really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,931 miles

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2007 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

May 012015

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the vehicle jerked and lost power. In addition, the contact stated that coolant had to continuously be added to the vehicle and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to multiple dealers, who were unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 09/03/15 updated 09/10/15.

- Chulo Vista, CA, USA

problem #46

Oct 152013


  • 97,000 miles
Right (passenger side) engine mounts are failing. Front end of top, right mount now resting on body of vehicle at top of housing for shock absorber. When vehicle is driven in reverse, transmission rumbles. When vehicle is driven forward, transmission rumbles only slightly. Transmission noise is most evident when vehicle is started cold and particularly on cold days. Once engine is hot, very little noise is heard. Problem is well known: See internet.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #45

Oct 172013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 54,675 miles
Brought vehicle in to dealership due to leaking (green and brown fluids). Was told that engine block was cracked and needed to be replaced, along with the radiator. Was told that tires were showing wear that should probably be replaced soon and was told this was possibly due to the control arm issue in 2007 Honda cars causing uneven wear on tires. Paid for new tires and labor for install. Paid for new radiator and labor for install. Was not charged for control arm part. Was not charged for parts/labor on cracked engine block. On 11/11/2013, brought vehicle back to dealership due to continued leaking. Was told that clamp on the radiator had not been tightened properly.

- Spring Lake Park, MN, USA

problem #44

Sep 082009

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,785 miles


Popping noise while turning at 5,268 miles. Replaced two tires at 19,785 miles. Need a front end axle replacement at 31,839. Diagnosed and adjusted torqued rear suspension noise at 60,136. Replaced rear upper control arms 61,275. Replaced shocks, and cv boots at 61,275. Struts were making noise due to cupping. Struts were replaced at 61,275. Two new tires that were recently replaced were replaced again. Both tires were feathered and making noise. Vehicle is maintained in good condition and is following the manufacturer's maintenance recommendation. Car was aligned as required by manufacturer. However, cupping or feathering of the tires still happened. When the rear control arm was not replaced yet, the rear noise was so loud and driving was bad. The tires felt flat and the shock absorber did not seem to be working. It is very hard to deal with both Honda America and kolbe dealer. Both companies tried to play ignorant of the issues although they knew it all along. I spent $1,419.11 for premature expenses. American Honda blamed the premature damages to me. American Honda nor kolbe Honda did not notify me of the technical bulletins that were issued. Also, just because there is a technical bulletin or corrective action does not mean that the problem will go away. Design of the rear upper control arm must be reviewed again and tested for geometry with other parts of the vehicle. Honda America should tightened its quality control and quality assurance so that its manufacturing facility will not release cars that have defective parts. Honda knew very well that the rear upper control arms have design flawed starting with 2002 Honda Civic. Why are they still using this design" is it because they manufactured so much of the wrong parts" the battery, and water pump pulley were replaced, updated 07/16/12

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #43

Feb 272012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I have a 2007 Honda Civic LX with 36,000 miles. I was turning left into a parking space going very slowly (<5 mph) when my vehicle suddenly accelerated. My foot was not on the gas pedal. I slammed on the brakes and the car continued to accelerate and I hit a curb which then caused the car to stop its acceleration. The brakes did not make too much difference as the car was continuing to move forward and rpms continued to increase as I tried to brake. Previously, I had a problem with high RPM's and increased acceleration and rough idling at 34000 miles. I took it to the dealer who replaced the engine mount which I found out was under my powertrain warranty. I have also had the battery replaced. Other than that, those are the only issues I have experienced until today. I called the dealer and they said it must be operator error, but why would the car continue to accelerate with my foot on the brakes? I checked the mat as well and it had not become entangled with the gas pedal as the dealer suggested. The car moving forward at high rpms by itself is a concern. I am happy that I did not have an accident or hit a pedestrian. I am filing this complaint because I believe that this is a serious issue with my vehicle and as I researched, I am finding that others are having the same issue as I am under some of the same circumstances. I am afraid to drive my car!

- Colleyville, TX, USA

problem #42

Feb 092012


  • miles
I have a question about the 2007 Honda Civic, I purchased the car on October 31st, 2011 and I noticed that the front end was making a noise and a vibration when I decelerate. Took the car to the dealership and they put new tires onto the vehicle and the problem still existed. Over a little time until today, the noise and vibration is still there and wont go away. I dont know if its coming from the engine or the drivetrain. I think its something serious but I cant really tell not being a certified mechanic. Is there a recall on something related to the drivetrain/front end or engine problem?

- Windsor, NC, USA

problem #41

Sep 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Problem started at 76,000 miles. Engine noise and vibration during cold start (first thing in morning). Happens in park at start and in reverse. When in drive it is ok. Also does not happen after initial start and running of the day, unless it has sat for more than 8-10 hours. There are loads of similar complaints on the internet as I have searched for those with similar problems. This should not be happening in a car with low mileage. There is a defect that needs attention.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #40

Oct 242011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. The contact stated that after having routine service performed on the vehicle, she was advised that two motor mounts were fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #39

Oct 142011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 64,400 miles
The car vibrates heavily with a cold start and increases in vibration when in reverse. It takes approx. 10 minutes for the heavy vibration to dissipate. There is no such vibration while driving. I have done some research and there are many others with the same car and the same problem. There is no way that it should be failing with this amount of mileage and the relative age of the car. I am not sure if any tsb was released by american Honda for the same...

- Kennett Square, PA, USA

problem #38

Jun 212011


  • 88,382 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic si. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the vehicle would stall for about three seconds and then restart and stall completely. The malfunction indicator lamp would illuminate before the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who rebooted the computer but after a couple days the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,382.

