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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 1 of 5)

problem #82

Nov 132016


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 45 mph, a loud pop was heard and smoke appeared from the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact had to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road to a complete stop. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine block was cracked. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact also stated that the vehicle was purchased with an extended warranty. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #81

Nov 022016


  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was at the dealer for an oil change, the technician attempted to drive the vehicle into the garage, but the engine failed to start without warning. The technician diagnosed that the engine coolant leaked onto the engine and caused it to shut down. The technician stated that the failure was not included in a recall. The contact found a tsb and made the manufacturer aware of the failure and a warranty extension that was noted on the tsb. The manufacturer stated that the extended warranty was expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 210,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #80

Oct 142016


  • 183,500 miles
While doing general maintenance on my 2006 Honda Civic (stationary) I noticed it was leaking coolant. After working on the car to find the leak and doing research online I found out that there is a known manufacture defect for 2006-2009 Honda Civics that causes a failure and crack in the engine block. There is a 10 year warranty extension, which I am beyond by 5 months so Honda has refused to fix the vehicle under warranty. As an owner of two Honda vehicles I am severely disappointed, especially since I was never notified of this by mail or otherwise by Honda. I have received information from them regarding other issues on my 2011 Accord, but never about the 2006 Civic. If I had I may have been able to identify this problem within the warranty period as a small leak before it began dumping/pouring coolant. Luckily, this never led to severe engine damage due to overheating while driving, which could have caused serious risk of accident and injury. In addition, Honda was exceptionally rude and unhelpful on the phone. After days of going back and forth with them they finally gave me a claim number for the issue. Once denying it they told me that I could call their claims department, which I already believed I was speaking to. To my surprise the number they game me was for the court system that had ruled on this case for Honda. So, after wasting my time with them they felt it was appropriate to play what amounted to a practical joke on me. The worst joke of all is that they have failed me as a customer in all possible ways. I fully believe that this issue should be made a complete recall, as it is a known manufacturer defect and no fault of any customer who owns one of these vehicles.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #79

May 202016


  • 105,000 miles


While traveling down the road at 65mph, my 2006 Honda Civic experienced an unexpected overheating incident. While surrounded by heavy rush hour traffic, I just barely made it to the side of the expressway safely. It turns out that the 2006 Honda Civic has a known manufacturer flaw that results in cracked engine blocks and consequent loss of coolent. Since the crack was on the inside, imhad no way to tell that I was driving with such risk. There were no liquid drips under my vehicle. Honda will years ownership. My vehicle was 10 years and 2 months. The original warranty they offered was for 10 years, unrestricted mileage. My vehicle is a lower then average mileage vehicle so my 10 years was slightly exceeded. This is a real safety issue and a formal recall should be offered or time and/or mileage be granted to ensure that owners can have their vehicles inspected and repaired. Had I not been lucky enough to get out of traffic, I could have caused a huge accident that could result in the loss of my life or other vehicle operators who were trying to avoid me. Please investigate this and any help you can offer would be extremely helpful.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #78

Oct 212016


  • 56,000 miles
Bought a 2006 Honda Civic with 54,000 miles in August of 2016. On a 6 hr trip to omaha Nebraska the engine began to overheat. Pulled into a gas station and discovered that the coolant was nearly empty. When the car was taken to a Honda dealer I was informed that the engine block was cracked and leaking coolant. It would have been replaced by Honda but the extended 10 year warranty had expired by 7 months. Currently on the hook for $5200 because of Honda's known defective part

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #77

Oct 192016


  • 146,745 miles
I have 2006 Honda Civic that I bought back in 2012 with 93K miles on it and now in 2016 I had my engine block leak and so I took it to Honda dealer so they can check it and told me I had a crack on my engine and they said that handa sent a letter witch I never got and that my warranty is expire and they can't do any thing about I've never had problems with my car I always keep clean and make sure I do my maintenance on it I have no accidents also way I know I had a problem is by the car over heating and the smoke coming out while I was in highway with my family yet Honda doesn't want to anything what about if we got hurt while waiting for some to come and tow my car away and for some to pick us to take us home now I have now car and nothing to drive I hope everyone speaks up for everyone.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #76

Oct 212016


  • 4 miles


Recall Honda won't honor warranty 10-048 only because on my tittle it states that the millege is not actual. Which was a mistake by the dmv. Not actual mileage my engine is seized due to the car over heating.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #75

Oct 072016


  • 100,000 miles
Cracked engine block. Leakiging coolent.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #74

Oct 062016


  • 172,000 miles
Engine block cracked at 10-years, 4-months. Honda warranted the engines originally for 5-years then extended block warranty to 8-years and finally to 10-years. The blocks have a major defect where the block cracks because the block wall is too thin on these aluminum blocks and mine was no different. My block failure came 4-months out of second extended warranty period. Honda says they will not honor warranty because the car is 4-months out of warranty. Called the local Honda dealer and Honda customer relations numbers to no avail. This problem is a defect and Honda has admitted to it that's why they provided warranties for this problem. Since my car is 10-years old and is 4-months out of the extended warranty for this covered repair, I am stuck paying to get my car on the road again at the tune of $5000 - $6000 at least. Very disappointed in Honda for their stance on this issue with me. It's basically my bad that the engine block cracked at 10-years, 4-months instead of within the 10-years stated on the warranty. I didn't even receive a letter explaining the warranties or extended warranties. I think Honda should step up and cover this repair especially since the problem is their fault in their manufacturing of the blocks in the first place.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #73

Sep 162016


  • 270,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the engine overheated while driving. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine block fractured due to defective material, which caused water to penetrate the engine cylinders. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 270,000.

- Cloverdale, CA, USA

problem #72

Sep 272016


  • 13,234 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 50 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the coolant system was leaking and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 13,234.

- Albany, CA, USA

problem #71

Sep 282016


  • 66,000 miles
I was driving on I-40 traveling towards wilminton, nc when I looked down and saw the temperature light was registering hot and was in the red zone. I immediately pulled over and turned the car off. I had the car towed to wilminton, nc. The shop diagnosed the problem as a cracked engine block. They called Honda to see if the car was covered under tsb 10-048 and they were told the 10 year warranty on my car expired in July. The car has only 66,000 miles on it. This is a huge safety issue. This defect can cause the car to stop running anywhere. If this had happened in raleigh on I-40 there could have been a serious accident.

- Pittsboro, NC, USA

problem #70

Sep 082016


  • 148,000 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 105,000 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 135,000 miles
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


  • 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

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