2016 Honda Civic electrical problems: rodents chewed through wiring

Rodents Chewed Through Wiring

2016 Honda Civic

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
29,600 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace wiring (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
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2016 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 282019

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Floor wiring harness destroyed by rodents. Not covered under Honda warranty or their $3000 dollar extended warranty I paid for. When you invent a special tape to wrap your wires in. At $35 a roll. Sounds like an known problem and maybe soy based wrapped wires should not be used. Very disappointed in Honda and I will gladly join any lawsuit anyone wants to let me know about.

- Tina B., Salem, IN, US

problem #3

May 272018

Civic 4 D. EX-L 4-cyl, 174hp, 1.5L Li

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,092 miles

My 2016 Honda Civic was towed from my driveway this morning with multiple system failures, including breaks, power steering, hill assistance, tire pressure, to name a few. After opening the hood a nest was found sitting on top the engine made from the padding wrapped around the battery. Further inspection found wiring chewed in half in 3 visible areas along with 4 others areas which have been chewed. A 2” section of wiring was completely severed at both ends and sitting on top the engine. Seems my car has been turned into a rolling buffet for neighboring rodents.

Why? Because Honda (one of many auto manufacturers) has been using a soy based biodegradable plastic to wrap around all electrical wiring, a delicious little meal for rodents. Some idiot convinced auto manufacturers that it was better for the environment and cheaper to use this soy based product to “protect” the electrical wires needed to operate today’s vehicles.

Right now, I have incurred $61.00 towing bill, a car rental bill around $100 and a quote to replace the affected harnesses in the amount of $1300. Honda has suggested a rodent deterrent tape to wrap around all the wiring in the engine (at my cost), or....oh, nothing. Internet sites have suggested setting 3 traps at the 2 front tires and spraying peppermint throughout the engine 3-4 times per week...forever?

Is that why I invested an obscene amount of money on a new vehicle from a “reliable” auto manufacturer, paying thousands of dollars extra for all the warranties so I would have peace of mind traveling 90 miles/day to/from work only to be told there is nothing that can be done. While the rodents can thank Honda and the idiots from Corporate auto manufacturers for making them fat, I can thank them for making me broke and having to worry about one more thing in my life. BTW...previous class action suits where dismissed. Screw corporate America!

- Linda S., Glen Rock, US

problem #2

Mar 032018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,845 miles

This is the second time in a couple of weeks that this same problem has happened. Now I do not know where to leave the car? What if it keeps happening?

- Peter V., Bright, ON, Canada

problem #1

Feb 012018

Civic EX-L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,327 miles

I drove my family to see Disney on Ice on the evening of 2/1/18, everything was fine and “normal” as the car goes with the exception of the Apple CarPlay which hasn’t functioned correctly in 4 visits to the service department. Overnight the car was parked in the normal spot in the back yard. Saturday morning when getting ready to leave, I remote started the car and it turned off so I went out to the car and started it and every system had a warning light. I took it to the dealership and the service advisor told me rodents had chewed through the wiring under the hood.

Fortunately it was covered by the insurance although I have to pay $100/ deductible which I don’t believe I should have to pay anything since Honda uses a soy based filament in their wiring which animals are attracted to. Crazy with a capital K!!!

- Nathaniel B., Essex, US

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