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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,083 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2010 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 132013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Submission from constituent re to file an official complaint against Honda motor corporation, also including rusty wallace Honda in knoxville and cookeville Honda service departments as official warranty servicers (full doc not imaged). The consumer stated the vehicle lost power and stalled. The dealer stated the consumer hit something, which caused water to leak, and the engine to blow. The consumer refuted the dealers conclusion. The consumer took the vehicle to another dealer. An inspection revealed, the engine was blown, because a bracket punctured the radiator. The dealer informed the consumer the vehicle had been in an accident and after market parts were used, which voided the warranty, the consumer had. The consumer stated the vehicle had a clean carfax report.

- Harriman, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Second time seeing this on a Honda Civic. The motor mounts go bad fairly quickly and this time went bad on me under 36000 miles. It is a common problem with Honda Civic owners. The car starts relentlessly vibrating.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

May 162012


  • 41,529 miles
While my wife was waiting in line at a fast food drive thru lane, steam was noticed coming from under the hood. The vehicle was immediately parked. A quick inspection showed the engine compartment to be extremely clean. A small amount of moisture was noticed on the inside of the hood and next to the ac compressor. The vehicle was towed to the Agency and left overnight. When I called the next morning, I was informed that the compressor was failing and that they recommended to have the compressor replaced for $995. After stating that the vehicle was less then two years old and inquiring if there was a recall or other Civics with similar problems, I was told that a 2006 model was brought in with a similar problem and that there was no recall. I called some local parts stores and was told that the compressor was not stocked and would have to be special ordered because the model year was still new. The final repair was replacement of the ac compressor and ac relay for a discounted price of $824.60 ouch!

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 192010

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Car stalls and also sputters, feels like it is going to stall. This will occur when vehicle is slowing down (ex: Traffic) and the rpms will drop causing the vehicle to stall or almost stall. If vehicle doesn't stall rpms will shoot back up. In addition, shifter will get stuck when going from reverse into drive, drive into mark, and vise versa.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 022010


  • 10,700 miles
The condenser unit in my 2010 Honda Civic ex has expired. I took it in for an oil change a little over a week ago, and ever since then, the A/C hasn't worked. I returned to the dealer this morning and the service guys insisted that the condenser was puntured by road debris. The manufacter warranty won't cover the cost to repair the damage, nor will my easy care insurance cover it. I purchased this car 7 1/2 months ago brand new.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 192010


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. While driving at approximately 70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact pulled over and removed the oil cap. Smoke began to come out of the oil compartment and the dip stick was melted. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the motor block was cracked. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 88,000.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012010


  • 350 miles
My new Honda Civic (2010) has had two episodes of random, unpredictable engine revving, the engine revs as if I were going 60 miles an hour and then suddenly somehow went into first gear. The first time it happened the car did accelerate and I hit a snow bank as I was pulling into my driveway. The second time it happened I was going around 35 miles per hour, the engine revved, but the car didn't accelerate. I am taking the car to the dealer tomorrow. It is very scary.

- Horsham, PA, USA

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