2004 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Would have bought sooner

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By Copier Guy on


2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


In October, best quote was $20.4K. In
March same guy said $500 BELOW invoice.
I didn't trust him, kept shopping. Paid
$19.7K plus tax & title. For best mpg,
hammer the assist and get to speed
quick! USE THE CRUISE! Keep econ turned
on. DON'T creep up after stop, the
engine WON'T auto stop again, and
you'll be sitting there wasting gas. -
Down sides:
a: Construction pot holes trigger ABS.
ABS kills re-generative braking
(expected). Requires more braking
effort. And re-gen won't re-engage
until you accelerate. Releasing the
brake and re-applying doesn't reset.
b: CVT really lets engine scream on
expressway merge (scary scream).

Best Features

Already saved over $250 in GAS (3K miles). Fill the tank from fuel warning light for less than $20US(Great Lakes). Was driving 16mpg van, pinged on 90 octane, cost $60+ to fill. Already getting 43,45, even 49mpg on 87 octane. Over 60% US/Canada content despite assmebled in Japan.

Worst Features

Make ABS re-gen braking reset as soon as the pedal is released. Offer "power" trunk release from the keyless entry. PLEASE OFFER A WAGON! Move the cup holders away from the dash so that a "Super Big Gulp" (diet) fits without striking dash at air conditioning and radio control panel.
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