really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,918 miles

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2006 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

May 242014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 90,100 miles


A faulty designed upper rear control arm causes uneven tire wear and alignment & braking issues.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #23

May 082014


  • 99,755 miles
I on a 2006 Honda Civic ex. Yesterday I came to a stop light and applied the brakes and as I did so the car stopped and then the engine began to race and roar. I applied the brakes harder as the car began to try to jump forward into the intersection the engine raced even more and the brakes were not holding the car back so I quickly put the car in park and turned off the engine. I waited about 30 seconds and then started the car again and kept my foot on the brake. The care engine was normal this time and the engine did not race so I drove home. The next day I took my car to the Honda dealership and they put it on the computer and did not find anything wrong, but when they did a visual check of the gas pedal, they found that the gas pedal had come loose from the floor mounting. They tighten this part and charged me for labor and the time on the computer (which came to $104.). they said there was a recall on this part for some of the 2006 Honda Civics, but that mine was not the right VIN number for this recall. When I look on you website it type in my VIN number and make and model, it says it is on recall and that they have a modification kit for the gas pedal that they send to the dealership to repair the car for free that is supposed to prevent this from happening again. I feel that they should have order the repair kit for my gas pedal and told me that they would service my car for free. My life or someone else's could have been at risk with this incident and possibly without this modification kit, it can happen again in the future. I would like to know how to get my car included in this recall and free installation of the modification kit as it should not be excluded since I obviously suffer the same risk as those other 2006 Honda Civics with the approved VIN numbers. I would also like a refund on the $104.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #22

Dec 172011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 74,619 miles
Two days ago I was pulling into a parking space in a grocery store parking lot. I was slowing the car down using the brakes. As I turned into the parking space I applied pressure on the brakes, the brakes became soft and suddenly the engines rpms increased and began jumping between 3000 rpms to 4000 rpms. The car began to move forward even though I had the brakes fully depressed and I was in danger of hitting other cars or people. I immediately put the car in neutral and the rpms jumped even higher. I turned the engine off and after a few seconds the engine stopped. I re-started it and drove to the Honda dealership. They have had the car for two days and can not find the problem (or so they say). This is the second time in 8 weeks this has happened in this car (see complaint number 10435619). This was not pedal error. My foot was only on the brake. After doing a google search I see hundreds of similar complaints. Honda is not admitting that there is a problem with the software in their cars but there is. Please look into this before too many people get killed. I could have easily run over the 2-3 people walking in front of me if I hadn't been through this before and knew to put the car in neutral right away. Both times when I put my foot on the brake I felt the brakes soften and the engine suddenly revved. It appears to me that there is some glitch in their software that tells the engine to downshift when braking. Instead of downshifting the engine accelerates. Something is clearly wrong with this car. Unfortunately the check engine light does not come on so Honda can not find the error. Clearly if you do a google search there is a serious problem out there with these Honda.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #21

Feb 162011


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph and the vehicle began to vibrate. Also, a loud ticking noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. In March of 2010, the vehicle was inspected under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 07V399000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock: Wheel speed sensor); however the technician was unable to detect a malfunction. The dealer refused to accept responsibility for the most recent failure of the rear driver side wheel bearing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Cape Caneberal, FL, USA

problem #20

Sep 202011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Having taken my car in for a routine maintenance at 91,000 miles I was told that the brake light switch was only working on an intermediate basis. I was also told that a product recall was in place for same year make - different model. I'm having this corrected at my expense but felt it necessary to alert you folks to a possible defect in other cars of same make and model year.

- North East, MD, USA

problem #19

Aug 202011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the front brake pads and rotors were worn prematurely. The rotors were too small for the pads and there was a constant noise coming from the brakes. The brake pads and rotors were replaced at least three times. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #18

Dec 192010


  • 80,000 miles


Our 2006 Honda Civic ex automatic had the battery die on us while the key was still in the ignition and apparently this combo is a sure fire way of destroying the ABS modulator which Honda charges $900 to repair. This is a wide spread Honda problem which was revealed once I started searching for what the lights on our dash meant. More people with the same problem can be found here. www.8thcivic.com/forums/Canada-East/83944-ABS-light-E-brake.html www.answerbag.com/Q_view/1057973 www.8thcivic.com/forums/mechanical-problems-technical-chat/231978-ABS-brake-lights-after-hub-bearing-replacement.html.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #17

Jul 012007


  • 20,000 miles
The recent recall of Honda Odyssey and element models made me remember two things about the 2006 Honda Civic that I owned. I experienced the same braking issue on it- I would have to hold the brake pedal down pretty forcefully in order to make sure it wouldn't creep forward while stopped. It was an automatic transmission, and if stopped on an incline on a hill (at a red light or stop sign), when the brakes were released the car would move backward significantly. This didn't happen on a steep hill- I have driven several other cars on this same hill and never had a problem. It was so significant that I would have to prepare myself to accelerate immediately and with relative force to prevent the car from rolling backwards.

