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9.4

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,250 miles

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2016 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jul 292016

Civic

  • 200 miles

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

The cover on the third brake light has fallen off. The Honda dealership has tried to fix it four times and now says there is nothing they can do because this is a known issue at Honda and there is no fix. This is a serious safety issue. There is no way to see out the back window in the dark or when condensation is on the window, if the brake is engaged. All you see is a reflection of the brake light. Without the backup camera, the car would not be drivable. This occurs when stationary or in motion.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #20

Jun 152016

Civic

  • miles
The cover for the reverse light, rear window, of the 2016 Civic has dropped and after repeated attempts trying to get american Honda to correct, still has not been fixed. The cover can't be removed as the reverse light is too bright and makes it impossible to see out the rear window at night. During the day, the cover obscures objects/cars in the rear view window.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 222016

Civic

  • 9 miles
The 3rd brake light that's on the inside of the rear window (I have the coupe) has a cover which keeps the light directed outside of the car and attaches to the window. The glue holding it to the window isn't strong enough, so the cover hangs down, blocking some of the rear window, reducing visibility. Also, at night the light itself washes out the rear window, making it difficult to see out the back at all. This problem is affecting 100% of the 2016 coupes that have ever been out on a warm day (heat melts the glue), and Honda isn't fixing it. They've been stringing us along for 5 months now, promising a fix in "a month" or "a couple weeks", with no resolution. Last I heard, they said on November 7th that it would be released in 8-12 weeks. It feels like their plan is to just keep this up until people super glue the casing to the window themselves or decide badgering Honda about it isn't worth it anymore. Please make them fix their problem.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 302016

Civic

  • 268 miles

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

The third brake light cover (inside top center of rear window) on my 2016 Honda Civic coupe is loose/drooping/falling off on the back passenger side with right-rear of cover separated by about 1/4" gap from inside of rear window. This condition has existed since I purchased the car on September 30, 2016. This allows distracting light leak while driving at night and impairs visibility through the rear window. Based upon information online Honda does not yet have a fix for this even though it has been widely reported occurring on the 2016 Civic coupes since June 2016..

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 032016

Civic

  • 350 miles
The housing that surrounds the third brake light is not fully affixed to the rear interior window. The housing just bouces up and down and red light floods the back window when the brake is applied. This situation makes it difficult to see out of the back window at night.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #16

Oct 282016

Civic

  • 6,000 miles
Cover for center brake light keeps coming loose, obscuring rear window and flooding interior with red light when brake is applied at night. Known issue, but dealers do not have guidance on how to permanently fix it.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 232016

Civic

  • 5,000 miles

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

The high-mounted brake light cover, mounted on the rear window, has detached itself from the window. This has resulted in a loss of visibility due to the plastic cover blocking important visual information from outside the car. In addition, red light from the brake light illuminates the rear window, making it almost impossible to see outside at night. I report this to the dealer (roberts Honda in downingtown, pa) who said that "all Civic coupes have had this problem, Honda America is aware, but has not provided a fix"

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 102016

Civic

  • 500 miles
Third brake light cover, on rear window, keeps falling down allowing a red glare at night when the brakes are applied.

- St Robert, MO, USA

problem #13

Aug 052016

Civic

  • miles
The cover on the third brake light at top center of the rear window on the coupe version of this car does not stay adhered to the window. This causes a safety issue I visibility in the rear view mirror. Besides reducing visual sight area. At night the red light upon brake application is both distracting obliterates any other viewing out of the read window. Dealer attempt to fix was unsuccessful. Part needs to be redesigned for better installation method than double sided tape on the edge of the part. Many other coupe owners have complained online about this issue.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 302016

Civic

  • miles
3rd rear brake light cover on 2016 Civic coupe came loose and when brakes are used 3rd brake light reflects on rear widow causing visibility problem at night. Also cover flaps against window when windows of car are open.dealer tried to glue cover it lasted 15 minutes. They said the currently have no fix. Honda needs to fix this design flaw problem especially since this is a safety issue.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 272016

