cjcerny wrote:I would call around to the salvage yards and see if anyone has one.
notfred wrote:Rockauto has that battery pack at $1,610.79 (plus a refundable core charge). I presume you were looking at the official Honda price for replacement so this might make it more cost effective.
TheEmrys wrote:This is a toughie. I would consider going with the dealership if and only if they have some sort of a warranty on the battery pack. Its worth looking into.
Waco wrote:Definitely buy the pack and do the work yourself (or have a reputable shop do it). I highly doubt the cost of replacement at the dealer is worth the massive premium.
lilbuddhaman wrote:Interested in seeing the results of this as there are going to be many many failing battery packs on hybrids in the coming years.
Captain Ned wrote:Does that pack have liquid cooling connections that must be drained, broken, remade, and bled? Might increase the difficulty factor a bit if so.
cjcerny wrote:lilbuddhaman wrote:Interested in seeing the results of this as there are going to be many many failing battery packs on hybrids in the coming years.
Reliability data that Consumer Reports has says that batteries have not been an issue at all for Toyota but have been an issue for Honda.
Consumer Reports wrote: A Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) published in late 2012 extends the warranty on the IMA drive battery.
Cars that were previously covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles are now covered for 11 years or 137,000 miles, while cars originally sold with an eight-year, 80,000-mile warranty are now covered for nine years or 96,000 miles.
Customers who’ve already replaced the drive batteries are also extended a warranty, though only for three years or 36,000 miles.
Honda claims that a software update (for 2006-08 Civic Hybrid models) helped to extend IMA battery life, and the automaker promises it will “continue to provide the most updated technology to our customers as it becomes available.”
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