really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,542 miles

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2010 Honda Civic brakes problems

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2010 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #42

Jul 012010

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Brake does not function well. I have to push it hard to have enough power to stop even when the speed is very low. I also notice that when the air condition is on, brake works worse. I believe there might be a self-acceleration problem especially when the air condition is on.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 022014


  • 35,000 miles
I bought the car 3 years ago and after 6 months started brake problems. Car doesn't come to complete stop if don't press it very very hard. When I took car to dealer, he says good and working fine. I took car to more than 10 different dealers and everyone says the same. But I can clearly hear the noise when I apply brakes hard.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #40

Mar 242014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Here we are again after 6 months with another couple hundred dollars in brakes. Have spend over 1800 dollars on pads, rotors and calipers. Car still wearing out brakes in under 10K. This issue needs to be addressed. Countless folks have had the same issue with this model year. Something is not right in the brake design or materials.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #39

Mar 192013


  • miles


Had repairs to brakes and rotors resurfaced after being told two days prior brakes were fine. Since then parking brake locks up during cold weather unable to use.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #38

Oct 282013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 63,408 miles
As a precaution, had brakes inspected 6 months ago when car had approximately 50,000 miles on odometer. Expecting some pad wear at this mileage but there was no indication of a problem. My very trusted mechanic saw no problems with the pads and sent me on my way. On next oil change 6 months later, same mechanic says that my pads have completely worn out and caused damage to the rotors - a $650 repair on both front and rear brakes. The most troubling thing about all of this is that there was absolutely no "cricketing" of the brake pads at any time! and no other typical break wear function issues. Nothing to indicate a problem with my brakes and no way for me to know, aside from a sudden catastrophic brake failure in the future. This problem is all over the internet and why the NHTSA is allowing Honda to ignore this issue is completely beyond comprehension.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #37

Nov 072013


  • 42,000 miles
Premature worm brakes. Its a new car with new brakes. After barely 5000 miles I have to replace the brakes.

- Scottdale, GA, USA

problem #36

Sep 252013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


I was able to pull the key out of my Civic 2010's ignition while it was still in drive. Also, the emergency brake does not always engage fully, causing my vehicle to roll. This has happened a few times in the past, and I have called my local Honda dealership as well as the main Honda corporation to report. The local dealership refused to look at this safety defect without a $105 diagnostic fee, which I cannot afford. I have called Honda Inc. To report the incident, they refuse to take any responsibility and will not inspect my vehicle.

- Colonial Heights , VA, USA

problem #35

May 032013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
I went for my regular maintenance service and I was told that my brakes need replacements. Brakes worn out at very low mileage and it is not covered under warranty. There is something wrong with the brake system.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 142011


  • 9,000 miles
I was driving to school and heard the first dreadful, squealing alert of my wearing brake pads. I called my local Honda dealer and asked what might be going on as I was a first time vehicle owner. They told me that my brake pads were surly worn out and blamed me that it was because of my driving habits, or I was racing. At this point I began to laugh in disbelief. They told me to come in so they can inspect the pads. I went in and when I received the car they told me my brakes had been changed and I would not be paying anything since they were changed under warranty. Not too long after, the same squealing noise began and this time around I knew the drill. Ever since I've had to replace my brakes many times, about 5 to be exact, and only at 60K miles. Not to mention, im beginning to worry a bit because my brakes since the recently last time I changed my pads, the response in braking has been very bad. I do fear for my safety sometimes. Especially for my siblings' safety when I ride them to school. Please help the thousands of consumers that are in the same boat as I am.

