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A question on hybrids

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by old_tony, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    The Ford commercial for the hybrid SUV shows in the small print "34mpg city, 30 mpg highway." Do hybrids really get better mileage in city driving than highway driving?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Yes. Hitting the brakes charges the battery. You obviously don't hit the brakes very often on the highway.
  3. lantaur

    lantaur Well-Known Member

    Well, actually, while it does charge the battery when hitting the break, the reason for the difference in MPH is it runs on battery on low MPH - which would be city conditions, not highway. Obviously, the more traffic you're in, the better mileage you might get.

    It does take a while to get used to the car "going off" while sitting at a light. :)
  4. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    So far my Civic has done much better in the city than on the highway. Love it.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    You'd have been better off with a diesel.


    And hybrids aren't cost-effective. You're looking at a minimum of 7 years before you see any actual savings.

  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I have friends who both own Volkswagen Passat diesels and they get damn near 50 MPG. And they're nice cars. They don't even have that diesel sound.

    I do note that diesel vs. gas prices are all over the map at times. Every now and then I notice diesel is much cheaper. At other times I've seen it much more expensive.
  7. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    The VW diesels are very nice cars -- but do not buy one if you live somewhere where it gets seriously cold.

    Those fuckers will still gel up on you.

    The regular VWs still get pretty good mileage, though.
  8. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that advice. They have an attached garage. Me? not so lucky.
  9. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Me, either. I would think you'd be alright cold starting, but driving into a very cold winter wind will for sure cause them to gel. Had it happen to a hockey dad with his a few winters back. We doubled back to the last town, found an open store, got him some of the fuel additive and headed back. He got it going again, we got back on the road, and as soon as he got it up to speed it started to conk out on him again.

    Apparently, it doesn't get THAT cold in Germany.
  10. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Yea, nobody can drive diesels up here, and there are a lot of trucks b/c of all the farms. Too bad.

    And 2mcm, I've had my current POS 10 years. Not everybody changes their cars out every five years, so hybrids probably save money for more people than you think.
  11. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    It seems to take diesel a lot longer to respond to price changes. So if gas prices go up, diesel owners are usually in luck. They go down, the opposite is true. Though that's not happening now. Where I'm at, regular is about 3.05; diesel's around 3.50. I'm guessing it has something to do with the supply chain, but I really don't know.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Not only that, but also if your battery pack has to be replaced and you're out of warranty, you're looking at dropping six large.
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