10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,865 miles

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2006 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #70

Sep 082016

Civic

  • 148,000 miles

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

I was driving home after midnight and noticed a smell. I looked for smoke and saw none. I got stopped at a red light and checked the temperature gauge and saw it was at 3/4 rather than 1/2 and jumped to full while waiting at the red light. No warning lights or indicators ever lit up. I pulled into a gas station on the opposite side of the intersection and had it towed home and then again to the Honda dealer I go to for my maintenance and repairs in the morning. They called later that afternoon to say it was a cracked engine block and would be $5000 + tax for a new block. They tried to get Honda to honor the tsb-08-044 warranty but it was just outside the time frame for the warranty so Honda refused. The car has around 148K miles on it and has always been in for all regular maintenance since I bought the car used in 2010 at 30K miles. I never received any notice of the problem with the engine block even though the original warranty extension to 8 years happened in August 2010. I did however get the airbag recall notice earlier this year, so Honda knows I own the car and should have let me know about this issue and the warranty. Checking on the internet, this engine block failure is still happening to way too many Honda Civics after 10 years with many ranges of mileage, but Honda is refusing to help in any way for a known casting issue with the engine block. My two previous Honda Civics I owned for 11 years with 208 K miles and 9 years with 205K miles and neither of them had any issues with the engine block. The Honda dealer that sold me the car in 2010 should have told me about the problem and didn't and Honda itself should have informed me of the warranty extensions in 2010 and 2013 but didn't. engine blocks do not normally fail so I believe Honda should be accountable for the costs no matter how long it takes for the problem to occur.

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

problem #69

Aug 122016

Civic

  • 145,000 miles
On the date of August 12, 2016 (Friday) at or around 5:40 pm est. The vehicle broke down in motion and was unable to drive due to something involving the engine. The vehicle was on a city street. It had to be pushed off the roadway. Noticed coolant leaking on the ground from the engine. The vehicle was towed by aaa to our local repair facility. On Monday morning August 15, 2016 the vehicle was diagnosed as having a cracked engine block. At this point I had information on Honda's engine block problems. 2006 Honda Civic ¿engine block crack¿ technical service bulletin 10-048: The problem: The engine block may leak coolant, resulting in engine overheating. Corrective action: Dealers will replace the engine block free of charge. Warranty info: Repairs will be done under an extended warranty (10 years from the original date of purchase, no mileage limits). My 2006 Honda Civic was purchased August 14, 2006. The engine failure happened during the warrant period. My local Honda dealership and american Honda refuses to repair my vehicle at 100% they offered split cost for the engine block of 10% for me to pay. They also said the the gasket cylinder head was damaged due to over heating because of the cracked engine block. They had me pay 50% cost of the repair. They also had me pay 10% for replacement of coils. All this damage was due to the faulty engine block. Tsb states replace the coils and check for head gasket damage. If damage is found go to step ?? I conclude it means replace the gasket cylinder head. Honda clearly knows of this issue and has not issued any recalls. Vehicles dying on the highways and byways in traffic and motion should be a safety concern. My vehicle was in warranty I should not be paying anything. I did not even ask for towing or alternate transportation nor was any offered. Tsb 10_048

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #68

Aug 242016

Civic

  • 130,000 miles
Takata recall - I use this vehicle as a family car, it is now considered unsafe to have passengers in my front seat. As of now the parts are not available to make my car safe. This is unacceptable as the only option I have is to purchase another vehicle, or rent a vehicle, in order to safely Transport my family. Also, my vehicle has an engine recall that was not properly communicated to me (the second owner), which has now led to the potential for catastrophic engine failure.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #67

Jul 302016

Civic

  • 105,000 miles

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

Noticed car temp rising and getting hotter, no indicators or warnings lights. Let car cool off and noticed the coolant was extremely low, car had all fluids topped off during a recent check up. Added coolant. All seemed fine till the next weekend when car started heat up again, brought car into shop. Found engine block cracked and was leaking coolant. Upon future investigation crack is same location as reference tsb no. 10-048. Since this happened 20 days after the 10 year date Honda is refusing to replace. We purchased the car a year ago from a dealer and was not aware of this issue.

- Hauppauge, NY, USA

problem #66

Aug 092016

Civic

  • 84,454 miles
Car began overheating while driving. Upon further inspection a hairline crack was visibly leaking coolant on the engine block. Dealership has informed me that it is the crack from tsb 10-048 but will not cover said issue because the car is out of the warranty time limit. As a side note, being the third owner of the vehicle I was never notified of the extended warranty/ issue.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #65

May 262016

Civic

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 48 mph, the vehicle started smoking from the hood and overheated. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #64

May 252016

Civic

  • 135,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was parked, the contact smelled antifreeze. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine block fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 135,000.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #63

May 272016

Civic

  • 149,600 miles
I was driving on the freeway and heard a clicking noise. By the time I pulled off the freeway the oil light was on. My car then died and soon found the car had overheated. I took it to Honda and they said it is probably a cracked engine block but were unable to investigate further because it had been more than 8 years since the extended warranty was offered for this problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #62

May 272016

Civic

  • 149,231 miles
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

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

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
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
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
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

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