really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,987 miles

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2007 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 052011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Air conditioning was working intermittently. Would blow cool air then warm air. Called the mechanic and he asked me to bring in the car. Before I could do that, the car overheated and smelled of burning smoke. Took the car to the mechanic. They replaced the water pump - said it was leaking. After replacing that, they tested it and found a cracked engine block. Was informed that I would have to take my car to the dealer for a new engine. After researching this on the internet, found it was under an extended 8 year warranty by Honda. The dealer would not pay for the loaner or rental car, so I am out a rental for a week, plus the cost of the water pump at $362, plus a missed day of work to figure this all out, plus the depreciation on my car that is now considered a defective automobile. It's a Honda 2007 Civic ex.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #18

Oct 122009


  • 26,331 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. When the vehicle was stopped with the contact's foot on the brake pedal, the vehicle vibrated as if the engine was about to fall out. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the motor mounts needed to be replaced. The dealer offered to cover 50% of the repair expenses. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was 26,331.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 112010


  • 124,700 miles
3 months after buying vehicle noticed ac running warm. First told by Honda carland cartersville that nothing was wrong. Took it back to Honda carland roswell that freon was low and coolant but no leak. Have had continuous problems with ac running hot. Yesterday went to grocery store and when I walked backed to car noticed something leaking underneath. Tried to get it to car repair place but car immediately ran hot. Towed it and they called saying that the engine block has a crack. Noticing multiple complaints for 06-07 Honda Civic engine block cracks with initial problems showing in ac and coolant.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012008


  • 25,000 miles


Own a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. After about one year of ownership, the car started exhibiting troubling characteristics with the power management and available power. The car relies on a gas engine and electric assist to provide full power in all driving situations. During the summer when teperatures rise, the car starts to have difficulty providing power from the electric motor due to the battery crashing to 0. once the battery "recalibrates" the car provides very little power using only the gas engine. This battery crash happens on a daily basis and means in the real world that when I am pulling out into traffic I may have very little power to get the car up to speed and risk getting hit by oncoming traffic. To say the car becomes "sluggish" is an overstatement. Honda has been unwilling to address this issue and it appears that the ar has a material defect that prevents the batteries from operating as intended in real world situations. When the air conditioner is in operation the battery will crash each time you drive the car. I feel very unsafe in this vehicle and Honda is doing nothing to address the complaints.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #15

Feb 012010


  • 50,000 miles
My 2007 Honda Civic ex. First started having problems at around 50,000 miles when the car was hesitant to accelerate, and the car overheated once. I took into the Honda dealership, very informal, they gave me no paperwork or proof that they looked at my vehicle, they claimed that nothing was wrong with my vehicle and that it may have been place under unusually harsh conditions or the extreme outside temperature of 92 degrees Fahrenheit could have caused the overheating. The Honda certified mechanic did not observed the vehicle to be overheating, and could not replicate any issues on the vehicle. Thinking that they made a full diagnosis I continued to drive my vehicle. A few months later the car started to smell like something was burning and the car was very hesitant to move, I placed the vehicle on park and looked under the hood, smoke was coming out and I looked under the car and what looked like antifreeze was dripping under the car. I immediately had the car towed to the dealership and asked to make another diagnosis, this time they came back and said that my vehicle had a crack on the engine block. The Honda dealership said that since the car is over the designated warranty miles to be covered by the manufacturer that I would have to pay out of pocket, about 5,000 dollars. Dealership told me that the engine block cracking is a common issue on this vehicle and that it could be a manufacturer defect, but the dealership could not fix it because the manufacturer is not covering the vehicle due to the fact that its over the manufacturer's warranty. I protested claiming that I took in into the Honda service shop a few month earlier, had they examined the vehicle properly then it would have been detected under warranty, either way the vehicle should not have a cracked engine block at 50,000 miles. Car is now sitting in my garage, since I don't have the money to pay for the repair and the car can't be driven.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 052010


  • 99,645 miles
2007 Honda Civic ex 4dr - the engine leaked coolant with no warning. Had it towed to Honda dealer and they say the engine block is cracked at the coolant passages. Honda dealer says they have seen this in the past (tsb #sb-08-044). I am being told by the dealer that I need a new engine block (approx $5,000). The car has 99,600 miles on it and I have been the only owner. All maintenance / service has been provided by the Honda dealer for cars life. As of right now, Honda says it will pay 50% (approx. $2,500).

