really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,855 miles

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2008 Honda Civic suspension problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Feb 282010


  • 14,000 miles


Currently I have 32,277 miles and don't drive it, it's not safe to drive. I take a bus :) 1# trans locked at 60mph on hwy and caused almost a fatal crash! at 23,000 miles. Car was able to drive up to 15mpg having appx. 6000rpms. Car left at dealership and only PCM software was upd. No lockups are occurring, but trans is weaving, harsh start/stop often!/unexpected shutdown. Dealership found service bulletin #08-014 (harsh engagement), upd. The on board computer and symptoms are much worse than previously. Lower mpg ( 25-28 ), much worse performance, unexpected battery discharge, weaving, low accel. Dealer duplicated problems, but said "it's ok" and problems is untouched. Since they updated the system, the hybrid option is not kicking in as before. Prev. I was able to drive slowly only on hybrid, now I can't. no actions are taken to resolve the issue. Once they changed the ima batt pack, but this did not help and I see not a difference. Complained again, and absolutely no response. Brakes are malfunctioning. Brake fluid is missing, dealer said "[xxx], it's a mystery". depending on outside temp, battery charge level and car temp breaks work diff! occasionally while slowing down, the battery level reaches full and you must press the pedal as hard as you can to stop. This has caused small crashes and once brakes did not work, or I pressed too lightly ( cold outside with full battery ) and unfortunately I couldn't stop on time and ran over a pedestrian. She is badly injured and suing my insurance company! dealer rec. To "change car, better to buy not a Honda and don't bother them if nothing is broken." Police report ready to present. These are only the major issues I'm having. I would need much more space to write 20 pgs essay. Minor issues: - super fast tire wear ( after 20,000 ) and now again at 32,000 - not working climate ctrl system - check engine, ima light, brake system and airbag lights on. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #30

Aug 102008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While the contact was driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle began to fishtail, as a result of rear suspension failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the vehicle was within the alignment requirements and the failure was due to a design flaw. The failure mileage was unavailable. The current mileage was 30,000. The VIN was not available.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #29

Feb 192010


  • 20,000 miles
2008 Civic ex coupe. Had to replace both rear tires at around 20,000 miles due to a slightly visible flat spot on the tires that was causing a progressively loud roar. On initial inspection, the tire dealer advised me the tires looked fine as they still had plenty of tread and appeared to be even wear. However, on closer examination I was able to point out the flat spots visible on the center of the tire. Tire dealer could not explain cause. When I had replaced the second rear tire, the tire dealer thought that the belting had slipped. I just assumed I had a bad set of tires. The wear did not look like typical damage caused by misalignment. The same problems has again appeared with about 25,000 miles on the new rear tires. I now have discovered that Honda has service bulletin 08-001 which describes my exact symptom and requires the upper control arm to be replaced.. Honda has not issued a recall on this. Honda should notify owners and tire dealers of this possible failure so consumers are aware on how to correct the problem. Besides, the extremely loud noise that eventually appears, the vibration will ultimately lead to complete tire failure.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #28

May 062009


  • 20,583 miles


Faulty rear upper arms in the 2008 Honda Civic hybrid causing rear tires to become severely cupped. I spoke to Honda corporate manager who said that they do not care about the tires.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #27

Nov 252009


  • 20,000 miles
Purchased a 2008 Honda Civic from local dealer new. This vehicle had alot of road noise for the get go..but saw online that road noise was one of the problems with Honda's. had my car regularly serviced at the same dealership over the last year. Last month Dec 2009 road noise became excessive and took car into dealership. They looked the car over and said tires had excessive wear because I had not rotated them every 5000 miles. Car is a year old has 20000 miles and has had road noise all along. Dealer refused to replace tires and denied problem. Car now has nearly 30,000 miles and is undrivable at this point. Haven't replaced tires as it is not affordable. But car is unsafe to drive. Dealer said suspension problems noted in 2006-07 models has been fixed, but problem seems rampant in the 2008 if you look on the internet as well as safety reports yet nothing has been recalled, and Honda is not standing by their product. Now I am still paying for a car that sits in the driveway and is unsafe to drive...cant sell an unsafe vehicle..please investigate this problem.

- Pooler, GA, USA

problem #26

Sep 032009


  • 13,000 miles
Although have had tires rotated and balanced at 10,000. At 13,000 noticed tire noise and discovered cupping and uneven wear on rear tires. Honda dealer in lancaster, pa said could do nothing, not even check alignment unless I paid. I had alignment checked at another garage. All is within specs. He said a lot of the Civics have this problem. He put the best 2 tires on front. I inflate my tires to 36 lbs so that tires ride on center and make less noise. Present mileage 18,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #25

Sep 112009


  • 29,700 miles


Purchased 2008 Civic in May 2008 and have had regular service done at dealer. Tires worn unevenly and some cupping of rear tires occurred. Noticed at last service appointment. Car had 29,700 miles at that time. Since tires were rotated at that time I have noticed aggravating road noise and steering wheel vibration. Dealer balanced tires which seemed to help for a little while, but did not cure the problem.

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #24

Oct 012008


  • 15,000 miles
Premature rear tire wear.

