really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,197 miles

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2013 Honda Civic brakes problems

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2013 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 052016


  • 95,000 miles


I had a total hub failure. Luckily I was only going about 9mph in a parking lot making a slight turn when the failure occurred. I had to have the mechanic replace the knuckle, hub, bearing, caliper and bracket along with ABS sensor. If I would've been on the freeway it would've been really bad. The car has 95K miles and maintenances regularly.

- Littlerock, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 202015


  • 15,447 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while the key was in the on position, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was able to start after another attempt and the vehicle drove forward independently. In addition, the brakes failed to respond and the steering wheel locked warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle drove over the sidewalk and crashed into a building. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,447.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Apr 232015


  • 17,617 miles
Had to have rear brake rotors resurfaced because of a loud noise during brake application. Dealer said rust on rotors caused by sitting 2 weeks in an airport long term parking lot. Dealer performed the work at no charge.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #10

May 062015


  • 9,000 miles


Okay so I bought my 2013/Civic with 4200 mil....at 9000 miles I had to replace my pads and resurface the rotors...mechanic said it was due to my driving habits...now it happens again at 30K..this time had to buy new rotors and pads...mechanic said the same due to driving habits..but now that I see other stories I really have a hard time believing it was my driving that caused it...please look into this and the air bag situation... thanks

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 032015


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Civic. While driving at 30 mph, the contact heard a noise from the passenger side of the vehicle when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rotors and pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 042014


  • 3,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Civic. While attempting to engage the brake pedal, an abnormal noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,800.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #7

Jun 032013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles


A dog ran into the street and I had to brake hard quickly. The brakes made a grinding sound and were very unstable causing the car to skid and swerve. Took the car in for 15K servicing and was told brakes were shot, got new pads and rotors resurfaced. This was too soon, the serviceman blamed my driving habits. Took the car in for servicing near 25K miles and brakes again had to be replace and rotors turned. The service man again blamed my driving habits. I have been driving over 35 years, 6 different cars, the same route for 17 years and never had to get brakes replaced before 30K miles and certainly never had problems with the rotors so soon.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 032014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2013 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while reversingat approximately 5 mph, the brakes were applied and a loud abnormal noise was emitted from the vehicle. Additionally, when turning the steering wheel there was an abnormal noise. The failure became progressively worse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000. Djr..updated 08-25-14 the consumer stated the nosier had become more disruptive. Updated 09/2/2014

- Boyton Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

May 312014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
I've been driving for 35 year and have replaced brakes and rotors numerous times. I've never had to replace brake pads on a 18 month old car. Without warning they wore prematurely down to the metal. After searching for similar complaints, I found a class action lawsuit from 2010 with the Accord. Honda lost but they haven't fixed the issue with the Civic. There are countless complaints from other Honda owners. The service department from two dealers refuse to admit to the problem and referred me to corporate. No more Honda for me.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
No power. No acceleration. I am fortunate the car behind me was cautious enough to slow down. I had no power, no get-up, no nothing and I was flooring it to get out of a potential accident. The vehicle has made odd noises since the beginning. Brakes make an odd noise. There is a crackling, tinkling, very odd noise that comes from underneath the car since the beginning of ownership and I guess that's how the car is made (?). I do not know if a car is supposed to act like this, due to have owning manual transmissions the majority of my driving career. No umph on this brand-new car has led me to send in this complaint in case others are experiencing similarities. Odd noise with brakes, odd, very odd noise that tinkers under the car and no acceleration. I use the gasoline outlined/ preferred by the Honda Civic owner's manual.

- Del Valle, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 252014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 1,780 miles


I had tried parallel parking, but couldn't fit in spot. I pulled out of the spot and was stopped parallel to sidewalk on the road with the brake on. Suddenly the car started moving backward. I had not put it into reverse and I had not put the gas on. I was going to start going forward when this happened. I had my foot on the brake but it wouldn't depress and stop the car. I wasn't sure what to do. I know I should have put the emergency brake on, but I was panicking because I didn't know why the car was backing up without me doing anything and why the brake wasn't working. Then it stopped moving. I had no problems after that. Earlier in the week, however, when I was driving it, I tried to turn on the radio and the button for turning it on didn't work for about 5 minutes. Then it suddenly started working again. I will call dealer on Monday.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 022013


  • 35 miles
Purchased a 2013 Honda Civic on 08/31/13. On 09/02/13 car had to be towed back to culver city dealership. While pulling away from curb wheel felt heavy and the console lit up with red, organ and yellow lights, indicating that the power steering and breaks needed to be checked and low oil pressure. My son and I were going down hill and picking up speed with no power steering or breaks. He continued to pump the breaks but there was no response, he finally pulled the emergency break and turned the wheel extremely hard into the curb. Came three feet from hitting a parked BMW.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 142013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 376 miles
I bought a new car an driving at 245 miles I felt rubbing feel with brakes took car back to Honda service! Honda road tested vehicle an confirmed there was a problem, removed pads cleaned an reinstalled. Returned car same day, this was done at 376 miles. Same issue on February 1,2013 2 weeks later took car in an now they say the calipers are sticking car has 600 miles they are keeping it for a week due to not having the parts. I don't feel safe, never took car on freeway due to this issue! what can I do? purchased on 12-19-2013.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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