really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,513 miles

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 062015


  • miles


I have a 2008 Honda Civic ex and I take really good of my car, the paint on top is fading to the metal, I see this is a problem for a lot of Honda Civic's. also I am having major electrical problems, awhile ago my horn randomly stopped working and then 5months later started working again, then my passenger window wont roll up or down half the time, the lights where my stereo is stopped working and now the buttons on the radio or on my steering wheel are working, when I turn my heat/ac up or down it messes with my headlights. I had all the fuses checked and they are just fine. Wondering if anyone else is having electrical problems and if there is a recall!!! I love Honda but I am to the point where I want to get a different car and not go with Honda.

- The Plains, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 172011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle has defective upper control arms and flange bolts which cause the tires to wear fast and dangerously, as well at cause the car to shake in the back while driving. This is a defect in the car and Honda will pay for it but only if the vehicle is still under factory warranty. By the time I bought the car and noticed the problem it was out of warranty. This is unacceptable! it is a defect! they should have to pay for it!

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 222009


  • 35,052 miles
I had an incident with my 2008 Honda Civic. I was pulling into the church parking lot and turned to park in the grass next to another vehicle when I lost the steering and then suddenly the car jumped forward out of control and crashed into a tree about 10 ft in front of me. I thought the gas pedal had stuck but the adjustor was not able to confirm that this was the case. I never put my foot on the gas pedal-I was braking and going less than 10 mi/hr at the time. I have been unable to find out what caused the car to leap forward and accelerate. I have had no other incidents with this vehicle. I have put around 35,000 miles on the car mostly highway driving.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 062009


  • 35,000 miles
1. after normal 30K mileage service and tire rotation/balancing 5/23/2009, with highway handling car shook extremely and wobbled at speeds 60 and above, pulls to the right going downhill. 2. problem remains with 2008 hybrid past 35K, reproducible at highway speeds (60mph-70 mph, 2000 RPM to 2500 RPM) going on straight stretch and downhill. Front of car pulling sideways is reproducible in rain or when breaking going down low/medium grade hill. 8/18, the problem continues to occur, is a safety concern when on highway, especially going downhill or on straight stretch. 3. reported to dealer, went in for check, dealer contacted warranty and replaced transmission fluid. Problem still occurs, dealer recommends change front tires now as tires rippled between May 23rd and June 3rd, 2009. Paid for 2 new tires to replace old per dealers recommendation Friday 6/11. Dealer goes through extended warranty to replace transmission 6/11. The problem dissipated 30%,but shaking occurs. Return vehicle to dealer to verify if software updates were made 6/24 after transmission was replaced. Dealer made software update 7/6 received car back and problem showed up within a day. Reported issue. Dealer received Honda recommendation to disconnect egr valve 7/31. Problem reduced by ~20% but still remains at 60mph etc. 8/8 follow-up with concern of driving in rain dealer recommends contacting Honda corporate customer service. Dealer contacts factory rep, whose recommendation is there is nothing further that can be done. There was no inspection made for any joint/bolt/belt slippage etc. Honda customer service contacted dealer and factory representative and stated nothing else can be done 8/18 as F.rep has closed the case, cannot override F.rep, and does not have statistics to confirm either way whether the problem exists in other 2008 hybrids with similar mileage. Dealer is unaware of the root of shaking/steering problem (software/D/drivetrain/cooling/exhaust just a worn belt loose bolt etc.).

- Clayton, CA, USA

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