really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,159 miles

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2008 Honda Civic engine problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Dec 072012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


The car was at a stop sign. It suddenly accelerated to 2000 RPM from the idle speed of 850 RPM. It this jumped up to 5500 to 6000 RPM and continued like that until I stopped the engine. Fortunately, I had my foot on the brake, which restrained it sufficient until I was able shut off the engine. I restarted the engine and it continued to accelerated at the same speed. I stopped it. After the third try it started normally. It had previously jumped to 850 to 2000 RPM several times, be it never went totally out of control before.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 202012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Car started at usual time around 8 am and started vibrating. A very loud exhaust noise started to begin and the car began shaking. The vibrating noise was so loud and everyone in the car could feel the vibration. The front steering wheel as well as the seats were also shaking. Vibrating continued throughout the day and was gone at times when this first began but as days went by it became louder and more obvious by others outside of the car. The car now continues to vibrate not only in the morning but at all times of the day. It shakes at park, drive, and reverse. Car is very uncomfortable to drive and the noise can become very distracting. The car also vibrates so much during these times that I am afraid that something will happen on the highway and am worried about this. Honda dealer will not cover this under power train warranty because the car is now passed the warranty for power train which is 5 year/60,000 miles. Please look into this matter. It seems very common as I researched online and many people are having this issue on their Honda's which most seem after the 2005 models, more common around 2007 + 2008 models.

- Ludlow, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 022012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Water pump pulley/tensioner quit at 70 mph. Pump and tensioner were replaced. Six months later, car quit again, same thing. Only this time the bolt that mounts the tensioner sheared off in the engine block. Honda has recalled this vehicle in 2006 and 2007 for this same issue. (service bulletin 248422 and 248421) and action number NHTSA 10026791. No recalls for 2008 yet. They have replaced (under some kind of warranty) the engine block and the water pump/pulley/tensioner caused by the second break down. There needs to be a recall for 2008, as well. Honda needs to pay for my first repair, as well.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 222012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 94,826 miles


My car was stopped in line while waiting to go through us customs. Transmission was in drive and my foot was on the brake. All of a sudden, engine started to rev. Placed transmission in neutral position. Engine revved three times, each time higher. On third revving, RPM reached 4000 RPM. Turned off engine and restarted. When I restarted the engine, the engine revved at high RPM again. Turned off engine, waited approximately 10 seconds. Restarted engine again, and engine started normally. Took car to Honda dealer on 7/23/12. Dealer was not able to find any trouble codes in the engine computer. This is very similar to what happened two years ago at approx mileage of 45,000 miles. Engine started revving while stopped at a signal. Car was towed to the dealer who was not able to find anything wrong. Dealer called in area rep who reviewed process and was not able to find anything wrong.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #2

Jul 062012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 78,655 miles
My wife was headed home from work (approximately 5 pm) when she had to stop in traffic on a fairly steep hill, with an outside temperature at, or near, 100 degrees. When she attempted to resume forward she pressed the gas on her 2008 Honda Civic hybrid and the car started to roll backwards into another car. The transmission was in drive, she switched to the lowest range, still the car would not move forward. As a result, she had to wave cars behind her around while all she could do was hold the brakes until she could manage to roll backwards down this hill to safety. She then changed routes that had substantially more congestion, but smaller hills. Hills are a way of life in the atlanta metro area, so are high temperatures in July. She has mentioned that this vehicle has terrible acceleration on some lesser hills in hot weather over the past 2 years, but never experienced anything as dangerous as this incident.this malady has been reported a minimum of 2-3 times to the Honda dealership she purchased it from, heritage Honda, rome, ga. I wouldn't allow her to use it until Honda sorted out the malfunction. Well, I spent the day there, they did computer analysis, technician interfaced with Honda tech line, even sent a "snapshot" of the vehicle's computer data when it actually recreated the same condition for the mechanic on a steep hill. None-the-less, I left there hopeful that Honda would resolve our dilemma. After a day and a half of waiting for some feedback, I was finally informed the car was operating properly. Apparently, the hybrid batteries reached a high temperature, which for "safety reasons" disabled the circuitry that "assists" the car via the "hybrid electric motor" which in turn leaves the car completely dependent on the undersized gasoline engine. In this case, not near enough power to move her car. Honda says it's ok to drive! we need help, please help us!

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #1

May 122012


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph the vehicle overheated. The contact was able to bring the vehicle to a stop and attempted to remove the oil dipstick but found that the dipstick had melted due to the heat. The dealer was notified of the failure and replaced several parts of the engine. After the repair, the vehicle failed twice more. The manufacturer stated that they would contact the dealer to ensure the matter was handled appropriately. The failure mileage was 123,000 and the current mileage was 128,000. The VIN was not available.

- Peekskill, NY, USA

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