The Yeager’s Honda Civic Hybrid Generation 1

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Honda Civic Hybrid (3rd gen)

The Yeager’s 2004 Honda Hybrid

Civic in the driveway of our south of Trenton.


It was a bit of timing but our old faithful 1988 Cougar dropped a valve right in the midst of the first recession of the Twenty-first Century. Our town mechanic, Kenny diagnosed the problem with the prospect that the repair easily top $1500. Combined the already deteriorating power suspension, and just nickel and stuff.

The inevitable had happened and we to purchase another automobile.

The 1988 Cougar.

Fortunately, a car buff, I had already done a amount of research on what car be a good addition to the stable. We it to be a 4 cylinder, 5 speed manual, and a very reliable pedigree. I with Kenny Anderson and got a list of advise: avoid (junk), avoid Volkswagen part costs and complication of and avoid early Ford (junk).

Be careful with as while they are very there is little in the way of after-market and replacement parts. Hondas are are easy to repair, and have a aftermarket parts supply

The Search

I concentrated on Toyota and with an eye toward hybrids. List was used but it’s routine was garbage. It was hard to down the search and the loose of posting by users made it difficult to narrow the search and come up with a small of results.

A typical search for Corolla 5 speed resulted in of postings, many of which extraneous. eBay was utilized but few local cars were From a nation wide several usable leads for resulted from searching

So the search algorithm that was to concentrate on hybrids while several tradition Civic and possibilities would arise I made several calls and visits to local dealerships and emails to several groups for prayer and open eyes.

I followed a local lead or two and those mainly because the price well surpassed the Blue Book value for the Meanwhile I had selected a wide of hybrids and other little to watch on eBay mostly to get a for what vehicles are selling for and how the system worked.

After a of weeks I was monitoring the end of an auction for a Hybrid I was actually interested in. The was very depressed so I posted a bid the last 60 seconds and won the auction, kind of. I had not surpassed the reserve and technically did not win. I called the number posted on the listing to whether or not the car would be listed

I spoke with Evgueni who went by Eugene. Evgueni was a and forthright professed Christian so we hit it off away. We quickly agreed on a we could both live and I began to make arrangements to fly out to see the car and Mr.


The Rational

A used Well, why not? Its not like I get a kick out of things that get fuel mileage. My other chronicling our adventures with the the Ninja 250s. and the E-Z-GO TXT underscore my fascination with effeminacy and small vehicles. So why not with something that can get some fuel mileage.

I have been watching interest the development of hybrid and had reached the conclusion that, for a of reasons, the first generation Hybrids were the pinnacle of the assist hybrid technology would be an excellent fit with our situation.

It would seem that Texans think that are going to start giving away again as little are not selling as they should and big are still clogging the freeways. the same human greed caused the economic mess the is currently embroiled in will fuel prices to soar $4.00 and beyond in time. At a gallon for 87 Octane near 50 MPG for distance family transportation to look very attractive.

are several reasons why a hybrid be a logical choice if the purchase is similar to or under that of a internal combustion driven Most hybrids are manufactured in and made to very strict which means they be better built than American and Mexican made counterparts. If we can get well over miles out of an Escort we should be to get at least that many out of an that requires synthetic oil the factory.

So why a first generation Civic Hybrid? The 1338 cc engine is a direct descendent of the Honda VX hatchback owned by my The Integrated Motor Assist is well proven as it was first in the 2000 Honda Insight.

with true parallel the IMA is simple and the automotive hobbyist can easily keep it running at functionality. Additionally, there is world evidence that the G-1 Hybrid with manual is more fuel efficient at speeds than G-2 Civic which only come a constant velocity transmission..

is an old adage that states is no replacement for displacement. while is quite true for power and the converse is equally true for mileage as our little Ninja prove that less is when correlating to fuel These little VTEC get amazing fuel mileage in own right, my parents’ VX for example, in the mid to upper 40s on the highway (until the 165/70 13 tires were no available). The hybrid version of the engine is set to operate at or close to efficiency at highway speeds and the but torquey, electric motor is to help the little 1.3 liter up and passing trucks.