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #13

Oct 132007


  • 7,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. While traveling at 50 mph during rainy weather, the vehicle began to lose power and stall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the failure could not be duplicated. The contact stated the failure would occur intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 43,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #12

Jun 212010


  • 50,000 miles
I currently own a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. The Honda Civic hybrid relies on the hybrid batteries (ima batteries) to power the vehicle during accelerations and on a normal basis the batteries are recharged during vehicle decelerations. The issue I am having has been going on for over a year with no support to fix the issue from Honda. The charge in my ima batteries is always 0-2 bars (I have photos showing this) which causes the vehicle to have very limited acceleration. Add the A/C being on now in the summer and the car is basically useless. Also, when the system (vehicle computer) sees that the ima batteries are low or empty it forces the engine to recharge the batteries when the vehicle is stopped, which is not a ┐normal┐ operation. When the system goes into a ┐forced┐ recharge it commands the engine to go to a higher RPM to charge the batteries when you are stopped this in turn causes the vehicle to jump or lurch forward when you release the brake pedal. This also concerns me since you need to ensure you leave enough space between you and the car in front of you and especially leave space if you are behind a pedestrian crosswalk. I have contact all the Honda dealers in the East valley and they tell me the same story. The all agree that batteries should never be at zero and the car should not jump/lurch forward, but unless the ima light goes on in the dashboard (P07af battery deterioration code for Honda) there is nothing wrong and there is anything they can do. In summary, due to the excessive heat we have in Arizona the ima batteries in the Honda Civic hybrid to fail causing limited/low acceleration and the vehicle to jump forwards during a stop.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jun 142010


  • 65,100 miles
I was driving locally yesterday, and my car overheated. I pulled over and let the engine cool down, then checked the coolant in the radiator. It was empty, as was the reserve tank. After letting the car completely cool, I drove it to the local gas station and purchased some engine coolant. I filled up the radiator and the reserve tank, and drove home. I had an appointment at a dealer for today already, so I brought this up to them. They said it was a cracked engine block. This car is a 2007 Honda Civic LX, with ~65K miles on it. It's not even 4 years old yet. I'm waiting on the dealer to find out how much this will cost me.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jun 122010


  • 50,000 miles
Engine failure in 2007 Honda Civic LX with no warning lights. Engine seized and had to be replaced. Dangerous situation as car gives no warning of problem and just stalls.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #9

May 062010


  • 81,000 miles


Honda Civic 2007 engine completely failed. Suspect this related to tsb 08-044; took to rodrigos auto repair shop; engine cracked. American Honda refuses reimbursement since did not take it to a Honda dealer.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 052010


  • 88,862 miles
My Honda Civic 2007 got overheated after driving about 7 minutes from home on my way to work early morning. Never seen any visible leaks on the driveway. The maintenance on the car is always up to date and most of the time is done by the dealer where I bought the car from. After I brought the car to the dealer to be diagnosed, the dealer told me that the car has porous leak on the engine block caused by a defect when the casting of the engine took place at Honda's manufacturing plant. This porous leak caused the engine block to crack and lose coolant and eventually overheat the car. The dealer recommended me to replace the whole engine. The dealer even faxed me the service bulletin from Honda regarding this particular problem. The car currently has about 90,000 miles on it. Since the car has passed the warranty period of 60,000 miles or 3 years whichever comes first, the dealer would not cover the repair and advised me to call american Honda. After calling american Honda customer service center and telling them about the problem, they refused to replace the engine and insisted that it was not caused by a defective engine instead it was totally my fault for letting the car overheated. I tried to call Honda customer service about three times with no results whatsoever. They kept saying that there is nothing they can do due to high mileage that the car has.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 242010


