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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,000 miles

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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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2008 Honda Civic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 172009


  • 0 miles


The contact rented a 2008 Honda Civic from hertz. The contact stated that the emergency brake and the brakes failed while driving at 20 mph approaching a traffic light. When the brakes failed, he tried the emergency brake and he crashed into the rear of another vehicle. Three people were injured and transported to the emergency room. A police report is available if needed. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The manufacturer was not called. The rental and insurance company were notified. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was rejected from the system.

- Tallahasse, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 172009


  • 18,000 miles
I own a 2008 Honda Civic (purchased new) with under 25, 000 miles. I immediately had to have to rotors resurfaced when I took delivery of the I was driving home, I could feel the brakes pulsating when I applied the brakes. I returned to the dealer and they had to resurface the rotors then. After that, the first problem I had was with the rear wheel bearings and the left rear brakes (pads, caliper, rotor). At approximately 18K both rear wheel bearings needed to be replaced, the left rear caliper was frozen, the pads were worn due to that and the rotor needed to be resurfaced. The repairs were covered under warranty and no explanation could be given as to a reason for the premature wear. At approximately 20K, I had to have the front rotors resurfaced (both right and left) due to premature/uneven wear). Unfortunately, this was done by my own mechanic during routine maintenance and is not documented by Honda (I spoke to Honda and was told it was most likely due to "driver/road conditions and there was no way to tell since it was not repaired by a dealer). Recently, I noticed the parking brake sticking/freezing and brought the car in for service. The brake pads on the right rear, were unevenly/prematurely worn and the caliper was frozen. Both rear rotors had to be resurfaced again! these repairs were also covered under warranty, but again, no explanation could be given as to what keeps causing this premature wear of the brakes. Also, this morning, the "side air bag off" indicator light came on and now needs to go back for service again (2nd time in a week).

- Lowell, MA, USA

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