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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,705 miles

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2006 Honda Civic engine problems

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2006 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #62

May 272016

Civic

  • 149,231 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Have a 2006 Honda Civic. As I was driving on a highway I had white smoke come out of my engine bay. I pulled over and called the towing. Had it towed to my local Honda dealer just to find out that its got cracked engine block. And the said I am out side of time period for the extended warranty by just over a month. This is unacceptable... if they know that the engine block is faulty then how can they put a time limit on the warranty. I just bought this car not too long ago and now I have to spend thousands to get it to run again. This needs to be a recall period....

- Pacific, WA, USA

problem #61

May 152016

Civic 4-cyl

  • 211,262 miles
Hello! a very well-known issue with the 06-09 Honda Civic is a tendency for the engine blocks to crack. Frequenting online forums and websites, it seems a wide range of people are affected from less than 1,000 miles to up to 200,000 miles. That being said, it seems this car is a literal time bomb. There have been incidents of people driving on the highway only to rapidly lose power to all systems, including the brakes and power steering. Needless to say, this is a profound safety hazard, not only to the driver, but other drivers as well! that being said, Honda admitted that the tendency for blocks to crack was due a faulty casting process. They had issues an initial 8 year warranty and increased that to 10 years. As of late, many current owners have still had their blocks cracked. Only this time, Honda is refusing to fix their faulty product. As such, I wanted to bring attention to this issue and hope something can be done to alleviate this matter. A car's block under normal maintenance and use should never catastrophically fail, let alone risk people's lives! even if a recall isn't enforced, at least hold Honda accountable to their faulty engines and place an extended warranty for this specific issue. Thank you. *takata recall

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #60

Apr 122016

Civic

  • 288,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Honda Civic the engine block cracked and engine overheated, making my car a potential fire hazard, unsafe and undrivable. I took my Honda into the dealership & they diagnosed it as a cracked engine block and offered to relplace with used engine for $4333. After researching this issue online I found plenty of other Honda owners with the same problem. The cause of the engine crack was a manufacturing defect from Honda.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #59

May 022016

Civic

  • 53,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX with only 53,000 miles on it lately it has benn one repair after othet I had the tranmission done it would not go into reverse gear net it started to leak oil for the engine the seal was replaced next it leaked from another part of the engine I have a bill repairs in writing also the motor mount was cracked, and another seal had to be replaced I have invoice of payment for all this work starting from Nov of 2015 to present just picked my car up today for the leaks and a starter had to be put on car was dragging and not starting 5/7/2016 I also took my car to the dealer ship for over heating and was told they couldn't fine anything I was not pleased my car is under warranty for this problem but they did nothing about it but charged me $114 to look at it this was unfair and shouldn't benn done as a good will check but I was treated like I had to bring my car there. The customer service rep. Was upset because my car had not been seen there for a while I can take my car were I want to take it but he was ruled by what he said to me. I take good care of my car, but there are too many problems with this Civic my 1989 Civic didn't have problems like this I feel I should get help with some of the money I have already paid out for the repairs my car is falling apart month by month and I need answers Honda need to stand by their product.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #58

Apr 122016

Civic

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving 55 mph, smoke appeared under the hood of the vehicle and the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine block was cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #57

Apr 012016

Civic

  • 140,000 miles
Hello! a very well-known issue with the 06-09 Honda Civic is a tendency for the engine blocks to crack. Frequenting online forums and websites, it seems a wide range of people are affected from less than 1,000 miles to up to 200,000 miles. That being said, it seems this car is a literal time bomb. There have been incidents of people driving on the highway only to rapidly lose power to all systems, including the brakes and power steering. Needless to say, this is a profound safety hazard, not only to the driver, but other drivers as well! that being said, Honda admitted that the tendency for blocks to crack was due a faulty casting process. They had issues an initial 8 year warranty and increased that to 10 years. As of late, many current owners have still had their blocks cracked. Only this time, Honda is refusing to fix their faulty product. As such, I wanted to bring attention to this issue and hope something can be done to alleviate this matter. A car's block under normal maintenance and use should never catastrophically fail, let alone risk people's lives! even if a recall isn't enforced, at least hold Honda accountable to their faulty engines and place an extended warranty for this specific issue. Thank you.

- CA, USA

problem #56

Feb 152016

Civic 4-cyl

  • 7 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2006 Honda Civic VIN# [xxx] that has a engine block hair line crack. I called american Honda and they told me based on the VIN that I provided this vehicle doesn't qualify under the recall. So was this just a coincidence that my vehicle had a crack on the engine block. They vehicle is a daily driven car on the highway and the problem started when my wife noticed a coolant smell. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- St. Johns, FL, USA

problem #55

Feb 072016

Civic

  • 52,000 miles
Engine block and head crack.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #54

Oct 212014

Civic

  • 120,000 miles
Having same issue it seems is widely common from my research where the right motor mount fails and needs to be replaced due to excessive knocking of the motor. We've noticed it for a while now, but it's just getting worse and worse at low idle to low speed, but once RPM is over 1K it is fine and straightens out.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #53