- Blair, WI, USA

problem #23

Oct 182009


  • 23,300 miles
1. had car tires rotated every 7500 miles at oil change time. At 23300 after rear tires were put on front in rotation, tires would bounce and were noisy and there was vibration. Tires were cupped and ruined. Dealer said need new tires and alignment. Got new tires, at costco, and alignment at dealer. Dealer gives paper work and still out of spec. Original tires. Issue on 2006 thru some 2008 Honda Civic hybrids was rear control arms issues. Still an issue, premature wear and cupping causing potential for accident. Honda dealer says nothing wrong, but this is an issue. Others on internet also show same problem with premature tire wear.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #22

Aug 152009


  • 18,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Civic coupe at approximately 18,000 miles rear-end noise started, at 20,000 miles it became unbearable. The car was taken to battle creek Honda and they told us the rear tires were cupped and the rear wheels were out of alignment. Had to align the car and replace tires with 20,000 miles. The car also handles very poorly in snow and wet road conditions.

- Paw Paw, MI, USA

problem #21

Oct 042009


  • miles


Excessive inner-edge rear tire wear (outer edge and middle area tire wear seems normal and has plenty of tread left after the inner edges are excessively worn). Tires replaced at 18,000 miles, 31,000 miles, and need to be replaced again at 40,000 miles (oem dunlop SP31 tires were used each time). Dealer replaced rear control arms at 18,000, advised to rotate the tires more often at 31,000 miles. Dealer mostly seems unable to resolve, or even acknowledge, the issue.

- Youngstown, NY, USA

problem #20

Jul 182009


  • 17,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Civic hybrid has excessive tire wear, cupping and tire noise at 17000 miles. Tony Honda of Hawaii stated problem caused by improper and timely rotation of tires and alignment. Furthermore it would not be covered under warranty. Weight equal to 85% capacity was placed in car during alignment at tony Honda. Rear camber exceed specified range by 1 degree negative camber. Honda's answer is to rotate tires every 5000 miles. It is easy to conclude that tire rotation will not eliminate the accelerated tire wear.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #19

Aug 022009


  • 5,500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving at various speeds ranging from 35 to 65 mph, he noticed a vibration in the rear end of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the vibration was due to a negative camber. The current mileage was 13000 and the failure mileage was 5500.

- Parowan, UT, USA

problem #18

Aug 182009


  • 24,000 miles
2008 Honda Civic hybrid has excessive rear tire wear, tire cupping, and annoying noise inside car.Honda's lackluster response is to make it an owner problem. It is suggested that dissatisfied owners submit complaints to the BBB, state consumer protection and consider action under the lemon laws for Honda repurchase of the vehicle. Honda motor co torrance ca is generally of little help, and plays dumb about this issue.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #17

Aug 122009


  • 38,000 miles
I don't know where to turn for help my problems is that I bought a Honda Civic last year 2008, for business use. My wife was using it to commuted from home to business every day. It happened yesterday (Aug/12) while she was driving down I-15 and bangerter hwy she heard a snap sound very loud under the car, she then slowed down to 60mph. The car behind her passed along side her and signaled her to pull the car over immediately. She pulled over and got out to inspect the vehicle, and she found out that the axle (suspension support) had broke off. The only thing that held the shaft from flying off the road were the brake cable and electrical cable. Thank god, nothing happened to her and my 10 month old son and my second child on the way. She immediately called me to let me know what was going on. I had her called the tow truck and to take the vehicle to larry miller Honda for now. On the same day I had to fly back to salt lake to take care of the problems. I called Honda consumer public affairs for assistance but they told me that they couldn't help me. I don't know where to turn, can you help. Thanks a million. Updated 08/19/09 photos received. Updated 08/20/09.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #16

Jul 202009


  • 22,000 miles
2008 Honda Civic hybrid purchased new, it now has 22K miles, tires were rotated at 17K miles during dealer work to replace defective rack and pinion. Following this repair I noticed a pronounce road noise inside car at speed range from 30 to 55 mph. On 7/20/09 dealer advised that lack of timely tire rotation and alignment is the cause of excessive tire wear noted on one tire. Tire is worn smooth on inside portion of the tread. Dealer stated that corrective action is not covered by warranty. I contend that excessive tire wear on one tire is a safety issue. Conditions found should not exist on tire that has only 22K miles. I expect Honda to take appropriate measures to correct this problem at their cost. Updated 07/31/09.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #15

Jun 162009


  • 21,000 miles
A roaring noise from the rear tires started while on a road trip. When I got home, I took the car to the dealership to have it looked at. Before I went in, I had done quite a bit of research about this problem so I was pretty sure it was the control arm defect that many other people are having. I told the people in the service department about service bulletin 08-001 which says that 06-07 Civics have defective control arms. As expected, they told me that the rear tires were cupped and that I needed an alignment which is not covered under the warranty. First off, Honda does not do anything about the service bulletin unless you print it out and give it to them. They know it is a safety issue but wont do anything about it until they get sued because someone loses control of their car and gets hurt.

- Templeton, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 252009


  • 21,000 miles
Faulty "rear cambers" on 2008 Honda Civic hybrid. Cambers caused premature and severe tire cupping. Dealership has no solution/fix for faulty rear cambers. Honda has offered 50% off of replacement tires as the only solution. Car is still under 3 year 36K warranty. No service bulletin available or genuine Honda parts are available to replace faulty rear cambers.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #13

May 242009


  • 23,000 miles
Uneven tire wear on the rears tires of a 2008 Honda Civic hybrid and excessive road noise.

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #12

Apr 072009


  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda Civic 4 door. Has the exact same problems as the 2006 and 2008 Civics. Less than 20,000 miles on tires and car. Rear tires are demolished! tires have excessive wear and road noise. Dealer says that I should rotate the tires more often. This is not wear from failure to rotate this is due to the suspension. This is an outrage that the same problems that happened over a year ago and the have failed to fix them.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

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