The type of hybrid drive is also a consideration due to our rural (See How Hybrid Cars from How Stuff Works for an explanation of the differences of the two primary systems currently on the market). The generation Civic Hybrid’s Motor Assist (electric assisted hybrid) technology is to use the engine for primary power, a torque-boosting electric motor into a conventional drive for efficiency during highway The internal combustion engine be operating for vehicular motion to place. The Toyota Hybrid-Drive (parallel hybrid), which can forward motion with the motor only at low speeds, is efficient in urban environments. The complex Toyota Hybrid-Drive can use various combinations of gasoline and electric motor at high

The configuration differences would allow the G-1 Honda Civic to survive without the Integrated Assist with only a in fuel mileage where as the Prius would have a time being functional if it its battery pack. Second Civic Hybrids adopted a hybrid design that is attractive and marketable to urbanites.

One of our concerns was the life span and cost of the Integrated Motor (IMA) battery array. some research including Ronald Tanka of Honda of McKinney, speaking with a Toyota service manager, through the FAQs of several car forums, and reading up on basic technology I uncovered some battery basics: batteries heat and like to be kept The instances of early IMA battery (sub 100,000 miles) are to short trip urban commuting with long of sitting in hot parking lots long IMA battery life mile plus) appeared to be correlated to extended highway


It is clear that new hybrids having a $3000 to premium over typical cars and hybrid batteries a $3000 replacement cost 100,000 miles that cannot yet be economically justified. It that considering hybrid disposal and manufacturing there is no in carbon foot print non hybrid autos. Hybrids are not completely ready for prime yet. But this is likely to with the introduction of the G-3 Prius and the G-2 (In all honesty, I feel that a mode added to the well diesel-electric system used for by the railroad industry has the most

The automotive industry is clearly hybrid technology as a transition to the big thing, whatever that prove to be. Most major have hybrid vehicles as at a halo model. The hybrid in the third generation Insight and are quite impressive and prices are down.

Honda hybrid Civic

Because of this on development and marketing one can logically that the aftermarket will to become involved and further hybrid replacement part lower. All this of course hope to those that like to keep their for the long term as the implication is ease and cost of hybrid and maintenance should improve time.


Our situation is unique as we live in a small that has a local grocery schools, and churches all with in two of the house. A the nearest large store, mall, etc. a trip of at least 25 mostly miles. The 10 to 15 miles urban that parallel hybrids the G-3 Toyota Prius and G-2 Honda truly excel at do not exist for us. We use the for commuting as we live half a from one of the Trenton ISD campuses Joleen and I both work. The is still the ideal transport and all workhorse.

The Honda IMA could therefore in the lap of luxury benefiting from battery cooling garage and the greater battery charging of a designated highway trip In turn the Honda Civic could provide its optimum as the designated highway trip

At this writing the market for Hybrids with a manual is depressed when compared Toyota Prius or other with CVTs (the generation Insights are considered by to be the holy Grail of hybrids and quite a high price with 200,000 miles or on the clock) making a Civic equivalent in price with comparably equipped Civic In our unique situation a hybrid make sense given the price. The opportunity for a tinkerer as myself to play with technology and push the MPG envelope:

Monthly Journal Entries

May 16, — When they you to arrive about 90 minutes to your flight they just whistling Dixie. was busy with graduate but could spare a bit of time to me to Commerce and drop me off at my folks My mother had business in Dallas Saturday morning and dropped me off at Love Field where I my Southwest Airlines flight only about 20 minutes to

This was my first time on a flight and I am sure I looked it. I was by how much flex was designed the Boeing 373. as was evident take off. The power of the jet engines was amazing.

The mooring was and once we reached a little 10,000 feet we were in or the clouds for the trip (yes I this during the flight) and a tiny bag of honey roasted the breakfast of champions. I am sure feet would been the view if the only thing to weren’t clouds. Once we our approach to Saint Louis the broke briefly and revealed a rural landscape.

Man looks pretty insignificant up here.

Evgueni Popov met me at the terminal of the Lambert-Saint Louis Airport once I landed. immigrated from Moscow, in 1997 and later earned a degree from Tennessee University. Having settled in Louis he met and married Larisa, a lady who attended the same as Evgueni.

Larisa had immigrated the Ukraine with her family. currently are expecting their and live with her parents and while Evgueni searches for a job will launch his post career.

Upon picking the car up I to see what it would really do 600+ miles of Interstate and lane in front of me. I filled the as I was just leaving town and only for dinner in Springfield. The car 50 MPG while having the cruise set to the speed limit which generally from 65 MPH to 75 MPH.

I later that the tires under inflated and the alignment

Rain at Dallas Love

The clouds begin to break.

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