries are extremely expensive and will most likely out weigh your gas savings.
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