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Old 23 Jun 2011, 09:31 pm
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Default How likely is the IMA on a Civic Hybrid to fail?

I'm looking at a used 2006 Civic Hybrid and I really liked the car but when I got home and researched, I found all kinds of complaints about the IMA failing earlier than it's "life" expectancy. I tried to find out how often this happens but could only find a figure of 4% of all Civics in CA.. Anyone know if this is about the national average? Anyone have a Civic Hybrid with higher miles (over 80k) that still just runs fine?
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Old 23 Jun 2011, 09:46 pm
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There is no set time on when the batteries fail. However, Honda has come up with a software update for the civic hybrid that starts the internal combustion engine sooner to help keep the battery voltage from going low. The downside to this update is that on average, there is a drop of 5 MPG. I personally have not replaced the IMA pack but I have seen a few done.
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