really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,719 miles

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2011 Honda Civic electrical problems

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2011 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 152016


  • 50,000 miles


On several occasions, while my daughter was driving at normal speed of traffic on the highway, as well as on streets, the car simply shuts off. This occurs regardless of the level of fuel, even when it is full. The car has been serviced and maintained per recommendations by Honda. It is not a battery issue. After a few minutes, the car is able to start again. It is very scary when it happens. My daughter took the car to a Honda dealership and at first they did not find anything wrong so they "released" it back to her. Unfortunately, it stalled out again while she drove it so she brought it back to the dealership. They have since been able to replicate the "stall out"themselves but have not been able to find the cause. They have been in contact with Honda engineers to investigate, but it is unclear if they have ruled out a defective fuel level sensor, ignition problem, or electrical problem or other issue. They have had the car for three weeks.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 302014


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph the instrument panel lights suddenly began to flicker. The contact indicated that smoke was coming from the seam of the dashboard along with a burning plastic odor before the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the instrument panel wire harness was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 31000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 222013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Vehicle rollover crash. Fire seems to be from a recalled fuel valve. If my family burnt alive in that vehicle I would have a sick vendetta for those responsible for the non reporting of safety concerns to me as an insured driver. Including but not limited to all parties involved or responsible. This is a child safety concern. Children can be burned alive due to this hazard of engineering designed to cause total destruction for profiting purposes. The technologies at hand are too great for this type of absolute incompetence to occur. Honda should be barred from doing business in the us until such issues are addressed.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 252012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


(ODI number) is: 10464481 already on file. Automobile is at dealership, no rental car provided as promised by american Honda corporate office. Dealership is stating that unless the duplication happens while the automobile is at their location; nothing can be done? car is accelerating at stop lights while foot is on brake, and car will not accelerate at times when the gas pedal is applied. Doors are automatically locking.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
While driving vehicle, loss of acceleration. When accelerator was applied, only rpms moved, the car would not respond. Numerous times at stop lights, the car rpms would accelerate pass 3 and 4 without any application to the gas pedal. Took car into Honda dealership and was told that nothing can be done unless it occurs on the premises.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
While actuating the power door unlock button, the power window down switch, windshield wipers, and ignition switch, there is a popping sound through the audio system. Took to dealership in November of 2011. They could not isolate problem--however they could duplicate it. After consulting with the Honda tech line, the dealership still had no answers. Was advised to call american Honda customer service. Was contacted by a Honda case manager and am still waiting on resolution. Vehicle is a 2011 Civic si sedan and currently has 5,300 miles.

- Rockford , TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 152011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Own a 2010 Honda Civic hybrid. Over the last 18 months have gotten 35-42 mpg depending on city or highway. Over all have been happy will purchase until the last several weeks. 3 weeks ago had to take care into service (at 25000 miles) was told the problems I was having of inability to retain charge on ima battery was due to a weak battery. It was decided by the service dept to replace battery. Battery was replaced and is keeping a somewhat better charge but have noticed a significant decrease in power and the auto stop function only working occasionally, also noticed a decrease of mileage down to 23-25 mpg in city. Took the car back to service and after they ran diagnostic test and reviewing with Honda "tech" people was told that performance was how they intended to decrease wear on batteries life. A car with no power to go up small hills and a 25mpg average is not what I spent 27000$ on and that it is certainly not what Honda advertised the car to be.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #1

Jun 122011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,750 miles
Purchased a brand new 2011 Honda Civic 4D lxs model car in March. Within a month the car head computer issue that caused all of the electronic display control to break, speedometer, engine temperature, gas indicator, odometer, etc. All went dead. The car was taken in for service, but no root-causes were found for the issue. After the car had the battery discharged an recharged the issue simply went away. On 6/12/11 the car was involved in an accident where the car accelerated uncontrollably while attempting to park, brakes weren't functional and it jumped a curb a and ran through a fence before finally coming to a stop. The airbag also didn't deploy, we feel it should have due to the nature of the accident. We feel these could be all related a manufacturer defect that's an underlying electronics issue.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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