really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,000 miles

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2008 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 122011

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns 2008 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 30 mph when she realized that the vehicle would not shift gears. In addition, the vehicle would stall intermittently. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or local mechanic for inspection or repairs. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 10/21/11

- Hillside, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 162010


  • 10,000 miles
My Honda Civic 2008 gets stuck on gear. I stop and then it will switch gears but it will not rev past 2rpm which can make me crash. Honda has not made a recall for this but they should as many people have complained about this on 8thcivic forums and other places. So basically the car bucks forward and the transmission jerks hard and so it will go back to normal you have to turn the car on or off. Imagine im on the highway and it happens.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Feb 242010


  • 19,000 miles


Problem happened when car is down shifting when coming to a stop. Early in the morning, when stopping at our stop sign the car will begin to down shift then the motor begins to rev up to 4000 rpms with nothing on the gas pedal. This has happened only 4 times in the 2 yrs we have owned the car and I was unable to reproduce the trouble to the Honda repair man.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 222009


  • 35,052 miles
I had an incident with my 2008 Honda Civic. I was pulling into the church parking lot and turned to park in the grass next to another vehicle when I lost the steering and then suddenly the car jumped forward out of control and crashed into a tree about 10 ft in front of me. I thought the gas pedal had stuck but the adjustor was not able to confirm that this was the case. I never put my foot on the gas pedal-I was braking and going less than 10 mi/hr at the time. I have been unable to find out what caused the car to leap forward and accelerate. I have had no other incidents with this vehicle. I have put around 35,000 miles on the car mostly highway driving.

- Englewood, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 272009


  • 15,000 miles
While traveling on a downgrade on I-15 South of the baker grade South of las vegas our 2008 Honda Civic automatically downshifted causing the car to slow down rapidly and outside of our control. Vehicles traveling behind us had to make quick decisions to keep from hitting us. I had to put the automatic transmission into neutral to keep the car from slowing down any further. From what I've read it is the fault of Honda grade logic control system that is suppose to work on upslope but is also making incorrect decisions on downslopes. Its happened two different times now it happens without warning and is a drastic difference to overcome the % of the freeways grade. I will report this to my dealership when I return to be checked.

- Boulder City, NV, USA

problem #7

Sep 042009


  • 24,000 miles


Intermittent transmission slippage. First time had one passenger, A/C was on, terrain was flat. Automatic transmission failed to engage properly. 2nd time: Had 2 passengers in rear, A/C was on, going uphill. Automatic transmission failed to engage properly. Engine revved and car crept uphill.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152009


  • 11,000 miles
While traveling on a downgrade on ca hwy 101 North of santa barbara, our 2008 Honda Civic automatically downshifted causing the car to slow down rapidly and outside of our control. Vehicles traveling behind us had to make quick decisions to keep from hitting us. I had to put the automatic transmission into neutral to keep the car from slowing down any further. I have researched this on the internet and it is the fault of Honda grade logic control system that is suppose to work on upslopes but is also making incorrect decisions on downslopes. Honda says this is normal behavior.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 272008


  • 353 miles
There has been no wreck or fire---this is a complaint for your tsb compilations....we have an 08 Civic LX: The transmission shifts roughly, and with delays. Slowing down and then re accelerating lightly causes a delay----as if the transmission/control module can't figure out which gear to get into--- and then a rough engagement. From D to reverse, there is a harder engagement than should be. It's as if there is a problem with the control module or the torque converter. My dealer says all these things are normal in a Civic auto transmission. We have an 07 Accord exl and it has none of these problems, nor did any other vehicles I've had in the past with a.T. it seems there should be some control module reprogramming or software patch for this transmission. Also, as a safety problem, it is harder to see out of this windshield during rain, esp. At night, than any car I've driven. Possibly the extreme slant of the glass? as a safety problem, as well, the brakes have a soft pedal, as well, and require more force than our Accord(much much more)or than any car I am used to, except one with air in the lines....dealer says this soft pedal is normal, as well.

- Carrboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 142009


  • miles
I am the person who filed consumer complaint: ODI case number: 10252727. I went to the appointment and they said that they had to see the car jerking. As I stated, it happens periodically. They ran diagnostics, said nothing was wrong and sent me on my way. Also for everyone's knowledge. My "hybrid" is currently getting an average of 27.2 mpg.

- Stockbridge, VT, USA

problem #3

Dec 122008


  • miles


My 2008 Civic hybrid has a power train issue. Often, when accelerating, the car jumps or jerks. It is almost like you accelerate then brake then accelerate and brake over and over while your foot is only on the gas. This happens regardless of the vehicle's temperature or the weather conditions and happens periodically. It may happen once a week, once every two months or three times a day. I contacted the dealership and I have an appointment to get it fixed. The service department seemed to know exactly what I was talking about and said the problem is under warranty. The service representative also mumbled something about a recall. I have not been notified of a recall and this website is not showing one either. Just a heads up for other hybrid owners.

- Stockbridge, VT, USA

problem #2

Jul 302008


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. When shifting from reverse to drive, there is constant transmission noise coming from the vehicle. The contact stated that it was similar to a loud smacking sound. He took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, but they would not make any repairs. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 23,000.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic hybrid. While accelerating from a stop, the vehicle began to shake until it reached at least 20 mph. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 730 and failure mileage was 600. Updated 05/19/08 the consumer stated the shake feels as though the clutch is being released too fast, however the vehicle has an automatic transmission. Updated

- Gastonia, NC, USA

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