Last post on Dec 09, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Sedan
#1471 of 1535 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 1535 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 1535 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.
#1474 of 1535 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [mabecane]
Mar 14, 2013 (12:46 pm)
if your ima battery is no good then you are forced to use your conventional starter that is activated from the computer and power by the 12v battery
#1475 of 1535 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid IMA light [mabecane]
Mar 14, 2013 (12:46 pm)
if your ima battery is no good then you are forced to use your conventional starter that is activated from the computer and powered by the 12v battery
#1476 of 1535 Battery constantly discharges and sputters
Mar 20, 2013 (1:11 pm)
I took my 2006 HCH into the dealer today. After the software "upgrade" they did on the car two years ago, I've lost 10 mpg on my vehicle, the battery continually drains from full to two bars in a matter of blocks and sputters from a stopped position. I have 78k miles on my car and wanted to see about getting the battery replaced before the 80k on the warranty hits. I was told today by my local Honda dealer that the IMA is perfectly fine and that the issue lies with my engine. They're telling me my engine is not functioning properly and it's really my IMA that is driving the car and that's why it's draining so quickly. They said it would cost me $150 to continue diagnosing, so at that point I told them to stop. All my car symptoms are identical that I keep reading on the 2006 HCH. Anybody been told that their IMA is fine, but that the actual engine was a problem??
#1477 of 1535 Re: Battery constantly discharges and sputters [irishgirl76]
Mar 20, 2013 (1:25 pm)
They are full of crap. You need to video what is going on like I did.
Until they see what is happening and then Honda, not the dealer, will watch the video and decide to replace the IMA battery. There will be no diagnostic fee because it will be covered under warranty.
#1478 of 1535 Re: Battery constantly discharges and sputters [irishgirl76]
Mar 20, 2013 (1:40 pm)
I had the exact same problem. It's the battery. Video the constant regens and send a copy certified mail to Honda. Good luck.
#1479 of 1535 Re: Battery constantly discharges and sputters [irishgirl76]
Mar 20, 2013 (6:51 pm)
This is a battery problem. The software upgrade makes it more difficult for the IMA light to come on because it causes a more aggressive charge when the battery gets below 4 bars usually keeping it above two bars.
#1480 of 1535 Re: Battery constantly discharges and sputters [irishgirl76]
Mar 21, 2013 (9:32 am)
This is the exact same thing that happend to me for the past 2-3 years.
Every morning, I had one or two bars, and I drive to charge up the battery,
and when I go to the grocery store, e.g., for less-than half-hour, and when I get back into the car, the full charge drops down to two bars. And when I start to slowly accelerate at a stop sign/light, sometimes the full charge drops down to two bars, and I have no power to go. The IMA battery indicator light never came on, and Honda keeps telling me the battery was good.
I took my car to another Honda (6 months ago), and they too told me there was something wrong with the engine. I think they were going to charge me about $100-$200, to check the engine. When they did some tests onto the engine and battery, and they found the engine was good, and the battery was indeed bad, and they replaced the battery under warranty. (I have 2006 HCH, with 65K miles). [fyi: Honda is waiting for your warranty to expire, then they're going to tell you that the battery is bad.]
So, to answer your question, NO. Honda told me my IMA was good, and the engine was bad. But, it turned out the engine was good, and the battery was bad.