The IMA Battery on the 2003 Civic Hybrid is/was a flawed product. My first battery failed at 42,000 miles ( at 7 years) and was replaced under warranty. The second battery has failed with less than 27,000 miles ( at 11 years) and the dealer says it will cost me $3,684 to replace it with a rebuilt battery with a 3 year, 36K warranty.
So far, Honda and I have spent more on batteries than I have on fuel for this car.
With a 3 year warranty on a $3,684 battery, I'm planning on $1,000 per year battery cost going forward.
I carefully documented my battery failures and appealed to American Honda for some cost sharing on the third battery.
They said sorry but you're on your own, nothing, period.
I was very surprised they dropped me so hard.
We bought two new Hondas in 2003, but they'll be our last.
Expensive mistake buying the Civic Hybrid!!!!
Bought new in 2003 and never had to replace a thing other that a couple headlights, main starting battery. Has 250K miles on it and finally the IMA has an issue, but still drives great without it! Someone rear ended me the other day, totaled his car, but only scratched my rear bumber.
I bought the car new in 2003 and it's been great. I see many complaints about gas mileage, but mine averages 49 MPG with snow tires on. This has been the most trouble free and economical car I've ever owned, and it's fun to drive.
Great gas mileage, reliablilty and low maintenance costs.
I've owned my 2003 Civic Hybrid for 2 years now and so far its been a great car with only a few minor problems.
The Good: Handles great Luxurious interior (compared to other non-luxury cars) Extremely quiet 45mpg
The bad: Transmission fluid needs changing every 2 years IMA battery will start to degrade after 7 years Seats are very stiff, its like sitting on a bench
Overall the car performs well as a daily driver, and if you aren't looking to set Nurburgring lap records you'll be satisfied with its performance. Even though it is less reliable than a standard civic the blue book value is lower, making it a better value when you factor in the better gas mileage.
I bought my 2003 Honda Hybrid new. All told I think it was $35k. Paying a premium on the car because it was a hybrid, the tax deduction and the gas savings would make up for the extra cost; right?
Well, for the past year it has been sitting in our driveway with a busted transmission. $4500 to replace it. This is the latest in a long string of recalls/replacements on this car. Luckily, our other fixes have been covered by Honda; but this fix is not. We look at the blue book value of this car, and seriously question if it is worth fixing especially when we read other reviews of cars that have gone through multiple transmissions and other fixes.
For the price, I expected better.
Good gas mileage
Free/discounted repairs on parts that are documented to break.
Better quality transmission.