really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,754 miles

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 182016


  • 64,281 miles


Ganley Subaru of bedford, oh (ganley bedford imports, Inc.) sold this pre-owned 2008 Honda Civic si with no TPMS sensors. The TPMS warning light was on, and ganley Subaru stated that only an "update" (to the ECU) was needed due to a tire replacement of all four tires, when in reality they allowed a vehicle with no tire pressure monitoring sensors to be sold.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #17

Jan 012010


  • miles
Premature tire wear. Since 2008 when I bought this car, I have put on five sets of four tires for a car that now has 140000. Each set was from name brand tire companies like Michelin, Bridgestone, etc. In addition, each set's mileage warranty ranging from 50000 to 80000 miles. At 140000 miles with five top rated tire sets, I have not reason to believe that it is tire company. Instead, it clearly looks like Honda's design fault. Even multiple mechanics have pointed out the same to me. I also have additional vehicles in the house hold that I drive and I don't have the similar issue with them. So that eliminates driver and driving condition as an excuse that Honda may like to hide behind.

- Murphy, TX, USA

problem #16

Mar 142016


  • miles
I've had to replace the tires on my Honda Civic prematurely because of "flat spots" that would appear and lead to extreme noise inside the cabin while driving. I've researched and asked the tire stores and they bascially stated that they see this a lot in the 2008 Civics. If I didn't rotate the tires every couple of thousand miles this would happen over and over. After replacing all four tires recently the noise this time did not go away, in fact it was even louder than in the past. I brought it to the dealership and they told me that it's the rear wheel bearings. This car has 83,000 miles on it! I looked up wheel bearing replacement and it seems there was a factor recall for this problem for 2006-2007 models, but not the 2008. It also mentioned that the wheel bearing problem in the 06-07 models lead early tire wear and to the noise problems I experienced as well. I'm sure now that the bearings where probably the major problem from the beginning and should have been repaced thousands of miles ago. Again, this car only has 83,000 miles on it. I'm not sure with my 2008 Civic differs from the 06-07 models and why Honda will pay for the replacement of those years but not mine? I've had a lot of issues with this car, which I was told was suppose to be very reliable. I will not be purchasing a Honda again in the near future.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 272015


  • 109,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving 30 mph in inclement weather, the wheels and the steering column seized. As a result, the contact crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 109,000.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Mar 172011


  • 35,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Civic LX started experiencing door lock problems in March of 2011 (I can provide the exact date, but will need to go through paperwork to find it.). since that point in time, I have had over a dozen locks replaced. I have the driver's door lock replaced 3 times, the driver's side rear door replaced 4 times, the passenger side front door replaced 3 times, and the passenger side rear door replaced 4 times. This problem has continued even after the extended warranty ran out. There is some kind of electrical short causing the problem. I have had called american Honda to get there help and they offered to fix the problem as long as I paid $100 towards the cost of repair. That is ridiculous considering the history of issues. The Civic was taken to other service places and they agreed that there was a major problem with the door locks and electrical. In addition, I have had to replace the cv axles twice on this Civic. The first was done under warrant at approximately 38,000 miles. I have since had to contact american Honda a second time, and because again the car was out of warranty I was required to pay $400 to complete the repair. This was not a fair compromise since this vehicle has had multiple issues. The third problem concerns the wheels bearings. The driver's side front left wheel was replaced shortly after the axles were replaced. I now am having the same problem, with the driver's side front left wheel bearing going bad. I spoke with a master mechanic, and he informed me that the problem was caused by the tech at southpoint Honda in durham having over torqued the bolt to secure the wheel bearing. I believe the same problem occurred the first time. At this pont in time, I can no longer use the key fob to enter the car, since the door locks do not function properly, and the car is considered to be a lemon by several master mechanics.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #12

Nov 182013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


I drove for months with an excessive vibration. ('cause I'm an idiot!) I finally took it in a couple of months ago because I had to drop to 10-20 miles below the speed limit to avoid rattling my brains out. I had to replace all four tires and get an alignment. At the time the mechanic told me I had a really odd wear pattern, he'd never seen. Today I found out about the problem report issued by Honda about this very thing.

