Folks, a little over a month ago I posted about a receiving a CEL and IMA battery light (P1600 and P1449 codes, no subcode given). I had the software on the car updated but, unfortunately, the problems have returned.
From reading through a large number of posts it appears that my options are to: continue to drive the car until the IMA battery fails (some say, depending on the condition, this can be done for quite some time); replace the IMA battery; or get a different car.
QUESTION #1: I am wondering what people’s thoughts are regarding these options?
I am not able to rework the battery myself, so if I want to replace the battery, it would cost in the realm of two to three thousand dollars as best I can tell. The options for replacing batteries seem to be:
a. Bumblebee Batteries (www.bumblebeebatteries.com
), which costs $2095 and carry a 2 year warranty.
b. Re-involt Technologies (www.re-involt.com
), which costs $1875 for remanufactured batteries and carry an 18 month warranty. Apparently they are expecting to have a lithium replacement in Q3 of this year. No idea on the costs. Requires current battery to be shipped.
c. Better Battery (through www.milehybridauto.com?
). No idea on the cost or warranty.
d. Honda. The cost I have been quoted is about $2800 for, what I assume is a rebuilt battery, with a warranty of three years.
With some of these options, it appears that you need to send your existing battery in for a period of weeks to months. This would not be possible for me as I need to continue to use the car. So…
QUESTION #2: What are people thoughts on the pros and cons of each of these options?
QUESTION #2: Are there other options out there I should be aware of?
Any thoughts and advice people can give would be much appreciated.