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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,095 miles

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2013 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #15

Apr 212016

Civic

  • 70,000 miles

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

My 2013 Honda Civic hesitates when I attempt to accelerate suddenly. This is dangerous when trying to make a left hand turn in front of oncoming traffic, or merge at a freeway entry and accelerate to highway speeds. The electronic fuel injection, computer control or the engine or cv transmission may be the cause. I suspect the computer control, as the car is equipped with "eco mode". but the problem occurs whether "eco mode" is on or off. This has happened repeatedly, but I will only list the most recent issue below.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 312013

Civic

  • miles
All of these issues have presented themselves while the car was on and in motion. Dear Honda: Recall the airbags asap!! #1 sign of issue @ 45 miles: Passenger airbag light/sensor would blink on-off intermittently (all the time) only while driving. Back driver window works intermittently. #2 @ 15000 miles: Steering wheel controls intermittently worked backwards (volume up would turn down & vice versa.) it wasn't frequently and always eventually started working correctly. #3 @ 40000 miles: Airbag warning light came on stating "check airbags" it goes off every once in a while but is on 90% of the time. (not under warranty, the dealer wants $150 just to look. Having the car less 2yrs. And the airbag having issues since 45 miles and never being in an accident, I feel this should be something I should not have to pay for and can't afford anyway. Huge safety concern. #3 @ 60000 miles: My cruise control does not work. It won't even turn on. #4 @ 64000 miles: The horn does not work most of the time. All these issues and I've only had the car 2.5 yrs. The cruise and volume controls not working is annoying but the horn and airbag is a huge risky issues. I'm not the first to complain. Honda is aware there is issues with the airbags in these models and still has not issued a recall" shame on you Honda! why wait? people are going to die because of the faulty airbags! how many before you make it right?"!!

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 202015

Civic

  • 15,447 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while the key was in the on position, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was able to start after another attempt and the vehicle drove forward independently. In addition, the brakes failed to respond and the steering wheel locked warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle drove over the sidewalk and crashed into a building. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,447.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Jan 082014

Civic

  • 900 miles

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

Wthile driving and slowing to make a left turn at a flashing yellow light intersection and being an automatic transmission, I drive two footed, for quicker response time. Upon stepping on accelerator the vehicle hesitates for 3-4 seconds before picking up speed. When taken to the dealer, I am told it is a 2 footed driver issue and nothing they can be done. I have left it 24 hours and been told, 'no problem found'. I have had to change my habits to allow for it. It is intermittent, and if it is a 2 footed issue, why intermittent" I have not have not changed to 1 foot driving" should be always. I am highly considering getting a different brand vehicle. I do not feel safe in this one.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #11

Jan 062014

Civic

  • 4,000 miles
On numerous occasions my manual transmission 2013 Honda Civic has accelerated on its own in 2nd and 3rd gears. It occurs much more often in 3rd gear and happened twice just today; it has never done this in 1st, 4th, or 5th gears. I don't use cruise control so, unless the cruise control is kicking in on its own somehow, that is not the cause. When the car starts accelerating on its own, I am unable to easily move the gear shift from 2nd or 3rd into neutral and have to either apply alot of pressure to move it into neutral or use the clutch. Breaking will sometimes stop the acceleration but not always and sometimes even when I use the brake, when I take my foot off the brake the car will continue accelerating on its own. This has occurred most often at speeds between 25 and 35. The car was purchased new from the dealer.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #10

Nov 282014

Civic

  • 10,780 miles
Driving home up 50 degree hill. Approximate speed 35 mph. I took my foot off accelerator because I like to coast the last 1/4 of the hill for safety, slowing down for any potential idiots who might sail around the corner from the flat cross street, cutting off the part of the street that, by law, should be left clear for the car coming uphill. In a split second, my car accelerates suddenly, as though I had stomped down on the accelerator again. Now what do I do" my 2012 Honda Civic had premature brake failure that is now the subject of a class action lawsuit. Do I get rid of this "new" Honda that turned one mid-October??" I don't know what to do, given the other stories about unintended acceleration in new Honda.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 102013

