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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,046 miles

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2016 Honda Civic electrical problems

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2016 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 082016


  • 2,500 miles


The radio or said infotainment system does not work as advertised, not allowing you to use your google navigation or bluetooth which are 2 big safety concerns, the internet is flooded with complaints and all say Honda is ignoring the problem and refusing a fix.

- Leesburg, GA, USA

problem #15

Sep 192016


  • 7,000 miles
Purchased a new 2016 Civic touring in May 2016. Within a couple of weeks I was having small electrical issues such as screens going black, rebooting, and stereo not working. I would get a failure warning on the dash once in awhile (different each time). Car failed to start on July 26th 2016. All screens were flashing error messages. Car would not start. I called the dealer and had the car towed. Dealer claimed they have never seem this problem. They kept the car for a couple of days and stated there was nothing wrong, and they couldn't replicate the problem. I would continue to have the same small problems with the car every so often. Until, the car slammed on the brakes coming to a complete stop by itself and computer took 100% control of the car. I couldn't steer, accelerate, or control the car at all. I nearly got rear ended in an intersection. There was not a car directly in front of me that would have caused the collision avoidance to brake in order to avoid an accident. After the car came to a complete stop I regained control again and the car operated normal. Soon after, while attempting to start the car I received the all the error codes again and it the car wouldn't start. I again called the dealer and had it towed. Dealer cannot tell me why the car self braked and cannot replicate it. I have an open case# with Honda of America. I have told both the dealership and Honda of America the car is unsafe to drive. My wife and daughter are both scared for their safety to drive it. No one from my family including myself will be driving the car ever again, nor can I sell it to someone else. They need to purchase the car back from me and find out what is causing this to ensure no one gets seriously injured from this happening again.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #14

Sep 222016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2016 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the electric parking brake, brake hold system, and air bag SRS warning indicators flashed, and the lane keep assist warning indicator deactivated. The vehicle lost power and various warning indicators and gauges flickered. The contact was able to coast the vehicle over to the side of the road. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed to a dealer. The dealer was unable to replicate and diagnose the failure, but test drove the vehicle. The vehicle was left at the dealer. The contact placed two calls to the manufacturer, left a voice message, and was waiting for a response. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 162016


  • 1,200 miles


While driving 25 mph in daytime/dry conditions/light traffic on a straight portion of a two-lane street, vehicle lost instrumentation (tach, speedometer, and central display) for approx. 45-60 seconds. As system reset, large "H" was displayed for a period and then instrumentation was restored. Queried service rep at the dealership who said it wasn't a known issue. Occurred about Mar 16. Hasn't reoccurred yet.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 112016


  • miles
Certain Honda Civic's have apple's carplay installed, through the ios iphone mobile phone platform. When enabled, or plugged into the car, navigation support provided by apple's maps application goes into 'day mode' while at night. This creates a huge amount of brightness in the car and blinds the driver with brightness. There is no fix for this problem and I can easily see how accidents can be triggered due to blinding interior light due to the apple maps (through carplay) not working properly. This is clearly an error, or poor design by apple/Honda. I believe that carplay's navigation function is a danger to the american public because having huge amounts of sudden brightness causes distraction and major problems with vision.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Jun 182016


  • 5,613 miles
Vehicle has repeatedly thrown errors with warnings to not drive the vehicle and have it inspected by the dealer. The vehicle has already been to the shop twice for the problem. In both cases Honda installed an updated vsa modulator they claimed would fix the problem. It has not. Not the local dealer doesn't even want to see the vehicle as they tell me their is nothing more they can do for us. They claimed to have emailed Honda corporate to have a regional rep contact us. It has been 4 days since. They say the vehicle is safe, but yet they don't even know what is wrong with it. The vehicle has a defect they cannot correct, and my car is not alone. Please look at these two sites to see examples: and each time the vehicle is not in motion. Each time the error messages appear after starting the vehicle. Each time the warnings instruct you not to drive the vehicle. Errors include: Cmbs problem, adaptive cruise control problem, tire pressure monitor system, brake system problem, anti-lock brake system, tire pressure low, and charging system problem.

