really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,815 miles

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2006 Honda Civic suspension problems

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2006 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #115

Dec 102014


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 20 mph, the rear of the vehicle started shaking and emitting unknown noises. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 07V399000 (service brakes, hydraulic); however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the wheel bearings needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- South Envoy, NJ, USA

problem #114

Nov 012011


  • miles
2006 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to defective design of rear suspension the consumer stated due to the defect/poor design of the rear control arms, the rear tires were wearing unevenly and prematurely. Last week, the dealer discovered that the left rear tire was worn down to the cord on the inside part of the tire. The dealer suggested a four-wheel alignment and two new rear tires, but failed to mention the issue with the control arms. The consumer learned of a service bulletin that was issued to dealers, by Honda to replace the rear control arms. The consumer took a copy of the bulletin to the dealership and is now negotiating with them to replace the control arms.

- Grandview, WA, USA

problem #113

Jul 052011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
12 tires in 3 years?? yes we have put 80,000 miles on the car, but this is extreme! the last flat occurred on the highway, at 70 miles per hour, (thank god, there wasn't a major accident!)and when we went to repair or replace it we were informed that another tire, was extremely bald with no tread except on the outside, which made it difficult for anyone to notice. (I had bought a tire 2 weeks previous!! I never saw a tire this bald and rippled with bare spots all around...these tires were bought last Oct. And are 60,000 mile tires. We then went to the dealership because of this and a loud noise and were told the bearing from the transmission to the axle needs to be replaced.... $600....but will I still need more new tires soon"?" the expense of maintaining this car (thousands of dollars for tires!!!, and has drained our savings, we still have 2 more years of payments and want a solution from Honda and believe if there is a rear axle problem, causing loud noise and quickly worn tires, they should correct it and reimburse us!! you buy an expensive hybrid to save on gas and less pollution and get robbed on maintenance, safety and comfort.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

problem #112

Jul 092011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


Uneven tire wear. Honda claims this is intended but the car goes through brand new tires on the rear every 7500 miles. The rear control arm puts negitive camber and toe on the tire causes the inside of the tire to wear bald very quickly even when drving on the interstate. This is a serious issue, if you dont check the tires daily for wear you wouldn't notice it. I didn't notice it till my tire popped. Luckily I wasn't on a major road or this could have been a horrible incident.

- Warner Robins , GA, USA

problem #111

Jul 092011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Rear driver side trailing arm snapped on 2006 Honda Civic ex. Looks like the part had a manufacturing fault on one of the weld seams.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #110

Apr 202011


  • 25,000 miles
Rear tires wear uneven in a short time span. No mechanical issue can be found by mechanics. Car is properly aligned. Go through rear tires every 20,000 miles. Very dangerous situation, tires can wear bald in 100 miles after they start to wear uneven. This is an engineering issue. Rear of car jumps when going over bumps and can cause driver to loose control.

- Germanton, NC, USA

problem #109

Jun 082011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 43,850 miles


Rear upper control arms cause rear tires to go and stay out of alignment. This causes excessive tire wear and potential failure well before tire's maximum mileage rating. I am on my third set of tires with only 43,850 miles on the car. Honda issued a service bulletin in 2008 about this but didn't inform consumers.

- South Burlington, VT, USA

problem #108

Jun 032011


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving at any speed she heard a loud sound in the rear end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that water penetrated in the rear wheel bearing causing the ABS sensors to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN information was not available. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current miles were 122,000.

- Westampton , NJ, USA

problem #107

Apr 012007

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2006 Honda Civic. I purchased it new and have been satisfied with the vehicle with one exception. The rear tires wear unevenly (flat spots) causing a roaring sound that is very annoying. Also, during high speed (45 - 70 mph) the vehicle vibrates as if the wheels were out of balance. This could present a safety hazard. When I first experienced this problem I thought that it may have been my fault for not rotating the tires as recommended in the owners manual. However, I have since discovered that rotating the tires and having the wheels balanced does absolutely nothing to correct the problem. During my research of the problem on the NHTSA website I found that there are many other Civic owners that are experiencing the same problem. During the past 5 years I have asked numerous Civic owners if they were experiencing similar problems with their vehicle. Nearly every one that I asked did in fact have the same problem with their vehicle.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #106

Sep 112008

Civic 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
We bought a 2006 Honda Civic in Sept. 2005. In 2007 we began having vibration problems, found we were have tire issues when we went to our local tire shop, we replaced the tires, we mentioned this to the dealer when we went in for regular maintenance, they seemed unconcerned. In 2008 we had a recurrence of the same problem and went to our sears store, who confirmed tire wear, and we again replaced the tires. This seemed odd, so we then made an appointment for inspection. At this time the dealer told us of a "special bulletin" for a suspension design flaw, not a recall, and we took the car in for the "kit" update, which we had to pay for as it was not a recall! we are now having the same "vibration" problem, have been to the dealer, who tells us the suspension is fine and recommends replacing the two rear tires for "cupping" on one of them. We are well under warranty for the tires but in all likelihood as the suspension is probably the issue(per sears on the phone), they won't be covered. So.. once again we are replacing tires, which we are certain are wearing down due to a suspension problem (short rear upper control arms)after reading the online forums where every problem we have and have had is being discussed for our make, model and year. Please help us make Honda aware that they need to take responsibility for causing costly tire replacements. Apparently the solution is replacement of the control arms and Honda will not bear the replacement cost of tires that their design flaw has and continues to cause. Honda is well aware of the problem.

