definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,424 miles

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2008 Honda Civic suspension problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Sep 142016


  • 40 miles


Bought the car 2 days ago. Did test drive it with no notable issues. I did not take it on the highway because I was not familiar with the area and the salesman insisted not to go on the highway due to road construction outside the dealership. So on the way home I did take the highway from the dealership following my husband out of the area until I got to familiar territory. Then he got behind me. Well while driving on the highway I felt the car swaying side to side having trouble staying between the lines. Didn't feel right and when I would hit a bump the back end of the car moved all over the place. Well when my husband and I got home I mentioned it to him and he said when he was behind me he noticed the right back of the car was bouncing up and down. With that said I have a 16 month old grandson that I intend to have in my car on occasion and it's scary to think that my car may not be safe for the road and/or put myself or someone else in danger. The salesman showed me the carfax report and services that were done on the car. But did not disclosed anything of what I am experiencing with the vehicle

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #41

Oct 112007


  • miles
Like many of the tire wear complaints for this vehicle, rear tires developed irregular flat spots, and rear tires were very noisy. Talked with ken in torrance, ca (american Honda) but Honda refused to accept any responsibility. After two sets of tires in 33,000 miles, ken agreed to pay 50% of next tire purchase. If there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, then why would ken agree to pay half of next tire purchase?

- Catlettsburg, KY, USA

problem #40

Jul 012015


  • 75,000 miles
One of the control arms, I believe it is called, went bad and cracked. The front ones went bad and had to be replaced, but were under warranty. These would be the arms that connect and hold the tires/brakes but not the suspension. I may have referred to them wrong, but they went bad nonetheless.

- Renfrew, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 112015


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving at various speeds, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle made an abnormal noise. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator also illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the compliance bushing fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #38

Jul 212015


  • 60,000 miles
The front motor mount has failed and is vibrating loudly. Also, the cruise control button has failed @ 50K on 2 Honda Civic generation 8's that I own.

- Lehigh Acres , FL, USA

problem #37

Jun 062014


  • 140,000 miles
Geometry problem on suspension causes excessive uneven tire wear. The driver may be unaware of this damage because the outside of all the tires appear fine. If no close inspection of the inside tread of the tire is done, dangerous conditions can be overlooked. This puts the passengers of this car and anyone around it in danger. Honda should recall and fix this problem immediately before someone dies if they haven't already

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #36

Jul 032015


  • 85,000 miles


Rear tires cup after only a few thousand miles. Constantly replacing rear tires. Honda recalled the '06 & '07 models for this but claimed they fixed the issue in '08. It doesn't seem to be the case.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #35

Apr 132015


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was stopped, it vibrated uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the front motor mount and torque struts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #34

Jun 182010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
Honda: When make tight turn, left or right would hear or feel a popping or clunking noise, after driving over bumps, coming from the front suspension.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #33

Oct 032014


  • 46,667 miles
The car was vibrating so hard that it felt like the motor was going to fall out. According to two mechanics this is very early for this type of problem in a car with less than 50000 miles. Had to replace the lower rear engine motor mounts and the front right engine mount.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #32

Jul 012014


  • 55,000 miles


Whenever performing a turn there is a clicking sound made from the rear of the vehicle. Dealer unable to find anything through diagnostics. It sounds like there is a piece of metal broken somewhere that when going over a speed bump or turning it bumps or grinds against something.

- Celebration, FL, USA

problem #31

Sep 082014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Uneven tire wear on the inside tread of rear wheels. Can't see the wear since it is on the inside so the tire looks fine on the outside but is worn so bad on the inside a blowout could happen easily. Problem caused belt separation and extreme uneven wear. This is due to a defect in the suspension design. This is costing a ton of money in replacement tires and tires for this model car cost a fortune.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 062014

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that when the engine was powered on, the vehicle vibrated violently. The contact also mentioned that the failure occurred when in reverse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 9/4/14 the vehicle was repaired July 25, 2014. The motor mount failed. Updated 1/5/2015

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #29

Jan 142013


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the tires were wearing out prematurely. The contact was concerned that the alignment was wrong and there was a problem with the rear suspension. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The technician stated that the vehicle was working up properly. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000. The current mileage was 36,000.

- Burghill, OH, USA

problem #28

Nov 112009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 14,237 miles
Rear tires wear out prematurely due to rear suspension problems (upper control arms" incorrect factory rear wheel alignment specs"). at only 80,000 miles, I am on my fifth set of new tires -- all due to "abnormal wear patterns on rear tires." A mechanic at the local Firestone store suggested that the rear wheel toe-in be set @ 0 degrees instead of the stated factory specs, but Honda has already recalled my 2006 Civic LX and fixed the rear suspension upper control arms in a recall (its rear tires have worn out prematurely, also, but this particular recall did not cover my 2008 Civic, which seems to have a worse case of the same problem). Why did the recall not cover my 2008 Civic, too?).

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #27

Jun 012009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
The rear tires had excessive and uneven tire wear that caused premature tire change. Also it caused a vibration and loud noise level at highway speeds. The problem is the cost of tire replacement. Also the was not made aware of this problem by Honda.

- East Berkshire, VT, USA

problem #26

Mar 112013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Excessive rear wheel wear(inside on both tires) causing premature replacement and possible tire failure.

- Vail, AZ, USA

problem #25

Aug 022010


  • miles
Rear tires wear prematurely and in a very odd fashion (uneven, hi-lo bands across the tread) causing a significant thumping sound and vibration. The first time I was told the rear shocks were the cause (@55-60K miles). The shocks and tires were replace and the same exact problem has occurred again! 90%+ of my driving is done on the highway and not poorly maintained back roads. It is very clear that there is an issue with the rear suspension on these vehicles that Honda needs to be forced to acknowledge and address.

- Dingmans Ferry, PA, USA

problem #24

Nov 022009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The rear tire wore out fast, they were cupping and vibrating and noisy/thumping starting around 25,000 miles. At 30,000 miles I could not wait anymore. I bought 2 new tires for the back, the front tires were still ok. Then I took it to round rock Honda for alignment. Everything was good then, I had the new tires at the front. After another 20K miles, I replaced the 2 old tires with new ones. I kept balancing and rotating the tires. But at around 70K miles the rear tires started to wear out again. I rotate and balanced the tires. Now at 88K miles, the car starts to vibrate and noisy again at 65mph. The tires were supposed to be good for 60-70K, but the uneven wear showing up around 30K. I checked w/ discount tire, they claim Civic has problems w/ tire wear. So I checked on internet, found the issue about Honda Civic premature tire wear. I went to round rock Honda, but they won't replace new control rear arms and do alignment for free. I have to pay around $450. I filed this complain first. I'm planning to replace the old two tires again for now. The look for Honda to replace new control rear arms and do alignment for free. I called another Honda dealer to verify, they are claiming there is no issue w/ 2008 Civic LX sedan, which is not listed in the tsb 08-001 (2006 and 2007 only). So I guess there is not enough complains about this tire wearing fast issue yet. If Honda keeps playing dumb, my last resort would probably be selling this Civic and consider buying a Toyota instead of a Honda.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #23

Oct 172011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle has defective upper control arms and flange bolts which cause the tires to wear fast and dangerously, as well at cause the car to shake in the back while driving. This is a defect in the car and Honda will pay for it but only if the vehicle is still under factory warranty. By the time I bought the car and noticed the problem it was out of warranty. This is unacceptable! it is a defect! they should have to pay for it!

- Columbia, MO, USA

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