2008 Honda Civic engine problems: loss of power

Loss Of Power

2008 Honda Civic

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
56,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. computer program update (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2008 Honda Civic engine problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 022014

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Honda Civic- losing power -thought it was the transmission. Recently replaced the starter and had to have the engine block replaced due to recall.

Replaced struts and front axels.

I made a clam with Honda of America and took it in to the dealership- who were extremly rude! They told me it was the carpet rubbing agains the gas pedel- They said the car was driving fine and has no problems.

It has been 2 weeks and I am now losing power going up hill and my air conditioner is not getting as cold as it use to- however Honda will not acknowlege the issue.

This is my 3rd Honda and I have never had so many problems as I do with this car!

- Monica G., San Jose, CA, US

problem #1

Aug 152010

Civic Hybrid 1.3L

  • CVT transmission
  • 23,500 miles

We received a TSB on our 2008 Civic Hybrid stating there was an update software program which would help extend the battery life of the vehicle. Wanting to comply we took the vehicle in for the recommended service. We did not see any initial difference in the IMA assist bars, however the vehicle became VERY gutless when at a stop on a hill (such as red light) then starting out. What a pig! No power! Took to dealer today on Saturday October 23,2010. Waiting to her from main Honda tech line on Monday.

Will see what they are willing to do. Would not recommend this update if they do not remedy this problem. I want my old software the way it was when we bought it!

Update from Nov 18, 2010: Nothing back from the dealer service department as of yet. Almost a month has passed after they told us that they are working on it. Car does the same thing consistently with minimal power while stopped on hill then trying to accelerate. Very dangerous situation. Minimal motor assist from the IMA ....don't try to pass any cars either

if climbing a hill. Very dissappointed in Honda. Will never buy another one if this is how they respond to their customers!

- bones7, Tacoma, WA, US

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