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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,931 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2007 Honda Civic engine problems

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2007 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

May 112009


  • 15,000 miles


I have owned my 2007 Honda Civic hybrid for about 21months. I started to have issues with the ima (integrated motor assist, hybrid batteries) last summer (2008) and continue to have issues to date (May 2009). The ima battery that powers the assist motor has been unpredictable and has had degraded performance for the past year causing the car to be underpowered and unsafe to drive on the highway. The ima system routinely fully discharges (especially during the hot summer months in Arizona) and leaves the car only to run on the underpowered 1.3 L gas engine. The car is very sluggish, causing safety issues when acceleration is needed in city or interstate driving. My wife drives 3 kids to school (35 miles on way) on a daily basis and is concerned for the kids and her safety on the highway. The batteries also are located under the rear passenger seat. Due to the excessive heat the rear passengers (my kids) are always complaining that the seat is warm and that is excessively hot in the back seat since the problem first was observed in last summer 2008, I have taken it to several different Honda dealerships. They all state that this is ┐normal┐ operation and unless the service light comes on that nothing is wrong. The service light they are referring to is the P1433 battery degraded code that states to replace the batteries. It seems odd that they wait until the batteries are totally failed and depleted before they will change them. I noticed that Honda does have a tsb out covering excessive heat and that it can severely damage the ima batteries. This states that if the temperature is above 150 degrees F that the batteries can be damaged or fail. I know that heat soaking the car for 8-10 hours in the full sun at 110+ degrees (shade temp) can easily heat the ima batteries to very close to 150 degrees. I am highly concerned for the safety of my wife and kids that she drives and others that may be effected.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #6

Mar 012009


  • miles
2007 Honda Civic ~18,000 miles. Air conditioner failed due to "damage to the condenser by road debris" though car is still under factory warranty, Honda will not cover this repair, despite the fact that it is a frequently reported problem associated with a design defect of the car.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 242009


  • 31,000 miles
Within 60 days of purchasing a 2007 Honda Civic from a dealer I experienced roadside damage to my condenser which was not covered under warranty. Two different mechanics informed me that the unit was completely exposed and there was no protection/grill to keep this from happening. They also informed me that this appeared to be a design flaw since most autos do not experience this same issue. After calling Honda to complain I was informed that no recall has been issued at this time even though there have been numerous complaints.

- Disputanta, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 192009


  • 15,745 miles


2007 Honda Civic si ~15700 miles air conditioner failed due to "damage to the condenser by road debris" though car is still under factory warranty, Honda will not cover this repair, despite the fact that it is a frequently reported problem associated with a design defect of the car.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 132008


  • 12,000 miles
Honda Civic 2007 Civic condenser damaged by pebble.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #2

May 022008


  • 12,800 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. While approaching a stop at 5 mph, the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated. Normally, the electric motor functions as a brake whenever the vehicle needs to stop; however, that function has been failing. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer; however, they informed the contact that they must experience the failure themselves in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. The failure mileage was 12,800 and current mileage was 13,800.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 092008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,235 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the seal of the engine bolt was leaking oil. The dealer replaced the bolt under warranty. The manufacturer has not yet been notified. The failure and current mileages were 10,235. Updated 03-18-08

- Browins, TX, USA

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