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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,966 miles

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2007 Honda Civic Hybrid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2007 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Feb 142012

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 44,067 miles


When pulling out onto a busy 55 mph highway from a side street, my car unexpectedly was unable to provide any electrical propulsion from the hybrid motor. The hybrid battery state of charge indicator was at 6 out of 8 bars of battery level while waiting at the stop sign, but when the demand for electrical assist was given, the battery level immediately dropped to 2 out of 8 bars and provided little or no hybrid motor assist. My vehicle struggled to accelerate up to speed of oncoming traffic, even with the accelerator pedal depressed all the way to the floor (wide open throttle). Luckily, the oncoming traffic was able to react quickly enough to avoid a collision, but I do not feel safe putting myself and other motorists at risk like this. This vehicle was never designed to operate solely on the gasoline engine, as it is under-powered by design and dependent on assistance from the electric motor. The car has since had several occasions where the battery level has unpredictably dropped and lacked hybrid electric assist. My main safety concern arises not only from this lack of propulsion from the designed manufacturer's specifications, but in the unpredictability of to what magnitude the acceleration is affected. Usually the vehicle operates correctly and is able to provide at least some electric assist, as predicted and intended. However, it is the rare and unpredictable occasion that it does not that could lead to a serious accident.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 082010

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 45,845 miles
The car became unsafe to drive following Honda's software update 10-034. All owners were asked to have the update performed to prevent hybrid pack deterioration. The letter listed multiple situations in which hybrid assist and braking will be reduced. As a result of the update the car has markedly reduced assist, and at unpredictable times no assist whatsoever. At least once a day, at a random time, battery soc drops to 2 bars, all assist is disabled and then the so-called recalibration is performed where the car fully charges the battery to 5 bars, then jumps to full 8. on average that last about 8-10 minutes as documented in multiple youtube videos on the subject. During all that time no assist is available, and additional gas engine power is being used to charge the pack. The gas mileage suffers as well as I am driving at 3-4K RPM instead of the usual 1-2K.. I've experienced multiple situations where such a drop happens when trying to merge on an uphill highway with vehicles behind me almost rear-ending me while I am flooring the gas pedal. I've had that happen before left turn when after a quick glance on the gauge and seeing it full, I'd start turning only to see the pack drop and the car slow down significantly. A related problem is reduced/unpredictable braking. When the battery is cold and the car idles higher than usually, all regenerative braking is disabled and it takes a significant effort from the driver to stop the car. Multiple complaints to the dealer were met with "operating as designed" and "the update does reduce the power". lately, I've been simply referred to become a party of class action suit against Honda, as the dealership is unable to help with anything listed in that suit. As a summary, the car has unpredictable losses of braking and acceleration and a markedly reduced mileage which undoubtedly violates epa rules.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 282012

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Bought 2007 civic Honda hybrid on feb2,2007. I was told 50 miles/gallon, but it averages only 34 miles/gallon. A sign showed up 'imr' on the panel, took the vehicle to dealer. He told imr battery needs to be replaced and will cost me $2800. Car is only 5 years old. I feel it`S a rip off by Honda. They should compensate.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

May 082008

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Battery loses charge suddenly and power is significantly lost to the point where acceleration is not possible. This has created several unsafe driving condition in highway and expressway entrances, as I can not get in safely or maintain safe speed during driving. This incident has repeated many times in the past three years. Battery indicator drops to zero bar or one bar and power is lost significantly.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012010

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated while driving up a hill, the vehicle began to hesitate and the rpms increased. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000. The consumer stated the issue involves lack of power and acceleration. Which was caused by a software update issued by Honda. Honda is having an issue with the batteries dying prematurely. The update that was installed turned off the assisting electric motor to save the battery. Thus, resulting in lower miles per gallon and the lack of power and acceleration. Updated 10/03/11

- Brockton , PA, USA

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