Monday, August 16, 2010

Civic Hybrid Owners Disappointed with Battery Software Fix

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

Last week, we reported that Honda finally acknowledged a problem with the batteries of the Honda Civic Hybrid by issuing a �Stechnical service bulletin.⬝ This comes after one year of complaints�more than 100 on the forum alone�about diminished fuel economy and power after a year or two driving, especially in hot weather conditions. Drivers have also complained about a reduction in the battery�"s ability to hold a charge.

Official Honda Service Bulletin

On July 23, 2010, Honda announced a product update "tohelp prevent IMA battery deterioration."

To address the problem, Honda earlier this month started to install a software update on Civic Hybrids (model years 2006 through 2008). Letters were mailed to more than 100,000 Civic Hybrid owners on July 30. According to the Los Angeles Times, only about 4 percent of the vehicles have received the software change so far.

As the first set of Honda Civic Hybrids receive the software update, the results reported in our forums are mixed.

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