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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,979 miles

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2009 Honda Civic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 182009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 22,526 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased car Dec 18/2009 upon driving it home noticed that there was a vibration. Did not think too much about it as there was alot of snow, assumed that there was snow in the rims, drove the car very little at first. Busy life continued to drive in the spring assuming that maybe the vibration was due to the mud on the country roads. June 10/10. Had the wheels balanced at 5505 km because of the vibration. At 9842 km had oil changed note says tires do not need rotation front @ 8.5/32 and back at 8/32. At 22,526 km front 2 and left rear tires all at 7/32 but rr rear tire at 5/32 premature wear, was told that problem due to mud impacted in tire. Replaced rr rear tire with used one, date June 25/10. Odometer now reads 32,606 and it is Sept 15/10- time for winter tires. Replace summer tires for winter ones. Keep summer tires for 2011 summer. Drive approx. 10,000 km and take to tire shop for rotation only to be told does not need rotation. Bring back car at 52,547 km for rotation only to find out rr rear tire has a flat spot. Took to Honda who told us that the tire needed replacement and they checked the rear and front suspension., adjusting the rear suspension to the max. At the same timethey mentioned that the front and rear rotors needed machining- premature wear on these as well. They said that they could tear the right rear suspension apart but that would take awhile, I said go ahead. They then decided not to do it. So we took the car home after the alignment and told the tire shop that they needed to provide us with a new tire. The tire shop manager was very, very angry. He prorated the old tire and we had to paid for the used portion. Drove the car just under 10,000 km with new tire, so no wear to report at that time, odometer now 61915. Changed over new tires to original summer ones. Odometer now apprx. 64,000km, right rear tire upped and inside worn. Currently trying to get in contact with Honda dealership once again.....

- Jarvie, 00, USA

problem #3

Sep 082010

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,605 miles
My 2009 (automatic) Honda Civic ex slipped into neutral four during the night. For the first three times, the driver would allow the RPM's to drop causing us to sit in traffic for an undefined period of time before returning the car to the drive position. On the fourth time this happened, driver and I were in a large parking lot making a right turn with a building about a football field away. About halfway through the turn, the car was placed back into drive from neutral and it began to drive itself. As the car accelerated faster and faster the driver tried to slam on the brakes many times without the pedal even budging or the car slowing down in the slightest way. When we tried to turn the steering wheel it locked up in a straight away position, causing the car to hit at least two large curbed medians and go airborne each time. Driver and I braced ourselves as the building came closer. We then hit the third and final curb, the car went airborne again slamming into the building at about six feet high on the wall. All airbags deployed, the passenger window shattered and windshield cracked. Immediately after the crash I proceeded to place the car into park when the shifter itself came out. The car was still trying to drive itself through the building when we crashed. The Civic was considered totaled and the insurance company is further investigating why this happened.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 262010

Civic

  • 11,785 miles
While braking, the car starts to regenerate (charge the hybrid battery) and then a short burst of assist (electrical drive from the hybrid battery) while my foot is on the brake. This happens about twice a week and is extremely dangerous since I sometimes get into stop-and-go traffic. This means that I could be braking and the car will accelerate, possibly hitting the car in front of mine.

- Oakhurst, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 172010

Civic

  • miles
When hitting a small pothole, or even a small bump in the road, and the brakes at the same time, the car will lurch forward several feet, and the brakes seems weak.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

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