Honda Civic Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Honda Civic Problems and Repairs

The Honda Civic has been popular for years, thanks to its solid record of reliability. But even the trusty Civic has its issues. If you're interested in a used Honda Civic, consider scheduling a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure the vehicle is in good condition before you buy. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Honda Civic, which is a used Civic that has undergone an inspection from Honda and comes with additional warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Civic as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Honda Civic Common Problems

Owners of models from the latest Honda Civic generation - which debuted in 2016 - have complained that the car's display screen and Bluetooth system are prone to malfunctions. A number of complaints also focus on the Civic's continuously variable transmission; owners say the CVT hesitates when accelerating and can slip out of gear when the car is parked. Honda has recalled certain 2016 Civic models to repair the electronic parking brake. Additional models with 2.0-liter engines have been recalled due to missing or improperly installed piston snap rings, which could lead to engine failure if not fixed.

Models from the previous Civic generation (2012 to 2015) have fared better than most compact cars in terms of reliability, though there have been problems like faulty tire pressure sensors and engine stalling. Owners of eighth-generation Civics (2006 to 2011) have complained to the NHTSA about the car's fragile sun visors and need for frequent brake maintenance. The worst issues are found in the 2006 through 2009 Civic models, which are prone to coolant leaks, overheating, and complete engine failure due to cracks in the engine block.

Honda Civic Recalls

Use the links below to find specific recalls for each Honda Civic model year. Notably, all 2001 through 2011 Honda Civic sedan, coupe, and hatchback models are affected by the Takata recall. The airbags in these vehicles must be replaced due to a safety fault that could cause them to explode.


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