really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,319 miles

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2008 Honda Civic lights problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 262011


  • miles


I purchased a 2008 Honda Civic ex coupe used. It was only a few years old. I read a lot of the complaints on this site about other 2008 Honda. I didn't see any complaints about brake lights. Ever since I bought my Honda, I noticed the the 3rd brake light has never worked. That's the light in the middle of the back window, which is a led brake light. Even though I bought the car used, it was only a few years old when I bought it, and supposedly, led lights last longer than the traditional brake lights. The only reason I'm complaining about this is that this light costs about $150 for the light itself, and another $150 to install it. It's not an extreme safety issue, like the airbags and other issues described on this site, but it is a safety issue in the sense that the driver behind me will be expecting to see that 3rd brake light when braking. Have other people been having this issue? maybe it's only this vehicle...

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 112015


  • 65,000 miles
When I turned my headlights on, my dashlights go completely off, leaving me with no lights on the interior dashboard; fuel, speed, etc., all lights gone. When I turn my headlights off, the dashlights come back on. There was no accident and this car is way under mileage for its year; I worked at home.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 112015

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
My son was involved in a car crash with a large SUV. He hit them from the rear. My Honda Civic went under the bumper of the large SUV. Due to the impact my bumper tore off, my headlights broke, my hood was smashed in and the front end of the car was smashed in. Why weren't the air bags deployed"? that is our concern" my son could have died in this crash due to faulty air bags. We have pictures of the crash. Our main concern is the air bags not being deployed. I would like to notify Honda Corp of this incident.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 292014


  • 87,000 miles
This is not a complaint against the car I am driving, but I'm not sure how else to share this concern. The new headlights in cars are too bright. They hurt a person's eyes. Even people who aren't sensitive to light are complaining about having to look away from oncoming traffic because the lights are simply too bright. Not being able to keep an eye on oncoming traffic seems silly. Drivers need to be able to see what the oncoming car is doing, not be blinded by the light and forced to look away. This will lead to many more accidents from something that was originally intended to be an improvement. These lights should be banned and removed from the market.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 292010


  • 24,597 miles
I do not often drive a night but in recent months, when I did drive at night, I had significant difficulty seeing the highway. I thought "well, it must be my age" so I decided to buy ge nighthawk bulbs to replace the oem (sylvania dot G0708 usa)bulbs. I bought the nighthawk bulbs because they are supposed to provide 30% greater light. Today (12/29/2010) I decided to remove the oem bulbs and install the ge nighthawk bulbs. When I removed the oem low beam bulbs I noticed there was a tan coating inside the bulb that extended from the bottom of the bulb to slightly above the tip of the bulb beyond midway as they bulb is installed. There was also some of the tan substance at the base of the bulb. From the amount of coating inside the bulb I am guessing light volume would have been reduced by 40% or more. When I removed the high beam bulbs they were perfectly clear; as they should have been. There is no way the low beam bulbs should have been that clouded given the mileage on the car and the little driving I do at night. I have saved the bulbs and I will send them to you should you want to test their light output. I can also send a scanned image if a bulb which approximates the extent of the problem. How many people are driving at night in Honda Civic cars, at risk, because of poor light output from the low beam head lamps? if it were only one it is one too many.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

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