- Croffett, AR, USA

problem #37

Sep 012011


  • 50,000 miles


The car vibrates heavily with a cold start and increases in vibration when in reverse. It takes approx. 10 minutes for the heavy vibration to dissipate, even when driving. The engine mount is apparently going bad per the mechanic that looked at it. I have done some research and there are many others with the same car and the same problem. There is no way that it should be failing with this amount of mileage and the relative age of the car.

- Henderson, CO, USA

problem #36

Aug 092011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Re: [xxx] before description let me say that this vehicle is my third Honda hybrid car. The first, an early insight was entirely satisfactory. I wish I still owned it. It is true that it did go through the ima battery reconditioning cycle occasionally, but not very often the second, a Civic hybrid, was also quite satisfactory. The third, a 2007 Civic hybrid, is the problem. I wish I had never traded up (down?) to it. Ag an early point the computer indicated an ima problem, and the service people told me that the computer indicated that the ima battery was malfunctioning. Your experts required that the computer be reprogrammed so that the computer no longer reported the ima problem. I continue to be told that since the computer says there is nothing wrong there is noting that the dealer can do to fix the problem. At present about five or six times each day the indicator for ima charge drops to 2 and the ima stops providing assist waiting for the battery to recharge. After a while the charge indicator jumps up to full, usually with do partial full steps, and then the boost resumes work. However if I climb any reasonable hill on the highway the charge indicator drops to the point where there is no boost. It is quite clear that the battery will not hold a proper charge. It is increasingly becoming a safety problem since when starting up in traffic I cannot rely on the ima boost to be there when needed. Quite honestly, I think it is long past time for you to honor the warranty and replace the ima battery. If there is some other cause for the problem, then it needs fixing. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #35

May 232011


  • 72,743 miles
Engine over heated and froze up due to losing coolant through engine block crack. Crack caused from defective engine blocks as admitted by Honda Corp. Total loss of power on highway in heavy traffic created a safety hazard to the young teenaged driver. Car was bought used on a salvage title and driven a year without incident until this failure occurred. Honda will not replace engine still on warranty due to salvage title.

- Brookshire, TX, USA

problem #34

Jun 012011


  • 60,000 miles
The condenser on my 2007 Honda Civic was recently punctured by a small pebble during normal highway driving. I have since (through internet research) found this to be a prevalent problem among Honda Civic owners. Upon closer examination, I found that there is little protection afforded the condenser. Road debris can easily fly through the vents in the front end of the vehicle and puncture the condenser. What happened to me at 60,000 miles has happened to others at 600 miles, and it could happen again tomorrow. The repair cost to replace the condenser ($600) is prohibitive, and the lack of a protective grille is a glaring design flaw. A recall is warranted. I wish this could have been avoided, and Honda should be held responsible for the damages incurred to myself and others.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #33

May 072011


  • 23,040 miles
I was driving up a hill toward an intersection with a heavily travelled cross street. I applied the brakes as I approached the intersection and immediately the engine revved up. Within a few seconds in spite of putting all my weight on the brake the car began gradually edging forward into the intersection. Without taking my foot of the brake I shifted into park and the engine went back to its regular idling speed. I took it into a Honda dealer and they checked it out but they could not find anything wrong. This problem has not reccurred, yet.

- Loudonville, NY, USA

problem #32

Mar 162011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 48,701 miles
2007 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to bolt found to water pump had broken. Inquires about a recall and warranty for this vehicle the dealer had to replace the water pump, pulley and drive belt.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #31

Mar 212011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Honda Civic 2007 - the engine leaked coolant without warning and overheated. Car was taken to dealer who stated the engine block was cracked due to a known issue tsb #sb-08-044. Dealer stated Honda would cover replacement of the engine block under the extended warranty. However while replacing the engine block, additional damage to the engine assembly was found that resulted from the engine overheating. Honda is only taking responsibility for the engine block and charging me for the remaining costs.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #30

Feb 142009


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph the vehicle stalled and the check engine light came on. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and could cause a crash to occur. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The contact stated that other owners of this year make and model have experienced the engine stalling but the manufacturer has not taken any steps to remedy the problem. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Pioneertown, CA, USA

problem #29

Jan 102011


  • 112,000 miles
On my 2007 Honda Civic hybrid the ima battery will suddenly drop from a charge to no charge. When this happens the car loses almost all acceleration power because the gasoline engine is forced to charge the battery up. This has happened to me during acceleration onto major highways during rush hour which is extremely dangerous without acceleration power. I would like Honda motor to address this issue instead of issuing software recalls that do nothing to the car.

- Lake Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #28

Jun 012010


  • miles
I am the original owner, a conservative driver, rarely exceeding 60 mph to increase mileage, and drive for work in an area East of dallas, Texas. I had great mileage and no problems to speak of until this past June. I first had noticed a deterioration in the gas mileage. Then I experienced for the first time a drastic drop in responsiveness. I was entering a hwy from a country road and found myself with no power. This has remained so despite the software update. The number of bars showing on the gauge was significantly fewer, and there would be wild fluctuations of bars. There has been no warning light. I've had several conversations with the dealer. Mailed american Honda a complaint, resulting in a call from Honda that seemed to me simply a way to mollify. Honda apparently does not consider this problem a "safety" issue. I beg to differ. Now I must always be aware that I don't have power (the cooler weather has generally seen a higher number of bars), and mileage has definitely suffered. One clear example is that since the software update, the gas engine does not shut off as much as it used to, especially during hot weather. If the engine shuts off at a stop, it also can abruptly engage again without warning (nothing changed such as brake pedal pressure, etc that would cause the engine to come on). I bought the car to be a 10 year, 300,000 mile product, with no concern for resale value at the end. Now I'm paralyzed with the prospect of poor resale value, perhaps unable to sell privately - restricted to only the dealership. This was the first time to buy a Honda - based on a reputation for durability.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

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