- Melvindale, MI, USA

problem #105

Mar 252011


  • 107,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, they began feeling a vibration and heard a roaring noise in the rear of the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and was told the problem came from a combination of the tires and rear wheels geometry displacement. The failure caused inner edge wear on the tires, vibration and a roaring noise. The contact spoke to the manufacturer and was told that this was a known problem, but the component was no longer under warranty. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 107,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #104

Nov 012009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Excessive tire wear on 2006 Honda Civic. Tires wearing out @ 20000-30000 km. Unsafe handling on snow, ice and bumps. Back end of car "sways" and slides to one side.

- Brockville, 00, USA

problem #103

May 182007


  • 12,000 miles
I own a 2006 Honda Civic ex coupe and I have some problems with noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. Also at highway speeds I feel some vibrations and excessive sway when turning. At one year old my rear left shock absorber leaked, Honda replaced it but after less than a year it started to fail again. Honda replaced it again out of courtesy (they said).last year I noticed it has a leak again but I don't want to bring it in for repairs. I also have premature tire wear. I heard about a Honda service bulletin about the rear upper control arms so I called the dealer but they said that my car wasn't include in the problem although the service bulletin states all 2006 models are affected. I believe the rear upper control arms has something to do with my shocks failing and Honda should do a recall on this problem before it cause some accidents. Hope you guys could dig in deeper to this problem as Honda seems to do nothing about it.

- Monterey Park , CA, USA

problem #102

Dec 162010

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2006 Civic and the rear upper control arms are defective resulting in premature tire wear and the rear of the car swaying especially in the snow. The tires were replaced at 30,000 and need to be replaced again at 60,000. There is a service bulletin released to acknowledge the problem, but when I called my local dealership they said the control arms were defective and would need to be covered at my cost of $455. I would like to purchase new tires at this time, but do not want to replace them at 90,000 miles. This problem is not only costly to the owners of 2006-2007 Civics, but is also dangerous.

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #101

Oct 182010


  • 92,000 miles
I have a 2006 Honda Civic ex sedan. I have experienced rapid and uneven tire wear on both rear tires. I rotated the tires in March 2010 and at that time, the wear was fairly even on all four tires with about 50% of the tread left. I purchased the tires in August of 08. During the winter months I use snow tires. The tires have about 25,000 to 30,000 miles on them. Since March 2010, I've driven the car about 10,000 miles. Now the rear left tire is showing extreme wear on the inside with uneven wave patterns and the rear right tire is warn all the way down to the steel belts. I found out because my car failed inspection. I've also noticed a loud roar coming from the rear of the car at highway speeds. I began to notice the roar in July and took my car to the dealer to have them look at it. They said there was nothing wrong with the suspension and I just don't rotate my tires enough, even after I explained that I rotate my tires twice a year and just rotated them that previous March! the mechanic that did the inspection (who also sold me the tires) said that there is no way that such a sever wear pattern could develop unless there was something wrong with the rear suspension. I called the Honda dealer again while at the state inspection station and told them of the problem and tried to set up an appointment to have the rear suspension looked at. They again told me that there was nothing wrong with the suspension and that the wear was my fault because I didn't rotate the tires enough. Then the dealer tried to sell me a set of tires over the phone! my mechanic said that the rear tire wear presents a very dangerous situation and that the right tire especially, could blow at any time. It appears that Honda knows about this problem as it is described in their service bulletin 08-001. I don't know what to do to get them to fix this dangerous problem.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #100

Sep 102010


  • 45,000 miles
Car was making loud noise but I couldn't tell where it was coming from (except somewhere underneath) kind of a grinding noise. I purchased new tires about 12 months ago because the tires from the factory weren't good in snow (or so I thought). I took it to the dealer and they said I'd need controller arms and new tires because the tires were very worn. It's a 2006 Honda Civic and about 10,000 miles on those tires. The whole thing is going to cost me almost $1000 but "the guy at the dealer said "well, you get a $50 rebate for the tires" oh boy!! it isn't under warranty anymore either of course. I will be contacting Honda usa to talk to them but have seen from this website that it won't do any good. But I still have to try...I am disgusted with this as I bought a Honda because they have such glowing reliability and safety reports. I had one accident (rear ended, not with this car, also not my fault) and I do not want to have another!! I will be keeping the parts and the tires when I get it done.

- Eastport, MI, USA

problem #99

Jul 232010


  • 82,000 miles
Engine light consistently stays on dealer told me 1st time it needed a computer software up date 2nd time it overheated dealer told me it needed new thermostat. Both times I had to pay for a diagnostic test plus parts & labor. The same day I picked it up the light came on again and stayed. After reading all the complaints on this year and model my vehicle has the same issues (engine & rear suspension) but Honda always has an answer that never fixes the problem.

- Elizabeth, IN, USA

problem #98

Jul 152007


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic LX. While driving 60 mph the vehicle started shaking in the rear. He pulled over to the shoulder of the road and noticed that the passenger side rear tire was damaged. The vehicle was towed to a tire company, the tire was replaced and aligned. Eleven months later, the identical failure occurred on the rear tire. The tire was replaced and the vehicle was aligned. He stated that the failure happen again eleven months later and he took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer advised him that the rear upper control arm needed replacing. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 8,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #97

Jul 042010


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Civic. The contact stated the rear upper control arms are causing the tires to cup and wears rapidly at 15,000. This is a known design flaw that the manufacturer has recognized in the tsb (NHTSA #10024687). The contact called the manufacturer regarding the control arms and the stated they refuse to handle the cost of the repairs. The contact stated this is a major safety issue that the manufacturer is ignoring. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #96

Aug 292010


  • 78,000 miles
I've had a problem with the rear tires wearing out quickly, and vibrations when traveling above 50 mph. Yesterday the right rear tire separated, and started smoking. I changed the tire and took the car in and the other rear tire had very unusual wear to the belt on the inner part. The same place the other tire separated. In looking this up on the internet it seems to be a common problem with the Honda Civics and the rear alignment being defective. This should be investigated before someone, if not already, is killed by such problem.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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