- Gilroy, CA, USA

problem #33

Apr 122011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 9,541 miles
Customer stated squeel noise heard from left front wheel area, best heard when swerving back and forth verified by Honda technician on road test. Honda dealer replaced front brake pads, resurfaced front brake rotors & lubed caliper slide pins for a total of out of pocket expense of $261.48. Second incident, again the metallic grinding sound heard from the front end at 19,344 miles on 6/9/12. Technician found front brakes pads worn out. Honda dealer replaced front brake pads and resurfaced front brake rotors at another out of pocket expense of $265.32. Third incident, again the metallic grinding sound heard from the front end at 30,906 miles on 8/10/13. Technician found front brakes pads worn out. Honda dealer replaced front brake pads and resurfaced front brake rotors at another out of pocket expense of $528.25! please take note that since purchase the Civic has undergone 3 times replacement of brake pads and rotor resurfacing, I.e., an average yearly occurence which customer thinks is out of the ordinary. The last service having the most exhorbitant charge for the same service.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #32

Aug 122013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 39,960 miles


The brakes have completely worn out at less than 40,000 miles. I noticed a problem, and brought it in to be checked and they told me that not only that I need new pads but I need new rotors as well. There is no reason that these components wore out this fast, especially the rotors.

- Eldersburg, MD, USA

problem #31

Jul 312013


  • 12,456 miles
Car brakes makes squealing noise when brakes applied.car is out of warranty so I removed both front wheels and discover both front brake pads are worn to the metal now brake pads and rotors require replacement, I have been driving for over 40 years and owned numerous different cars over the years, this is the first car that I have seen that wear out brakes this fast, most of the cars I have owned lasted a minimum of 45,000 miles some lasted to about 90,000 miles, by the way I am a professional mechanic and I do not abuse my vehicles in fact I have been told that I drive like a old lady. I feel that this should be a factory safety recall, some people with no mechanical knowledge might continue to operate this car and get themselves into a horrible situation sooner or later.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #30

Jul 212013


  • 39,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving 15 mph, she heard the brakes squeal as she depressed the brake pedal. The failure was diagnosed and it was determined that the brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 39,700 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #29

Jul 022013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 25,160 miles
Experienced loud, grinding, noise coming from the front driver side while driving- (noise-not consistent). Took Civic to the dealership and diagnostic came out to be: Bad brakes!! this was a huge shock and pricey surprise!! not only did the brakes wear out prematurely (in mine and others opinions) but the dealer had the audacity to overcharge me. Embarrassed to say I paid: There special $210. As an na¤ve 1st time buyer, I overpaid. The dealership tech woman ripped me off. I am very disappointed, as I thought Honda are reliable and economically inexpensive to repair vehicles.

- Lawndale, CA, USA

problem #28

May 192013

Civic 4-cyl Diesel

  • 30,100 miles
While traveling on interstate with cruise control engaged at speed of ~72, went to apply brakes and brake pedal was hard and did not move. Cruise control did not disengage. Had to hit brakes several times before they worked. This incident occurred again 2 days later. Same exact issue.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #27

May 182013


  • 17,000 miles
Front brakes at 3mm after 17,000 miles. Strongly recommend an investigation on this issue, a huge safety concern and consumers paying out of pocket. Something is not right. Please investigate.

- New York , NY, USA

problem #26

Jan 112013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I kept hearing squeeling noise on my brakes so after taking it in to Honda they told me I needed new brakes. When I bought the car it had 8000 mi on it at around 18000 is when I kept hearing noises then went away. Now at 22000 mi I brought it into Honda to check it out as other places said brakes were fine. (maybe they didn't want to be responsible as they knew it was a Honda issue?) I think this is premature wearing out of my brakes as brakes should last approx. 30000 mi not only 10000-11000 miles. I was told it's not under warranty so I paid for new brakes and kept the old parts. I've read Honda had a class action lawsuit on earlier models and I believe they should have extended to my year Honda Civic 2010.

- Sandpoint , ID, USA

problem #25

Feb 012013


  • 65,000 miles
Bought car with 63835 miles and at 65000 miles car needed brake pads and the rotor replace cause of bad wear, they were replace and now at 73000 miles I need brake pads again, brakes on these car is the worst ever.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #24

Mar 232013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Brakes making screeching noise, rotors had to be resurfaced at 34,000 highway miles and now 20,000 miles later brakes are not braking properly, screeching and caliper leaking and brake sensor has broken off. I've been a Honda owner all my life and never had this problem. Dont expect any customer service help from corporate I was brushed off.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #23

Jul 102012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
I had to replace my brakes after 17000 miles,

- Dallas, TX, USA

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