really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,893 miles

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 292016


  • 65,434 miles


Three different time, the car was parked overnight and would not start the next morning. It had to be towed. I was told that rodents had chewed through the soy based wiring insulation in multiple areas, including the fuel tank pressure sensor, the fuel hose. The mechanic could not offer me any concrete solution to prevent this from happening again and I fear a problem might occur while I am actually driving.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #7

Apr 242015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
While I was driving my car 40mph something happened and suddenly power steering went off along with a message. It is so difficult to steer. And the dealer stated that there is nothing wrong. It's still at the dealer. However problem keeps going on. I think it has to be recalled, too.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 132015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,500 miles
While driving on hilly city streets during a snow storm, the vehicle stability control and ABS systems engaged, followed shortly by warning lights and messages that these systems needed attention. Despite parking the car and turning off the engine, a small motor within the "ABS modulator control unit" continued to operate and would not stop until I disconnected the battery. The modulator/control unit had to be replaced with a used unit costing $280, not counting diagnostic and labor charges. (total repair cost: $602.) a new unit would have cost over $1000. The used part came with a "lifetime warrantee." It seems that the original device should have been warranteed beyond the standard 3yr/30,000 mile limit as it is an important safety feature. Despite similar complaints posted on various websites, this problem has not been addressed with a recall.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 21,280 miles


First time driving this car in light snow. At the top of a hill, I turned left to traverse the hill to take a side street, following my co-workers. The Civic slipped - just a bit- and the vsa light lit. I immediately lost all throttle control, brakes were wildly activating (seemingly 1 at a time), and the steering wheel was jerking. I was going very slow when the Civic took all control away from me. I could not apply any throttle to pull out of a very minor slip and my car accelerated sideways down the slope into a curb which destroyed the right front wheel and suspension. I have spent $1125 so far to repair the damage and have not replaced the tire & wheel yet (another approx. $600). I told the 2 Ford dealers who performed the repairs about this incident and neither gave it any thought. I requested they turn off the vsa system, both refused. I can not think of any reason, in the real world, any car should take complete control away from the driver like this, especially for such a minor occurrence as a slipping wheel. If a semi was behind me, there would have been no way for me to get out of it's way. It was just dumb luck I hit the curb where I did vs. Tobogganing into opposing traffic or picking up even more speed by continuing further down that hill before the car crashed. I have this incident on dash cam. It is at night, and not great, but it does plainly show what happened. Out of all the cars that drove that route, mine was the only one to crash and it was absolutely due to the vsa taking control away from me and not allowing me to drive my car.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #4

May 282012


  • 1,100 miles
Since I have had my vehicle I been having problems with my TPMS light and Honda have failed on fixing it and will not fix it. When I start to go from a stop there is a time delay when I step on the gas pedal and the car sensor receiving information to increase gas. I been in a lot of close calls in being in a vehicle accident, I also have 2 children under the age of 3 with me at all time putting their life in danger as well. Now there is a complete electrical failure.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
When exiting a speed ramp off of the highway the RPM's speed up causing a horrible sound in the engine and the feeling that you may not be able to slow down in time to exit the ramp. Additionally, more than a numerous times the car is very unsteady going over 55mph if it encounters any type of "bump" in the highway upon merging into another lane it is unsteady and the whole car "jerks",(feels like it could rollover easily)you need to have a firm hold on the steering wheel or you could lose control. Glare on windshield at night presents a safety concern with night driving. The headrests are a hinder to being able to effectively see your blind spot and the car with its horrible steering control presents another area of concern, you will be in the other lane trying to look over your shoulder more than once!

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 032012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 827 miles
After filling up for gas, I turn my vehicle on and the instrument panel went crazy with warning lights and audio warnings. I shut the vehicle off, waited a few seconds, and then started the vehicle. This time the vsa and ABS warning lights remained on, along with the lcd screen showing a system failure on these two systems. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where it was diagnosed that the vsa modulator module was completely fried. This is very disturbing to me, as the vehicle only had 827 miles on it when the problem occurred, and the module fried while sitting at a gas station (the car was not moving). The dealer is fixing my car under warranty, but the mere fact that this happen on a vehicle with such low mileage and not moving is a concern - not to mention the price of this module (~ $900).

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 212012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
While going up a hill on my driveway the vsa (vehicle stability assistant) was activated on my 2012 Honda Civic due to slippage in snow. The vsa modulator got stuck and the vsa, ABS and power steering warning lights instantly turned on. Upon turning the car off the vsa modulator remained on producing a low frequency hum/vibration. I had to disconnect the battery terminal last night to turn the modulator off so that it does not drain the battery. This type of failure on critical safety components should not be occurring on a 5 month old car. Luckily the failure occurred at low speed (5 mph). Had this failure occurred on the highway at 65 mph it could have resulted in a major accident.

- Ct, CT, USA

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