really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,105 miles

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2006 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #35

Oct 072010

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Honda hybrid recall (summer 2010) to update software to address battery problems has resulted in major degradation in what little power existed in getting up hills. Car 'freezes' and struggles to get up hills. Extremely dangerous driving in street of san francisco. Recently struggled to go up a highway onramp at 25-30mph - no load in car other than me. Not until 15+seconds on the flats could I slowly manage to get to highway speeds. In the few months since the notice, there are many accounts on the web of other owners experiencing same power problems. I know I bought a car with hardly any power but this is dangerous. Honda technician drove it with me and saw the problem. Attempted to diagnose and I got a call back that this is 'normal' as a result of the software recall update.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 152010


  • miles
In response to a recall notice, I took my 2006 Honda Civic hybrid in to "update the software to extend the life of the battery." Unfortunately, my car no longer drives like a hybrid: The motor does not stop, even if I am stopped for several minutes, whereas, before, it stopped every time the car did. The battery does not assist nearly as often, and the gas mileage has decreased significantly. I called the dealer, freeway Honda in tustin, and requested that they reinstall the old software, but they refused. I purchased the car largely because of the excellent mileage: I would never have chosen to basically turn it into a regular, non-hybrid, Civic, which is what the software did. The Honda case # is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #33

Sep 302010


  • 35,500 miles
2006 Honda Civic had 35,000 checkup on Aug 23,2010 - on Sept 30 the car refused to start after grocery shopping - Oct 1 local dealer told me that the battery need replacing at a cost of $1040, including towing. I was told that no the battery problem should not have been found on 8/23 and that it could happen overnight - that there is no way to determine when your car will die! the battery is not connected to the electrical system so nothing shows up on the dashboard display until the system has failed! the outrageous price for replacing a battery costing $79 - $135 is related to the cost of replacing the necessary harness which is burned through by the battery acid. I think this "design flaw" - so identified, as above information was, by the local service consultant - needs to be corrected and owners warned. If there is no way to identify the potential then how am I to trust the car even when the harness and battery are replaced?

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #32

Sep 302010


  • 49,400 miles


2006 Honda Civic hybrid with 49,400 miles. Battery power assist fails suddenly during acceleration to merge onto a freeway. Sudden and unexpected loss of engine power in such a circumstance can result in a rear-end collision.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #31

Aug 202010


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle's audio/radio not working. 65, 000 miles, one owner. Radio switches to and from different outputs. Only way to stop this from occurring is to shut radio off. Once problem starts, it will happen more and more frequently until screen dims out and radio shuts down.

- Point Pleasant, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jul 012010


  • 40,000 miles
2006 Honda Civic hybrid -- this vehicle relies on battery assistance for an additional 20+ horsepower but is now severely compromised by battery degradation that Honda is trying to cover up with a "software update" that only decreases vehicle's dependence on the battery thus ensures less horsepower than advertised. The car has become very dangerous due to the inability to rely on it responding appropriately when the accelerator is pressed, sudden losses of power, dying battery, and more.

- Shawnee Mission, KS, USA

problem #29

Aug 012009


  • 33,000 miles


Great car for the first 2 years of ownership. Started losing hybrid battery power and hybrid assist around 8.09 power and mileage suffer multiple trip to dealer and several software patches installed. Vehicle continues to lose battery at worst possible time and suddenly start at stoplights this is my wife's primary vehicle to drive to work and school by herself in the rideshare line. She no longer drives this vehicle because I fear for her safety on busy California freeways. Hybrid battery finally replaced by Honda after consulting an attorney and mentioning all the folks on the NHTSA site having the same concern. Sudden starts at stops no longer there but still has a total lack of power on acceleration due to new software package designed to save the battery received new recall letter for hybrid system that states it will further reduce hybrid usage, there is no way I am going to have that patch installed this car is useless to my family now and recently tried to trade it in, dealership do not want it due to the rising concern with customer complaints, lousy mileage, etc I would love to talk to somebody about this vehicle and even provide it to you to drive and test. This problem is amplified in warm weather and when the A/C is on. This car did not do this in the first to years of service. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #28

Aug 192010


  • 90,747 miles
1. Honda Civic hybrid battery loses power, does not perform idle stops that recharge integrated motor assist battery, inability to accelerate on freeway onramps or when driving circumstances necessitate acceleration, decreased gas mileage. 2. at 34,347 miles began noticing ima battery doesn't last long and makes acceleration difficult. At 62, 430 miles I am concerned for myself and my family's safety. Car extremely difficult to accelerate even on streets. At 69,388 problems continue with a noticeable dip in gas mileage. At 90,747 miles ima battery sensor indicates a problem. Battery not working properly. 3. per Honda at each service only software was updated. No parts replaced. Therefore, battery is still only charges up to halfway. The battery isn't consistently dead to start with but it does die down again with driving.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #27

Aug 182010


  • 41,250 miles
I received a notice from Honda that my 2006 Honda Civic hybrid needed a software update to stop premature battery failure. Had update performed. The vehicle is no longer a hybrid car. This car is dangerous to drive in nyc traffic as it now has no battery assist when the battery is at a 50% charge.

