fladdams2k1 wrote: Talk about coincidence, I just bought a beautiful 2009 Civic Hybrid last month; 31k miles, grey with leather and nav, its a sharp car..and unfortunately, thats where the appeal ends abruptly.
This car is also experiencing the really fast charge, discharge, no reliable IMA assist, no auto-stop, DISMAL MPG (32-35) problem. Even hypermiling and coasting, the best I've seen is 37. The safety issue is more frustrating though - there's nothing like trying to get into traffic and having the assist crap out after you've already pulled out. Its the same thing every morning; I leave with a "full" IMA battery charge, get less than a mile from the house and its completely gone and no assist, when I need it most. It has almost stalled on a couple ocassions as well.
Even though its only been a month, I pretty much hate this POS. My 2004 Civic Hybrid never experienced ANY of these problems. It never once failed to provide assist (or have the assist quit), I routinely got 45 mpg in mixed driving (highest was 51) and never had a single mechanical issue. I should've never traded it in on this 2009. My reasoning was, hey, its 5 years newer, it must be better. Yeah right.
I've already contacted the dealer to see if they'll take it back. We'll see. If I get stuck with this defective hunk of crap, I guess I'll start the long arduous process of fighting the Honda dealer on trying to get it fixed. Check out greenhybrid or hybridcars if you want to read up on the 2009 Civic Hybrid battery debacle. I only wish I'd read up BEFORE I bought it.
Honda, word of advice: Perfect your product before expanding the application. There's a well documented problem, particularly on the 2006-2009s so own up to it. How my first gen Civic Hybrid could be such a peach and this a total lemon defies all conventional logic. This will be my LAST Honda Hybrid.
I do not have the battery issues you describe, but I would be happy with 32-35 at this point, because I am stuck right around 30.
If you have to sell it, good luck. I have had maybe 3 people interested in the months I have been selling mine, and one of them was a scammer.
Thanks DCR, I will keep that in mind. Looks like I will be holding on to it....
UPDATE: Took it to the Honda Dealer last night and dropped it off for them to examine and road test. I received a call today that my car has an "internal battery failure" and the replacement will be in tomorrow. I had not received an IMA light activation, but it's been really bad the past few days in the number of regeneration/loss of IMA cycles. Either way, getting a new battery and I hope that fixes this issue. I cant help but be a little excited. I managed to eek out 37-38 MPG with the defective battery and little to no IMA, so I am hoping that 42-45 mpg (and reliable acceleration) are right around the corner with the new battery.