We have 96K miles on our manual 2003, and just discovered the battery is "overheating" and needs replacing at a cost of $3500. Has anyone ever heard of Honda assisting with the cost of this? Will it further damage the car to continue driving it like this or is it unsafe?

Our commute is on fairly steep mountain roads requiring a lot of charging/assisting. Maybe HCH isn't suited to this kind of driving?

Thank you!