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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,706 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 #68

Jun 272011


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. Initially the vehicle had not come to a complete, when the contact applied pressure to the brakes; the vehicle continued to accelerate causing him to use the emergency brake since the steering wheel became very difficult to control. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that there was a cracked engine block and the anti freeze leaked out which caused the vehicle to stall. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 72,000.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #67

Jun 052011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while reversing, he noticed that the vehicle was smoking under the hood. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the engine block. The dealer advised that the engine block material was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Fremont , CA, USA

problem #66

Oct 292010


  • 30,920 miles
Car stopped at stop sign at the top of a very steep hill. Car would not accelerate and car behind me almost hit me. This is the third time it happened, both times were after the August 2010 ima recall by Honda. Honda dealer said that there is no solution from Honda ever since the first incident. I hope that you can urge Honda to fix this problem before an accident occurs. This is a very dangerous situation in san francisco with its many steep hills and impatient drivers.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #65

Aug 152010


  • 41,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that the integrated motor assist battery software was upgraded. After the upgrade, the vehicle began to lose power. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the manufacturer would not allow them to reinstall the old software. The contact called the manufacturer who took a complaint but offered no further assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 41,000 and the current mileage was 46,000

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #64

Oct 252010


  • 111,500 miles
The car loses power upon acceleration and going up a hill from a complete standstill. The car at times can not climb up a hill. This causes a safety issue. I have discussed this Honda and I was told that "given that there was not a computer record in the memory there was not a problem. On the freeway the engine revs upon acceleration without any increase in speed. I think the battery electrical assist system is defective and needs to be replaced, Honda added a computer patch to the car that slowed down the electric engine assist and comprimised the power and acceleration.

- Piedmont, CA, USA

problem #63

Sep 152010


  • 500,000 miles
Since I have gotten the ima battery upgrade the car battery completely discharges randomly several times a day. When the battery discharges the car looses a significant amount of its acceleration. I have had three incidents since this upgrade where I have nearly had accidents due to this problem. Once while turning onto a busy street on a hill the battery discharged and I lost the acceleration and the oncoming car almost hit me. I had a similar experience on the highway when I pulled into the fast lane to pass a car and I lost pick up and the car far behind quickly caught up and had to slam on their breaks. The third episode is when I came to a complete stop on a very steep hill. When I went to drive forward again the battery discharged and despite being in the drive gear and despite pushing the gas pedal to the floor I kept rolling backwards. I ended up rolling backwards downhill and turned into someone's driveway and turned around. I drove around until the battery recharged and then was eventually able to drive up the hill. When I brought these concerns up with my local Honda dealership they agreed this did not sound normal. After they test drove it and ran tests they did not find a problem so they called Honda central. They were told that it is normal for the battery to discharge randomly through out the day since the upgrade. When I asked how do I drive safely they said I should be careful about the battery discharging and subsequent loss of acceleration.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #62

Oct 182010


  • 80,050 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a knocking noise intermittently. The engine stalled and would not restart. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who replaced a broken auto tensioner pivot bolt; however, the bolt did not hold the pivot arm and the mechanic determined that the thread within the bolts was damaged. A private mechanic installed heli-col in order to repair the threads in the engine block; however, the bolt slipped again. Both the dealer and manufacturer stated that since the heli-col was installed by a private mechanic it voided any warranty coverage. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 80,100. The failure mileage was approximately 80,050.

- South Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #61

May 152010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
2006 Honda Civic hybrid (30,000 miles) has loud rattle noise going over bumps. Noise was diagnosed as engine mount cavitation by Honda engineer. Dealer tried repair recommended by Honda engineer consisting of placing O-rings between engine and mount. This eliminated the noise. 1000 miles later the right engine mount broke and engine dropped in frame. Dealer replaced right engine mount per tsb but noise still exists and now Honda is stating that the noise is a characteristic of the vehicle and refuses to repair. The noise was not present in the first twenty thousand miles of driving. The noise is now a very serious concern of another imminent engine mount failure. If this occurs at high speed and engine again drops in frame, control of the vehicle could be lost.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #60

Sep 102010


  • 51,793 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact heard a rattling noise from the engine compartment. He then saw smoke emitting from the engine. He pulled over and turned the vehicle off. The vehicle sat for one day and while the contact was driving approximately 15 mph, it stalled. The contact poured water into the coolant system which allowed the vehicle to function properly. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 51,793.