  • 62,409 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. The contact observed while driving approximately 5 mph, the temperature gauge reading was over the half way point. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and inspected the vehicle. The engine was turned off. There was a coolant leak and steam underneath the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure was contributed to a cracked engine block. The vehicle had not been repaired at this time. The failure and current mileages were 62,409.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 082010


  • 77,000 miles
In November 2009, I purchased a used 2007 Honda Civic from a used dealership in alpharetta, ga. It was purchased as is so I immediately took it to voyles Honda in marietta, ga for a total check-up. The car was serviced and given the green light. It had 74,960 miles on it at the time. On March 8, 2010, on my way back home from jacksonville, fl the car started to decelerate quickly. I was on I95 northbound with my son, and it was a very scary few moments for us. We managed to park the car on the emergency lane. The car would not come back on. When we looked under the hood, there was no smoke but there was a funny smell. My son took the dipstick out of the engine and it was melted! we had to have the car towed to yulee to a local mechanic who said the engine was gone. After staying in a local hotel for the night, my husband picked us up on March 9. when I got home I made arrangements to have the car towed to grainger Honda in savannah. Grainger gets the car in and after a $92 charge for looking at it, tells me that the engine is gone and they can get me a great deal for $4,600 (a used engine with 19,000 miles on it). Well in the mean time, my son had been researching this problem on line and found that there are many 2006-2007 Honda Civic owners having the same problem. He found Honda service bulletin 08-044 which states there is a mechanical defect in some of these engines. The bulletin also states that customers that are out of warranty when this happens may be eligible for goodwill consideration. I explained several employees of grainger Honda but their response was that they would need to ┐take down┐ the engine at a tune of about $500-$600. He said they might be willing to pick up 25% of the cost. I told him absolutely not. I told him this was a defect that Honda was very much aware of and that Honda should pay for the entire repair. I also contacted Honda of America and was told they would do nothing.

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 262010


  • 95,460 miles
2007 Honda Civic ex sedan: Upon a trip (60 miles) home from the cleveland airport 1-26-10, I smelled coolant burning and a sudden cloud of steam from under the hood. Upon further investigation of this incident, the determined cause was the engine block had cracked allowing coolant to be sprayed onto the manifold causing the burning smell and clouds of steam. While Honda cannot provide a reasoning behind this failure, it appears or would seem to be a casting issue for the 2006-07 models. The car is out of warranty by 35K miles at the time of failure and Honda declined all efforts to assist with this problem. I am hearing and seeing numerous issues exactly identical to mine well within the warranty period for others and Honda is claiming there is "no" problem with these engines. The car has been dealer maintained and has all highway miles due to my job. Not sure how many complaints it takes to issue a recall but there is definitely a problem with the 2007 Civic engine castings. This overheating could ultimately lead to a fire or serious injury should a driver not understand the indicant at hand. I do know there is a tsb regarding this problem #08-044.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 292009


  • miles
I have a 2007 Honda Civic. I have replaced 4 sets of tires on this car due to the back tires wearing flat. Honda reported it was a rear end problem and replaced parts. The car still makes too much road noise. No tires were replaced by Honda for this problem. In addition, my engine block is now cracked, and it happened without warning. The block is being replaced by Honda with only a 12,000 mile warranty or one year.

- Ackerman, MS, USA

problem #3

Feb 272007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,113 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. When the vehicle is started in the mornings, the engine becomes sluggish during the first two miles of driving. The engine does not stall, but has little acceleration power while driving 5 mph. After the engine has warmed, the vehicle operates normally. The vehicle has been diagnosed by the dealer 3 times. The current mileage was 8,500 and failure mileage was 3,113. Updated 5/5/08 the consumer stated he was not able to accelerate to keep up with the traffic. Updated 05/05/08.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 202006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10 miles
Motor rpms hang between shifting when foot is taken off accelerator.

- Effingham, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 112007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,127 miles
Water pump belt tensioner belt broke off in block, causing sudden stopping of car causing rear-end crash.

- Surrey Bc, Canada, 00, USA

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