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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Honda Civic accessories - interior problems

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2005 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 202005


  • 10,000 miles


The driver's seat of my 2005 Honda Civic hatchback moved forward and rocked within 1 year of buying it new. The dealer kept saying the movement was normal. Eventually, the bushings were replaced and the fittings tightened and this reduced some of the movement. The back of the seat still moves forward when coming to a gentle stop.

- Hornsby, 00, USA

problem #3

Feb 092011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 30 mph the drivers side seat rolled backwards and the contact could not reach the brake pedal. The contact stated that the sliding mechanism on the right side of the drivers seat does not lock in place. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 132010


  • 57,600 miles
2005 Honda Civic ex automatic choke comes on every time you start the car --even if you don't need it. After it comes on, you can't shut it off manually. Not only does the choke needlessly come on, but it comes on at an RPM that is too high. It needlessly burns fuel, but also presents a safety problem and causes you to loose control of the car. Honda is refusing to fix the problem. The solution is that the choke needs to be modified in three ways: 1) manually choke shut off (with handle, accelerator pedal, or button), 2) 5th gear doesn't drop RPM sufficiently and car doesn't get good gas mileage, 3) vtech engine needs to be made into a vtech-E, so that the engine gets better fuel economy at the slower speeds and meet both the public's and federal mileage expectations. Honda offers vtech-E, but they only provide this engine series to those who choose to buy the double overhead cam, such as that found in the Civic si or in some Accord. The seats in the 2005 Honda Civic ex are dangerously uncomfortable and poorly designed. Honda gives you nothing more than a block of rubber to sit on, which causes skin irritation due to a lack of heat dissipation within 20 minutes of driving. In addition, the front seats are too far forward and someone over 5'9" is going to have difficulty controlling the car -- particularly with a manual transmission. The lack of springs in the front and rear seats potentially causes spinal injuries, due to road shocks not being absorbed, for people that drive the vehicle on a daily basis. A custom upholstery shop advises me they can't unbolt the seats because the airbags will go off because the airbags have distance sensing. Not only is this ludicrous, but offers no consumer safety. A quick review of the 2001 Honda Civic ex with the 2005 Honda Civic ex SE reveals that the 2001 is significantly safer to operate than the 2005 Civic. The 2001 Civic has four air bags in the front, including side airbags in both doors.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152006


  • 20,000 miles
The front seats in my 2005 Honda Civic LX coupe rock constantly. The driver's seat fails more often than the passenger seat. They both rock diagonally - back left to front right. About every 10,000 - 15,000 miles, I need to take my car to the dealership to have them "fix" this problem. They usually replace some bushings in the seat base, which helps for about 10-15,000 miles, and then they start rocking again. Nothing out of the ordinary is done to cause this problem. I drive my car normally, don't flop down in the seat, and don't do anything that should cause this problem. I included the date that this incident first occurred.

- Boise, ID, USA

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