Question Answered: battery is dead quickly
April 30, 2011, 06:42 PM
This happened to me too. Then the engine runs roughly for a while as it charges the battery in the front. It is weird but i can confirm this happens!
Question Answered: check engine light
September 01, 2009, 12:08 PM
This is three things: the valve cover probably (look for oil leaking onto spark plugs), the crankcase vent and or hoses, and the o2 sensors which probably need a clean.
Car Review: 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
October 31, 2010, 02:36 PM
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.
Car Review: 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid
May 01, 2009, 04:35 AM
Thrifty and practical commuter car. Almost 36K miles now with no problems. Excellent service by B___n's Honda! The only real problem is the absolute boredom of driving this car and the limitations faced by Hybrids in general. Braking is a little quirky, and as with all Honda's too much road noise.
A good car but many days long for something that owns the road like a Beemer or Audi.
5 years and 46000 miles without problems, this is the most reliable car ever but still a drag to drive. This car has probably saved me 10k in expenses but makes me long for a Porsche Boxster that is always in the shop.
Also note that the air conditioning is weak, cannot recommend this car for hot areas!
Car Review: 2002 BMW 325i
April 01, 2009, 07:40 AM
This car has some weak points that cloud the overall ownership experience. My problems so far:
Rear window regulators. It seems like there is a 100% failure rate on the the rear window regulators and at $350 a window this is not trivial.
Front window regulators: The fronts have not failed yet but are slow and as a result I avoid using them.
Cooling system: This year has a tendency towards cooling system failures. My fan clutch had to be replaced and the service advisor is recommending replacement of the water pump and reservoir to head off the inevitable failure at 60k miles.
Lights: The side marker lights fogged up and had to be replaced. The interior door switch failed and required replacement.
Brakes: brake life is not long and complete replacement at $1300 is a heavy price to pay.
Mystery stalling: If I make a U-turn and don't keep the gas on, the car stalls. Sometimes it just stops on a bridge or making a left turn out of my development. This is a scary problem that so far has no diagnosis.
My car also has the weird fan speed problem in which the fan pulses at high then low speed. This is annoying but apparently there is a fix for this.
The ride has lost the compliency that is so good when new. My other BMW has 127k miles and rides better than this one!
Summary: an expensive car to own. Look at alternatives that can provide similar quality with lower costs from Lexus or Acura. This car can make you truly miserable with repair costs. If you do own one, make sure you trade or sell the car when there is some service agreement and warranty left.