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8.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$830
Average Mileage:
66,950 miles
Total Complaints:
112 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace rear control arms, alignment and new tires (38 reports)
  2. not sure (24 reports)
  3. report it to Honda please (16 reports)
  4. join class action lawsuit (15 reports)
  5. replaced upper control arms (6 reports)
  6. honda tsb08-001 (4 reports)
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2006 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #32

Nov 012010

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

just want what is due.a recall on this and the replacement of my tires.

- jintangible, Cumming, GA, US

problem #31

Aug 122008

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles

we bought a 2006 Honda civic in Sept. 2005. In 2007 we began having vibration problems, found we were having 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 re-occurrence 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.

- remarshim, Melvindale, MI, US

problem #30

May 302008

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

having to replace tires again on The Honda, now we read that it is probably the Control Arm on the Rear Suspension. No Recall!!!! Its noisy, costly to have to replace tires every 6 months. Love the Honda, hate this issue,, there is a pending class action by Caddell and Chapman out of Houston, maybe if everyone jumps on board, they will recall and fix the problem before I have to buy another set of tires.

- Teresa T., El Paso, TX, US

problem #29

Sep 242007

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,267 miles

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

I need to install a 4th set of tires at 116,00 miles. After about 20 visits to the Honda dealer,I was just recently advised to replace the rear control arm. With this info we found on line Honda TSB 08-001 and a multitude of reports of the same problem by other Civic owners. My vehicle has never gripped the road properly. I actually feared for my life while driving in the rain this past weekend because my car hydroplaning so frequently. My biggest gripe is that Honda did not notify me of the service bulletin when it was issued. I do not feel safe in my vehicle.

- twalt, Baldwin, MD, USA

problem #28

Oct 062009

Civic ES V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 106,000 miles

We have replaced the tires on our Honda civic sedan 3 times and we now need a 4th set of tires. The problems with the rear alignment chew the tires up terribly. We have had the dealership fix the rear alignment, replace the rear upper control arms (we paid for this, the dealership scoffed at the notion that this was a Honda problem) and still it handles dangerously on ice or snow. I drive a lot and have taken to driving my husband's 2002 Saturn Sedan when there are icy roads. My car literally slides sideways every time I hit a little ice patch. There are almost always small patches of ice under bridges.

I can't see spending anymore money on tires. I think it's time for a new car and I don't think we can afford another Honda.

- Jan F., Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #27

Nov 292010

Civic LX 1.8L. 4Cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,233 miles

I took my 2006 Honda Civic LX into the service department today to have the oil changed and check/rotate the tires. The brakes have been squeaking a lot and the tires look too worn for their age. I knew the tires needed to be rotated, too, because they don't feel like they "hug" the road like they used to; the car seems to have more "sway" to it when I drive it.

What he ended up doing was a"B1" service on my car (it's at 82,233 miles), including oil and filter, tire rotation, brake inspection, inspected steering, suspension, exhaust, belts and hoses, and he performed a 24 point inspection. When he was done with the car, he came to me and sounded flabbergasted that the front tires were at 8/32 and the rear tires were at 3/32 and cupped. Also, the front pads were 8mm and the rear pads were 3mm. His comment to me was that my rear tires would last, at most, maybe another 6,000 miles, and they will need to be replaced by the next service.

This took me by surprise because I regularly maintain my car and had just purchased new tires for it on 12/13/09! Not once did the Honda employee mention any kind of recall to me regarding problems with the rear control arm, premature tire wear, brakes, and suspension.

It's only because I got on the internet to learn more about the problems with my Honda Civic that I came upon this web site and came to realize how many other 2006 Honda Civic owners are having the same exact problems I am.

- Patty M., Dublin, OH, USA

problem #26

Oct 012010

Civic LX 1.8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

Replaced my original OEM tires with Pirelli P6s. These are 60k tires. At around 17k they are so badly cupped that it's a constant vibration while driving. Had tires rotated at every oil change, and aligned more than once. Found lots of people online with the same issues. There's a service bulletin out that states that the control arms for the rear suspension are designed to wear out tires super fast. This is a known defect from Honda that they're happy to leave you in the dark about until you've burned through your 2nd or 3rd set of tires and are no longer in warranty.

