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2006 Honda Accord fuel economy

I just bought a used Accord Hybrid and the fuel economy is terrible. The car never goes into auto assist and the battery only charges 4 bars and then stops. Is this a battery problem that is causing the fuel economy? I am getting 15 mpg in town and 30 on the hwy if I am lucky.

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This sounds very much like an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA Battery) issue. Call the dealer and check if there are any warranty/recall items on it. I've owned my 2000 Honda Insight for 5 years now and it had this issue a couple years back. They replaced a battery control module free of charge and that fixed it. Then earlier this year the battery finally expired after 165,000 miles and 10 years, which is amazing and it was less than $2k for a new one and installation. I love Honda because they stand behind their hybrids.
Otherwise, the good news is all Honda IMA systems will let you continue to drive even if the whole hybrid system has completely failed. If you don't feel like spending the money to get it fixed, don't! By driving with a light foot, avoiding unnecessary hard acceleration and practicing other fuel efficient driving techniques you should be able to get just as good mileage as if the car was new, but just without the extra acceleration kick.
Check out Insight Central for some excellent driving tips

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