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Old 29 Dec 2012, 10:01 pm
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Default IMA Battery Replacement from Honda Service?

Took my 2004 honda civic hybrid to honda service and they said problem in IMA battery. CODE 1433 .They said it needs replacement... they say though the original Price is almost $6500, but out of good will they will replace it with a brand new and 2 yr warranty for me for $1250 including labor...

what can be the catch here? what do u think made them come down so low from $6500.

also i read in this forum where people have said that replacing costs almost $3000 to $4500..So why are they doing it for so low... they also charged me nothing for checking??

all these have made be doubtful.. what do u say??

is there a problem/issue due in Honda's part which they are not telling me and covering it up by this deal ???

about a month back i had got a product update from honda for the "catalytic convertor threshold level issue" it becasue of this ?/ may be ..

ur opinions plz??
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Old 29 Dec 2012, 10:16 pm
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I say if you want your hybrid to continue to run as a hybrid, pay the $1250. I am sure the Honda battery has a warranty to the original owner for a specific amount of time. I seem to remember 10 years. Yours is going on 9. At the onset of hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius, the battery originally costs around $10,000.

On the catalytic converter issue, it has nothing to do with the battery. I would follow up at the dealer regarding this update.

Wikipedia states: The magazine (Consumer Reports) concluded that the effectiveness of the battery has not degraded over the long run. (10 Years) The cost of replacing the battery varies between US$2,200 and US$2,600 from a Toyota dealer, but low-use units from salvage yards are available for around US$500.

Read the whole Wikipedia article by following the link below. If I had one, I would.

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Old 29 Dec 2012, 10:32 pm
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There is a long and winding road for Honda's IMA batteries and it has found its way to the courts a few times. The source tells the story.

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Old 29 Dec 2012, 10:46 pm
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All depends on the miles on the car and the age of it..These batteries do have a longer warranty than the actual bumper to bumper warranty...Honda will usually step up and do a percentage split with you if you battery has just passed the warranty(such as a 60/40) split with the customer...Trust me the dealership you are dealing with isnt doing you any favors besides playing the mediator...The usual customer pay prices are generally between the $3000 to $4500 pending where you are in the US but it sounds like to me the dealership you are at is trying to play a superhero role at saving you money!!! Certainly would say thats not the case! If you are out of the extended warranty range(and i would ask them and possibly call Honda to get the specific miles and years for your car) then the $1250 is certainly a good price to pay to get it replaced!! Thank your dealer for the work performed and HONDA for splitting the bill!! GOOD LUCK!!
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