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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,758 miles

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2008 Honda Civic engine problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Jul 212015


  • 44,500 miles


I was making a left turn leaving my place of work. The car made a loud grinding noise and the steering wheel locked (power steering went) and A/C stopped working. I immediately parked the car and the next day had it towed to a Honda dealership. Upon inspection, the water pump seized up. The pulley and lock bolt holding the serpentine belt had practically fallen off. This was confirmed by a Honda dealership technician. The car has low mileage, I am the first owner, and the car has only been serviced at a Honda dealership. I will also reference a service bulletin issued on 2006 Honda Civics. There is no recall on 2008's even though it contains the same R18 engine (engine block cracking problems) as the 2006 and 2007. Service bulletin number: 08-038 NHTSA id #: 10026085 bulletin date: Fri, 08/01/2008 failing component(s): 062000 engine and engine cooling:cooling system summary: Honda: Product update: Water pump pulley flange cracks. A crack pulley flange may create a pulley noise, cause the water pump to fail, and cause the drive belt to break. Updated 12/19/08. Csc letter was received.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #34

Apr 112014


  • 83,452 miles
The engine suddenly overheated. I had the car towed to a dealership. (community Honda of orland park). There is a recall for this overheating engine problem but Honda and the dealership say it's not the overheating recall problem. The repairs are in excess of $2,500.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #33

Jun 052015


  • 125,011 miles
Engine block is leaking - coolant leak.

- Randallstown, MD, USA

problem #32

May 262015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the engine cracked open directly underneath the engine block where the heads were connected. The failure caused the vehicle to leak antifreeze. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was determined that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #31

Dec 122014


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the engine block was cracked causing antifreeze coolant to leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the block had a hairline crack and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Kapaau, HI, USA

problem #30

Mar 012014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the engine mount developed a crack causing the vehicle to vibrate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the passenger side engine mount needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was at 55,000.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #29

Jul 282014


  • 101,000 miles


Houston, tx. 2008 Honda Civic ex sedan. At red light, noticed engine smoke coming up from under hood. Engine temp indicator was maxed. Drove slowly to service station 1 mile away coolant reservoir was empty. Added coolant, and drove to mechanic. Replaced water pump and T-stat and flushed and filled coolant then diagnosed cracked engine block (total of $690 for service). Drove to dealer who replaced engine block on extended warranty. Engine head was not warped and was not replaced. Car is driving very well since engine replacement.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #28

Jul 212014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 156,653 miles
Upon leaving my place of employment, I had driven approx 1 mile to a traffic signal and noticed a slight vapor plume at the front of the car. Noted a slightly elevated coolant temp (3 leds above normal) and pulled over. Opening the hood revealed a cracked engine block on the exhaust side of the engine block behind and to the right of the exhaust collector. No kind of abuse or overheating has ever occurred with this engine since purchased new. No indication of a coolant leak was apparent upon parking at work before this discovery (no odor, or vapor present). A high mileage engine yes. Expected issues would be worn belts, piston rings, seals etc...a cracked engine block is not normal wear and tear.

- Kingsland , GA, USA

problem #27

Jun 242014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 100,490 miles
On 4 separate occasions (the most recent being 6/24/14), twice at highway speeds and twice while slowing down, the vehicle's engine has surged, causing the vehicle to unexpectedly move forward. On the two occasions it has occurred when slowing down, I was operating the vehicle. What happened was as I was coming to a stop (once at a red light, once in a parking lot), the RPM indicator unexpectedly shot up to approximately 2500rpm, the vehicle moved forward, and even though I had my foot on the brake, the unexpected increase in power made it difficult to stop. Had there been any vehicles in front of me in either occurrence, there may have been an accident. On the two occurrences at highway speed, my wife was driving, and she reports that the RPM indicator again went high and the engine was making a lot of noise.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #26

Jun 022014

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 68 mph on cruise control, the vehicle accelerated independently up to 80 mph. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000. Updated 8/11/14

- Springfield , OH, USA

problem #25

Mar 232014


  • 110,000 miles


The steering wheel began to pull my car to the left side. The steering wheel did not respond to the direction right and felt as if it had gone "limp". the front of the car hit the left center median guardrail. I suffered herniated discs and lumbar back injury. The drivers airbag never deployed resulting in my head hitting the steering wheel. I suffered a concussion and cervical neck injury. There were no other cars involved and no weather conditions. Also I was going below the speed limit. I called Honda and they said they could not explain nor help me with the airbag not deploying and the concussion I suffered. They also could not help me regarding the steering wheel pulling left then "going limp". I am still seeing a neurologist and physical therapist for my lumbar and cervical injuries, and neurological signs and symptoms.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #24