Service department at honda wants 400+ dollars to fix was is essentially a factory defect. This coupled with the notice from honda that my engine may crack from a coolant leak, and I'm never buying a Honda again. Hondas used to be my family's cars of choice. Dad, Brother, everyone. I'm letting them know and encouraging them to look else-where. This is something I would have expected from the old GM or FORD.

- Benjamin S., Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #25

Dec 012007

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

My wifes 2006 Honda Civic burned thru a set of tires in 22,000 miles. I got a new set of 60,000 miles tires installed at WalMart with Warranty. When I had the first rotation of the new tires I noticed a thumping on the rear tires. I took it back to Wal Mart to rebalance. Still the same problem. It got worse with every rotation and It had handling problems in wet weather on the rear tires. I finally decided to take it in to Victory Honda in Sandusky, Ohio. They came out of service area and told me the new tires had cupping and indicated I needed a alignment. They also told me all the brake pads and rotors needed replaced and I needed a full set of new tires. The full bill would be $1,400. I took it home and scheduled an alignment where I new they were an upstanding family business. Then I drove my step daughters 2006 Honda Civic and found the thumping of the rear wheels on hers. Thats when I knew it was a major problem with 2006 Civics. Got on the internet and found this site and the fact the problem is widepread. I called the dealer and they got the service manager of the phone and says they knew of the problem. They wanted big bucks to fix the arms in the rear to stop the problem. I replied listen, I have 3 Honda here in the driveway and unless you or Honda pay for the fix I am out of here with Hondas. Well they came back with a fix of replacing rear control arms with larger size and a free alignment. I took it and kept the same tires on car. They have plenty of tread left but will have uneven wear. Will have to live with it until its paid off and will trade it out. Car has 53,000 miles now. Beware of cracked engine blocks on this same model. Same problems on 2007 Civics. What really makes me P.O. is they did not tell me of the problem the first time. Honda has a service bulletin on problem but should be a recall. 08-001

- Richard H., Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #24

Sep 072010

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

After going through several sets of tires and always being told the cause was my alignment, I found out that Honda put control arms on this car that were too small, causing the tires to wear unevenly. This is something Honda is aware of, and refuses to pay for. I noticed the problem several times when I would hear a loud roaring noise coming from the back of the car.

Thanks Honda. Thanks for a piece of crap.

I must also mention that the first time I took it to a dealership for the loud roaring noise they told me it was because of my rear wheel bearings going bad. This is an issue caused by a recalled piece, the O ring. I'll save that issue for another complaint.

- pbrumb, Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #23

Jun 012010

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

As stated on here by previous persons...this was a MESS of an issue and thank god someone at the shop had heard about this problem. I am just concerned that Honda isn't paying for their design flaw. Anyone owning a Honda Civic should be aware of this issue as it will cause severe unusual rear/ early tire wear and cause suspension problems as well.

I know NOW the problem is well documented... too bad it's people on the FREAKING internet helping out, rather than HONDA.

Sorry... but it's absolutely horrible for this "service bulletin" to get swept under the carpet and not sent to the owners of the affected vehicles.

I can understand why Honda doesn't want to do a recall on it... it'd be VERY costly. However, they should have been required to send this "service bulletin" to all owners, and then they could have the option to change the part if they had been experiencing issues of RIDICULOUS EXCESSIVE TIRE WEAR.

I know exactly what Honda is hoping... that MOST of the owners of these cars will find out there is a problem AFTER the warranty expires... like I did... NICE Honda... afreakingp'reciate it. I mean heck... it takes thousands upon thousands of miles to realize your tires are wearing out prematurely. And even AFTER you replace the tires, you just kinda just chalk it up that you simply needed a new set. It's not until you go through maybe that 2nd set, when you start to think... is it my imagination, or are these tires wearing faster than they should?

So I call the local Honda dealer and ask them if there is some sort of known problem with my 2006 Civic in regards to excessive tire wear. They come back to confirm that there is a "service bulletin" for the rear upper control arms.

Should I be upset?

Would you be?

Honda... pay for your MISTAKE... don't have your customers do it.

- ksparamedic1976, Augusta, KS, USA

problem #22

Jan 182006

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles

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

i have an 06 civic lx (manual). bought it in 12/05. after 19,000 miles, i had to change my tires. i knew about the upper control arm by then and had the Honda dealer replace them free of charge to me. they even offered to replace the tires (which i declined, since they were even cheaper than the oe tires). it is now 5 years and 71000 miles later and i just installed my fourth set of tires. The control arm replacement is better but not fixed.