- Grand Bay, AL, USA

problem #11

Sep 092008

Civic 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
When I purchases the car in 2008, even during the test drive, the car seemed excessively loud but the salesman stated that it was just the bad road we were on. I purchased the vehicle and the sound just got worse, to the point that I could not even hear people while using my cell phone. I had to purchase 3 sets of tires in addition to the original set. Each time, the mechanic told me the tires were to the point of being extremely dangerous. Again, the mechanic is stating that my tires are to a very dangerous point and I need new ones. This will be 5 sets of tires in 5 years.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #10

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

problem #9

Dec 182010


  • 28,666 miles
Tire pressure monitoring system light activated. Car has been to the Honda dealership for the same problem nine times with the most recent visit June 16, 2012.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 302010


  • 93,000 miles


This vehicle was having a continuous roaring noise from the rear when the vehicle is being driven. Took to proctor Honda of tallahassee and mentioned the problem. Honda dealer noticed the rear tires were beginning to cup and rotated tires to address sound issue and blamed the tires as the malfunctioning part by recommending a tire replacement. At that time the tire toyo spectrums were only 1 year and 9 months old having being installed on 3/2009, had a 65K tread life warranty. The 2006 and 2007 models of Honda Civic had technical service bulletins issued regarding the rear upper control arms causing uneven wear of rear tires (cupping) service bulletin number : 08-001date of bulletin : Feb 08, 2008, NHTSA item number : 10024687. This Honda was purchased on 11/2007 and was obviously manufactured during the 2007 year. The proctor Honda mechanics believe that the rear upper control arms have already been replaced on this vehicle but I have no documentation revealing a date any such work was done. I have contacted the previous dealer hennessey Honda and the previous owner and neither have had these upper control arms replaced. Now in May 2012 these tires that were rotated with the tires on the vehicle that were not cupping in 2010 are now severely cupped ( high /low areas) while the front tires are not cupped at all from my inspection. Seems isolated to the rear of vehicle. The rear cupping occurs primarily on the inside part of the tire nearest to the vehicle but it is severe. This vehicle has already had the lower engine block replaced due to cracking coolant passages which I might emphasize that the 2007 Honda Civic also has issues with. This is my mom's vehicle and I want her to be safe driving this and do not want to keep buying new tires ( of a different brand) only to have them prematurely worn and cupping of tires caused as well. Please investigate this issue "??"

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 012009


  • 15,000 miles
At about 15,000 miles, we had to replace the original 2 rear tires due to uneven wear. We replaced the tires and had to replace them again at 40,000. Now, at 60,000, the rear tires are unevenly wearing again so much so that the car is nearly undrivable on the highway due to the shaking. We've had the alignment and balance checked multiple times and nothing has been off and the tires have been rotated at every other oil change.. we've tried different brands of tires and nothing seems to be helping the problem. Every time we've contacted Honda, they've insisted the tires haven't been balanced correctly (even though it was done at their dealer) or that we've gone 500 miles too far past getting them rotated and thus won't replace them. Needless to say, we'll be buying a Toyota or Ford next time.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 242011


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that air leaked from the rear driver side and the front passenger side rim. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the wield on tire rim was defective. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 72,000 and the current mileage was 73,500.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #5

May 172010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 78,103 miles
At 78,000 miles I began to notice unusual road noise. ( humming) less than a year later I'm experiencing horrific road noise (peaks near 55 mph) and now unusual tire wear. Tires are rotated, balanced and front end aligned regularly. I thought maybe bearing problems. Local mechanic checked and said no. Tire dealership thought the same, checked and said no. Honda dealership said tires needed rotation to eliminate the problem. (did not help) back to tire dealership, they believe I need a kit for rear cam arms. Noise so loud I sometimes use ear plugs to drown out sound/not safe.

- Iota, LA, USA

problem #4

Jul 242008


  • 23,000 miles
Both rear control arms on 2008 Honda Civic causing cupping on inside of rear tires.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 282009


  • 14,816 miles
Wheel rim on car is not completely round due to manufacturing defect and not to damage. Extra care required to balance wheel with tire. Shop reported that out of round wheel rim can result in premature tire wear. Mileage at 14,816.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 282009


  • miles
2008 Honda Civic hybrid rear tire wear, with 16,000 miles on the car the rear the rear tire have been replaced 3 times, and are bad again. We bought this car to save on gas and less pollution, but can't afford to keep buying tires, walser Honda in burnsville mn where we bought the car replaced 1 tire when the first of this problem showed up at 4,000 miles then we were told that tire wear was our problem. I don't think this is right now I find through the internet that Honda has been aware of this problem since 2006 and won't let their customers know of this service bulletin to fix the problem. Hope you can do something to help the public become aware of the problem & the fix.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #1

May 312008

Civic 4-cyl

  • 8,700 miles
Had tired rotated in May 2008 and after rotation steering started shaking from sided to side. Firestone/Bridgestone dealer told me that the tires were damaged because of a camber problem in the rear of my 2008 Honda Civic. Was not told of this problem with my car when I had it to the dealer earlier that morning.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

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