really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,442 miles

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2008 Honda Civic engine problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #115

Mar 092020


  • 106,000 miles


On March 5th 2020 while driving my engine on my 2008 Civic just died on me, upon doing research I saw that Honda had a extended warranty I called on March 9th 2020 to see if my car was under the extended warranty but was told that I was 2 years late & it was only sent to the original owners of the car which made no sense...this is a very dangerous issue & I am out of money because Honda doesn¿T want to address issues correctly...

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #114

Oct 122018


  • 75,000 miles
Car temperature started to increased rapidly, smoke from engine, revving but not accelerating much and finally it overheated and died. Can to find out that the engine block cracked from radiator leak that Honda knew about and did not inform me of. Maintenance done at dealership regularly and was the only owner of car. Because I drive so little miles per year, problem happened just after the extended warranty they had to ¿resolve¿ this problem for owners. Why wouldn¿T they tell me about this problem before they knew about it. Had to make too many phone calls to finally have them replace the engine for $3500. It's unscrupulous for a corporation to know there's a problem but just extend the warranty and not recall it and then not honor the extended warranty even though it was just outside the time window. Very displeased with Honda.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #113

Jan 212020


  • 127,000 miles
2008 Honda Civic got a cracked engine block 2 weeks after purchasing. Found out this was a defect that affected 2006-2009 Honda Civics. There needs to be a recall on this and not an extended warranty. Being that a cracked engine block is a safety issue and this almost caused an accident as there was so much smoke pouring out I could not see in front of me there needs to be an investigation on these engines. I was on a city street when this happened and it is happening over 100000 miles to most people. Being that most people drive 8000-10000 miles a year it is happening right after the warranty ends for most. This is not fair to the safety of us all. Please recall !!

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #112

Jan 072020


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the temperature gauge reading was abnormally high which indicated that the engine was overheated. The vehicle was taken to an independent manufacturer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the cylinder head had fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. A dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #111

Nov 232019


  • 40,230 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving the vehicle, smoke appeared and coolant leaked. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic for inspection and found that the engine block failed. The contact stated that the manufacturer provided and extended warranty for the engine block failure. The manufacturer also advised that the contact should have received a letter for the warranted repair, which was for two years. The manufacturer provided case number: 10080302. The vehicle was towed to paragon Honda (5702 northern boulevard, woodside, NY 11377, (877) 343-9132) where it was confirmed that the engine block fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,230.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #110

Dec 042019


  • 123,000 miles
Well Honda had a engine block recall that I wasent aware 10-048 of and now my engine block cracked while my wife was driving it coolant leaked all over the place and now Honda says they wont fix the problem because I was over the warranty that I was not aware of when I bought the car.

- New Salem, MA, USA

problem #109

Jul 082019


  • 122,000 miles


After 120,000 miles I began to smell antifreeze. I took it in to a mechanic who said the engine block was cracked and would need to be replaced. This vehicle has been well maintain and should have last longer. I search the internet and found that tis was a common problem with Honda Civic from 2006 and 2009 and there was a tsb 10-048 from Honda. Since I purchased the vehicle second-hand I did not receive the information from Honda about the engine defect. They offered a 10-year warrenty but I have exceed this by 15 months.

- Montague, MA, USA

problem #108

Oct 212019


  • miles
Known cracked engine block issue by auto maker on some 2006-2009 models

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #107

Mar 012019

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,039 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was parked in the driveway, the contact noticed a puddle of coolant under the engine. The vehicle was towed to lundgren Honda (163 Washington St, auburn, MA 01501) where it was determined that the engine block was fractured, leaking coolant, and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,039.

- Southbrisge, MA, USA

problem #106

Sep 302019


  • miles
At 85,000 miles, my engine blocked cracked in one of the 4 spots identified by Honda engineers in their own service bulletin (10-048). My car has been garage-kept and religiously maintained in terms of service. This is a manufacturer's defect. My primary issue (as the original owner) is that I was never notified of this problem.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #105

Aug 012019


  • 650,000 miles


I am the 2nd owner of my 2008 Honda Civic currently with 65,000 miles. One day driving out of no where my car begins to heat with no warning no lights nothing. I had pulled over and turns out my engine block has cracked. I reached out to american Honda, this is a defect in all of there Honda Civics from 2006-2009. They did have an extended warranty for 10 years. Being the second owner I was never notified, I was only notified of a air bag recall which was fixed. I am only one year over the warranty with only 65,000 miles in which Honda refuses to replace.this is a defect on Honda's part which should be corrected.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #104

Aug 232019


  • 208,000 miles
Cracked engine block during normal driving. Leaking coolant. Known manufacturer's defect but outside the extended warranty period.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #103

Jul 312018


  • 100,000 miles
Takata recall I came home from a 200 mile trip & noticed coolant leaking from engine when I got off my car at my house. The engine did not get hot or did the temperature gage move to indicate engine was hot. I have owned my 2008 Honda Civic since 09/05/2009 & never had any issues. I remembered I had a letter from Honda mailed to me about 10 yr extended warranty on the engine of my Civic. I did not have any issues with the engine up until July 2018. I was in disbelief that the warranty had already been expired. I was so upset that I always took good care of my car. I changed oil when it was supposed to fluids were never low. I never had any issues until after warranty expired. It was not my fault and there was not anything I could have done to prevent the engine block from cracking since it was a known defect. I took the car to the Honda dealership 50 miles away on a flat bed trailer to get it diagnosed. The dealership said warranty expired gave me a bill stating, short engine block, radiator assy, thermostat, radiatior hoses, bypass hoses, total cost $7504.99 parts & labor Honda would cover portion of the bill. They didnt state what portion of the bill or how much of the bill they would cover. I am outraged that I paid $16,450 for a Honda Civic with a defective engine. Honda has known about the defect it has on its engines and sold me a hard working american consumer a defective vehicle. Honda should have recalled thier leaking coolant engine product. Instead of offering to pay a portion of the bill since it was not my fault. I have been struggling without a vehicle since July 2018 I will never buy a Honda again.

- Deming, NM, USA

problem #102

Aug 222019


  • 100,003 miles
My car went from normal temp to extremely overheating in about three minutes of idling. I have had this problem off and on over the last three years, including while driving, and have had to add coolant about five times in the last for years. The mechanic could never find the problem until today. I have to replace the radiator. The engine block recall should be extended, and she definitely included the radiator since father's cherry where the problem starts.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #101

May 152019


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that oil leaked into the coolant and the engine leaked oil. The engine overheated and then leaked coolant from the vents. In addition, the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the engine block was cracked due to the catalytic converter overheating. The mechanic also stated that the vehicle needed a new water pump, one oil ring, and a plastic hose. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the warranty expired last year. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #100

Jul 072019


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While the contact was sitting in the vehicle with the window rolled down, he detected an odor of burning antifreeze. The contact exited the vehicle and looked under the hood, but did not see anything. The vehicle was taken to team rossi Honda (1517 S delsea dr, vineland, NJ 08360, (856) 692-1700) where it was diagnosed that the engine block fractured behind the catalytic convertor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided a case number. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #99

May 232019


  • 107,000 miles
Cracked engine block at 107,000 miles. Engine drained of coolant, and then overheated on the highway.

- Moseley, VA, USA

problem #98

May 212019


  • 42,000 miles
Found out today that I have a blocked crack in the engine would not start lost coolant

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #97

May 092019


  • miles
Car has 100,000 miles and is leaking coolant. Found out that Honda has a recall on this, but the recall expired February of 2018.

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #96

Feb 212019


  • 147,000 miles
Engine block Honda Civic 2008 147000 miles began leaking coolant after driving on city street

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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