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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Sedan
#80 of 110 Re: Hybrid-Battery-Repair in NY [sean70]
Apr 26, 2011 (4:20 am)
You guys should really look into hastling corporate Honda of America before dishing out money out of your own wallet. They released these cars into the consumer market with the promise of standing behind them with excellent warranty coverage, they should be the ones picking up the tab on IMA/battery issues for the first 10 years at least to protect their Hybrid brand integrity. I recently just had my 07 Civic Hybrid (44k mi) extensively worked on, new BCM and a few sensors and wiring working out to around $3,000 retail, I paid just a $200 customer service/diagnostic fee after speaking with HoA for a brief time over the phone about my situation. In many states the certain IMA components are covered to 10yrs/150k, but even 8/80 is pretty good for everyone else. Doesnt hurt to ask for free car repair before laying down $2000-3000!!
#81 of 110 Re: So why did I buy a Hybrid? [jer45]
Apr 26, 2011 (4:24 am)
Oh and as a a side note in case anyone was wondering, it is 100% safe and normal for the car to be drivin without IMA system function at all. As long as you dont start removing too many parts off the car, the DC-DC converter will continue to operate and power the electrical system (except over 4k RPM the gas engine runs without DC-DC conversion). When we first bought the car, it was running on gas only. You just dont get Autostop or that extra kick in the pants assist gives up hills without screaming the 3-cylinder past 4k rpms.
#82 of 110 2003 HCH w/ Battery Issues
May 16, 2011 (5:43 pm)
So I am totally desperate. I bought an 03' HCH in 07' and put basically all my savings into it. It lasted me about 10 months (about 143k miles on it) and then the hybrid battery stopped working (not sure if its a dead hybrid battery or just a problem). I took it to the Honda dealer and they basically told me it would cost $1,000 for them to do some work to just FIND OUT whats wrong with it. I am getting married in two weeks and strapped for cash and still need a car. Has anyone had a similar scenario? What'd you do? Would it be worth me putting in 2-3k into?
#83 of 110 Re: How-to article describing Civic hybrid battery pack rebuild [electriclamb]
Jun 22, 2011 (5:28 am)
I just found this post. (a year later)
Hardly my fault you keep jacking up your prices!
I've only changed prices once - ever.
And as far as errors in the article... Ha! they are too small to even be mentioned as significant for a rebuild. Anyone who can follow simple instructions can do the rebuild fine.
For a few selected types of cell failures, but packs with those problems alone are now few and far between. As far as the mistakes in your methods, I'm not at liberty to discuss them here, but let's just leave it at: years of experience has taught us that hobbyist test equipment is inadequate to find and diagnose most of the problems with these packs.
BTW, If you had simply been helpful when I asked last year, I may have gone out of my way to keep your info in the article. But since you chose to blow me off when I had questions,
Mike, I have a long string of emails between us where I was extremely helpful to you and gave you a great deal of information and time. In fact, the problem was that I didn't have enough time to continue to help you. I did have a business to run.
I thought the editors choice to delete your info appropriate for the article. What goes around comes around, you know. LOL!
Yes, I did a good turn for someone and get shafted. Eventually the Karma will come around to bite you, Mike.
#84 of 110 Re: 2003 HCH w/ Battery Issues [cruthik3615]
Jun 22, 2011 (5:18 am)
Did you buy it off a new or used dealer lot? I'm asking because most car's that sit parked for about 90 days experience an IMA battery failure 8 months later +/- 2 months.
#85 of 110 Re: So why did I buy a Hybrid? [breaking42]
Jun 22, 2011 (5:38 am)
Some IMA failures allow the car to run with the battery disabled and the DC-DC converter engaged. Others do not. I would estimate that about 20% of all P1449 failures leave the alternator light off. The problem with a broad reaching statement is that the other 80% have no 12v charging, or are still interacting with the battery, which will continue to degrade, and they will eventually have no 12v charging. We developed a modified computer to Temporarily allow running of the car without a battery, but it is a less than ideal solution. The 12v won't charge at idle or above 3800 rpm. It also will not pass inspection that way.
#86 of 110 Re: Civic Hybrid 2003 IMA Battery Replacement [jrhefner]
Aug 01, 2011 (11:23 pm)
I am totally interested in repairing my IMA battery myself. Can u give me some pointers on repairing this myself?
#88 of 110 Honda Civic Battery HELP
Dec 18, 2010 (12:18 pm)
OK, I am New and been freaking out over this. Please give me some advice. We bought a 2004 Honday civic hybrid. We have owned it for about two years. We have 65,000 miles on it. We ALSO bought it from a ford dealer and purchased an extended fixer plus warrenty.
We just replaced lat year the small normal battery pack, WE NOW have this hybrid light on, according to google and my husband it means we will have to replace the 3,000 some battery. One we just had our second child, I am a stay at home mom, reason why we bought an extended warrenty.
Well, They called it wear and tear problem and isn;t covered. It's a expensive battery. We can not afford it, It is our only car. What are we to do?
Any suggestions, We called a honda place and they want us to bring it in and they will look at it, might be covered by the original honda thing, IF it is covered no cost to us. If it isn't we will have to pay a small fee. We can not afford for either because of this time of year.
We get the car service regualry, and everything. All these problems so fast with a new car.
We usually have some money saved but we bought our old house last year and all our money went into that and replairs.
Should this be somthing covered by the warrenty. We even bought an extended one. IT's bull crap, I knew we should of bought a new car.
Thanks for all the advice!