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Honda Civic Hybrid Engine Questions
On a hot Sunday, I drove my car for about an hour and a half to a father's day lunch. Got to my destination - car was fine. Left my destination and stopped off at a super market to buy a cake - car was fine. Tried to start my car to leave the supermarket - car wouldn't start. Initially, the engine would not even turn. I paused for a minute and tried again. The engine started, and sounded fine. I shifted into drive – the engine died. Tried a few more times, same results. No warning lights were on the dashboard. Engine temperature was fine. Charge level was fine. Still waited for a while. Tried again. Engine started in park. Worked in neutral. But as soon as I shifted to drive, or reverse, the engine died. Tow truck guy was perplexed. The first garage we took it to, which specializes in Hondas, was also perplexed, but thought it might be the hybrid battery. We then brought it to the Honda dealership. They have spent several days on it, and claim that it is not the battery, but they can’t figure out what is wrong. To make matters worse, we JUST past our 3 year, 30,000 mile warranty. We don’t trust the Honda dealer though – since the hybrid batter is still under warranty, we suspect they are desperately looking for something else to blame the problem on. Is anyone familiar with a problem like this? This is definitely changing my attitude towards Honda hybrids, just as we are considering getting a new car in a year or so.