- Sunnivale, CA, USA

problem #59

Oct 102010


  • 77,805 miles
I have a Honda Civic hybrid 2006, last days I have my ima light and check engine light come up, I went O the dealer O'hare Honda and they refused me to do the a recall update to the software and fix my check engine light and ima light that is related to the electric engine with battery. I will mention that the warranty book says that they need to fix these issues under a federal law 8/80K but they treat me bad and not even open to discuss. When I asked to talk with somebody else they old that no manager was Friday at 12 pm. I mention that my warranty was canceled and car mileage is 78.000, I don't feel comfortable to drive this car is losses power and is dangerous when you try to pass another car or an intersection with these issues.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #58

Jul 232010


  • 82,000 miles


Engine light consistently stays on dealer told me 1st time it needed a computer software up date 2nd time it overheated dealer told me it needed new thermostat. Both times I had to pay for a diagnostic test plus parts & labor. The same day I picked it up the light came on again and stayed. After reading all the complaints on this year and model my vehicle has the same issues (engine & rear suspension) but Honda always has an answer that never fixes the problem.

- Elizabeth, IN, USA

problem #57

Jul 012010


  • 40,000 miles
2006 Honda Civic hybrid -- this vehicle relies on battery assistance for an additional 20+ horsepower but is now severely compromised by battery degradation that Honda is trying to cover up with a "software update" that only decreases vehicle's dependence on the battery thus ensures less horsepower than advertised. The car has become very dangerous due to the inability to rely on it responding appropriately when the accelerator is pressed, sudden losses of power, dying battery, and more.

- Shawnee Mission, KS, USA

problem #56

Aug 222010


  • miles
I have on '06 Civic hybrid and the battery is getting progressively worse. It crashes often where one second it shows more than 1/2 charge, and the next the acceleration and power is significantly reduce and the charge level drops to zero. Not good when you are attempting to accelerate into traffic. Honda has issued a notice to update the software that basically compromise safety, power and fuel economy so Honda can get you through the warranty period without having to replace your battery. I fear that the unexpected loss of acceleration and power is unsafe, and that the software update that claims to fix the problem is simply an attempt by Honda to extend the life of a faulty battery beyond the warranty period.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #55

Jul 102010


  • 50,000 miles
2006 Honda Civic hybrid with 58,000 miles and the electric assist motor is not working as designed. I have taken the car to the dealer 3 times and they have told me it is a software problem. The car is difficult to drive without the assist motor. I think a recall is in order.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #54

Aug 012009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph and the accelerator pedal was engaged followed by an excessive delayed response. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V034000 (engine and engine cooling: Engine).the vehicle was repaired and the failure became progressively worse which resulted to the battery not maintaining a charge; loss of engine power and decelerating issues. Also, the engine was sluggish during acceleration. The vehicle had not been taken back to the dealer for diagnosis and repair. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #53

Aug 142010


  • 60,400 miles
Honda Civic hybrid--2006. Ima assist abnormalities following most recent Honda repair campaign. My 2006 Civic hybrid was given a software update by Honda on 8/5/2010 following a campaign initiated by Honda to address loss of power and performance due to ima hybrid battery deterioration and failure. Prior to the update the vehicle would often lose battery charge suddenly, resulting in a significant loss of power and at one point stranding me in an intersection while turning left in front of oncoming traffic in July, 2010. The most recent update (I have had several from Honda in over the 4.25 yrs of ownership) has not fixed the issue of sudden loss of power from transient battery failures that occur without warning, often when accelerating up steep inclines or attempting to merge into traffic. In addition to the ongoing issues, the hybrid battery now fails to provide adequate assistance when accelerating, merging into high-speed traffic, etc. And experiences wide fluctuations in charge, jumping from 1/3 charge to completely full with sudden drops of a similar fashion. These fluctuations continue to occur regardless of driving conditions, ambient temperature, accessory or A/C use or other extenuating factors and occur multiple times per week, and multiple times per day on occasion (6 battery failures in the last week alone since the update). I have experienced at least 1 near-miss accident in the last 30 days due to sudden loss of power and Honda's multiple attempts to address the failures from a software perspective have been unsuccessful.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #52

Jul 282010


  • 94,000 miles
Cracked engine blockn !!!!!!!!!!!! 2006 Honda Civic..........shame on you american Honda for not issuing a recall yet !!!!!!!!!! shame on you !!!!!!!!!

- Collinwood, TN, USA

problem #51

Aug 072010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was parked she smelled an unusual odor coming from the engine. A passenger informed her that it smelled like anti freeze. Upon examining the vehicle she noticed green liquid under the front end. She opened the hood and noticed a leak was coming in the engine. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where she was informed the engine block was cracked. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 61,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #50

Jun 242010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact was stopped at a service station when he noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. The contact further investigated the failure and found there was fluid on the engine block. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who advised the engine was fractured. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The manufacturer offered to cover fifty percent of repair costs. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

- Exeter, NH, USA

problem #49

Jul 282010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While drive approximately 45-50 mph with the air conditioner activated, the blower would only blow hot air. The contact stated the vehicle began to hesitate as if it were attempting to stall but did not. The vehicle was examined by her personal mechanic who advised that the engine was fractured. The vehicle was not repaired and the contact stated the vehicle was no longer drivable. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileages were 64,000.

- Goode, VA, USA

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