- Graver Beach, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 042016


  • 800 miles


Bought the car in mid February and it began to read "brake system problem" once the car was turned on and stationary a few weeks after. I took it to the dealership in March and they "cleared" the codes and test drove it. In April, the same error appeared but now with more errors such as "tire pressure low, brake system problem, charging system problem and anti lock brake system problem." I took it to the dealership once again and they replaced the "ABS modulator" and "cleared" the codes. Once again a month later (June), the same errors are appearing.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

May 192016


  • 2,000 miles
Car doors will sometimes refuse to unlock / acknowledge remote control after the trunk is closed. The car's computer crashes. Video of me experiencing the problem: Https:// it's difficult to repro, but here are the steps: 1. open the trunk. 2. close the trunk 3. observe that both turn signals are solidly lit 4. observe that the car no longer responds to the remote. At this point, the only way to unlock the door is to take out the emergency key - which will then trigger the theft alarm. Lots of other people who have experienced this: 1. 2.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 072016


  • 5,888 miles
Vehicle has been in the service shop 5 times for "brake system failure", "anti-lock brake system failure", "tire pressure monitor system failure", "tire pressure low", and "charging system failure" with no resolve by the dealership. These messages were all on the radio display prior to today to which the dealership said they are false flags. I am not sure how a "brake system failure" anywhere on a dash is a false flag. These messages generally occurred upon startup but many times while driving. Last night, error messages appeared in the instrument cluster and the vehicle refused to start. The vehicle was stationary and would not start up at this time.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 012016


  • 1,300 miles
There are three problems I want to complain: 1) information screen flickers for 10 minutes after starting the engine. I sent it to dealer shop, but they said that they never heard of such a problem, and had no solution. The problem happened at least three times per week in the past two months. 2) information screen shows six different warning messages after starting the engine, including ABS failure, vsa failure, low battery level, collision mitigation failure, adaptive cruise control failure etc. I took it to the dealer, the reason they told me is that they had one of my tires replaced one week before and TPMS had not been reset correctly. However, why it took two weeks for the system to give the warning messages instead of right after tire got changed? 3) TPMS failed to detect flat tire. I was driving a car with one flat tire for 1 mile, and the TPMS even failed to detect the flat tire.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #6

May 262016


  • 29 miles


I purchased a new vehicle with 29 miles on it. I received the key, paired a phone with bluetooth, and put it in drive, then the dash lit up with flashing error signals for engine, tire pressure, brakes. It's still in the shop.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #5

May 072016


  • 4,800 miles
I cranked up my brand new Honda and a emissions system error displayed. I contacted the dealer and drove it to them. In retrospect that was probably a bad idea. My entire electrical system could have glitched and I could have been hurt. Rodents ate my wiring harness this weekend. As per the service tech at my local Honda dealership the wiring harness and surrounding pieces are made from a soybean derivative. They are attracted to it because essentially it's a protein pack on tires. This is my 7th Honda (Prelude si, Civic si, Accord ex, Civic dx, Honda atv, Honda atv) and I've never had any critter eat anything Honda related before. I still park in the same place. Nothing has changed. My angst is that Honda is unable to provide parts not mad from soybeans. If my new Honda had been manufactured with something less environmentally friendly is is highly probable this loss would not have occurred. The thing that frustrates me the most is that Honda's brand of rodent deterrent tape is not part of any dealer option package. Therefore I wasn't offered a chance to buy the $30 roll of rodent tape from the Honda parts department. Now I'm looking at over $1000 in damage that could have been prevented by tape and Honda cannot guarantee that the way they repair it will not prevent it from occurring again. I've only owned the call for 3 months. I'm extremely concerned it could happen again and that would be another $1000 repair. Does Honda truly believe that using these parts is okay" do they expect me to purchase an 8th Honda after dealing with this mess" I'm very disappointed.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 102016


  • 300 miles
While driving the vehicle and using the Cruze control in our touring model the systems would fail and the display multiple errors like stability control and collision mitigation have failed. To reset these we had to pull off the road stop the engine and restart. We have videos of the displays. It happened at any speed. The problems started shortly after we purchased the vehicle. We took it to the dealer 7 times and was only fixed after we threatened to proceed we the Texas limon law.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 112016


  • 6 miles
Every since the repair of the recall the engine pulls not even an hour after the pick up the car had to go back in the shop for belt repair. It makes noises as if something is loose. I've called several times to speak with patrick never to get a call back. The care is in motion. The smart connection doesn't work it stop recognizing any device

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 122016


  • 1,000 miles
Possible electric problem. Have my Civic ex for a month. When I was driving alone on freeway, I cannot open moon-roof, lower the front passage side window or adjust the passage side rare mirror. All other stuff works fine. After stop at a gas station, I turn off the system completely and waiting for around 1 mins then turn the car on again. Problem is still the same. So I went to open the passage side door and push the lower window button, it works. Then I back to driver's seat everything works fine. Have no idea what's wrong with it. No rain, no show, on that day.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 062016


  • 300 miles
My mother in law's not even a week old Civic had a complete electrical failure on I-210 eastbound just before the campus exit, probably doing the speed limit on the afternoon of 02/06/2016. Aaa and the police responded. They could not restart it. It was subsequently towed to rock Honda where the car was purchased. I am robert halsted 15192 w harvard circle lakewood co 80228 303-989-5024. The owner of the Civic: Kathryn monahan 6388 amberwood dr alta loma ca 91701 909-987-1251.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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