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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 4 of 5)

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problem #22

Jul 092012


  • 60,000 miles


My 2006 Honda Civic has stalled on me 7 times now. Every time it stalls, I am at a stoplight or stop sign and at a complete stop. The engine goes into idle mode and when the light changes or I can go, I take my foot off the brake and try or start to press the gas. Most of the time I don't even have the opportunity to press the gas pedal before the car stalls. The car completely shuts off. I have noticed the last two times that the car's ac was on during the stalls. Before I restart the car there isn't an error code or anything displayed. I have taken my car to a Honda dealership to have it tested and each time they connect it to a computer and tell me that there isn't anything wrong or they can't produce the problem. There isn't a fuel problem because I put shell gas in my car each and every time and I checked the air filter. I even had a technician at pepboys check the battery. Pepboys said the battery was in excellent condition. I have researched the problem and others on the internet say that it could be the computer's idle speed may need to be readjusted and some say the idle air control valve is faulty. I mentioned the idle air control valve to the Honda technician and they said that doesn't seem to be a problem. There is a problem because others have reported it and the car stalls.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 272013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Got into vehicle to start up, it would not crank, once it did crank speed would not exceed 25-30 mph, drove 2 mile to mechanic. Upon further investigation of problem the mechanic found 2 cracks in the engine block on the back side. He states that it had been leaking water and antifreeze for a while. He said he had not seen this type crack since he has been in business. He also stated that the crack was very odd because of where the cracks were. He commented that was a defect from factory. Nothing was done by Honda even though there were aware of issues with the engine in the 2006-2008 engines in the Honda Civic. Just sol with Honda. They comment that around 80,000-95,000 miles this was when this might happen. Car has 92,000 on it and has not been driven hard.

- Brent, AL, USA

problem #20

Jun 262013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormal clunking noise. The contact had a mechanic inspect the vehicle the failure was located at the engine water pump pulley. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Haslet , TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 102013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


My daughter's car was parked in the car and when she left to go to work noticed a huge pool of greenish fluid on the floor. Her father advised her to take the car immediately up to our mechanic (less than 3 miles away) where he advised her that she had a cracked engine block and after a little research told her that there was a service bulletin (08-044) and warranty extension bulletin (10-048) from Honda advising of this issue for all 2006-2008 Honda Civics. She had her vehicle towed down to a Honda dealership and was advised that she would be totally responsible for all repairs. American Honda is aware of this issue and acknowledges all of the service bulletins but states that they don't have to do anything about it since it was not under a recall. All of the technical bulletins point to the fact that they knew that all 2006-2008 Honda Civics were potentially at risk due to a manufacturing defect. Just hoping that someone can help with this issue.

- Cashmere, WA, USA

problem #18

May 062013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
The Honda Civic suddenly overheated. After letting the engine cool and adding coolant, the car overheated again about ten days later. Our mechanic discovered four tiny cracks in the block. An internet search revealed Honda Civics 2006-2008 have a known manufacturing defect which causes the cracks. Honda has issued tsb 08-044 to extend the warranty on the engine up to eight years. However, if the car has a rebuilt title, Honda will do nothing to remedy the known manufacturing defect. My wife has been left stranded twice by an overheated vehicle. If the car overheats in traffic, there could be a fire or collision.while Honda acknowledges the defect, they have refused to recall the car. Having appealed three times to Honda for help, I now appeal to the NHTSA for help.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #17

May 242013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 57,095 miles
My car starting leaking coolant antifreeze on friday24 May.2013 I took it to pepboys on May 27th 2013, they told me the engine head was crack. I will take it to maroone on May 28, 2013.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #16

May 092013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I purchased a car for a dealer that has a rebuilt title due to the fact it was in accident where the air bag was deployed. So I bought the car anyway because I at the time strongly believed in the reliability of any and all Honda Motors. A month after I bought the car it started to over head due to the common issue with all 2006-2009 Honda Civics of the block cracking. I called Honda to see if they would cover it but they would not because the warranty is void due to the rebuilt title. I believe that this issue of the engine block cracking should not be a warranty issue and should be a recall. This is a major issue that Honda should take full responsibility for and fix any and all cars that are have the issue with the R16 block cracking. Honda being so well known for the reliability it is a shame disappointment that they refuse to list this issue as a recall in stead of warranty extension. Even for the cars that have the warranty extension there is no way to tell when this issue will occur so why would you but a 8 year limit on the warranty. I have only bought Honda cars since I was able to and no I feel I may never buy and Honda again or brag about its reliability. I full expected better from this company and now because I am a college student who has putt all my money and savings to buy this car because it was a Honda... I can no longer afford repairs because it is such a costly issue having to replace an entire motor is like having to pretty much buy a new car all over again. The car over heats and I am forced to stop were ever I am at to wait for the car to cool before I can add water which will only leak out minutes later due to the cracked engine block.