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #26

Aug 132010


  • 40,000 miles
Honda Civic 2006 sedan 4 door. Approx. 40,000 miles on the car (failure occurred as soon as odometer went pass 40,000 miles). Can't shift out of park without pressing the shift lock release button. Brake lights do not work. Contacted Honda and rep there said the issue could be with the brake light switch. Rep said Honda has issued a safety recall of 07V402000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch) so take car to dealer for inspection. Took car to dealer for servicing. Mechanic rep says the vehicle is not included in the safety recall, but in the 07V402000 specifically includes 2006 Civic sedans. Main issue I have is that Honda failed to notify me about this safety recall. I am the original owner and my car is registered with Honda. Last time Honda sent me a postcard about the safety recall 07V399000 so I got it fixed immediately, which probably saved my life since my wheel was on the verge of falling off!

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #25

Jul 152010


  • 107,000 miles


Several times in the past the acceleration in my 2006 Honda Civic hybrid has failed to provide the extra burst of speed when needed, making me uncomfortable in traffic. When this situation happens as I am leaving my subdivision I feel helpless in a situation of which I have little control. When I need to make turn from my subdivision from a stop, I need to rapidly accelerate to 45 mph uphill. Much of the time there is traffic approaching from the left which I am unable see to until they are on the crest of that hill, approx. 150' away. As you can see, I depend on the hybrid system working properly for that extra burst of speed. When this happens I notice the ima battery charge indicator showing the battery is in a depleted state. I do not know why this occurs so rapidly when 99% of the time it is just fine. I was relieved that Honda motor co. Was proactive in notifying me of a software patch to enhance the performance of the ima system of which I had immediately installed. What my wife and I have noticed since the software patch was installed is the engine revs up higher during acceleration then there is a momentary hesitation before the ima system assisted the engine to get up to speed. Also since the patch was installed, the ima battery level indicator is at or near full charge. I have noticed an apparent decrease in fuel efficiency, but I am still compiling data to make an exact determination of the extent of that problem.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #24

Aug 162010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
2006 Honda Civic hybrid, quit while driving. Lost all power, had no lights, brake, turn, 4 ways etc. Luckily the car quit on a side street had it been on an busy road or interstate the car would have been disabled without the ability to warn cars coming up from behind. Car towed to dealer where it was found the DC to DC converter had shorted internally.

- Marengo, IL, USA

problem #23

Aug 142010


  • 60,400 miles
Honda Civic hybrid--2006. Ima assist abnormalities following most recent Honda repair campaign. My 2006 Civic hybrid was given a software update by Honda on 8/5/2010 following a campaign initiated by Honda to address loss of power and performance due to ima hybrid battery deterioration and failure. Prior to the update the vehicle would often lose battery charge suddenly, resulting in a significant loss of power and at one point stranding me in an intersection while turning left in front of oncoming traffic in July, 2010. The most recent update (I have had several from Honda in over the 4.25 yrs of ownership) has not fixed the issue of sudden loss of power from transient battery failures that occur without warning, often when accelerating up steep inclines or attempting to merge into traffic. In addition to the ongoing issues, the hybrid battery now fails to provide adequate assistance when accelerating, merging into high-speed traffic, etc. And experiences wide fluctuations in charge, jumping from 1/3 charge to completely full with sudden drops of a similar fashion. These fluctuations continue to occur regardless of driving conditions, ambient temperature, accessory or A/C use or other extenuating factors and occur multiple times per week, and multiple times per day on occasion (6 battery failures in the last week alone since the update). I have experienced at least 1 near-miss accident in the last 30 days due to sudden loss of power and Honda's multiple attempts to address the failures from a software perspective have been unsuccessful.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #22

Aug 152010


  • 55,000 miles
1. loss of battery power, occurs daily. 2. the battery does not charge during deceleration nor does the engine auto-stop when the car is idle or at a red light as often as it used to do. 3. more than 30% decrease in mileage per gallon/fuel efficiency over past 4 months.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 112010


