hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,348 miles

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2005 Honda Civic Hybrid electrical problems

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2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 262016

Civic Hybrid

  • 69,000 miles


As I am driving on a four lane road, with high traffic, my engine and battery lights come on. The car seems sluggish. I notice that the ima has stopped working. The car stopped accelerating at its normal pace. This made it dangerous for me to maneuver in traffic. I just pulled into the closest auto place I could find. They said it needed a new hybrid battery. Since I am afraid to drive it with its unpredictable state I got on line and see there was a recall on the voltage converter. Now I need to get it to a Honda dealership, pay for them to diagnose it, and see if Honda will cover the cost of a new battery. I will probably get it towed there since I am scared to drive it now.

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #7

Mar 212015

Civic Hybrid

  • 74,000 miles
The vehicle shutters during initial takeoff from a stop. It feels like the car wants to start from second or third gear. I have checked all the fluids and they appear to be at normal and acceptable operating levels. The lack of acceleration and the hesitation from the car make it difficult to merge into traffic. This is truly a safety concern when turning from 2-way stop signs or turning right at a stop light. Oncoming traffic could be coming at excessive speeds and with the slow acceleration and shutter, I fear this vehicle's cvt will fail.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #6

Feb 192015

Civic Hybrid

  • 151,787 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that the SRS warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 151,787.

- Paloalto, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012

Civic Hybrid

  • miles


I have had my hch 2005 at the dealership several times since I bought it in 2011. It has had the recall updates as they were received. My mil (check engine light) is on constant. I have replaced all 3 oxygen sensors and the catalytic converter even after having the recall done for the secondary and third oxygen sensors. The light will not go off. When taken to the dealer they said it was the oxygen sensors and wanted $1,100 to replace them. But they are new so I know that's not the problem. Now I have learned there was some kind of recall that they failed to inform me of that was supposed to update the ECM and keep the problem I have been trying to fix from happening. Also had the juddering issue and 5 months after the dealer fixed the problem it started again. They said that it had to be something else and the recall would not cover a second repair. So now I have a car that has a judder at takeoff and cannot be inspected because the check engine light is on. I cannot take it to have the newest recall fixed with the airbags. I have put over $500 in it to get the light off so it could pass the emissions test but still not off. And I think that Honda should have recalled all of these cars and junked them. I am a very upset consumer and feel that something should be done about all these issues. I will be submitting my repair costs labor and parts for reimbursement because I feel like Honda should have done a better job.

- North Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Feb 282013

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
On 26 February 2013, Honda of poway, ca performed California department of motor vehicles (dmv) mandated service #R83 required to register my car for the 2013 year. The mandated service was a software upgrade for my vehicle's ima battery. The vehicle was driven directly home from the dealership approximately 20 miles. On 28 February 2013, I had driven approximately 20 miles when the ima and check engine lights came on. I contacted Honda of poway that same morning and was informed by collin at the service desk that my ima battery had either failed or was in the process of failing and that the ima failure was an unfortunate coincidence completely unrelated to the software upgrade that the dealership had performed two days prior. My vehicle is an ultra-low emissions vehicle (ulev), it is apparently not covered under the California extended warranty of 10 years/150,000 miles. I have researched this issue on the internet and have found a significant number of complaints nearly identical to mine, including one complaint previously filed with the NHTSA. I strongly disagree with this not being a warranty issue and am formally submitting a complaint against Honda for a well-known and documented manufacturer defect that they refuse to acknowledge and resolve.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052012

Civic Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
Ignition lock failure. Car can be turned of and key can be removed from ignition when the car is in drive. Fortunately I use my parking break.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 012011

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • miles
My car is not accelerating properly. Despite the fact that I brought it in to the dealer in about November of 2011, they did not do anything. They claimed it was the way I drove. I've always driven the same way and owned the car for 7 years now. Then, a few months ago, I discovered the reason I lost power was they reprogrammed the car so I lost power! I am sure you are aware of the various lawsuits against Honda for reprogramming the hybrids so that everyone lost about 5 mpg and the battery was less powerful, all so they could make the batteries go past warranty and they would not have to pay to replace them. My car battery has also started to charge when I accelerate, which it is not suppose to do. This is making it difficult to get on the highway. Around here, there are entrances that are stop signs and you wait for a large enough space to get in. My space is getting longer and longer because I am afraid I will get in an accident if I don't have that extra room I need to accelerate up to highway speed (min. 50 mph on this highway).

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #1

Nov 032011

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I received a recall update from Honda on my 2005 Civic hybrid. They performed the update then my hybrid batter died and my car would not function correctly. While driving, my headlights would dim greatly and my instrument panel would should down. My car would also surge forward when the tachometer would race up and down by 500 RPM. I took it to the dealer after they update and they admitted they'd been having this problem with many cars post update. They agreed to fix it. A few days later, the car began to act in the same manner. I took it back to the dealer and they told me that this was not caused by anything they had done this time and that I would need to pay $3000 for the repair. My service advisor told me he totally disagreed and thought the update had caused the issue. He apologized for all of the issues and told me he felt like Honda was not doing what they should be doing.

- Midlothian, TX, USA

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