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2012 Honda Civic and Accord Battery Drain



  • mrgraves1mrgraves1 Posts: 2
    edited April 2013
    Hello, i was thinking about leasing a 2013 honda civic, how much did you put down? How much was the final price? how much is your monthly payment? Also how many months is the lease for? Sorry for all the questions just inquiring, thank you!
  • Hello im interested in leasing a 2013 honda civic, anyone can give me advice or information. as far as how much is your monthly payment? how much did you put down, how many months is the lease for? all information will be appreciated thank you!
  • In Dec 2012 I leased one. Final monthly payment after all taxes etc was $225 for 36 months. Down payment was $2500. Kicker is the $.30 per mile after 12000 miles per year.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
    This discussion is about a battery drain issue on Civics & Accords. You'll have better luck getting feedback on your leasing question here:
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  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,720
    Well, the way the discussion is titled, it could be about the 2012 Civic OR the battery drain issue. So technically the OP is correct.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077
    Sure, but he's looking to lease a 2013, and it's not that he's not welcome to post here; just that the lease questions discussion is pretty active and he'll get more feedback there.


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  • frabrofrabro Posts: 1
    We have all experienced multiple dead batteries . Our dealers know the problem exists . They are sympathetic, without squabble they replace the battery and get reimbursed by Honda. Honda is getting hit with battery costs from all over the world but is cheaper to ride this out until the warranty expires and then drill us on any more batteries. Recalls are expensive and hurt brand name so government pressure is the only answer. But who we contact with the clout to help us? Please do not say no one will listen.
  • lakerskobelakerskobe Posts: 31
    My 2013 Civic LX often sits for 3-5 days without being driven but starts right up every single time. Bought it a little over a month ago and love it!

    Maybe the culprit could be the security alarm, since it is standard on all 2012-13 Civics except the DX I believe.

    The only problem I have is mice making the engine compartment their home... made the battery their bathroom...... my dam cats need to catch it before it starts chewing on the wires!!!!!!!
  • smithb08smithb08 Posts: 1
    The girlfriend and I were having the same problem. Lost two batteries before we had it die a third time and the ignition was locked as well. At first the dealership claimed that the car was dead because someone broke into the car and damaged it and refused to honor the warranty. Then they took it apart, specifically the steering column. The mechanics discovered that the ignition was responsible for the slow power drain that none of their systems could detect through the computer. I didn't understand exactly why this blind spot existed but the short and the long of it was the ignition was sitting in a constant low intermittent draw state. Hence why it would die after more than 48 hours of sitting still. Since then, about 2 months ago, we haven't had a re-occurrence. We just left for a week and the car sat the entire time, started up without a problem. I have no idea if this is an isolated case or not, but it's something.
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,868
    Glad they finally found the problem but it sucks that they always blame the consumer first off instead of just doing their job. Luckily they had someone smart enough to go through the system and not just rely on their "computer" as computers are only as good as the person using it! Overall, I've been pretty pleased with Honda and how they've handled the few issues I've had with my
    '06 Civic. Still think they should've reimbursed me the full cost of the tires and a/c repair but I took what they offered as something is always better than nothing!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • Glad there is some info about this online. I have a new (since last Aug 2013 Civic that i am taking to Honda in the am bec the battery has died for the third time. Nothing was left turned on so I'm interested in hearing what the diagnosis is. I'll update this site with their reply.
  • We have a 2008 Civic that has 32,000 miles on it. We do not drive much. Last November, 2012, the battery was dead without warning. The Dealership told us that it was 4 years old, and dead. No problem, we paid to have another OEM Honda battery installed. Last week, we did not drive the car for 6 days straight. On the 6th day, the battery was dead. This battery is not 1 year old yet. On Civic forums, many, many people are complaining about their batteries going dead. I suspect that the very small size of the battery in these cars has a lot to do with it, but I also suspect that there is more than average parasitic draw. We have a CompuStar auto-starter installed, and I am certain that this adds to the draw, but a car should be able to sit for much longer than 6 days, without issue.
    Tomorrow, I will call the dealership as we are due for an oil change anyway. My guess is that they will pro-rate the battery and sell us another one, at some discount. This will not solve the problem, but I am not optimistic that they will hear out, and act on what I have read in this thread and others.
    Unfortunately, the easiest way out for us is to sell the car, and buy a Toyota. I will contact Honda, though, and explain my concerns to them, if they will listen.
    Good Luck to everybody with a Civic!
  • smyleesmylee Posts: 1

