I'd like to get input from folks on whether or not anyone thinks it is worthwhile to purchase a new/replacement IMA battery.
Many of our cars have 200k or more in mileage. They don't look as nice as they used to. My car has been maintained and overall, is in great condition.
But the main thing that concerns me is the cars seeming inability to maintain the IMA battery.
My original Honda IMA battery made it 10.5 years with the help of a grid charger starting around year 8.
I've had 2 other batteries since then and the 1st went almost 3 years and the 2nd about 6 months. My car went from being ultra reliable to "what's it going to do today?" every single day.
I drive 65 miles round trip daily to work so need a car that runs reliably without all the "surprises" each day.
I converted over to an Arduino setup a few months ago and the car is now back to being utterly reliable but I sure do miss the IMA assist in this Dallas traffic. Texas Summer is rapidly approaching and I can't imagine using the A/C with the Arduino set up that I am currently using but maybe I should try it before dismissing it altogether.
So for now, I have a base hit and I expect the car will continue to run well. Getting around 58 MPG per gas tank so it's not as bad as it could be. The question is do I try to score/splurge for yet another IMA battery. Based on history, I'd be crazy to unless I could find one that matches up to the performance of the original Honda battery.
Appreciate any and all thoughts.