really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,171 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Honda Civic drivetrain problems

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Aug 252012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 7,700 miles


On Saturday, August 25th, when driving on a hilly roadway, I accelerated to P/U speed to get up the hill. The transmission sounded like it was straining and RPM was over 3000. When I reached the top of the hill and started the descent, I hit the brake to reduce my speed, but the vehicle did not slow down and the transmission was stuck with rpms still over 3000. It took more than 10 seconds for the transmission to shift down. If there was a vehicle in the same lane as mine, there would have been an accident.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 152012


  • miles
Rev. Suddenly goes about 3500prm and stay there for a while when I drive downhill. At that moment when you step on the gas pedal the car will not accelerate like normal. Sometime there are car behind you and this is very dangerous because your car can not go as far as the car behind you. Please test the 2012 Honda Civic, this car have problem.

- None, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 272012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 17,500 miles
My wife came to a stop at our security gate, used the remote for the gate but it wouldn't open. She backed up about 15 feet to turn around. When she put the car in drive, it lurched forward back towards the gate and wouldn't stop when she applied the brakes. It didn't speed up and it wouldn't stop. The car was making a grinding noise as it moved along. She was jamming on the brakes and it still went right through the closed gate, pushing it open as it went. It kept going for another 40-50 feet until she thought to pull on the emergency brake. The car stopped. She turned the car off and got out, badly shaken but not injured. After calming down, she got back in the car to see if it would start. It did. She drove it two more blocks to our house. She hasn't driven it since. She's terrified it will happen again.

- Indialantic, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 022012


  • 28,146 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V256000 (power train: Driveline: Driveshaft) and the vehicle was taken to dealer for repairs. The vehicle was repaired however, one week later as the contact turned on the vehicle and depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the lights on the instrument panel also failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to dealer for inspection or repair. The current and failure mileage was 28,146.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #6

Feb 272012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,026 miles
While driving on the highway at 50mph at 2500rpm all of a sudden my RPM went to 4000 without me accelerating more I got scared and tried to slowly slow down the vehicle but RPM remained at 4000. And it remained like that till I stopped the vehicle and restarted it.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 042012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 10,180 miles
Car suddenly stops dead while accelerating to make left hand turn. It will resume acceleration only after a four second pause. Turning into on coming traffic with a dead vehicle is going to cause an accident involving injuries or death. This is the third time that this incident has occurred to my vehicle. The Honda dealer can not find the cause. The accelerator safety device switch on brake pedal is suspected. Neither I or other driver ever knowingly touched the brake pedal.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #4

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

problem #3

Dec 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,100 miles
Engine stalls at low speed going around corner, then starts abruptly at a higher speed, causing dangerous lack of control. This has happened a dozen times.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 252011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic exl. While driving approximately 5 mph, the accelerator pedal was engaged and there was a two second delayed response. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 150. The consumer stated on an intermittent basis, the vehicle failed to accelerate from a stopped or idling condition, such as pulling out of a parking lot into on oncoming traffic or turning to the on ramp of an interstate highway. Updated 11/30/11

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while reversing into a residential garage, the vehicle accelerated forward as the brake was disengaged. On a different occasion, while driving uphill and releasing the brakes, the vehicle surged backward. In order to stop the vehicle from rolling backward, the contact had to continuously depress the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the failure was normal. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 1,200. Updated 09/21/11 the consumer stated she parked the vehicle on a downhill slope. As she started the vehicle, shifted into reverse, released the foot brake, and before she pressed the accelerator pedal to back out of the driveway, the vehicle rolled forward almost hitting a door. Update 09/30/11

- Seal Rock , OR, USA

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