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#825 of 1484 Replaced IMA not by Honda
Dec 11, 2010 (4:58 am)
Well I just replaced my IMA battery with a replacement from ReVolt. Their cost was $1292 with an unlimited mileage 3 yr prorated warranty vs Honda's quote of $2700 no warranty. So far put on a few hundred miles and no problems. Was surprised how easy it was to remove - my 21 yr old son did the whole thing and he is no mechanic. Anyway - thanks to this forum and to REVOLT for stepping up and giving us hybrid owners an option other than Honda. I will never buy another Hybrid till they get these battery issues resolved. 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 268K mileage.
#826 of 1484 Re: Replaced IMA not by Honda [action21]
Dec 11, 2010 (5:14 am)
Please post the web address of ReVolt. Also, did replacing the battery get rid of Honda's so-called "updates?"
#827 of 1484 Re: Replaced IMA not by Honda [action21]
by pf_flyer HOST
Dec 11, 2010 (5:25 am)
Would it be safe to say that the hybrid hasn't lived up to your expectations? Not mileage performance-wise, but in terms of longevity?
#828 of 1484 Re: Replaced IMA not by Honda [action21]
Dec 11, 2010 (7:51 am)
I thought Honda gave a 3 year, 36K mile warranty. They did me.
#829 of 1484 Re: IMA Light On
Dec 13, 2010 (11:20 am)
Just a follow-up: got the hybrid to the dealer. From my receipt, they replaced a faulty battery which, when tested, would not hold a charge, then updated the PGM-FI software and the IMA battery software. The IMA light went off. Was advised that I needed to drive the care much more (how much?) than 4800 miles in 3 years to keep the battery charged. I was charged $103 for a new battery installed. About the recalls, I'm in Miami and have never received notice of a recall of any type with this car.
#830 of 1484 Re: Replaced IMA not by Honda [action21]
Dec 13, 2010 (12:01 pm)
Congrats. Please let us know if you have a Gen I (2003-2005) or Gen II (2006+) Civic. The batteries are quite different.
Also, did they provide you with instructions?
#831 of 1484 Re: IMA Light On [mparel]
Dec 13, 2010 (12:03 pm)
You need to drive it at least two 30 minute trips per week to keep the battery healthy. Highway or city doesn't matter, and distance doesn't matter either.
#832 of 1484 Re: IMA and Check Engine Lights On - P0A7F [bossless]
Dec 14, 2010 (8:56 am)
UPDATE: It's been about a month since I got the IMA light failure and it was "fixed" with the software update. Still experiencing recals daily and the big kicker is that I'm now getting a whopping *31 MPG* (vs. 38 pre-update; drive almost all local ). I realize it's winter and mileage goes down but this is just plain pathetic. I'm pretty sure a regular civic gets equally good mileage....
Question for the group: If you could get a regular '11 Civic DX-VP for $14k or a Civic LX for $15k and assuming KBB trade-in on the 07 HCH for about $12k would you do it?! My friend got an internet quote from a local dealer with those prices but I find them hard to believe. Not to mention I'm sure they'll give me a bad trade-in value...
#833 of 1484 Re: IMA and Check Engine Lights On - P0A7F [munkegodes]
Dec 14, 2010 (9:10 am)
Make them give you a new battery. That should solve your problem. It did mine.
#834 of 1484 Re: IMA and Check Engine Lights On - P0A7F [munkegodes]
Dec 14, 2010 (9:16 am)
I owned a 2006 Civic EX auto and averaged 33.8 mpg over 2 1/2 years. Trading for the HCH was the biggest mistake I ever made. After a year its mileage dropped to 40 mpg. When I drive my wife's Camry hybrid on the same cycle, I average 40 mpg as well.