Civic

  • 100 miles

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

Vehicle hesitates occasionally on start up. This is completely unpredictable and requires pushing hard on the accelerator, which results in a very fast takeoff. If you leave an even pressure on the pedal, the car will eventually move off, but this unpredictability can be quite dangerous if you are trying to pull out into a stream of moving traffic.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #8

Aug 042014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 25 miles
For any speed above 25mph this issue occurs at any speed the cruise control is active. I noticed this issue almost around August 2014. Issue occurs with setting speed control. In this model, the customer can choose either choose res +, res "?. I found out if I choose res -, the vehicle sets the speed correctly most of the time with +/-1 mile which is ok. During this mode, each time the customer press ??-??, the vehicle speed decreases by one mile which is as designed. Sometimes, the vehicle does not hold the speed at the requested set speed and the vehicle speed continue decrease without limit I found out if I choose res +, the vehicle sets the speed correctly most of the time with +/-1 mile which is ok. During this mode, each time the customer press ??+?", the vehicle speed increases by one mile which is as designed. Sometimes, the vehicle does not hold the speed at the requested set speed and the vehicle speed continue decrease without limit the main and the most serious issue is, if the customer choose res -, then apply/press the brake the cruise control will be cancelled which is ok then if the customer choose res + after that, the vehicle speed continue rising without limit. This could cause accident if the driver did not pay attentions especially because it is not the normal operation.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #7

Mar 102014

Civic

  • 30 miles
Issue occurs with setting speed control. In this model, the customer can choose either choose res +, res ". I found out if I choose res -, the vehicle sets the speed correctly most of the time with +/-1 mile which is ok. During this mode, each time the customer press ?-?, the vehicle speed decreases by one mile which is as designed. Sometimes, the vehicle does not hold the speed at the requested set speed and the vehicle speed continue decrease I found out if I choose res +, the vehicle sets the speed correctly most of the time with +/-1 mile which is ok. During this mode, each time the customer press ?+", the vehicle speed increases by one mile which is as designed. Sometimes, the vehicle does not hold the speed at the requested set speed and the vehicle speed continue decrease the main and the most serious issue is, if the customer choose res -, then apply/press the brake the cruise control will be cancelled which is ok then if the customer choose res + after that, the vehicle speed continue rising without limit. This could cause accident if the driver did not pay attentions especially because it is not the normal operation.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #6

Jul 222004

Civic

  • 6,600 miles
Sometimes when I slow down to make a left or right turn, I press the accelerater and nothing happens. This has been happening for several months. I took it to the dealer and they said it was because of being in econ mode. I don't use econ mode in spring, summer & fall and it still happens; not every time but 2 or 3 times a week. If I were to try to make a quick turn and it did that II could have an accident. I've been driving mostly Honda since 1984 and have never had this or any other problem. Please look into this as it could have serious repercussions. Updated 04/3/2015

