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I've never seen the immobilizer shut a running Honda down, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't. I thought they just needed to see the key to start. There is the possibility of a faulty ignition switch. It wouldn't be the first of that I had seen on a Honda. Does your wife keep a lot of keys on her keyring?
 

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She keeps a few keys, but not an excessive number. But it's a thought. The "green immobilizer light" would seem to indicate that it was not simply the ignition switch failing.

I'm headed back home tomorrow - I'll check to see if there is a stored diagnostic code and take a look at the electrical shop manual. It's been years since I've given her a car that simply stopped midstream on the road so this one "needs fixed".

Can't let this one go yet - dumb Honda stopped making manual Elements and she insists on shifting herself.


You ever notice what happens when you first turn the ignition off?? The green light flashes...I believe it is 5 times. The fact that it is flashing could mean your are indeed loosing ignition power at the switch. You may not be loosing accessory power, just ignition. It's something I would definately look into. Just start the car and wiggle the key some, see if you can duplicate what happened.
 

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Curious to know if you ever found out what the problem was with this?
 
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