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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,534 miles

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2008 Honda Civic Hybrid fuel system problems

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2008 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 282013

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 86,431 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The problem started before the date indicated, however we didn't call Honda until Aug. 29th, 2013. In the mornings for maybe a week we smelled gas fumes in the garage I check under the car and never saw anything leading to a leak. The cars sensors never indicated a problem, so I thought maybe some gas spilled when I removed the gas nozzle at the gas station. A few days later we smelled the gas again, so I went to Honda and purchased a new gas cap about $25 and changed out the old for the new. The next morning we smelled gas again, so I called Honda and they said get your car in here asap. We took the car in and left it, a few hours later we received a call telling us that the fill pile weld was leaking at the tank. The service man also said the gas tanks were on back order, but he would try to find one elsewhere. He had no idea why the weld failed and also why the tanks were on back order. The service man called a few hours later and found a tank it was being shipped express and hopefully will be here this week. The estimated cost is $971 for this repair and parts. I did some checking on the internet and found that in 2007 there was a shortage of gas tanks and the same problem was occurring. Example one person only had 45K miles when his tank had to be replaced. This problem I believe should be an indicator for a recall, this problem could have been deadly to us and others. There is no warning when it might happen, now I wonder how long I have with the new tank before the weld breaks on it. The expense is really costly, is their anyway I can recoup the $$ spent?

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 092010

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 41,232 miles
Upon receiving the 'mandatory' ima recall issued by Honda, I noticed my Honda Civic hybrid (2008) acted very differently when it came to accelerating from a stop, particularly on a hill. From a stop it takes several seconds before the car will move forward at a reasonable speed (which it did not do prior to the update). Prior to the update, the car would accelerate like a normal car with the ima kicking in to assist the car forward. Post update it's like the gas engine wants the ima to engage but the new firmware won't allow it to. The first time I experienced this, I was nearly hit coming out into traffic as my car hesitated. Honda has stated there is no way to reverse the update. This decrease in power continues to affect me today (at 60,000 miles and climbing). This update has affected my fuel economy as well (having dropped between 30-33 mpg on a "good" day). While the fuel economy may not be a personal safety issue, it is an environmental safety issue.

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 24,325 miles
I tracked my Honda Civic hybrid gas mileage. From 12/09 to 1/10 my average gas mileage was 40.2mpg. Took my car into Honda dealership for recall work in spring of 2010. They told me that there was a software update on the engine/battery. I asked if there would be any affect on the car's performance. The dealership response was that without the update I would risk voiding the warranty on my car battery/engine. So I had to get the update. From that date I continued to track my gas mileage. From that point onward my gas mileage has averaged 30.9mpg. I called the dealership to ask if they could set the software back to the way it was previously. They said no. They insisted that it was my driving habits that had changed.... when nothing in my life changed so this could not be the case.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 152010

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • miles
Purchased vehicle new in March of 2008. In October of 2010 an ima battery update was required by manufacturer. Since the update I have taken the vehicle back to the dealer on a monthly basis for almost a year with the following problems, they of course can not get the vehicle to do everything that it does to me and the dealer always tells me it is operating within manufacturers standards. I have given up taking it in every month and now just take it in for its routine maintenance, I give them a printout of my concerns and the tech attaches it to the workorder. A) low fuel mileage, averages 25 to 28 mpg. Before ima update, was averaging 35 to 45 mpg. B) slow acceleration from stops, this is very dangerous because we never know if the vehicle is going to move or not. We must leave ourselves alot of space when trying to merge with traffic because of this. C) idles rough, off & on, while stopped or parked, this is using up gas because the ima battery does not come on as much as it used to. D) assist is not coming on as much as it used to, if at all. E) ima battery reading goes from 1-2 bars upto 8 or so in minutes and then back down to 1-2 bars within a minute or less. Usually reads about 1-2 bars most of time. Ima is charging itself on flat ground, up hills, down hills and when braking. I would trade the vehicle in for another, but am afraid that some other sucker would end up with something that is not operating correctly. I did purchase the extended warranty on this vehicle.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 142011

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 25,684 miles
Gasoline leak where filler tube attaches to fuel tank. Noticed strong gasoline smell in garage, put car on ramp and could see fuel dripping from spot where the filler tube connects to the fuel tank. Dealer says that the entire tank must be replaced and they are back ordered nationwide. So this is happening to others and no recall"??" updated 11/10/11 pictures received. 03/05/12

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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