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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,660 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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2008 Honda Civic brakes problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 022015


  • 8,283 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving 40 mph, the contact heard a strange noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer diagnosed that the brakes failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure continued. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,283.

- Wayne, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 222011


  • 45,900 miles
I purchased the vehicle used from a reputable dealer in 2011. Within the first 30 days I experienced brake failure and a grinding sound when braking. The dealer was unable to identify the problem. I sent a formal complaint to the Honda CEO and subsequently the car was inspected at a local dealership. Brakes slip when riding on rough surfaces or making a sharp turn on a steep incline. The car was inspected on two separate occasions and the problem could not be replicated; however, the brake problem persists. Once I almost hit another vehicle on a highway when the car in front of me suddenly stopped; I also failed to stop at a stop sign and rolled into the intersection. Fortunately no other vehicles were on the road. If the brakes are hit twice (like double clutching) they do engage. The complaint to Honda failed to produce a positive result. The problem initially began in October 2011 and continues to occur intermittently.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 112015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving at various speeds, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle made an abnormal noise. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator also illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the compliance bushing fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #8

Jun 182010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles


Honda: When make tight turn, left or right would hear or feel a popping or clunking noise, after driving over bumps, coming from the front suspension.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #7

Aug 192014


  • 100,000 miles
Brakes sank to the floor. After rolling to a stop, and turning off the car, it started to work like normal. Brake pads are worn out after 2000 miles with conservative driving.

- Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

problem #6

Apr 262014


  • 57,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Civic is having issues with the braking system. Specifically the brake pads wear out very soon. My first set of brakes lasted 34,000 miles, the second set lasted only 22000 miles. All services are done at the dealership at manufacturer recommended intervals. Also there is no significant difference in my driving patterns. On both occasions, it is the front brake pads that have worn out prematurely, resulting in significant replacement costs.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 102014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,773 miles


I was stopped at a red light with my foot firmly on the brake with the car in drive. Without warning the engine revved up and the car lurched forward a foot or two.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 202013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Persisting grinding "metal to metal" noise when applying brakes. It feels brakes are not functional and liable to crash. Multiple visits to brake shops has resulted to new pads and rotors but no change in status of grinding "metal to metal" noise. Honda car forums reveal same experience by other owners. No fix from Honda Motors. Not covered in warranty. Brake failure may result to crash and fatality even on low speed.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 252013


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle failed to decelerate or stop. The contact had to use the emergency brake to avoid a crash. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who was unable to determine the failure with the brakes. The failure was not reported to the manufacturer. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 98,000.

- Valley City , OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 072012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 36,600 miles
Front brakes need replacing after 15K miles only to find out this is a common issue with Honda Civics, however the company does not want to fix the problem. Faulty brakes can be a safety issue.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 182012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 66,205 miles
The brakes started making a loud whining sound, but only in reverse. From what research I can do, it appears to be the brake pads wearing out prematurely.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

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