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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,643 miles

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2009 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 182014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles

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

While trying to pull into an isle of a parking lot for the purpose of finding a parking space, the engine suddenly accelerated on its own and out of control spinning around, jumping a curb and crashing into a tree, and four other automobiles parked on the parking lot causing property damage to five automobiles including my automobile.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 032011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 32,178 miles
I was at a red light waiting for the green light to turn to the left. When the green light appeared, I accelerated at a speed of 15 when out of no where I heard a boom sound coming from the engine. This seem very abnormal to me since I had barely purchase my car 4 months ago. I took my car to the Honda dealer to see what was going on with my car. After waiting a few hours, the mechanic told me there were many things wrong with the car. The boom sound was made by the breakage of the wishbone that holds the lower engine and besides that it needed 2 tires, alignment, cabinfilter, brake flush, P/S rack. I honestly don't think it is fair to me that I bought a 2009 car for it to have this many problems. When I bought my car the man from auto plaza told me that I wouldn't be having any problems with my car for a long time and then I find out all of this parts wrong with my car. After this incident, I went to talk to the man from auto plaza and he told me that when they had purchase the car they didn't inspect it before putting it on sale.this action seems to me very irresponsible to not have inspected the car before putting it on sale. I honestly didn't know what else to do and this is why I'm writing a complaint here. Please help me with my situation.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2009 Honda Civic si, bought new, has been leaking oil after oil change and the dealership service department cannot find why it is leaking except that it is coming from the filter. I was charged $100 for diagnostic fees that did not find any other fault besides a 'leaking filter'. the dealership simply asked me to bring the car in, change the filter, and continue this cycle until it doesn't leak anymore. The first incidence took 4 visits. I just had another scheduled service at a different dealership, and the car is leaking oil heavily in my driveway again. My car was not leaking oil when I brought it in for service. The oil is covering my suspension and various underbody components.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

May 292011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 12,910 miles

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

2009 Honda Civic. Air conditioner started to blow out warm air. This was about 6 months after purchasing the vehicle. I live in the upper midwest and the issue occurred soon after the weather warmed up. I took it to boyland Honda in milwaukee, wi where I purchased the vehicle. They corrected the problem and the air worked for the rest of the summer. One year later I have the exact same issue. The air conditioner is once again blowing out warm air. I have an appointment to take the car in to Honda of kenosha. I don't trust that boyland actually corrected the problem so would like to try another dealer. I only have 12,999 miles on the vehicle and have been without air conditioning on two different occasions. My wife has a CR-V (our 2nd) and I have the Civic (also our 2nd) I have always had good luck, this is the first time I have encountered an issue like these.

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #4

Jan 162011

Civic

  • 11,004 miles
I was stopped at a stop sign with my foot on the brake of my 2009 Honda Civic when the car's engine suddenly revved to 4000rpm. I placed the car in park and the engine continued to rev at 4000rpm. The entire incident lasted about 10 seconds and then the engine returned to normal idling speed and I continued on my way. The vehicle, which has about 11,000 miles, is currently at a Honda dealer for evaluation.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 172010

Civic

  • 6,750 miles
I currently am the lessee of a 2009 Honda Civic hybrid starting this January, the hybrid battery charge level goes from almost full (8-10 out of 10 bars) to virtually zero (1 bar) every other week (the technical term for this is a "recall" or recalibrating). This summer, it started happening every 3-4 days, and whenever I had the A/C on. Then, it started to happen every 100 miles (which made it very predictable). The problem is that when in the 'recall' state, the car is almost unresponsive and does not accelerate much, if at all. This poses a safety hazard especially when making left turns when the oncoming traffic has a blind spot, or is coming around a corner. It also impacts fuel efficiency substantially. I have seen about a 7 mile-per-gallon drop in fuel economy. I took the car to the dealer who told me that there were no codes in the system but there were 3 software updates, so they installed those and that if I still had the problem, to come back. I still have the problem so I schedule the appointment and I take the mechanic for a test drive and he sees the charge drop rapidly and states that it's completely normal. I argue that is happens too often and he still says "it's fine." About 3 weeks later the ima light and 'check engine' light come on. Turns out, it was a blown fuse (for the A/C electric drive, fuse #22) so they replace it, and tell me that they checked the current draw on the A/C just to be safe and claimed everything was fine. Now, about 2 weeks later, every time I start the car it does a recall. This is beyond annoying and now I'm starting to see drops of about 10 mpg because of this problem, as opposed to the previous 6 or 7. I'm thinking that Honda knows that their nimh battery cells are prone to premature failure and will not do anything to fix the issue.

- Oakhurst, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 092009

Civic

  • 5,300 miles
I was driving West bound on I-84 in danbury ct, in the left hand lane. It felt as if I had hit something. The car veered into the guardrail, the left front tire was ripped off the car, I was able to maneuver the vehicle to the right hand side of the highway - break down lane. I felt heat under my seat, I immediately got out of the vehicle, with in 3 - 5 minutes the car was full engulfed in flames.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 192009

Civic

  • 3,000 miles
I bought a brand new 2009 Honda Civic LX in December of 2008. In March 2009, only 3 months after owning the vehicle and only 3,000km total on the vehicle, I've been experiencing an inconsistent and disconcerting problem after driving this car off the lot. The vehicle seems to have an intermittent starting issue where on random occasions the vehicle will not start. Once trying to start it, it cranks, like it is trying to turn over to start for a range of 5-15 seconds. It eventually starts on the 2nd or 3rd attempt. I have consulted in the dealership on numerous occasions. After 2 months of taking the car in, the dealership and Honda Canada wanted to install a computer recorder on my car to try to get the problem recorded, since they were not able to reproduce the noise. After have the recorder installed for just over a month, the problem finally reproduced. I called the dealership in which they took out the monitor to have it send for an analysis. I had mentioned that this was the worst one, because not only did it crank for about 8 seconds, it just died - did not catch or keep cranking. I called 2 weeks after to get an update in which I did not get a response after leaving a message for george (head of service). I called again 2 weeks later in which george stated he had heard back a few days prior but was too "busy" to call me. He stated that the recorder said it was 8 seconds and started, and 2 times where is was 5 seconds and started. He then told me if I was not happy to deal with head office and we would contact tech support. I still have not heard back from george, 2 business days later, after trying to contact him. I spoke with head office who told me the dealer said it was normal for my car not to start. I am still in the dark as to what the issue could be, and I'm tired of speculating. For all I know it could be the oem battery with the insufficient cold-cranking amp ratings, the main fuel relay or a faulty cam/crank sensor.

- Newmarket, 00, USA

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