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#1464 of 1532 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light
Jan 06, 2013 (1:09 pm)
About two weeks ago after a week of not driving, our 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid's (75,000 miles on it) IMA and check engine lights came on. I took it to the dealer and they said the IMA battery is going to fail and I need a new one, to the tune of $3000. I said no, we'd rather get a new car, at which point the guy said he'd talk to someone higher up and try to get the price down. Now he's offering to do it for $700 plus tax. I don't know if that quote includes a warranty or if it's a new or refurbished battery. I'm wondering if this is a shady deal or I should go for it? Why would Honda offer to pay for most of the battery??
#1466 of 1532 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [unc2]
Mar 04, 2013 (10:18 am)
I have a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid & was told a long time ago that if the battery went bad, it was not required to run the car, so I simply made up my mind that should that day come to pass, I would run the car as is. It has another battery - like "normal" cars and it runs on gas, so I don't need the electrical componenet.
#1468 of 1532 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [ohshamrockgirl]
Mar 13, 2013 (3:23 am)
Yes and once your 12v battery dies out ,how are you gonna start the car?. The HCH does not have an alternator, the big electric motor was the generator and starter. Once my IMA battery started to die, the car was started the regular way , with the starter activated by the 12v battery, and it also died after a while. So no running with out a good IMA or 12 v battery. I sold mine.
#1469 of 1532 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [mabecane]
Mar 13, 2013 (5:44 am)
The 12 volt battery is charged from the IMA battery. If it won't charge up then the 12 volt battery does not get charged. You can externally charge or change out the 12 volt battery to temporarily drive the car.
#1470 of 1532 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [bossless]
Mar 13, 2013 (9:53 am)
Yes it sounds like fun, charging every time you want to use the car. The Flintstones's car was more reliable
#1471 of 1532 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [mabecane]
Mar 13, 2013 (11:06 am)
Not talking about fun. Talking about getting the car to a place to repair or unload.
#1472 of 1532 2005 Civic Hybrid
Mar 14, 2013 (5:58 am)
We purchased a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid new in November 2005. We had very few issues with if for the first five years, but then things went bad. First the catalytic converter went bad, but since we don't have emissions in our region, I didn't spend the money to fix it.
In early 2012, my wife's car wouldn't start one cold morning. We jumped the car, drove it around and it appeared to charge. On my wife's way to work, the battery suddenly discharged. She took it to the dealer and they told us it would be $3,000 for the IMA battery, $1,500 for the catalytic converter and $1,500 for the AC compressor. At this point the car was 6.5 years old and had only 130,000 miles on it.
We decided to wait on the repairs on we didn't think the car was even worth $6,000. A few days after we got the diagnosis from the dealer, we got a call back from the service manager at the dealer that they (Honda) would replace the battery at their cost and split the cost with me....something like $1,200 for the battery, but I still had to spend another $3,000 on the AC compressor and catalytic converter.
While we were debating what to do, the IMA system appeared to be holding a charge. My wife took the car to Carmax and they said they would give us $4,000 for the car. We had been researching cars while we debated what to do and pulled the trigger....trading in the 2005 Civic Hybrid for a 2012 Mazda3 Wagon. The gas mileage on the Mazda is nearly the same as Civic Hybrid and I don't have to worry about the battery going bad. The only disadvantage to no longer having a hybrid where we live is we no longer can ride in the HOV lanes during rush hour by ourselves....but that won't last forever.
My extended family has owned at least 10 Hondas over the past two decades and our 2005 Civic will be our last one.
#1473 of 1532 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [mabecane]
Mar 14, 2013 (12:44 pm)
actuallly yes the HCH has an alternator installed, if there wasnt an alternator installed in the car then the 12v battery would be dead within few days if u kept running constantly or whenever u shut the car off.