Dec 122015

Civic

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle started overheating. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle failed to restart. After waiting some time, the vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine had a crack and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Van Nuyes, CA, USA

problem #52

Oct 222015

Civic

  • 115,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Barely 20 days after the warranty my car stopped on a highway with white fumes under the hood. With brakes, transmission, accelerator not working, I had literally rely on my luck to get it out of the last lane onto a shoulder. It was scary. I towed the car to a nearest dealer. He diagnosed cracked engine block due to over heating, coolant leakage. I had replace the engine for 3494.90$.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #51

May 082015

Civic

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle lost power and failed to accelerate. The engine and the ima lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the voltage converter module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V106000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #50

Aug 132015

Civic

  • 87,000 miles
Vehicle turned off suddenly without warning, while in motion. Mechanic confirmed that there was a crack in the engine block that caused the vehicle to stop. Parts are on back order and vehicle is inoperable, but Honda would not provide a loaner vehicle.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #49

Aug 102015

Civic

  • 126,000 miles
Vehicle began to overheat at low speed. Cel came on and started blinking and vehicle went into "limp mode". vehicle could not go over 10mph. Car returned home and code indicated misfire in 3rd cylinder. Coolant was extremely low and a small amount of smoke/steam could be seen coming from tailpipe. Pressure test of coolant system revealed leaks in all cylinders (primarily C3). Compression test indicated crack in head (near intake). Possibility due to overheating and warping of head. Called Honda America to verify that issues is covered under warranty (specifically tsb 10-048). Honda America denied warranty because the tsb only covers specific external cracks in the engine block. The cracks on this vehicle were likely inside the head, possibly inside of cylinder. Cause of initial overheating remains unidentified. Honda America maintains that this warranty is specific to external cracks.

- Williston, VT, USA

problem #48

Aug 092015

Civic

  • 101,657 miles
As the single owner and driver of an 06 Honda Civic that I purchased new and paid for in full, I have full service for the vehicle as recommended at the dealer site where it is purchased. I had the vehicle serviced for lube/oil/& oil filter change on 7/27/2015 and they also perform the multipoint inspection. In just 12 days, engine overheating occurred while I was driving on I-95. Upon my return home from work, I heard a humming I had never heard before. As I slowed down to listen closer to determine origin, I see that no engine lights. After few minutes, the temperature gauge indicated sever overheating, then the car sputters, rapidly losing power -I barely made it to the side of the road safely out of traffic on I-95 when the car shuts off and smoke. I had absolutely no warning or even a hint of a problem; no noises, no dash lights on, no issues with ignition, gears, or driving performance. I had to arrange the car tow to my dealer's service department. After that, the dealer reports engine is completely burned, not drivable and not repairable. The oil strip burns half way. They don't know what causes the engine overheated. This overheating problem is not due to the cracks that are included in the warranty extension. They don't cover the replacement cost. If we want to replace a engine, a used engine block is $5600. It looks like I will need to rent a car for at least next two weeks because I am still negotiating with my dealer about this issue and if it is covered by any warranty. They are unable to answer me what cause the issue when the car just finished its service and everything including engine condition is great. I could go on and on and on with the costs involved, time involved and the incredible inconvenience of this eventů.. not to mention the safety issue while driving on the high way!!!

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #47

Mar 092015

Civic

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that all the windows failed to operate, excluding the driver side window. The contact also stated that the check engine warning light illuminated and the defrost stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #46

Apr 012015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 135,300 miles
While my family was driving on the interstate West to California, at 65mph, the engine power was completely lost. Upon pulling over I opened the hood after about 3-5 minutes to find coolant fluid all over the engine. I attempted to start vehicle but it only turned over without starting. We towed it to service center at colfax, ca to find out the next day that the engine has severe internal damage from leaking coolant fluid. The source was not located yet with no signs of radiator damage. The car has been towed 90 miles to reno, nv Honda dealership for further evaluation. After researching possible causes, I discovered a service bulletin (tsb 10-048) that addresses an engine crack leaking coolant and causing engine overheating. I have been advised that my Honda is not covered according to VIN inquiry and awaiting an appointment to look into cause. The engine dashboard gauges never indicated anything out of the ordinary to warn occupants of pending catastrophic engine failure.

- Sun Valley, NV, USA

problem #45

Feb 162015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 70,500 miles
The serpentine belt tensioner bolt snapped causing the belt to slip onto the water pump pulley. The bolt had to be drilled out and the water pump pulley had to be replaced. There is a tsb out on this bolt but I believe it should be a recall because I believe it is a manufacture problem. It cost me $1,100.91 to have it fixed.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #44

Dec 252014

Civic

  • 52,385 miles
Bolt that connected tensioner, to belt sheared off. Causing vehicle to malfunction. Car became not drivable. Might have caused injury at high speed, or loss of control. A common problem with the 2006 Honda Civic, according to internet complaints! design problem? one of the most prevalent problems reported.

- Palos Hills, IL, USA

problem #43

Oct 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Another starter motor problem. Car won't start. Not the battery. There are hundreds of complaints with this generation of Honda Civics having cars not able to start up that's not a battery problem.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

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