really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,618 miles

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2007 Honda Civic suspension problems

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2007 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #65

Aug 182008


  • 2,000 miles


I bought a new 07 Honda Civic si sedan. The rear upper control arms are not adjustable. In fact they are built to give the rear tires more negative camber for better traction around turns. If I put two people in the back of the car it gives me even more negative camber and with that my I go through tires quick. I have even noticed that when driving through snow the car wants to change lanes by itself. I still have not had this problem taken care of. All they have to do is put adjustable control arms in the rear like the other Civics. It does not make sense to me. I can see this being a safety issue if some one was using this as a family car and never checked there back tires. This problem can lead to premature tire wear and blow outs. I have to rotate my tires every 2K miles and we mostly just drive down a straight freeway.

- Parowan, UT, USA

problem #64

May 022009


  • 18,500 miles
When I took my '07 Civic hybrid to my dealer in may for an oil change, they told me all four tires needed to be replaced due to worn out treads. The car only had 18500 miles on it at the time, so I was flabbergasted. The service advisor suggested I was driving the car too aggressively. While researching replacement tires online, I discovered that this premature tire wear had happened to many other Civic owners. In fact, Honda had issued a service bulletin (008-001) for this back in early '08. There is a problem with the rear control arms which can cause uneven or premature tire wear in all 2006-2007 Civics, except for the si. So I went back to the dealer, showed the advisor the service bulletin, and got the control arms fixed. Now why didn't they just fix the control arms in the first place instead of questioning the customer's driving habits? seems to me either the advisor is incompetent or dishonest. I suspect it's the latter as she mentioned that Honda doesn't pay the dealer much to cover the repair. Others on the internet have had the same experience over this issue. Looks like Honda stumbled on this one.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #63

Aug 032009


  • 23,000 miles
The rear suspension / upper rear control arms are defective leading to excessive negative rear camber. This caused rapid tire wear to the inside edges and a potential safety issue in wet conditions. Honda has issued a tsb (08-001) that covers this problem however they have excluded the si model in their tsb. I requested and received and parts diagram showing the faulty upper control arms on the cars covered by tsb 08-001 carry the exact same part number as those on the si model that is excluded. Later year model si cars have a new design upper control arm to correct this problem. My dealer said that Honda will not cover my car under this tsb although the problem and parts are identical.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #62

Jul 062009


  • 19,000 miles


Loud vibration and noise coming from the rear of my 2007 Honda Civic. Took it to the dealer who told me the control arms had been recalled and that my tires were now "cupped". the dealer replaced the control arms but would not replace the tires which had been damaged.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #61

Jul 042009


  • 39,059 miles
I purchased a 2007 Honda Civic from autofair Honda of manchester nh and have had all oil changes and tire rotation services done with their service department. I have over 39,000 miles on the car. The autofair service department never once informed me about a Honda bulletin regarding the Civic's rear suspension causing rear tires to go bald, which mine did. During my last tire rotation on April 14, they did not notify me that my tread was going bare. On July 4, I discovered that my back tires were bare after realizing that they were making considerable noise while riding on the highway. I purchased new tires the following Monday from a local tire store. During my online search for new tires I found out that other Civic car owners had similar problems due to a rear suspension fault with Honda Civics. I then made an appointment with autofair to have them check this issue on July 13. The service department then informed me that their was an issue and needed to be repaired. Because my warranty has expired, I had to pay autofair to fix this issue. They put in the following part: 1 04523-sna-A01 set, upper arm rr. I'm upset that they did not inform me about this issue sooner. We've had a very wet June and my tires were not safe for driving in such conditions. Other people at the autofair service department waiting room have said they've had the same problem.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #60

Jul 012009


  • 0 miles
2007 Honda Civic si sedan, the rear suspension is defective causing premature tire wear, in less than 30,000 miles I had gone through two sets of tires, and two rear bearings. Rear bearings were replaced under warranty, but I paid for the tires. The dealer refuses to replace the rear control arms, which means that the brand new tires will also wear prematurely, and possibly another set of rear bearings...

- Somis, CA, USA

problem #59

Jul 152009


  • 25,101 miles


Defective upper control arms causing rear tires to worn out too soon, vip Honda in NJ and Honda America are not willing to replace tires free of charge, car only has 25,000 miles still under manufacturers warranty. Hundreds of similar complaints from Honda Civic owners. Help!!!

- North Plainfield Nj, NJ, USA

problem #58

Nov 292008


  • 24,284 miles
Problem with qucik tire wear due to control arm problem in rear end. Honda Civic si. They acknowledge the problem withthe Civic model but exclude the si tsb 08-001.

- Clifton, TX, USA

problem #57

Jul 072009


  • miles
After 14,000 miles automobile failed state inspection due to tire wear. Was told that the rear upper arms needed to be replaced. Called Honda and they said they would cover the replacement arms under warranty, but would not do anything about the tires. Even though the abnormal wear was do to the rear upper arms.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #56

Jun 162009


  • miles
Right rear tire wears incorrectly, cupping or scalloping occurs, appears to be to much negative camber. The cupping creates "wobbling" or road noise.