  • 60,833 miles
I received a notice from Honda that my 2006 Honda Civic hybrid needed a software update to stop premature battery failure. Had update performed. The vehicle is no longer a hybrid car. It basically runs off the engine. The only time the integrate motor assist unit works is when the car is first moving from a stop, and even then it is relatively useless. The vehicle previously was excellent. Motor assist worked great. Honda issued recall update to reduce the number of claims for early battery failure. They have shut off the hybrid system in order to stop battery failure which would have cost them over $2000 per car to replace. They have not extended the warranties of existing owners like myself who have 60,000 miles. The battery will now last to the end of the warranty period because it no longer needs to work. According to the dashboard, the car is constantly charging the battery, even when I push the pedal to get onto a highway. This is not the hybrid car I purchased and used for the past 4 years. It is basically a gas engine with 40 hp. The car hit over 6500 RPM to get up a hill with one passenger, and the motor assist didn't turn on..but the power bars stayed at the middle range and Honda says it should. How does a vehicle reduce ima assist when hitting the gas" what is all this reserve battery for" probably to keep the flashing lights working when someone hits me in the back thinking I am actually moving. This update is not safe.

- Fishkill, NY, USA

problem #20

Aug 112010


  • 74,000 miles
My Honda hybrid 2006 looses all its indicators when the weather is either hot or cold; I loose air conditioning, and speed indicator; ima system and check engine alarms goes off. Checked several times by Honda dealer; could not figure out the problem. This has been going on for about one year. After recent recall and software update installed yesterday, the car could barely start at a light (RPM up to 6000, drive engaged, barely any move forward), and not even an alarm light on anymore; this represents a major safety issue.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #19

Jul 292010


  • miles
I own a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid. Approximately two weeks ago I had a software update on the ima system and since that time the acceleration of my car has dramatically (and perhaps dangerously) decreased. Honda claims it was done in order to preserve the life of the battery however at no time did they say it would adversely affect the performance of the car. The gas mileage has also suffered badly. Prior to the software update the car was running fine and I was getting excellent mileage.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #18

Jul 302010


  • 49,000 miles
I have a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid that I purchased new in California in July, 2006. I'm having a serious and dangerous problem with the hybrid system (ima as Honda calls it), but Honda keeps telling me its normal because there has not been a fault code. The problem is that last year I started to notice the hybrid battery was having increasing trouble holding a charge and accurately reporting it's charge condition. The most common symptom is that I'll start driving with the charge being reported at 70% full or so, and without warning, the charge drops to 0 and the car begins to aggressively recharge the battery. This aggressive recharging takes about 5-10 minutes after which is reports it is full. But here's where the danger lies, in the first couple of minutes, there is no assist available from the hybrid battery. When starting from a stopped position, the car is extremely sluggish and slow. I have had several cases where I have been pulling across an intersection with cross traffic that doesn't stop and the car, without warning, had slipped into this recharge state and nearly resulted in an accident - the oncoming cars had to brake as I moved slowly across the intersection. My Honda dealer and Honda of America will not look into the problem unless there is a fault code. I know that others have had almost the exact same problem with their Civics. Some of them have been lucky enough to have Honda replace them hybrid battery and their problems have gone away. I am incredible upset that I have to put myself and my family at risk each time I drive this car - it is a daily problem. Please investigate. I hope you observe what I've heard from fellow owners which is that there is a wide-spread problem that Honda is trying to ignore because the solution is very expensive.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 242010


  • 35,000 miles
My Honda Civic hybrid ima battery (not the regular electrical system but the integrated motor) will not retain charge. When driving begins, the motor assist battery quickly (within 5 miles) will drop to zero charge leaving the car with absolutely no acceleration power. At times it is unknown if the battery is depleted until it is necessary to put my foot to the floor to avoid a problem on the road. At that point, the battery refuses to respond. Several times I have needed to accelerate to avoid an accident and the car will not respond. Honda has looked at my car and has decided that "without the ima light coming on, there is no way to diagnose the problem, " this problem occurs almost every day I drive the car (documented every day for 2 months.) I have nearly been hit 3 times, once with my children in the car. Honda refuses to do anything except "software updates" and refuses to "throw parts" (direct Honda quote) at the problem.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #16

Mar 212010


  • 98,263 miles
Was at a stop sign on Sunday 5pm on driver's side window I went to close the window the window shot straight up off the track I was able to catch it before it hit ground the driver's side window is now unusable.

- Milford, PA, USA

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