- ralf, Lititz, PA, USA

problem #21

Aug 142007

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,573 miles

The tires would wear prematurely on the inside treads causing road noise thus requiring the tires to need rebalancing after a period of time. Tires were replaced in 2007 and 2009 with the same issue as the original tires. Sutherland Honda, the dealer did not recognize problem until I started pushing the issue and had an alignment completed at my cost with control arms replaced on extended warranty June 2010. The car as 98900 kms (59340 miles) at this time. The dealer did not provide good service with this issue. I talked to many other Honda Civic owners who had similar problems and poor service in fixing this issue. Talked to Honda Headquarters and would not consider providing any prorated warranty on tires.

- rotornut, New Maryland, NB, Canada

problem #20

May 262010

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

my problem is noisy prematurely wearing tires and excessive noise inside car .I brought to Honda dealers attention in 2007 and was told this is normal for some tires to wear like .I have owned atleast 12 different cars and never had similar problem. If Honda wants to behave in arrogant way they will go the way of G.M

- Pervez K., Getzville, NY, USA

problem #19

Apr 152009

Civic ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

The problem was noted by my mechanic in spring of 09 when I had one flat tire after another - 3 of 4 tires went flat, one of them twice. He said that the control arms were defective and it was causing the tires to wear unevenly and to separate from the rims thus causing them to slow leek. My warrantee had just run out two weeks prior and I did not have enough money to pay for the repairs at that time. I finally had this fixed this spring - it cost $700 taxes in for two arms and two new tires.

I am sorry I did not know about this site earlier as I see this is a fairly common issue. I am calling the company tomorrow on this and a brand new issue - my engine block cracked today! I am so furious....I bought a honda because I believed that these cars stood behind thier product but I guess they are cutting corners at the manufacturers like every other auto manufacturer...just depressing as hell!

- jmm336, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

problem #18

Feb 262010

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Just wanted to give a SHOUT OUT to Honda... for leaving me freaking high and dry holding a repair bill they created.

I know NOW the problem is well documented... too bad it's people on the FREAKING internet helping out, rather than HONDA.

Sorry... but it's absolutely horrible for this "service bulletin" to get swept under the carpet and not sent to the owners of the affected vehicles.

I can understand why Honda doesn't want to do a recall on it... it'd be VERY costly. However, they should have been required to send this "service bulletin" to all owners, and then they could have the option to change the part if they had been experiencing issues of RIDICULOUS EXCESSIVE TIRE WEAR.

I know exactly what Honda is hoping... that MOST of the owners of these cars will find out there is a problem AFTER the warranty expires... like I did... NICE Honda... afreakingp'reciate it. I mean heck... it takes thousands upon thousands of miles to realize your tires are wearing out prematurely. And even AFTER you replace the tires, you just kinda just chalk it up that you simply needed a new set. It's not until you go through maybe that 2nd set, when you start to think... is it my imagination, or are these tires wearing faster than they should?

Being that I was a student in 2007, I could only afford to replace two tires at a time. It came out of nowhere how fast the tires degraded... sounded like a damn helicopter was about to land on my roof... the rear tires were BAD. I replaced the two tires at a Walmart service center. Within six months I had to replace the other tires I hadn't replaced the last time.

Full circle... 10 months later and sounding like the back of the car is going to fall off. Kinda sounds like when you open up only one window (three inches or so) going down the road at 70 miles an hour... bop.. bop... bop.. bop..bop over and over.

So I call the local Honda dealer and ask them if there is some sort of known problem with my 2006 Civic in regards to excessive tire wear. They come back to confirm that there is a "service bulletin" for the rear upper control arms. They say the warranty will cover the costs and pay for some or all of two of the tires. I tell them I'm out of the regular factory warranty, but I've bought an extended "Easy Care" Warranty Advantage.

I call up "Easy Care" and ask about the control arms and they say "Yes, that part is covered under your plan." They tell me the cost (labor and part) is approx $300.

Two weeks later I decide to go in and get the work done (March 12, 2010). I tell the service guy, please change the control arms, get me four tires and an alignment.

An hour later I get a call that my extended warranty doesn't cover the repair. I call up pissed off... "Why is the part not covered... they said it was two weeks ago when I called?" They told me that while they would replace a broken or cracked upper control arm, they will not pay for something that has a design flaw and is only meant for upgrading something.

