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Eco button

13hondacivic13hondacivic Posts: 27
edited June 2015 in Honda
Has anyone else had issues with their eco button taking large amounts of power from their engine?

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited June 2015
    I assume you're referring to your 2013 Honda Civic?
  • 13hondacivic13hondacivic Posts: 27
    edited June 2015
    Yes! Neither I or my dealer could figure out why I had such a large amount of power and acceleration loss. We decided to try turning off the eco and its a completely different car. Everyone I've talked to said they've never had theirs take power out of their engine. So I don't know if its just my car or what. A little frustrated! Haha
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    And the dealer put it on the scan tool to rule some "programming" error out? May want to try to escalate it to Honda USA and see if they'll send a regional tech out.
  • Honestly I don't know what they did. Said they "couldn't recreate it or find anything wrong with the car" until I rode in the car up a hill and it wouldn't go. Doesn't make any sense
  • I noticed too that my a/c wasn't workin very well with the eco button on either. Now that its off I have full blown air out of my vents. So I'm not sweating in my car now.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    Of course it's going to take some power and reduce A/C output! That is the trade off for a bit better economy.

    Our 2013 CRV has one and we don't use it. I don't like the feel of the reduced power but I'm sure I could get used to it. a friend has the same CRV and he uses his ECO mode and no doubt gets a bit better gas mileage.
  • For me that button isn't worth it. I drive so much that it doesn't really save me gas.

    And I feel like it shouldn't take as much power as it did but whatever.

    And why would it take Honda certified techs so long to figure out that all they had to do was press a button?
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 4,992
    Using the ECO button will make the engine depower and reduce AC output with the intended trade-off of increasing fuel economy. The car will be notably de-powered when it is used under most circumstances, but if a hard acceleration is needed it is supposed to allow that for a limited time. Here is just one discussion about the system, there are many more like this one.

    http://mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/12763/is-the-econ-button-just-a-placebo

    When you wrote "Everyone I've talked to said they've never had theirs take power out of their engine." it makes me wonder who everyone really is. Typical throttle response is reduced by as much as 40% when in ECO mode.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Looks like it'd still "go up a hill" in ECO mode, even if it has to allow for hard acceleration. Did you floor it @13hondacivic?
  • @thecardoc everyone would consist of friends who's cars have the same button.

    @stever almost but not quite. It would go up the hill, but it would be very slow.
  • I mean its fine if it does that I just won't use it. And I didn't realize that it would do that normally so I thought something was wrong with my car. :)

    kyfdx said:

    Most people that we hear from say to just leave it off... the Civic is pretty economical in regular mode..

    Yea I like the way that it runs without it.
  • Thanks for all the help guys!!
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