- Newburyport, MA, USA

problem #55

Jun 162009


  • 24,365 miles


I purchased a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid on April 16,2009 w/ 21K miles. The pre purchase inspection by an independent "Honda specialist" was done in my presence and no problems were noted. My long time specialist mechanic even stated "that is the first prepurchase I've ever done where I couldn't find anything wrong even the tires match and have worn evenly. Two months to the day and 3K miles later (24,365) I went to the dealership to have the oil changed and tires rotated I was told three tires were showing wear on the inside. I did not believe the dealer and drove off on a sat. Knowing they were fine 3K miles ago. I checked the tires closely on Monday (after driving 40 miles to work) and found them to be showing thread on 3 tires. Further research showed a tsb 008-001(rear control arms out of spec) that addresses this problem although it was never mentioned to me by the dealer. I could have easily killed myself or someone else. This should be a recall item due to how fast the tires can wear from safe to very dangerous. 90% of the tire tread looked very good but the inside 10 % which cannot be seen without getting on your hand and knees was extremely worn.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #54

May 152009


  • miles
I have a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. I have had all scheduled maintenance completed at an authorized Honda dealer. I have had a continual problem with wheel alignment/tire wear issues. The first set of tires (dunlops) lasted just a little over 30,000 miles despite regular rotation. When replaced, large patches of cord were visible. The next set (michelins) has nearly 20,000 miles on them, and are also showing uneven tire wear despite regular tire rotations. The upper control arms in the rear were replaced 10,000 miles ago and the alignment was checked on all four wheels at that time. I drive very conservatively, with nearly 95% of my driving freeway driving at or below posted speed limits. I believe like others that this is a design flaw. It can be serious if tires are not checked on a regular basis.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #53

Jun 132009


  • 25,000 miles
Uneven tire wear on a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #52

Nov 102008


  • 37,800 miles
I have a 2007 Honda Civic that I bought new. I have had it serviced regularly, and each time I have told the dealer that I hear a loud noise in the rear. They have repeatedly told me that the noise is normal for my model and tires. The noise became so bad that I insisted they do something. They now say that the rear upper control arms must be replaced and that the car must be aligned and that my tires are ruined. The damage to the tires has caused a serious safety condition. They replaced the rear control arms, but I still have the bad tires. The car is still under warranty. This is a serious and dangerous defect. There should be a recall.

- Brampton, 00, USA

problem #51

May 262009


  • 27,461 miles
I have a 2007 Honda Civic that I bought new. I have had it serviced regularly, and each time I have told the dealer that I hear a loud noise in the rear. They have repeatedly told me that the noise is normal for my model and tires. The noise became so bad that I insisted they do something. They now say that the rear upper control arms must be replaced and that the car must be aligned and that my tires are ruined. The damage to the tires has caused a serious safety condition. They replaced the rear control arms, but I still have the bad tires. The car is still under warranty. This is a serious and dangerous defect. There should be a recall.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #50

Feb 282009


  • 24,000 miles
Uneven rear tire wear caused by defect in rear control arms. Arms replaced under warranty but not tires.

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #49

Jul 292008


  • 10,050 miles
I have a 2007 Honda Civic LX with 12040 mile, that developed excessive road tire noise, and excessive tire wear on the inner tread of the rear tires. I took the car to the dealer and they installed the upper rear control arm kit, replaced the flange bolts and the worn rear tires. (Honda service bulletin 08-001) the dealer did this all in less than one hour. Car ran great when I left the dealership, no excessive road-tire noise. 10,000 miles later (total car mileage 22040) I have the same noise & tire wear problems. This time the tires are wearing on the outer edge of the tread. I took it back to the dealer, they said that I need two new rear tires and a four wheel alignment. They said if I buy a pair of tires from them ($275) that they would give me a complementary alignment. (four wheels alignment should have been done when the arms & tires were replaced at 12050 miles under service bulletin 08-001) well, I believe the cause of the second noise & tire wear was do to the first visit to the shop at 12050 mile, when they replaced the upper control arms, two rear tires was that didn't finish the job! the last thing to do (per service bulletin 08-001) is to do a 4-wheel alignment!!!!. no where on the first work order ticket does it say that a four wheel alignment was done. The car was in the shop less than a hour, flat rate time for arms replacement and 2 tires is 1.3 hours. Great job twin-city Honda ! !

- Cissna Park, IL, USA

problem #48

Mar 192009


  • miles
Premature tire malfunction--severe checker board fashion cupping across the tires tread made us replace the rear tires on our 2007 Honda Civic. This is not a tire problem as our front tires are wearing normal. The problem is a design flaw, Honda used too short of rear control arms on their rear suspensions. A recall has been issued for some 2006/2007 Civics, but not all. Please be advised that many other Civics need recalled to address this safety issue. Tires control the vehicles stability and traction when accelerating, driving and stopping.

- Grovertown, IN, USA

problem #47

Apr 282009


  • 21,400 miles
Roaring rotational noise from rear of car. Rear tires cupped and worn out at 21,400 miles. Dealer says cause of noise and tire damage is bad rear suspension / rear control arms. Dealer will replace control arms under warranty - no offer of compensation on ruined rear tires. Tires would not be ruined if control arms did not fail!

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #46

Apr 102009


  • 19,000 miles
Honda Civic 2006_2007 have a defect off the assembly line in the rear of the car it chews through tires due to a negative camber of the rear wheels. I am getting new upper control arms and my rear wheel bearings replaced at no cost to me, and my 2 of my tires(hopefully 4 in the end) prorated based on wear. There is a Honda service bulletin issued ion this, but I was never made aware of it. My fear is that a car owner who doesn't examine his tires closely will see no excessive wear since the negative camber effects the inside of the tires. This could result in a nasty blow out and some cases have been reported on the internet, although I can't substantiate them. I feel this is a real safety issue. I have been a long time Honda owner and love their cars, but this has really left a bad taste in my mouth that they have not been made to issue a recall on this issue. The technician admitted it is a known problem that is a design issue. I'm sure this would be a huge cost to Honda, but it's not worth someone's life. Thanks for your time.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

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