2009 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Battery fails, Honda won't rep

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Battery fails, Honda won't replace
By socaldude2 on


2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Please do your research before considering this car. I was hoping to keep this car for >5 years and get excellent milage and help save the planet. What initially was a great hybrid has turned quickly into a disaster. After 1 year, the battery stopped holding a charge. after 15 months, the check engine light came on. Honda performed an irreversible software upgrade that bascially minimizes the car's use of the hybrid battery (basically making it a non-hybrid car). My MPG has dropped 10 MPG!! The hybrid battery is now basically non-functional and Honda will not fix it despite being under warranty. There are many many simiar complaints (look online). I will never buy Honda again.

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Honda has lost the quality that we all expect. They are advertising 40-45 MPG. Real world is 31. So you're paying > $2,500 more to get minimal MPG and very poor acceleration. Again, search "civic hybrid battery problems" and it will be eye-opening. Even more eye-opening is Honda's complete refusal to help, stating this is "normal operation" - this is not why we bought a hyrbid. Stay away from this car!!
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