hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,177 miles

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2005 Honda Civic lights problems

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2005 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 222014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 177,000 miles


I first noticed the problem with the head lights dim from regular brightness to really low while driving. Then I noticed the lights inside the car doing the same dim while the engine is off. And today, on my dashboard I noticed the SRS indicator light turned on red, and stays on red as I drive it. Everything is original on the vehicle, no after market. Vehicle has never been in an accident and no repairs have been made, minor or major.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 112013


  • miles
* am reporting this problem because I have noticed the same tail-lighting failure on dozens of seventh-generation Honda Civics now on the road.** my 2005 Honda Civic 4-dr sedan failed its 2013 Virginia safety inspection because the license-plate light and trunk-located brake lights (of which there are two) were not working. I took the car to landmark Honda of alexandria, va., and they discovered that the wiring in the car's trunk was broken. They soldered the wire to fix the problem. In February 2014 I experienced the same problem and took the sedan to my local dealer in boston, mass., where I now live (Honda cars of boston). They discovered that the soldering had failed and they replaced a trunk wiring harness to better resolve the problem. I spent approximately $500 between the two repair jobs at the two Honda dealers. I am concerned that all seventh-generation Honda Civics may suffer from a wiring defect that affects vehicles' visibility on the road. I am the original owner of this vehicle.

- Charlestown, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 082012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 131,885 miles
Tag and rear running lights failed 11/28/2012. Rick case Honda dealer said the entire rear tail light harness was brittle due to age and required replacement at a cost of $ 228 labor and $186 for the parts. In my mind this main harness is poorly designed for the life time of the vehicle and should have connectors that allow repair for less cost to consumer since tail lights are safety issue and I observe a number of Honda Civics on the highway with failed or failing tail lights. I think the wiring harness should be higher grade wire due to safety concerns or have connectors added to insure repairs are easy to conduct for the do it yourself repairs or improve the design so failures due not occur with age of the vehicle.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 102005


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Civic ex. The contact stated that the low beam headlights would not illuminate. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer and they advised that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 7,000.

- Bradford, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 012010


  • miles
I purchased a 2005 Honda Civic new. The vehicle now belongs to my son. The vehicle was taken to the Honda dealer for maintenance since I purchased it. Approx. 6 months ago my son was stopped by the police on several occasions due to the license plate light and all of the tail lights being in-op. It was taken immediately to the dealer. They replaced the bulbs did a diagnostic check and the light still did not work. They could not figure it out. He took the vehicle to meineke for state inspection and of course it could not pass due to the lights. When the mechanic look at the wiring it had been sliced in three different places and taped back together. The wiring had either been jimmied apart, or something snagged them. I never added anything to the car. It belong to me until Sept last year. It is apparent it came from the factory this way. It cost several hundred dollars to correct. Honda is not helping me with this.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

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