2012 Honda Civic engine problems: doesn't start at times

Doesn't Start At Times

2012 Honda Civic

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
25,300 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 132016

Civic LX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,335 miles


Again, car drove fine the day before. Next morning got in car to drive to work (I need my car to work as I do home visits throughout 5 counties in Indiana). Car would not start and abs, traction and check engine lights came on and the engine would crank but not start.. Again had to call Triple A to tow my car, this time to nearest car repair shop (Don's Service Center). It took 3 days and over $500 to repair. I quote the invoice for the repair:

"we pushed vehicle into shop to confirm symptom. Technician hooked vehicle to an analyzer. Testing revealed a total of 11 codes stored!! Pinpoint testing revealed extensive rodent damage at read of vehicle: damaged wiring to fuel tank pressure sensor, canister vent solenoid,fuel level sensor, fuel pump, also repaired fuel hose on top of field tank, L/R wheel sensor (will need replaced)."

Again, the mechanic recommended parking vehicle in an alternate location (I had already tried that) and "rodent proofing vehicle to prevent future issues" but had no advice on how to actually do this other than parking somewhere else and not keeping any food in my car both, of which I had already done.

- melindain, Terre Haute, IN, US

problem #4

Jan 262015

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

If you look at Edmonds.com you'll see a long string of complaints about 2012 Civics not starting after they have been sitting idle for several days. This is the second time this happened to me -- every time I go out of town on a business trip the damn car won't start. Each time I have called my insurance co for a jump start - and then it is fine --- UNTIL the next time I leave it for several days undriven. The first time (4/30/14) I called the dealer -- car was still under warranty and leased -- and the service guy told me "oh these new fangled models have so many electronics onboard that they run down the battery even when it is not driven". Horse-pucky. Other people in the Edmonds.com string of complaints say they have been given the same lame excuse by dealers' service deparatments. The first time I gave them the benefit of the doubt, thinking it possible I had left a light on. This last time (Jan 26, 2015) I checked lights, unplugged phone charger and made sure the car was fine about 5 times before leaving it in my driveway. 8 days later - it would not start, even though all lights went on. The Edmonds.com page has ONE solution described by an unhappy 2012 Civic owner -- who went through 2 or 3 batteries, all while the car was under warranty, and STILL had this problem. He said he finally demanded that the dealer's service dept took things apart and discovered -- HA!! - that there is a slow trickle of battery power in the ignition system. It was fixed and now it never happens - he can leave the car for days and there is no starting problem.

My concern is - naturally, I bought out the lease (before the 2nd incident) and am out of warranty. I have been an enthusiastic CIvic owner (my 2001 Civic LX NEVER had any problems, wish I had not sold it!!!) and fan of Honda for decades. I am worried my dealer (Ron Tonkin Honda in SE Portland) will not do this work for free, but I will try to push.

- evaor, Portland, OR, US

problem #3

Apr 102013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

Had the car for 14 months when the car refused to engage.The normal starting lights on the dash would come on but would not engage.Had AAA come over and jump the battery thinking that it was to low to turn the starter to no avail.The car was towed 75 miles at dealer expense and the battery and starter was replaced.The car now has 33,000 miles on it and the same problem is re-occuring.A appointment has been made for next week at the dealer to check out the problem.This is my first new car in 30 years and am highly disappointed.After the problem is fixed i am trading out of this civic,never to return to a Honda again.

- George T., Tupper Lake, NY, US

problem #2

Sep 072011

Civic Coupe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

Again, the date and mileage is a guess, will update when I check my records. Last year (2011) I was visiting family out near Pittsburgh, I stopped to get gas before heading back to Harrisburg and when I went to start the car, it wouldnt. I checked to make sure the car was in park, tried numerous times, cursed it out of course and it finally started. Of course when I took it to the dealer, they could find nothing wrong with the car.

- smeggan, Elizabethtown, PA, US

problem #1

Jun 012012

Civic LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

I m having a problem starting my new car & getting it fixed by Honda Service... Honda Service don't do anything for me.

I bought this NEW CIVIC LX end of MAY 28 2012... Few days later (the first week of June) my card didn't start for the first time and I thought it was me... told myself I was supposed to hold my key longer...

2nd time when my car didnt start, I went to HONDA SERVICE in RESEDA CA (bought my car there). The service guy comes out and said "hold your key longer it will start, it does that sometimes". He didnt file any paper work

3rd time when it didnt start I was angry. It started happening more frequently in July.. So i went back to the service center. I see one guy checking for batteries and another guy saying "ITS NOT THAT I DONT TRUST YOU but I NEED THE PROOF" and i m like what...? WHY DONT YOU JUST CHECK MY STARTER OR ENGINE OR TRANSMISSION? then he said to come by early next week...

so I went again next week. They started checking my car saying "Hey everything is okay, computer does not detect anything wrong with it"...I asked if they checked my starter/engine/transmission...they kept on saying "When our computer detects it wrong, we fix it. but there is no lights detecting anything; please bring us the proof"

Proof? This problem of not starting my car happens very randomly. How can I show them the proof? Why cant they just check my car instead of computer? How can i fix it ?

- jseo, Northridge, CA, US

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