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

May 102014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles

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

This letter is to inform you about a severe malfunction that caused an accident. I was traumatized by a sudden unintended acceleration with my 2013 Honda Civic. Luckily no one got hurt in this event, but I?M hoping that this fact will not reduce the attention from this severe malfunction. Following is a brief summary of the event that happened on May 10, 2014 at 6:30pm: I was driving slowly, under 5 miles per hour, approaching a parking near the sideways. There was one car already parked, and I was going to park behind it. I was about to complete my parking, and my leg was gently applying the brakes (I was almost at a complete halt). Suddenly, the car made a very loud noise as if someone pressed on the gas all the way (it was an awful noise), and then it shot itself forward at a crazy speed. As the car drove itself into the parked car in front, I pulled the handbrake and pressed harder on the breaks in the split second that I had to realize something is wrong. Since I was at a very low speed, the impact didn't deploy the airbags. The parked car in front of me stopped the car from going forward uncontrollably. All of this happened in a matter of seconds. At this point the cars engine decreased the RPM back to normal, and the car stopped pushing itself forward, though at that point I already deployed the hand brake.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 232014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 3,100 miles
On April 23, 2014 at about 4:40 P. M. my son was driving 30 mph which is 5 miles under the posted speed limit for that area where he lives. The road leading to the back entrance of his housing complex is a single one-way lane with a wide bicycle lane. This roadway curves slightly to the left leading into the entrance of his housing complex. On approaching the end of the road my son took his foot of the gas to slow down the vehicle, turn the steering wheel to the left (as the road curves naturally to the left) the vehicle suddenly accelerated and steered to the right. My son tried very hard to pull the steering wheel to the left to correct the steering but it would not turn. The steering wheel locked and the vehicle steered uncontrollably to the right, jumping the concrete curb and stuck a concrete street light pole, flipped over and landed a few feet away on the driver's side with five airbags deployed. (one on the steering wheel, and four over the doors). He was examined by paramedic's on the scene and later observed severe bruising on his abdomen and neck which required further medical attention. The vehicle sustained extensive damage and declared a total lost by the insurance company.

- Coral Springs , FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 222014

Civic

  • 6,450 miles
On 22nd March 2014, I was driving my one year old Civic on interstate 55 from jackson towards baton rouge. After traveling about 50 miles with an average speed of 65 to 70 miles per hour, I suddenly faced problem with acceleration. The acceleration went crazy spiking the tachometer between 4000 and 6000 RPM and the car was slowing down though I gave the acceleration. When I gave the acceleration, it was making roaring sound and RPM on tachometer is spiking between 4000 and 6000 RPM. Car was coming to stall slowly from 65 mph, before it could come down to standstill I turned on emergency lights and pulled the vehicle on to the shoulder. Fortunately two vehicles behind me past my car merging to left lane seeing my emergency lights on. After pulling the car on to the shoulder, I have put the car on to parking gear for few minutes and then again shifted back to drive. From thereon I did not face any acceleration problem again for the rest of my 2.5 hours journey. For safety, I just stayed on right lane and drove with constant speed of about 65 mph through out my journey. It was really frightening experience when I was driving at 65 mph and suddenly accelerator not working and going berserk and car slowing down on interstate. I would like to know what could be the problem with my car and if there are any solutions for this. Please let me know, I am really worried now to drive my car on highways and to go on long drives.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

Sep 292011

Civic

  • 4,000 miles
I set the speed, using the cruise control, at 65 mph or 70 mph. Upon encountering a hill the car will slow down to as much as 60 or 65. Eventually the cruise control will kick in and the auto-throttle will accelerate the car quickly to 5 mph beyond the set speed. If it were set at 65, the car might accelerate to 70; set at 70 it might go to 75. Additionally, when I hit the brake to disengage the cruise control, it may take a couple of seconds for the throttle to disengage. Several times cars have passed me when the car automatically slowed going up a hill. After passing me, other vehicles thought it was safe to pull back into my lane, in front of me. If the cruise control kicked in at some point immediately after they passed, and my car started racing forward, putting little or no distance between myself and the car that just passed me, then I had to swerve to avoid an accident with the car that just passed because my car was lunging forward. Unknown to the car that passed, it was no longer safe for them to pull back into the right lane (two lanes going same direction). Upon complaining to two dealerships, they stated that what I was saying just wasn't true, but they were unwilling to take a test drive with me to confirm my experience. They noted that they had received several complaints, but stated that the gain and loss variance in speed was no more than 2 or 3 miles per hour due to the defective cruise control. I believe Honda is well aware of this dangerous feature, and that they are doing their best to sweep it under the rug. As far as I'm concerned, they can fix it, or take the car back. At this point, I really don't care. I do not like having a car with a feature I can not use because using the feature creates too much of a road hazard.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 262013

Civic

  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the accelerator failed to respond to acceleration attempts. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle erroneously decelerated while the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 4,000. The current mileage was 5,200. Returned by usps on 11-14-2013, secong attempt on 11-14-2013 failed.

- Somerville, TN, USA

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