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Honda Civic Hybrid Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

On certain models the windshield wipers will not park in the proper place or won't shut off. The wiper motor must be replaced to repair this issue.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Front compliance bushings may crack and break. Damaged bushing should be replaced before damaged is done to suspension components.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

On Certain models a faulty power window switch can cause the power windows to work or not work intermittently.

Brakes -- Verified

A vibration may be felt in the steering wheel upon brake application. Our technicians tell us that this condition is generally caused by warped front brake rotors. Replacement or re-machining of the faulty rotors will be necessary to correct this issue.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car, usually over the head of the driver or passengers head when turning a corner. Cleaning the drains will fix this problem.

Honda Civic Hybrid Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 7, 2010

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Honda is recalling 2003 Accord and Civic, and 2003–2004 Element models due to a defective interlock lever in the ignition switch. The lever may deform, which will defeat the interlock function on vehicles with an automatic transmission. This may cause a vehicle that has not been shifted into the "Park" position to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will remove the interlock pin and lever and replace them with new components, free of charge.

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Electrical & Lights, March 2, 2011

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The voltage converter that sends power from the integrated motor assist (IMA) system to the vehicle's electrical components may fail. This can cause the headlights to turn off, the vehicle to stall, or the engine not to start, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the voltage converter to correct this condition. This recall is expected to begin by March 18, 2011. The Honda recall number is R69.

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Engine, October 13, 2008

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Honda recalled a low volume of 2008-2009 Civic sedans for a possible missing nut on the fuel hose connector bracket. In the event of an accident, the bracket could become loose, causing damage to the fuel hose connector, which could cause a fuel leak. Dealers will install the missing nut on the affected units.

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Honda Civic Hybrid Questions and Answers

B K S, 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, Athens, AL

Do you have a photograph showing the location of pcv valve for this vehicle?

Visitor, 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, Reston, VA

When I push the excellerator, the car doesn't smoothly excellerate. It kind of bumps through. Is this common in a Civic Hybrid of about 55,000 miles? And what is the repair likely to cost?

Visitor, 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, Kensington, MD

How to reprogram the keyless remote

Visitor, 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, Castro Valley, CA

My 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid has 82,000 miles. Just recently my IMA light came on. The dealership told me that I need a new IMA battery, and the cost is $2865. Was also told that the warranty expi...

Visitor, 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, Fredericksburg, VA

Batteries just died at 191000 miles.

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Honda Civic Hybrid Reviews

My '04 hybrid was put on the road September 2004. Currently odometer reads 53,162. Mostly local driving with several 400 to 600 mile round trips annually.

It does not ride like a Honda Odyssey but it does get better fuel economy and the ride is acceptable. Typically, fuel economy is 35mpg during AC usage months and 41mpg in cooler months. Fuel formulation because of regional ozone non compliance also makes a hit on fuel economy. The vehicle has been largely trouble free. But it does have its quirks.

Most significant quirk is steering. First car I have ever driven that has electrical powered steering. The quirk varies in severity but till frustrating. It seems that unlike hydraulic power steering my hybrid on really bad days requires 100% correcting in order to more or less stay in between the white line marking on the highway. Hydraulic power steering seems to have a null point in the straight ahead driving position where minimal correction is required. Try as I may I find myself on some days continually adjusting to the left and then to the right to maintain sort of straight ahead driving. This over correcting condition is dangerous in heavy multilane traffic. The dealer can not detect my complaint when test driving the hybrid.

Obviously, I can drive it or it wouldn't have 53 thousand miles on it and the fact that I still have it. It just seems like this quirky drive ought to have a fix. My bet is that it is the sensitivity adjustment [if there is such a thing] on the electrical powered steering. So far I get no response when I make that comment to a mechanic other than maybe disbelief.

Has anyone else ever reported this condition?

168,000 miles averaging 49 mpg (mostly highway). Second set of tires about ready for replacement. Original plugs, brakes, etc.; only change the fluids regularly. Last summer replaced the a/c compressor which I run year round. Check engine and IMA lights come on when the temperature drops but go away when it warms up. Dealer can't figure it out! If/when the battery dies, I'll see how long I can run it on just the 4 cylinders. Should still get over 30 mpg.

My 2003 Civic Hybrid is great. I get around 42 - 43 MPG. I drive quite fast and don't even try to get high miles on it. Most of my driving is on the highway. The car is great and at 130,000 miles the maintenance has been excellent except for 1 thing. The transmission died just after the warrenty expired. Honda covered 3/4 of the cost. Other than that the car has 0 rust and is in great overall condition. Engine runs smooth and the AC still pumps. Much better than my 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee which was falling apart just under 90,000 miles.

Havent had any problems except for transmission shudder which they partially fixed by burnishing. I feel the problem coming back and now they will replace the starter clutch, at least they extende the warranty to 7yrs--100000miles
Just did front pads at 91000, i think thats pretty damn good

Have had the car for 11k miles and like my 2007 Civic IMA has never had one problem, ever! However, this year Hybrid seems a little slower off the line than the 2007. Also, gas mileage is not as good as it goes into battery preservation mode more often.

Some things to remember about Hybrids and the Civic. This car does not like heavy loads, like four big passengers. In the mountains, and very steep drives it is a real disadvantage. There is very little ground clearance so it is good roads only. The Civic is very good in snow (surprise) but can't handle big quantities because of tires and ground clearance.
Finally, this is not a great car for very hot climates because the AC runs off the battery and in bad traffic in hot weather you will be down in the high twenties for MPG, not bad, but you will not be real cool either.

So this really is a city car for moderate climates. Not sure about San Francisco though. In Washington, DC, I get close to 40 mpg most of spring and fall. Don't believe the "haters" but also don't get swayed by the FanBoys.

Update: looks like the battery is bad and Honda is replacing it. Went through three incidents where the battery charge would jump around and then the check engine light and sometimes IMA light would come on. Also engagement of the IMA motor was herky jerky.

Another symptom of a bad battery is sub standard fuel economy, so curious to see if this corrects the fuel economy. Will find out and report.

Update: after the battery replacement if mileage is good but not great, 33 in town at the moment with mild weather.

Honda service continues to be excellent. Typically get the car back with a free wash and interior vacuum, and that is for a service that costs $200. This car is beyond cheap to run and with gas at $4 a gallon don't use much of it.

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