really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,529 miles

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2012 Honda Civic engine problems

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 262012


  • 1,000 miles


We bought the Honda Civic in Feb 2012. Drove about 1000 miles. One day I feel little hesitation in third gear. I open the hood to just check, and found the water all over the engine compartment and hood liner was wet and soggy. I was surprize and worryed thought cooling system busted or loose hose clamp. But after tharough checkup found that rain water seep thru between front hood lip and grill. I told my wife not to drive the car, it's not safe, because water can damage the electric component and may cause fire. So I dry the engine area as much as I could. Setup the appointment with Honda dealer. First of all the service suppervisor did not belive, and then she check couple of other cars same model and year, and found that all the cars are the same design nothing missing. She suggest to call the Honda manufacture. I asked for the work order, she said there is no problem so no work order need to fillup. I talk to sale person about all this; he said the same. I was very disappointed. I ask for the service manager; and show him the car and problem; he said the same to call manufacture. But atleast he agreed to write the work order. That consumer complaint this, and we could not find any problem. As per consumer the rain water get in to engine compartment and wet the hood liner and other electric equipment and plugs.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 252011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 3,587 miles
Car shaking at a stop light or a light seem like cars make noise on engine and you can feel in the steering at park vehicle. You can hear the problem any time of the day.

- Chaparral, NM, USA

problem #1

Dec 162011


  • 3,000 miles
The Civic I have is only for 3 month and around 3000 miles. It was a sunny day, the road is dry. I drive like around 50 miles/hr on grand central parkway in NY, suddenly I saw people hit the break in front of me, then I hit the break as soon as I can. I didn't hit the break to the end (just around half) but the tire start to scream. I release the break a little bit and hit it again but the tire still scream and I keep sliding. I slide with my tire locked for more the 5 car distance. The tires keep screaming and I couldn't stop. Then I hit the car in front of me. I have a driving recorder and record everything. Which I upload to youtube. www.youtube.com/watch?V=ctu66kpo8ym after the car fixed by the body shop, the car become better. The body shop had change a new ABS system and break and reset the computer in the car. Now the break is more sharp then before and the ABS work fine. (I test it on a raining day in my driveway) other thing is that the car become more fuel efficient. I try so hard in the beginning but only get 26 gallon per mile. Now it is so easy to go up to 29-30. (it has been used for another 800 mile and I drive it on the same road I go to work) I don't know what is wrong with it and don't want to let it happens on others.

- Jackson Heights, NY, USA

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