really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,564 miles

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2008 Honda Civic suspension problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 012009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


Front suspension steering there is a clunking or snapping sound when turning or making a U turn left. Took it to the Honda dealer and there was no cause for the noise. The dealer replaced the entire left front assembly; left drive shaft, cv joint, hub and bearings. Then the dealer checked the rack and pinion and found that they were not torqued correctly and was reset to factory specs. Well one year later the clunking and snapping sound slowly returned. And while making slow left turns. It happens on and off. Now its passed warranty.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 182011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 24,819 miles
The front suspension on my car was not sufficiently lubricated from the factory, leading to "popping" and "clicking" (both very loud and noticeable) when turning. The dealer says the Civics were not given sufficient lubrication and the suspension is not built correctly.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 232009


  • 20,000 miles
I was driving at about 65 mph when my car suddenly started swerving to my left. I pressed my brakes and I heard a little explosion, but I didn't think anything of it. My car started swerving even more and I was not able to do anything because it was out of my control. My car spun and hit another car and then spun again and ended up crashing into the left side divider. When police arrived at the scene, they noticed my wheel was popped out. The wheel malfunction must have caused the accident because the wheel popped out even before I hit the divider.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Feb 282009


  • 7,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Civic LX coupe has under 8000 miles and is experiencing a noticeable drift to the right. I had the vehicle serviced at a Honda dealership and the alignment was corrected. The problem was resolved for a couple of weeks but has now surfaced again. The vehicle is pulling to the right and the steering wheel must be held to the left to compensate for the problem. The vehicle has not been involved in an accident or event that would have damaged any components. This appears to be a manufacturing defect.

- Clinton, TN, USA

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