May 012014


  • 58,332 miles
There was a crack in the engine and coolant seepage. Had to tow the car to a local service center and on running a diagnosis showed there was a crack the engine and the engine was choked due to overheating.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Apr 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2008 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to engine block failure. The consumer stated the engine block problem should be treated as a recall due to the severity of the problem. When the engine overheated and stalled, he lost power steering and brakes. At that point, the steering and brakes became very difficult. The consumer stopped to the dealer, where they showed him the 4 problem areas of the engine where the leakage occurred. Also, the bearing on the air conditioning compressor pulley started making a noise. The entire compressor had to be replaced. The consumer also had difficulty starting the vehicle and after 10 seconds, the vehicle would start. On occasion, he had trouble shifting from first to second gear. It would not shift, and he had to come to a complete stop and start in first gear. Updated 04/10/14

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #21

Feb 032014


  • 55,000 miles
At less than 55,000 miles, I noticed my 2008 Honda Civic coupe would vibrate excessively while in reverse, especially during start up. Checked on the internet and found many other people with the same problem. Went to a mechanic to take a look, and they found 3 motor mounts cracked. After replacing the mounts (not cheap), my Civic no longer vibrates on reverse. It was definitely cracked mounts that caused this issue. I bought this car brand new in 2008 at the Honda dealership, and always take great care of my car and make sure all service is done on time. It's unfortunate that the mounts were made so cheap for such a 'reliable' company... now the burden is on the consumer to spend hundreds to fix this issue.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #20

Jun 042012


  • 60,000 miles
I was parking in a high school parking lot. I "rolled" into the space and when I applied the brakes the engine "accelerated". I went over the cement block at the front of the space and through a chainlink fence and onto the sidewalk. Usually, that walkway is filled with children. I initially thought the floormat got caught up under the gas pedal. I took pictures immediately and it did appear that exacerbated the problem. Bell Honda in phoenix said "they could not repeat the problem" and dismissed me. It has since happened to my daughter and husband. Fortunately they both applied the emergency brake. After the last time, we took the car to superstition springs Honda. They said "they could not repeat the problem and nothing has come from Honda." I have read where others have had this problem. I just thank god that so far no one has been killed or that the car didn't surge over a cliff on our trip to yellowstone.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #19

Feb 052014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Car has been losing coolant for the last several months intermittently. Recently it was run down to almost nothing before I discovered it from a crack that cannot be found as of yet in the engine block area. Car started to overheat. Took to Honda dealer and they could not find the leak, though there is a voluntarily recall / tsb on the R18 engine cracking and leaving motorists stranded on the freeway. Will have to wait for car engine to completely fail before any real results from dealer/ Honda.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #18

Jan 312014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 107,500 miles
The engine overheated at highway speed. Later found that the coolant level was very low due to engine block cracking issue. Reference Honda sb-08-044 and NHTSA # 10030876.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #17

Jan 282014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 54,702 miles
Noticed car was running loud when started and louder when putting in reverse. Brought car in for 55,000 mile service and also asked them to check out the motor mounts, since I had check on google to see if there were any issues with 2008 Civics. Yes cracked motor mounts is an issue with 2007 and 2008 Civics. Service department confirmed that there was a cracked motor mount in the back of the engine that needs to be replaced. I have taken very good care of this car and also bring it in for service on time. Very upset that this car only has 54,702 miles and it has a cracked motor mount. This car has been in a garage from day one and I only drive it to and from work since I purchased this car new. I feel that this is a defect in the design and should be looked at for a possible recall. This car is housed in Florida and does not have the winter elements of the North. Since the car has a total of four motor mounts wondering if they will all start to fail. Service department told me it would cost over $500 + dollars to repair one. So if the other three fail we are talking over $2,000 + in repair costs. This is ridiculous for such a low mileage vehicle.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #16

Jun 062013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 63,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle started vibrating violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the motor mount needed to be repaired. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 63,500.

- 893 Gilchrist Walkway #2, CA, USA

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