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#18 of 41 CALL HONDA CORP
Nov 14, 2012 (2:24 pm)
I just got off the phone with Honda Corp. (800-999-1009) I am on my 3rd battery on my 2012 Honda Civic. The woman at the corp. office urged me to post here to CALL if you are having this issue. apparently they can look into it better if they know it is a common occurrence. They also said to call each time it happens (this is my fourth time to the dealership for this issue). Another tip from the towing company was to tow the car rather than jump it so that the dealership can see the car not working. My dealership sent a tow truck for free so check into that as well!!
#19 of 41 Battery Drain Issue in 2012 Honda Civic
Nov 19, 2012 (11:48 am)
Hello from Ontario, Canada,
I have had the same problem as all of you with no results! Bought a brand new, fully loaded 2012 Honda Civic (Non-Hybrid) in January and every 2 months the battery goes dead for no reason. I have the car towed to the dealership, they put the computer on the battery and it says, "Replace battery". So, they replace the battery and send me on my way...every 2 months!
I've gone to a different dealership, had a thorough diagnostic done, called Honda Canada (who were equally uncaring and dismissive) and everyone tells me there is nothing wrong with the car and everything is great now, "it was just that battery".
I have now had 5 new batteries since January 2012 when I received my new car.
I can't leave town or go far from home after the 1 month of the new battery as I know my car can and will die anytime without notice.
Sadly, I owe so much on this car still I can't dump it anywhere and still have money to get a good car. Am fed up, beaten down by the issue and I know Honda is just waiting til the warranty runs out when they can stop replacing the battery and say too bad for you, you're on your own.
Honda is a nightmare that just doesn't end.
If anyone ever comes up with a reason this battery drain issue is happening, please let us know. Thanks and I appreciate this forum, helps slightly knowing I'm not alone (although I am very sorry you're all going through issue as well).
#20 of 41 Re: Battery Drain Issue in 2012 Honda Civic [fedupjoan]
Nov 19, 2012 (7:06 pm)
I bought my 2012 civic LX in June of 2011. So far they have replace the battery 2 times, was towed to the dealer the first time, needed the roadside assistance to jump start to get it to the dealer 4 times. I have an electronic antirust on the car. I suspected the problem was arising from the antirust however, now I doubt this conclusion since so many other owners are having the same problem with their 2012 civic. The dealer told me the car was ok and I was the only one with this problem. I argued that it isn't normal to have the battery changed every 6 months, and they agreed. It is almost 3 months past since they changed the second battery. Already since last week I'm noticing the car hesitates to crank up again. This so called reliable new car has been one of my worst cars I've had. I would say it is even less reliable than the 8 year old used kia rio I had. This car has been a nightmare. The fan blows hot air when the dial is on all cold with no AC on. The door and dash plastic is so flimsy it gets scratches with the slightest scratch. Tonight I received a letter from Honda Canada that my car is subject to a recall; that the doors do not unlock in freezing conditions.
#21 of 41 Re: 2012 Civic battery draining after 3-4 days [dajackal]
Jan 07, 2013 (6:04 pm)
I have a 2012 Civic SI with 10,000 miles on it. The battery failed and was replaced by the dealer for free at 2750 miles. It's dead again. It is so dead I couldn't even jump it.
#22 of 41 Re: 2012 Civic battery draining
Jan 09, 2013 (3:35 pm)
In my case, it's the remote starter that HONDA installed. It's a 2012 Civic EX Sedan that I leased in July. The battery died 2x. The 1st remote starter put the battery draw up to 125milliamps, when the max should be 50. The service woman said this is a common issue. The vendor installed a new one that draws 50-60. No guarantee that it won't die again. So, they are uninstalling it and refunding my money. What else could go wrong with the 2012 Civic? I already had a 2001 Civic that had transmission failure at 90,000 miles. I think I will NOT use Honda again after this.
#23 of 41 Re: 2012 Honda Civic and Accord Battery Drain
Jan 17, 2013 (6:52 am)
I just purchased a 2012 Honda Accord EX-L 3 months ago and the car won't start this morning. The lights come on, so I can tell I didn't leave anything on inside of the car (the dealer's default assumption). The car tries to crank, but won't completely start up. Dealer said it could be a "bad cell" in the battery. First call to dealer they told me I had to pay to have it towed in since they "don't offer towing service." Called my sales person and they said towing fee is covered as long as it's a warranty issue. I am having it towed to dealer today to check it out. My concern is that dealer will find some lame excuse to blame it on me so that I have to pay towing fee... even though I've checked all interior lights, etc and none of them were left on.
#24 of 41 Re: 2012 Honda Civic and Accord Battery Drain [raleighnc1980]
Jan 17, 2013 (9:26 am)
Did the car go for several days without being started up like most of the other cars having this issue?
I've had my 2012 EX w/ Nav Civic for nearly 1 1/2 months (already had 9k on it/bought used) and it hasn't had the problem (knock on wood). But I've used it everyday and haven't had it sit for any length of time before being started up.
#25 of 41 Re: 2012 Honda Civic and Accord Battery Drain [martin13]
Jan 17, 2013 (9:42 am)
The dealer where I purchased the car (1.5 hrs away) just sent a Service tech to my house (great service considering local dealer was giving me runaround). He said it definitely was not the battery since lights, etc were full strength. He pumped the gas pedal several times and then was able to get the car started. The car did sit for 2 days without driving it, so not sure what caused this. Is our gas so full of ethanol now that it gunks up the engine after sitting for only 2 days?? Is there an issue w/ the fuel lines on the 2012 models? Dealer offered to look it over when I can get it up there... just not easy to plan for a dealer trip 1.5 hrs away.
#26 of 41 Re: 2012 Honda Civic and Accord Battery Drain [raleighnc1980]
Feb 02, 2013 (9:09 am)
My 2012 Honda Accord battery starts getting dead from the 3rd week of purchase. Since day one of the purchase I was driving it every day for about 43km a day then after 3 weeks, I didn't drive it for 3 days and the battery dead. Ever since, if I don't drive the car for 3 days, the battery is dead and always call the Honda Plus for boost. I took the car to the dealer and they changed new battery. After that, it gets worth and the battery is dying if I don't drive it for one full day.
I see all the problems from each of you. Do we need to live with it? I bout new car to not be in trouble at list for about 5 years. where to go?
#27 of 41 2013 Honda Civic - Battery Issue
Mar 22, 2013 (4:04 pm)
Picked up a band new 2013 Honda Civic EX and the battery went dead after 2 days of not driving. Had it jumped and dropped it off at the dealer for a diagnostic check to see what is wrong.
I'm VERY DISAPPOINTED to say the least!!