Civic

  • miles

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

Third brake light cover will not stay up. This causes a visibility issue when driving at night or in rain, as the reflection from the red light covers the entire back window and reflects in the side mirrors. You cannot see. It does not matter if the temp is hot or not. Leased in Ohio end of June and was like that then, as were all coupes on lot. Dealer said they could glue in Ohio. Called another dealer he said not to do that, would void warranty. Car now with son at college in Florida. Called dealer there, knew nothing. This is a hazard driving and I want it documented, as pretty much all other 2016 Honda coupe owners do, that if this causes an accident, there have been plenty of complaints at Honda service departments about. There is a forum that has pages of the same complaint and attempted fixes, but none work. It even states that since July 2016 Honda is working on a fix. This is a danger and needs fixed asap.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 202016

Civic

  • 700 miles
The 3rd brake light on my new Civic has been repaired and replaced twice and it will not stay covering the brake light, poses a safety hazard while driving as it hangs down and at night the brake light shines thru the windshield will be taking back to dealer for third time to try and rectify.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Jul 062016

Civic

  • 20 miles
Third brake light came came loose shortly after driving the car off the dealer lot and persisted after attempting a fix. Dealer replaced the adhesive and it did not fix the issue. Third brake light housing loose severely affects visibility through rear windshield. Braking at night illuminates the entire rear windshield and severely obstructs the view. Definite safety issue that requires a recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 112016

Civic

  • 44 miles
The cover on the third brake light at the top center of the rear window on the coupe version of this car does not stay adhered to the window. This causes a safety issue in visibility in the rear view mirror. Besides reducing visual sight area, at night the red light upon brake application is both distracting and obliterates any other viewing out of the rear window. Dealer attempt to fix was unsuccessful. Part needs to be redesigned for a better installation method than double sided tape on the edge of the part. Many other coupe owners have complained online about this same issue.

- Taftville, CT, USA

problem #7

Aug 012016

Civic

  • 4,500 miles
Third brake light cover will not stay affixed to window causing light to flood the back glass when braking.

- Prince, WV, USA

problem #6

Aug 162016

Civic

  • 6,500 miles
Third brake light housing came undone. I've researched several Honda Civic forums and this seems to be a wide spread problem. One complaint even read that when they contacted their dealer they said that every single 2016 Civic coupe they had in the lot is having this issue. Mind you those vehicles haven't even been driven yet. While for me this is mildly annoying I can see how this can cause real visibility issues. So far there are no permanent fixes by Honda for this. I fully expect a recall once a permanent fix is made by Honda and there should be one. Not only is this annoying but it is a safety issue as well.

- Parksville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 212016

Civic

  • 75 miles
Within a month of purchasing my car in July the third brake light cover has fallen down. When it is dark the red light from the brake light reflects on the rear window making it difficult to see out the rear window. The vehicle was stationary when the fault was initially noticed. Honda has not come up with any fix to this problem. The adhesive used for the third brake light cover is not strong enough to with stand the heat absorbed by the back windshield.

- Odessa, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 132016

Civic

  • 17 miles
3rd light brake cover on coupe falls off. Fell off with 17 miles on the vehicle. Numerous repair attempts have failed. Result rear window floods with red light at night causing a serious safety issue *blinding*. no known recalls or fix attempts by Honda have repaired issue. Unable to drive the car at night!!! serious safety issue and design flaw

- Belton, SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 072016

Civic

  • 75 miles
High brakelight cover will not remain attached to rear window and hangs down. The velcro attaching strips pull away from the glass in hot weather. The result is that rearward vision is reduced, and at night, applying the brakes will light up the entire rear glass obstructing outward vision whether vehicle is moving or not. Passengers in the rear seat will have the plastic cover hit their heads.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 302016

Civic

  • 2,000 miles
Third brake cover off, and they told me that now can not be permanently repaired, when you depress the brake entire glass is red. Wipers can not clean the windscreen.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

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