IMA Battery Replacement on 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid

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 expired at 80,000. Has anyone else had this problem? Is this accurate information?

by in Castro Valley, CA on March 26, 2010
6 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by on March 26, 2010
This may be best suited to one of the hybrid forums, try this one for starters:
ANSWER by on March 29, 2010
you have a 10 year, 150,000 mile warranty extension, it's free!
COMMENT by on August 05, 2010
this is true in certain states, such as New York, but not in Florida (as I just found out today).
COMMENT by on September 09, 2010
I also live in Florida...why are we not covered? Can you give me a website so I can read up on that? Thanks!
COMMENT by on November 26, 2010
The 10-year, 150,000 mile warranty extension is not true for vehicles built before 2006. Unfortunately, our 2003 Civic Hybrid needs its battery replaced and it ain't gonna be free.
ANSWER by on March 29, 2010
I was told that my warranty on the 2003 battery expired at 80,000 miles. I am double checking. Thanks.
COMMENT by on July 19, 2010
My IMA light came on at 37,000 miles while under warranty and was replaced free. Was told that it would have cost me $5,000 to replace if it had not been under warranty!! Spent over $300.00 before that at the dealership to be told it was something else wrong and was not under warranty. A true rip-off. When I bought my 2003 Honda, was told the warranty was 7 yrs / 70,000 miles. Guess it depends which Honda dealership you purchase your car from!?!
ANSWER by on August 20, 2010
Hello: call Honda of north america, this hybrid batteries carry a 10 years 150000 miles warranty, dealers are desperate to sell, i have an Insight 2000, and still has warranty until june 2010, also check to see if there is ( and there is!!!) recalls for your model... Good luck...
ANSWER by on September 11, 2010
I have an 2003 Civiv Hybird and hadn't had ay problems untill it reached 214,000 miles. I have a check engine light and a IMA light and was told by Honda dealership to replace both.I havent't as of yet found a frount Converter replacement yet. I haven't looked for the batteries but I am told ther is an after market for them.
ANSWER by on December 29, 2010
My 2004 Honda IMA light came on in Oct 2010 and again this december. Was told I need to replace the IMA battery and the cost would be $2500. However I only have 54,000 miles on the car and the warranty (in Maryland)is for 80,000 miles. It appears that age as well as milage may be a problem for battery. I keep mine garaged and drive it mostly local, low milage.
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