Originally Posted by luckylagolas
Hi have you had this problem fixed yet?
I have recently had the same issue and am wondering whats the update on your car?
would appreciate it as I have now given up and about to take it to a honda specialist
Just seen your message. Is your car a diesel too? After emailing the CEO of Honda and being fobbed off by him (because I'd bought the car from a Franchised Dealership) and asking anyone who'd listen to me, I ended up reluctantly taking the car back to Honda for a second time after they were due to charge me £2k to look at it and 'maybe' fix it by pulling some bit out and after shedding a few tears, a really nice mechanic quietly pulled me to one side and told me to 'get rid of it' because it would cost a lot to fix and wasn't worth it as it might not even start and I'd still have to pay for the labour! I ended up finding out that I shouldn't have bought a diesel if I wasn't going to do some serious long distance mileage in it (motorway driving) and as I mainly used it for city driving, that may have been the cause. It's a shame the salesman didn't tell me that at Honda when I bought it, else I'd have got a petrol model.
I knew I couldn't take the risk of trying to flog it if it wouldn't start ! So I finally took my dad's advice and took it to my Dad's mate's garage ( who I'd resisted for a while claiming ' what do they know' ) and they literally took out the knackered ECU and installed a second hand ECU from another Honda. And yes it finally started but whilst the limp mode went away you could tell it wasn't the same car, not as smooth a drive and didn't pick up speed as it used to. So I got it spruced up and managed to sell it pretty quickly. 3 years on and I still find my self looking longingly at the other civics on the road, but I don't think I will go back to one again as I felt I got such a raw deal from them.