I understand what they are saying, but it really ticked me off because I called and specifically asked if they covered it. This time a supervisor got on and played this little game... it's "eligible" to be replaced, but we can't tell you until you get into the dealership if you actually will get approved for the repair. Well you're freaking eligible to get smacked in the head jackass.

I then see on other boards that people with the extended care direct from Honda... "Honda Care" actually covers this problem. I actually thought when I bought my Civic that the contract I was signing was for Honda's extended warranty... not some 2ndary carrier. Heck, I bought it brand new in a Honda dealership.

And if you don't consider me having to eat the cost of the repairs to be enough... consider how ticked off I am about all the freaking tires I've blown through WITHOUT KNOWING there was a problem. THANKS HONDA... thanks a freaking bunch.

My last tire change was 11 months ago... and the tires have been loud and making ridiculous noise for AT LEAST two months... if not MORE. I just couldn't afford to change the tires until this week. To be honest, I don't even know how many times I've changed the tires, but I've gone through at least three full sets and I believe I'm starting on my fourth set right now... at 67,594. The last set was put on at about 50,000... I not certain of the exact mileage... they don't put it on my invoice last year.

Just to leave you experts with the stats on my alignment (I don't know what these numbers mean by the way... I just know that RED is bad):

Front TOTAL TOE .48 degrees (RED) Specified range -0.16 to 0.16 Rear TOTAL TOE .52 degrees (RED) Specified range 0.08 to 0.31

Is that BAD... or is it so-so? And this is after I replaced my previous tires with Falken Radials, had the tires aligned (thrust angle alignment) and drove it for 11 months (about 17,000 miles).

Should I be upset?

Would you be?

Honda... pay for your MISTAKE... don't have your customers do it.

- chiro2007, Dover, DE, USA

problem #17

Apr 102008

Civic EX 1.8L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles

Rear tires wear out at approximately 18,000 mile intervals. Currently have 53,200 miles on car and have bought 8 new tires. First set cupped, had all wheel alignment done. Now tires wear evenly, but prematurely. Tires are rotated every 5,000 miles. Ride: rear end seems to hop after bumps in the road and then skirts sideways (scrubbing effect?).

- vamlautt, Roanoke,, VA, USA

problem #16

Apr 112007

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

At 15000 miles my tires started howling and eventually I replaced the tires at 30000 miles same time I got an alignment.Then at 40000 miles with the new tires and new alignment the tires began to cup and howl again with the new tires even though I kept up on the tire rotation every 6000 miles.Now the tires sound like I have 72 inch jumbo mudder tires off a monster truck ! From reading about other 2006 civic owners it sounds like I need the corrected rear upper control arms and a complete set of new TIRES AGAIN !

- kscott29, Racine, WI, US

problem #15

May 182006

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles

2006 Honda Civic currently on 6th set of tires. If you plan on keeping this vehicle there are a few things you need to do. 1. Have the rear end of the car lifted approximately 2 inches. I had this done using spring rubbers, 2 on each side. Then have a full alignment front and back. Have it aligned to the limit with the least amount of camber. This stopped the uneven wear. Last thing, only put Michelin tires. The Bridgestone that were on the car after this fix were gone after 10,000 miles although they did wear even. I put the Michelin tires on after that and they have lasted about 30,000 miles and have a few miles left. They are wearing completely level. Good luck

- James K., Fresno, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 012008

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Tire wear is much faster than normal and the constant loud roaring noise coming from the rear is unacceptable for a car with current automotive technology. Very disappointed with Honda. Will never buy a Honda again unless they step up & fix this problem as any professional should.

- R B., Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #13

Dec 052007

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

I believe this is related to Honda Bulletin 08-001. While the car was still under warranty, they replaced two of the tires that had worn down. They claimed it was a tire problem, not a Honda problem. Eventually I had to get two more tires (I went to Sears because they offer free rotation). Now 12 months later I need two new tires yet again.

I purchased the Civic so I could give my Toyota Corolla to a friend who lost both his cars due to Hurricane Katrina. At the time, the Toyota had approx 120,000 miles on it. I was going to run it into the ground, but I could afford a new car payment and he couldn't. 4 years later and he's still driving the Toyota with no problems. Maybe I'll trade him for the crappy Honda Civic if I'm going to have to replace tires every 11,000 miles.

I'm planning on calling Honda Corp office to see if they will do anything.

- lshamme, White Bear Lake, MN, USA

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