fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
14,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace battery (1 reports)
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2013 Honda Fit EV electrical problems

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2013 Honda Fit EV Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 192015

Fit EV

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


I have had my car for scant 2 years, and the battery dies constantly, but when a garage checks it out, it always reports as a good battery. Leave the lights on for an hour? Battery dies. Fall asleep with the air on for 20 minutes? Battery dies. Four-ways on in an emergency situation? Battery dies. It's gotten so bad that when I idle for 5 minutes the battery "discharges" and the ignition won't turn over. I have to let the car sit completely off to turn the ignition over after a 5 - 10 minute wait.

This happened several times until, on my way to work, I pulled over to take a road side nap for 5 minutes. The car was in idle with the headlights on and the phone charger plugged in. The car died and I lost a full day of work! But it only dies for the ignition, the accessories will all work completely. The dealer told me that nothing could be done because "The battery for this car is so small idling discharges it. So you can't idle anymore." They would not replace the battery. I accepted and went on my way.

Then, later that week, I went to see a movie. I had everything in the car shut off, but I left my phone charger plugged in to the power outlet, without a phone to charge. The car died again and I needed my friends to give me a jump! Same scenario, all the accessories worked, just the engine wouldn't start. I took it to the dealer again and they refused to replace the battery and said "well not you can't leave the phone charger plugged in anymore when the car is off--that can really drain a batter." That makes NO sense. That is the equivalent of you leaving your (off) coffee maker plugged in and powering down your house! No one has given me any other explanation.

Finally I took it to a local garage, and they couldn't explain it either, but to say that the size of the battery causes this sort of issue a lot. Honda would not acknowledge this and kept putting the problem on me, until I had to (despite having a warranty) go to an independent garage for them to replace my battery. This seems like a real design defect when one can't idle a car without having to get a jump.

- mistcaller, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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