2003 Honda Civic Consumer Review: The battery is a disaster!

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The battery is a disaster!
By loring on


2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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.

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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!!!!
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