really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,092 miles

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2010 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 302010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2010 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the TPMS warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 012016


  • miles
My car horn to honk is not working. I replaced the fuse and it won't work. This is very dangerous!! I can't warn cars that are about to crash into me that I'm there. I can't prevent accidents without honking. Some cars don't see me in there blind spots. I feel like if someone crashes into me Honda will be part at fault bc the horn doesn't work. I received a recall letter from Honda saying the air bags are being recalled. I think the horn situation should be investigated bc the horn and the airbag are located in the same place. My horn malfunction before but it had gotten fixed by itself.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 012015


  • 50,000 miles
When I start the car it rumbles and the rpms rev up. I know it is the wires that go from the ignition coils to the engine that is causing the problems but.. you cant buy that part at an auto part store bc the wire harness is not patented.. to go to Honda its $793. Since ive only had the car I have only put 50K mles on it. This is ridiculous that im having this major of an issue this soon.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #10

Jul 292015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2010 Honda Civic. While driving at 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, the contact noticed smoke emitting from the engine compartment and all the doors failed to unlock. As a result, the contact had to exit the vehicle through the front driver side window, which was rolled down. In addition the contact stated that the vehicle caught fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Butler, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 212014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 39,800 miles
Plastic part of car key housing fell from the metal part of the key and engine shut off. At home, after the key housing fell to the car floor, I examined it. The plastic key housing had fine cracks where metal part of key was supposed be secured with a tiny screw that was still in the metal key. The fine cracks was enough to allow the housing to open and slip off the metal key. Apparently, the metal end of the key isn't long enough to be a lever when turning on the ignition. The plastic housing of the key twisted when turning on the ignition and resulted in the cracks at the base of the key. Without the programmed chip attached to the metal key, the ignition shuts off.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 092012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 24,199 miles
Rides rough shakes feels that it's going to stall. Very obvious when stopping for red lights. Vibration occurs if I put the transmission in neutral. Sometimes it stops it but it does reoccur. Also the A/C makes the car vibrate even more. Was serviced however had to bring it back, paying $160., in August 2012 for the same problem. They took it for a ride felt something in the steering wheel and proceeded to realign front wheels. Rode with a member of the service dept for a good 20 minutes and nothing happened to the car. When I drove the car home it happened again and, to date, it is still happening. A member of the service dept told me in confidence there is a relationship between the engine and the A/C but they haven't found how to fix it. I would like to know if other Civics complained about this problem.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 232014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 23,917 miles


The ignition-lock systems allows my car to shut off the engine when I remove the key without ever putting my car into park. It has rolling in the parking lot. I visit my local dealer at Honda tarrytown, they took the care for 6 days change the keys, the computer, lock assy, control module and at the end of the day the key still comes out while in drive. Initially they told me everything was cover under guarantee. I agree to all the repairs but they wanted me to pay $2,400 because the part were not cover. I ended up paying $136.02 to cover the diagnostics. I still don't understand why. It was the wrong diagnostic and the problem was not fixed.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 192013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
I bought this certified/pre-owned at Honda of bowie, [md]. I drove it from upper marlboro to hyattsville and parked it. An hour later it did not start when I got back in the car. I called college park Honda but then called hob. They sent a free tow truck after I called, irate. At hob, the salesmen said the battery was "not under warranty." At my insistence they replaced it free. A technician said it had a faulty cell in it. I had not ever had this before. My first battery in my 1997 Honda lasted 153,000 miles! the salesmen were not sympathetic at first. The cashier was annoyed I wanted Honda corporate's # and the head manager. Other than the 2 technicians and 1 service rep, it was a terrible experience to occur.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 172013


  • 63,886 miles
I purchased a new 2010 Honda hybrid, I have had 3 ima batteries replaced. The last one they replaced came with a software update that has reduced my mpg from over 40mpg to 30mpg and less power. I believe this is in violation of stated window sticker mileage claims, lemon laws and possibly air quality laws, not to mention the loss of power dangers.

- Paradise Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 082011


  • 50,000 miles
I drove my car onto a major highway, speed limit 70 mph. Entering the highway my car accelerated from 70-79 by itself with my ABS kicking in at the same time. Not allowing me to brake. Nearly causing a pile up, I exited immediately turning into a shopping center to park my car. With two passengers in the car with me, I proceeded into the lot, up a hill when I could feel my car accelerating by itself. With my passengers in disbelief, I lifted my right foot in the air so they could see, my car accelerated from 0-21 mph by itself, up a hill. Scared out of my mind, I pulled my car over and parked it. I contacted Honda, took my car in for service only to find out that they "have never heard of this issue before" and that this was their first time looking into such a possibility. A couple days later after they blamed this issue on my "third party floor mats" and advised me to take them out of my car, I did. I drove without the floor mat for two weeks, to make sure that it was my car acting up and not the mats. Sure enough, my car acted up 2 more times in those two weeks. The first time it happened in traffic, in the middle of a bunch of stop lights. I would brake a little too early & attempt to coast in traffic to the car in front of me, I'd take my foot off the brake and the car would fully accelerate all by itself, causing me to slam my brakes. Second occurrence, was when I was getting into my car, turned it on, but never put it into gear or even shut my door, the engine started revving with rpms up in the "reds". multiple times. After taking my car in a second time, they were once again blaming these problems on my floor mats and that they weren't going to service or take care of anything at all, I am writing this complaint to further enforce that the 2010 Honda Civic needs to be recalled. The computers are defective and Honda is doing absolutely nothing about it.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 172011


  • 8,400 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that the integrated motor assist (ima) warning light illuminated. The electric motor failed, causing the vehicle to accelerate slowly. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a software update was performed but to no avail.the contact took the vehicle for inspection by the dealer and they informed the contact that the battery was on the verge of failing and that they would not replace the battery until it had completely failed. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and informed the contact that the could not assist with the replacement of the battery until the dealer was able to generate a failure code indicating that the battery needed replacing. The failure mileage was 8,400.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The weirdest accident I had January 8th, 2012, around 4:45 pm with my Honda Civic, I consider it a safety issue that was addressed to Honda dealer and american Honda. It is when I was turning to the right, out from the parking lot of a mega-store, one of the keys in my key chain accidentally got trapped in a hole at the back of the steering wheel, the whole is not covered. The trapped key caused the steering wheel to be locked in the right turn position, despite my efforts to turn it back to the left. I... was not able to turn the car back, I did not understand for those moments "what is going on". that what happened to me, fortunate enough, I hit the brakes and my front bumper got scratched and indented hitting the sidewalk; fortunate enough, no one was on the sidewalk of the street and no car was behind me. Fortunate enough, I was not on the high way, driving 65 miles/hour. My losses that need to be fixed and replaced are the Civic key and the trapped key (it was my other Odyssey key) both are damaged and need replacement, and fixing the front bumper. I wonder, what would be the situation if this happened to me or anyone else on the high way? I think if I was driving on the high way, someone else will be writing the concerns or filing damage report with perfection Honda and my life insurance. The Honda dealer feels that there is no issue to be addressed, the american Honda case analyst dose not have any opinion, and feels sympathy for me!!! what a wrong response, when it comes to a safety issue.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Jan 152011


  • 16,000 miles
Steering wheel visibly vibrates and shakes when driven above 50mph - this is clearly a safety issue loud buzzing when starting car (while turning key in ignition)

- Middletown, MD, USA

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