    Hi from AB. I noticed since buying the civic, May 2012, my battery never seemed charged the car always starts but seems not right. Last week received a recall notice seems the computer system is not charging the systems properly and i have till dec 2014 to take care of it. So tonight i took my very reliable charger and hooked it up to the battery and sure enough it's only charged at the battery is probably screwed from never being fully charged. You know whats funny...Had a 2005 dodge dually diesel one ton Brand New in 2005 had the same problem.

  • jrfiedjrfied Posts: 1

    I have a 2012 Civic EX-L. I had a dead battery after driving 25 miles and parking for 15 minutes. This was during a 75 degree day, so the lights were never on! I got a jump and drove to the dealer, who found no electrical problem and claimed the battery checked out OK. The car has not failed to start since, however it turns over more slowly than normal after sitting overnight.

  • Hi smylee, did you get the charging problem fixed by the dealer? My wife's 2012 civic had the dead battery-charge-works-for-a-week-dead-charge, etc. My charger says the battery is good and it holds the charge. However, the alternator charges at 12.5 volts and not 13.6 volts as my miata does. What is the recall problem?

  • Hi there sorry for the delay in answering...the answer is NO the recall didn't fix anything as a matter of fact it's worse now than ever. After sitting in the heated parkade for 3 days over the last weekend, I started the car Mon afternoon but it didn't sound good. So I too called the dealershipo and they've never heard of such a problem. And I too called Honda Canada and was equally met with an uninterested person who really could've cared less.This is very frustrating! I have to say this Civic has been the worst piece of [non-permissible content removed] I've ever owned. I can see nothing but problems coming. STAY AWAY from Honda I will post again after Fri appointment

  • Honda for sure has made a bad batch of batteries........see the 2013 Accord/Civic posts for more up-to-date troubles

  • chrisfl17chrisfl17 Posts: 1

    It's the ECO mode!!!!!! Make sure to TURN OFF your ECO mode BEFORE you turn off your car. It took me countless times and research to just simply figure it out on my own since it would only not start random times. Well those random ECO mode was on! When you turn on the car whether it starts or not, notice that the FIRST notification that comes up on the screen is "ECO mode ON" or "ECO mode OFF" Make sure it is OFF before turning off your car or you will have to get a jump.

  • My moms CRV would not crank on 2 different occasions. It only has 17k miles. I took it to Advanced Auto and they said the alternator was bad. I took it to the first dealership and they said no problem shown by the battery or alternator. I took it to a second Honda dealership and they said there was a software upgrade that corrects a dying battery like the issue I have. They upgraded the software. It has only been 2 days so I don't know if it fixes the problem or not.
  • soupermansouperman MississippiPosts: 1
    (2012 Civic LX non-hybrid) I am having a very similar problem, except that my battery drain causes the low voltage protection circuit in my EPS to trip and i lose all power steering at random times every time the system voltage drops below 12 volts. I have replaced my battery and within 6 days, i had the same problem. I can charge it with an external charger and go for another 4 or 5 days before the EPS drops out again. I have a Bluetooth OBD2 module hooked to my tablet and an app to monitor the car's metrics in real time, The only common factor in the EPS problem is the voltage drop. I drive this car everyday and i still experience this. I will be replacing the OEM 63 amp alternator with an after market 95 amp one to see if my issue resolves. I will keep all posted on this forum. Every where i have had the car tested at says "everything checks out fine" so i can't even file it under warranty.
  • I also have a 2012 honda civic 60,000 miles the same thing is happening I will call corp... 
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,045
    souperman said:

