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My wife has recently infromed me that the IMA light stays on and she gets no electric motor assist.

The local Honda dealer has informed that the BCM module is at fault.

The dealer also wishes me to pay £1500 UK for a replacement.

Has anyone had a similar experience.

The car was imported from Japan to the UK and the Honda dealer will not
replace without payment in advance.
 

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Kevin Dougherty said:
Get replacement parts from a US junkyard after confirming diagnosis.
The Honda dealer charged me £255.00 uk for the diagnosis.

Do you know of any yard or supplier outside the UK and how will I know if the part is ok before I buy.

Many thanks for your reply
 

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Since the topic is not a good fit for the Insight and Honda News category I have moved it to Problems & Troubleshooting.

Depending on the specific parts £1500 UK sounds about right for an IMA battery pack. However, the £255.00 UK diagnostic charge sounds insane to me. :!:

Hopefully some of the other UK Insighter's in here can lend some advice as to how to best proceed.

HTH! :)
 

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That is not for a battery pack, the £1500 is the BCM which is Battery control Module, then we have the fitting charge and then 17.5% tax on all costs, about £2,200 eg $4,009

Oh what a mess, we like the Insight but not at this price.

The Honda dealer has informed me that Honda warranty is 8 years on this part, however.

Honda UK state "because I imported this car into the UK from Japan they are not interested in helping me".

So w2at do we all think of HONDA UK, pants, thy take your money for repairs but will not assist.
 

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Greytop,if you like the Insight but not at the price of repairs just flip the main breaker off and continue using it without the assist and auto stop.
You will still get better mpg than most cars and be polluting less but will find less acceleration as a negative.
You may also contact Honda direct about the stigma surrounding personal imports and you dissatisfaction.I would start at the Honda centre at Slough.
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Might be worth finding a 02 or newer unit though so you have something at least semi recent.
My car is currently awaiting repair, it's getting a new battery pack, MCM and BCM at 70k miles.

I'm wondering what the difference is between the original parts in my '00 and the '02 or newer parts you refer to. Also, since I'm getting replacements, is it a sure thing that what I'll get is the newer stuff?
 

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Greytop, sorry to hear you are having problems. I am in a similar boat with my Japanese import as well. Unfortunately, the warranty issue you are facing is one of the drawbacks of any Japanese import.

We buy imports because they are initially cheaper and (some models) have a higher specification. The drawbacks is the lack of manufacturers warranty, disdain from dealers and being more difficult to insure. Obviously the lack of manufacturers warranty on a 'normal' import is less of a concern due to the lack of specialised parts such as the IMA. I doubt very much whether you will have any luck convincing Honda UK to replace the IMA parts. Your only sensible option is that suggested above - get a used IMA part from the USA - as you know there are insufficient breakers and Insights in the UK to likely find one here.

Sorry I couldn't give you better news.
 

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The newer BCM and MCM better limit the allowable state of charge of the battery pack which should make it last longer. If your getting a warrantied replacment from Honda you will most deffinitely be getting the newer units. Recalibration behavior can be different as well.
 
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