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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,280 miles

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2009 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Nov 272008


  • Manual transmission
  • 10 miles


This concerns a 2009 Honda Civic si coupe with a manual transmission. Car was purchased new. When you take your foot off the throttle, the engine rpms do not instantly drop nor does the car slow down due to the "drive by wire" throttle programming preventing the throttle from closing for a few seconds. The dealer acknowledged that this indeed was happening and could due nothing about it.

- Somers, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 092009


  • 2,200 miles
I purchased my brand new 2009 Honda Civic ex less than 4 months ago. For the first 2 months the car seemed to be running fine then unexpectedly the battery started to randomly die. This happened 4 times in 2 days which prompted me to bring the car back to the Honda dealership for a service check up. They ran a diagnosis on the battery and on the charging system. Everything seemed to check out ok so for a temporary fix they gave me a new battery. Less than a month later the problem happened again, the battery randomly died. I took the car back to the dealership and explained to them that I didn't think it was an issue with the battery since this had already happened once. Once again they ran a battery and charging test, which tested out fine. The mechanic told me that he thought it was happening because I do not drive my car enough. This should not be the case since this is a brand new car.

- Tallahassee , FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009


  • miles
My 2009 Honda Civic will often not start on days where the vehicle has been sitting for several hours in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Even when the vehicle does start, it struggles to fire up, and the idle is rough for a few seconds. The Honda dealership tested the battery and stated that it was good; the indicator light on the battery itself also revealed that the battery is fine. I believe Honda supplied batteries with insufficient cold cranking amps. This problem only manifests itself in "cold" temperatures. This is not an isolated issue, I have spoken with multiple individuals with late model Honda Civics with the same problem.

- Claremont, Ca, CA, USA

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