- Topsfield, MA, USA

problem #16

Mar 162010


  • miles
I am uncertain this is the proper forum for my complaint but it has to do with the braking system on my 2006 Honda Civic. I go through front brake pads in less than 15K miles and my rear brakes have hardly been touched. Soon, at just over 40K I will be replacing pads a 3rd time and rotors too. On my prior car, a 1991 Honda Accord that I put 325K miles on, I replaced pads about every 40K miles. This is a bigger heavier car yet the brakes lasted longer and as I grow older I think my driving has become more patient and less aggressive so I would expect my brakes to last the same or longer on a smaller lighter car. I think my current Civic braking system is over zealous and burning through brake pads too fast. If as suggested by this article (losangeles.bizjournals.com/losangeles/stories/2010/03/15/daily7.html?ed=2010-03-16&ana=E_du_pap) the vsa modulator is 'under performing' in braking situations, isn't it just as likely the same design could be 'over performing' as well? my midas mechanic sure thinks so but said I would never be able to prove it on my own. I thought it was worth bringing to your attention. My front brakes over do it and my back brakes might as well not be there at all. Better to brake too much instead of too little but I think this flaw is related.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 052010


  • 15,105 miles
Vehicle brought to repair shop for burning smell. It was found that front brakes were locked. Bleeders were opened which released the front brake application. Only the built up pressure in the caliper was released, hydraulic system was not drained, or bled. The brake fluid is full, there are no signs of fluid contamination. Now, vehicle has a hard brake pedal but absolutely no brake application. No brake fluid escapes when opening bleeders, with helper pressing brake pedal. I thought, even in the event of complete ABS failure, the basic hydraulic system would still be functioning. Updated 4/13/10 the problem was created by an improper adjustment of the brake position switch (brake light switch). Updated 05/13/10.

- Manhattan, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 102006


  • 85,000 miles


I own a 2006 Honda Civic. I have 85, 000 miles on the car, and I have experienced premature brake failure four times now (I was just advised today by my mechanic that the brakes are once again seriously worn and in need of replacement). The brakes wear unevenly, with more wear on the driver's side, and it always occurs approximately every 20,000 miles. When it first occurred, Honda refused to accept responsibility and consider a repair under the warranty. I have not contacted them about the subsequent failures.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 102006


  • 8,976 miles
I bought my 2006 Honda Civic LX in November 2005. In August 2008 the wear sensor on the front brakes were squealing and I had to have the brake pads replaced and the rotors machined at 8976 miles. I was told that because I live in a geographically hilly area that my brakes would wear sooner than other areas. I find this unusual, other cars that I have driven in the same area did not have this problem. Since then I have had the front pads replaced and the rotors machined on 8/13/07 at 19,093 miles, on 6/2/08 at 27,878 miles and on 12/8/08 at 33,831 miles the pads had to be replaced again and I needed new rotors. I went to a different mechanic this time and they put on different pads which are still doing fine. I wrote to Honda and spoke to a manager there and was told that this is a wear issue and there would be nothing they could do about it. I also feel that Honda is not standing by the quality they used to. My sister has a 2001 Honda Civic and had her brake pads changed for the 1st time in 2008.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

May 232009


  • 35,300 miles
Was traveling approx. 20 mph approaching a stop sign, applied the brake. Brake faded, car suddenly was accelerated. Put car in neutral, it accelerated for approx. 2 seconds and then went into idle.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #11

Feb 232009


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid. While driving 5 mph out of the driveway, the vehicle struck a bump and it suddenly accelerated on its own. The contact lost control of the vehicle and it spun around. Both the brakes and emergency brake failed. The vehicle came to a stop when it struck a muddy embankment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Okland, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 192008


  • miles
I have a 2006 Honda Civic. The brake pads were replaced in August 2008 and the Honda service dept said they showed unusual wear and do I use the brakes on hilly terrain? which I don't!. the brakes never feel fully disengaged. I just read a comment on a website that said the same thing for another car. Also the sun visors spontaneously crack. I had the driver side replaced and the passenger one is needing replacement. Honda seems to be ignoring people's problems with these brake issues and visors. Please help nudge Honda to recall the brake systems on these cars! thank you so much.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 262008


  • 29,300 miles
Front brakes replaced due to uneven wear. Inner pads were 95% worn & outer pads were 50% worn. They refused to pro-rate the repair due to it being a wear item even though this is a known design defect. Old parts are available for inspection.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #8

Sep 252007


  • 2,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that the rear brake engaged while driving 55 mph. The tires were smoking, and as a result, were grinded down to the metal belts. The brake warning lights never illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure mileage was 2,500 and current mileage was 10,000.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 132007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving 25 mph and attempting to come to a complete stop, the brakes made a squealing noise. The vehicle finally stopped after approximately six feet. The dealer checked the vehicle twice, but found no failures. The failure mileage was 6,000. Updated 7/3/08 updated 07/15/08.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #6

Apr 242008


  • 36,801 miles
Problem: Intermittent loss of full braking ability. Detailed description: When leaving work, my driving routine is very similar day-to-day. Of the estimated 370 times I have left work while driving this vehicle, I have had brake failure on 5 to 10 occasions. The scenario is this: 1.start engine, back out of parking spot, and apply brakes in order to shift from R to D. 2.drive 100 feet through parking lot and apply brakes a second time while waiting to enter the main road. 3.drive one-quarter mile and apply brakes a third time at the first traffic light. It is this third application of brakes that sometime results in brake failure. The brake pedal will go all the way to the floor, and braking capability is about 30% of what it should be. If I pump the brakes, the failure will disappear and normal braking returns. This resulted in a rear end accident, when I could not stop and hit the stopped vehicle in front of me. Vehicle had 36,801 miles on the odometer at the time of accident, and no brake repairs had ever been attempted on the vehicle.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 112006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While applying pressure to the brakes wile the vehicle is in reverse, they fail to engage immediately. He didn't notice any warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel. There was also no noise when the brakes were engaged. The dealer stated that he should pump his brakes several times before actually driving his vehicle. The manufacturer stated that they do understand that they do not have a current solution. The only time he experienced failures with the brakes is when he is driving in reverse. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 19,630. Updated 01/11/08. Updated

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

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