- Ocala , FL, USA

problem #15

May 062013

Civic 4-cyl Diesel

  • 88,000 miles
I own a 2006 Honda Civic LX and the engine block has cracked. Apparently, this is a known issue for these cars, but Honda will not fix mine, under the warranty, since my title is rebuilt. So, if you own a 2006/2007/2008 Honda, check to make sure it does not have this known issue. If it does, and it's under warranty, take it to your local dealer to get it repaired for free, before their extended warranty, that they've created, runs out. Be safe! as if this has not happened to your car, I've read stories where the engine cracked while someone was driving down the interstate at 80mph and all of a sudden his engine caught fire. I was so proud when I bought my Honda, even if it was a rebuilt title, because I knew the damage the car received was nothing too strenuous. Only damage to front passenger side, that was fixed. No damage to frame or motor, so I bought it. If only I'd investigated further. But I was in love with this car. Now, two years after buying it, it's a piece of crap! and, the dealership I took it to told me that since they couldn't fix for free, they recommended I don't get it fixed, and then tried to buy the car from me for a measly $1000 and then tried to sell me a used car for $16K... I told them how I felt like I was at a funeral home and they were working off of my grief and pain, and trying to sell me the most expensive casket.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #14

May 082013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The vehicle suddenly lost engine coolant as a result of a crack in the engine block. It quickly overheated, and the only warning was that the temperature gauge had risen. There were no other warning signs. A mechanic confirmed that the block was cracked, and that almost all the coolant had leaked out. I believe that the engine could have reached a temperature that could have started a fire if I had not noticed the temperature gauge rising rapidly.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #13

Mar 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
I've had several issues in the past with this car but the current one that completely scared and frustrated me is my engine went out of no where and I almost got stuck in the middle of an intersection as my car slowly stopped having power. Luckily I made it across the way to my apartment complex but upon further research there have been an abundance of complaints of consumers with my same car 2006 or 2007 with less or more miles and have had the same problem. What if someone gets stuck on a busy highway or a busier intersection then I did and doesn't make it across. Someone could get killed or seriously hurt that way. I urge you please to encourage Honda to file a recall. Yes they will lose money but is it better to risk the lives of others at that save a couple dollars. I have gotten no where with Honda. I feel I should be compensated in some manner along with everyone else who has to deal with this issue on a fairly new product. They are so dismissive and unhelpful... please help!!!!

- South River, NJ, USA

problem #12

Dec 282012


  • 52,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised that the bolt that sustained the tensioner and pulley for the serpentine belt was fractured and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the engine block would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 152013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 58,900 miles
The drive belt auto-tensioner pivot bolt broke while the car was travelling. The driver noticed a loud mechanical sound and later discovered the drive belt auto-tensioner pivot bolt was not attached to the engine block. The driver was lucky the belt did not break, the water pump pulley did not break from the friction, or the bolt fly into the engine. In either case we discovered this is a common occurrence in the 2006 Civic model and had a tsb 09-007, starting January 30, 2009, until January 30, 2012. We had to tow the vehicle to the Honda dealership, where we were told we had to cover all costs, even though this was a manufacturing defect on part of this model car. What is worse, many times the bolt will break again. I am afraid of this happening and a possibility of losing control over the car should this happen again. All I ask is Honda reopen this tsb on a continuous basis to fix their defective models and possible reimbursement for fixing the flaw.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #10

Jan 102013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 29,500 miles
At around 35mph the vehicle suddenly started to make a metallic-type noise and the vehicle shut down immediately. If it would've happened 5 seconds later it would've occurred right as I was about to make a left turn, it would've most likely caused a severe accident and possibly a fatality. When I took the car to where the vehicle was purchased from they told me a bolt was torn lose from the tensioner. This caused all belts to break down and the engine to shutdown while running at around 35mphs. Furthermore, the bolt flew into the engine block costing costly repairs. The company, Honda refused to pay for the damage caused by this defect and told me to take it with my extended warrant provider. They claim it's wear and tear but that is not the case as previous recalls for the same problem were issued for my vehicle but according to them not my particular VIN. Bolts shouldnt tear off at 29,000 miles or six years.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 082012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 75,689 miles
I was driving the car down a 2 lane road and the engine started making a noise again. This is the 4th time this same problem has happened within one year. I took my foot off the accelerator to turn left into a gas station and the engine went dead and power steering was lost. Could not re-start the engine and had to have it towed to a dealership. Invoice says serpentine belt tensioner pivot bolt is broken which caused belt damage, waterpump pulley damage, tensioner damage, etc. Due to the damage, one helicoil was not enough to maintain the proper torque so they had to use a second one inside the first one. Note on this invoice says "if problem recurs engine block replacement will be necessary." Honda sent out a tsb about this on January 30, 2009 #09-007 that says "the current routing of the engine drive belt creates extra force on the drive belt auto-tensioner. In rare cases, this extra force could break the auto-tensioner pivot bolt, causing an engine noise or a loss of power steering." I did not receive a card in the mail saying that my car was being recalled for repair of this problem, but I feel like this time there could have been serious injury when my car went dead while I was turning left across oncoming traffic.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #8

Nov 072012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 74,970 miles
Car was being backed out of driveway when it started making a noise in the front right side. Car was taken to be repaired and they found the tensioner bolt had bent again. This was the third time this car had the same problem.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #7

May 092012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Car was being driven down a 4 lane road when it started making a noise on the front right side. I was able to drive it to a repair shop where they found that the tensioner bolt had bent. This was the second time this happened within 6 months.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #6

Dec 082011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 69,259 miles
Car was being driven through parking lot, hit a bump, and the tensioner bolt sheared off causing a loud noise and making the car undrivable.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 172012


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 30 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated continuously until the vehicle was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the engine was cracked. The vehicle was not repaired. There was a technical service bulletin associated with NHTSA action number 10030876 (engine and engine cooling:engine). The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Madison Heights , MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 042012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that smoked started to emit from the engine compartment due to coolant leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnose that the engine block cracked due to defective material. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #3

Aug 272012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Traveling around town for work when I noticed my engine temp was extremely high. Pulled off roadway in safe location. After refilling coolant, took vehicle to mechanic. Upon testing, two cracks have been found in the engine block. Car has been properly maintained by Honda certified mechanics for life of the vehicle and never experienced any other issues.

- Powell, TN, USA

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