definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,625 miles

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2008 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


2008 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to engine block failure. The consumer stated the engine block problem should be treated as a recall due to the severity of the problem. When the engine overheated and stalled, he lost power steering and brakes. At that point, the steering and brakes became very difficult. The consumer stopped to the dealer, where they showed him the 4 problem areas of the engine where the leakage occurred. Also, the bearing on the air conditioning compressor pulley started making a noise. The entire compressor had to be replaced. The consumer also had difficulty starting the vehicle and after 10 seconds, the vehicle would start. On occasion, he had trouble shifting from first to second gear. It would not shift, and he had to come to a complete stop and start in first gear. Updated 04/10/14

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 082011


  • 46,000 miles
Cannot change into 3rd and 6th gears properly. Grinding and excessive force to go into 3rd, must repeat attempts to go into 6th.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #6

May 262011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Driving on the expressway and the transmission seized up and the vehicle came to an abrupt stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealership and although the vehicle is under warranty the say that the vehicle was abused therefore they will not cover the transmission. Honda has had numerous complains regarding the manual transmissions and the failures that they've had.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #5

May 272011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


2008 Honda Civic si, 16,000 miles had clutch fail and manufacturer refuses to cover this item.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #4

Nov 172010


  • 28,000 miles
Our standard 2008 Civic ex (bought June 2008) started to have variable vibration/shuttering issues from idle/stop to 1st and 2nd gear around 28,000 miles (new Civic, we are the only owners, no accidents). The shuttering stopped after the car was in higher gears. This vibration issue worsened and we could not safely accelerate the vehicle when shifting from an idle position into 1st gear - due to extreme vibrations, which became more frequent. We took the vehicle to the dealership around 35000 miles on November 17, 2010, to determine/correct the shuttering/vibration issues. The dealership indicated they could not replicate the issue and returned the vehicle. The shuttering/vibration continued and we decided to replace all of our tires at our cost around 40,000 miles to see if this would correct the issue. The vibration/shuttering continued at variable times. At 41,000 miles, the vibration/shuttering became impactful and we could not safely accelerate from an idle position without the car shaking/not engaging effectively. We took the car into the dealer again on February 3, 2011 and the technician replicated the issue with us in the car. They indicated they looked at the vehicle motor mounts and "looked" at the clutch (not inspected). They said nothing was wrong with it and it was due to the way we drove the vehicle, even though their technician replicated the issue. They said Honda does not have any recommendations for this issue via the phone technical line. We did not take the car back due to safety concerns and it is still at the dealership. We do not feel safe driving the vehicle, as it will not engage/accelerate properly without shuttering when shifting from idle into 1st and 2nd gear.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

Sep 242010


  • 55,000 miles
While pressing the clutch it has started grinding and popping, it can be heard and felt out side the car with hood up. And can be felt on the clutch pedal.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062009


  • 15,000 miles
2008 Honda Civic si. Grinds in 2nd and in 3rd and pops out of both gears, sometimes under power and others while driving at low speeds. I spoke with the dealer and Honda.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 312008


  • 0 miles
Vehicle transmission gears will grind when shifted into second and third gears.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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