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JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 8,046 Senior Member

We have a 2018 Honda CR-V.  It's our second CR-V, and we really like the car.  But, they seem to be hard on batteries.

Yesterday, when we were getting ready to drive to church, the car wouldn't start.  The battery was dead.  I have a battery pack, and was able to start it with that, so all was not lost.

This morning I took the car to the local Honda dealership.  I explained, and the customer service guy told me he would have the battery checked.  I asked how much of an adjustment I would get if he confirmed it was bad, and he told me he would replace it for free because the car was a 2018 model.

Sure enough, the battery tested dead, and they replaced it at no cost to me.  And, they did it in less than an hour.

Needless to say, even though I am not happy that the battery died at such a young age (less than 15 months), I am pleased at how Honda treated me. 

One other thing I want to mention.  When I was younger, I used to get a warning that my battery was about to go out.  I would get slow starts, etc, and have a good idea that it was time to get a new one.  Now, it seems they are fine one minute, and deader than a hammer the next.  Maybe it's all of the extra electronics the new cars have on them, but it sure would be nice to have a little warning.

Jerry

Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,773 Senior Member
    I change mine either within a year after the date of life expectancy as indicated by the sticker on the side or when the terminals start to seep. In a world where a loss of time is more detrimental than the price of a new one its one thing I can do......
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,227 Senior Member
    I would start tracking that. Not even two years old and ate a battery? Suspect. I don't care who built it. Hopefully just a bad battery and not a systemic problem because this doesn't seem to be an isolated issue.

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,830 Senior Member
    Wow, what a FINE mess. {Insert rant here about "technology"} The other half of the situation is the fact that once you hard discharge a car battery - that battery is DONE. Its life is severely compromised.
    I once had a battery on the old MBZ last TEN YEARS! That scared me so much, that I did a pre-emptive replacement. 1 year later, I had an electrical problem that discharged the battery hard. Fixed that, but I knew I wasn't going to get 10 years out of that battery, and sure enough, about a year later (two years total), the battery was toast.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    I have come across a lot of newer batteries that have a cell randomly short out.  Once you drop one cell the battery won't start the car.  This is not a vehicle brand issue.  
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,808 Senior Member

    And a shout-out to Kia.  I bought a new Optima in 2012, good and fast car, gave it to my daughter a few years later.   Anyway, her better half was driving it this year and it locked down on him...quit running.  He notified Kia and they said that model had a recall on it.  They paid all the bills (towing, etc) rented him a car while they replaced the engine, all at zero cost to them.  They will probably get my business if I ever buy another sedan.
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  • GilaGila Posts: 1,828 Senior Member
    Gene L said:

    And a shout-out to Kia.  I bought a new Optima in 2012, good and fast car, gave it to my daughter a few years later.   Anyway, her better half was driving it this year and it locked down on him...quit running.  He notified Kia and they said that model had a recall on it.  They paid all the bills (towing, etc) rented him a car while they replaced the engine, all at zero cost to them.  They will probably get my business if I ever buy another sedan.
    If you're retired, why would you want a sedan?  It's toy time...
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,808 Senior Member
    Naw, I can't think of a toy I can afford.  The Optima was a great size, 250 HP 4 cylinder,  pretty fast, and on the Interstate got 39 MPG.  If someone gave me a Porsche I would take it, but a $65K toy is out of the question. If I had my druthers, it would be a pickup, but I have one of those Ram extended cab, and it's like driving a bus.  Hard to park and after a couple of years, I still don't know where the front-end is.  Sedans are kinda rare (I think) in today's market, where everyone goes for the small SUVs. 
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,830 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Ram extended cab, and it's like driving a bus.
    Yep - those are my words exactly. When it comes to trucks, I want a standard, single cab. I've driven cab-and-a-half and double cab trucks, I always said it was like driving a school bus!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,046 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Gene L said:
    Ram extended cab, and it's like driving a bus.
    Yep - those are my words exactly. When it comes to trucks, I want a standard, single cab. I've driven cab-and-a-half and double cab trucks, I always said it was like driving a school bus!


    I know what you mean.

    I have a 3/4 ton Dodge Ram 2500.  For a number of years, it was all I drove.  I got used to it, and felt I could park it on a dime and give you 9 cents change.  Now that I rarely drive it, it's a whole 'nother story.  I need about an acre just to turn it around.

    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,830 Senior Member


    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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