I have a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid with about 105,000 miles on it. At around 80,000 miles I had the IMA battery replaced. Since then the car has had less power, which was expected. However, lately it seems that there are bigger issues going on. When the gas pedal is depressed the vehicle’s acceleration is very slow responding to command…particularly while accelerating from a stop. I will practically floor the gas pedal in these situations but it still takes the car a bit longer to get moving. This is disconcerting to say the least, especially in situations when, for example, I am trying to make a left hand turn in front of on-coming traffic. I have to be very careful to leave myself plenty of time to cross through the intersection…very dangerous problem.
I don’t know much about cars, but I am guessing this could be an expensive problem to have. Is the problem with the transmission? Or maybe the software? Will this cost an arm and a leg…and maybe a kidney or two? Is it normal to have issues like this early on? (Well, it seems early to me. I have had two other Honda’s prior to this and neither ever had major issues and both had long lives.) Apparently there have been lots of problems with the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid and folks are fed up. Should I just sell the darn thing and get something more appropriate for my lifestyle? (I do live in Wyoming…rough winters, you know.)