    (2012 Civic LX non-hybrid) I am having a very similar problem, except that my battery drain causes the low voltage protection circuit in my EPS to trip........ I have a Bluetooth OBD2 module hooked to my tablet and an app to monitor the car's metrics in real time,

    So what does the ELD data display and does it change as you operate different accessories?
    Are there any trouble codes setting?
    souperman said:

    Every where i have had the car tested at says "everything checks out fine" so i can't even file it under warranty.

    Exactly where has this been tested?

  • 2012 Accord LX: Bought it new, drove it for three months, no problems. The first time it was parked it for 3+ days (7 actually), the battery was absolutely drained - not even an interior trunk light bulb would come on. As could be expected, the dealer snatched the good factory battery and put in replacement trash (which failed 28 months later). Drove it daily for 2-3 weeks with the "new" battery, parked it for four days intentionally...dead battery symptom repeated. Back to dealer: they replaced an a/c relay or a/c switch to eliminate the battery drain. If you haven't replaced this part, park your car for 4 days and see what happens. Don't get stranded at the airport, cruise port, etc. Hondas were the best for 15 years excluding Passports and the 1990s Odyssey vans with Accord transmissions under them. In my opinion, from 2005-present the quality has diminished on this brand. 2004-up body imperfections from the factory, romper room interior feel, etc. They're still good cars but I'll never buy a new one again. A Hyundai is equivalent to a Honda now which wasn't the case 20 years ago.
    This battery problem has affected a lot of people. Hopefully the service department folks were able to build up their home solar arrays as Honda ignored dealer metrics.
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,045
    While a faulty AC relay can cause the battery to drain, its not the only potential cause. As people routinely find out, simply throwing a battery at a car when you discover a dead battery doesn't always fix the car, and throwing that relay at other Accords that turn up with a dead battery isn't always going to work either. Every car should be diagnosed as it's own unique event. But of course there is a catch, because you will have no shortage of people who will condemn a shop/technician for taking the time to do that if a given vehicle does have the pattern failure occurring. With any pattern failure, the diagnostics can become fairly routine to rule in or out if the typical issue happens to be occurring at that moment.
  • I have a 2012 Honda Civic that I bought new in September 2012. I have had three batteries replaced so far and I already need another one. The previous replacements came from Honda but I was told that they cannot do anything for me because my 3 year warranty on the battery has ended. I have taken my car to the dealership all three times and I was told that they cannot find anything wrong. I have not added anything extra to my car that would pull the power from my battery. I guess I will have to buy this fourth battery on my own but you better believe that it will not be from a Honda Dealership. 
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,045
    How frequently do you drive the car? When you do take the car out how long (time and mileage) is your most common trip?
  • I drive the Civic everyday. My job is 20 miles from my house one way. 
  • Honda wouldn't stand behind this last battery. The woman at Honda Corporate told me that I need to take it to another dealership and have them check my car out. She wouldn't even admit that 4 batteries in 3 years is excessive. I buy Hondas because they use to be great cars and they would last, but now I believe I will have to look at other brands next time I trade. 
  • greifgreif Posts: 1
    Had the same problem with my Civic. Found that the charging voltage is low (11 V I think) unless a heavy load such as headlights was turned on. With the lights on it charges at 14.5 V or so. Did the same thing ECO mode off. Battery failed after 2-3 years. With new battery we now drive with the lights on all the time.
  • Same problem with my 2013 Civic. Took it to dealer. They put in new battery-no charge. They did say that the remote starter draws power all the time. Also they quite often get in new cars with bad batteries so it seems the problem is with the battery manufacturer, not with the car. If the car is out of warranty it may be best to get one from someone you trust and see what happens.
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