really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,085 miles

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2016 Honda Civic miscellaneous problems

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2016 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Sep 282016


  • 150 miles


Brand new Honda Civic sedan touring has had navigation system/gps problems from day two: - does not acquire satellite data / does not connect to satellite - navigation system showing the car location completely wrong, sometimes by a mile - navigation system rebooting itself while driving - car symbol is wiggling all over the map while driving this happens almost every time car is driven, on a two-lane street or on a highway, day or night. More than 10 instances caught on video and pictures. There have been times when it endangered car passengers' safety by showing wrong information and giving wrong directions in unfamiliar surroundings where gps/navigation system were needed. It has been taken back to the selling dealership three times for repair: First time a navigation software "reset" was performed, second time was kept for 9 days and the hmi head was replaced, third time was kept for 6 days and the antenna was replaced. It continues to have the same problems. After more than 21 days of dragging their feet the selling dealership has agreed to look at the car again, Monday Jan. 16th. The car right now has less than 4,500 miles.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 072017


  • 6,700 miles
Steering wheel controls stopped working.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #20

Dec 232016


  • 9,750 miles
Driving into a small town at approximately 45 mph sounded like a gunshot went off inside the car. The sunroof had exploded. No traffic was around. Nothing hit the roof. Only a small amount of glass fell into the car. It had blown outward leaving a hole in the middle with the edges sticking up. Drove directly to dealership about 15 minutes away where the car was purchased new 6 months earlier. They said they had never heard of anything like that occurring and it was a insurance claim and not Honda responsibility since we couldn't prove it wasn't a rock. Nothing hit the car and the glass blew out which scratched the paint on the trunk lid.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #19

Sep 242016


  • 2,000 miles


Takata recall hey, my car Honda Civic coupe broke down in September reason was tire and brake I think. I was driving in regular speed and my tire blowoff and brake didn't work in same time. I run over the hill and broke my both excel.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #18

Sep 022016


  • miles
Repeated issues with faulty dashboard electronic warning system which alerts brake failure and experience with acceleration problem and other related issues. These issues occurred while driving on city streets.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #17

Oct 122016


  • 5,000 miles
Today I purchased a new (demo/4,900+ miles) 2016 Honda Civic. While the salesman was demonstrating how to use the phone/connectivity features it was discovered the phone system was malfunctioning. I was advised to try it again when I drove off the lot to take my brand new car home and it may work when I got away from the lot. It did not. The phone is non working and the voice recognition is useless.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #16

Oct 042016


  • 2,000 miles


Driving the car home at 7 pm and heard a loud pop noise like a gunshot. No other vehicles in site and on a road where there are no homes just open fields. Pulled over to find the sunroof had a huge hole in the middle of it and the rest of the glass that was still tact was in tiny pieces like and looked like a spider web. The glass was protruding upward like it had pressure from the inside. Had the the visor for the sunroof been open in the car while it was being driven this glass would have fallen directly into our eyes possibly causing vision problems. I called Honda care and they would not cover the repair because they said by the time the car got to the dealer ship to be repaired it had very little glass left in it. This car has under 2500 miles on it and I have not even paid the first note.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 192016


  • 7,000 miles
Purchased a new 2016 Civic touring in May 2016. Within a couple of weeks I was having small electrical issues such as screens going black, rebooting, and stereo not working. I would get a failure warning on the dash once in awhile (different each time). Car failed to start on July 26th 2016. All screens were flashing error messages. Car would not start. I called the dealer and had the car towed. Dealer claimed they have never seem this problem. They kept the car for a couple of days and stated there was nothing wrong, and they couldn't replicate the problem. I would continue to have the same small problems with the car every so often. Until, the car slammed on the brakes coming to a complete stop by itself and computer took 100% control of the car. I couldn't steer, accelerate, or control the car at all. I nearly got rear ended in an intersection. There was not a car directly in front of me that would have caused the collision avoidance to brake in order to avoid an accident. After the car came to a complete stop I regained control again and the car operated normal. Soon after, while attempting to start the car I received the all the error codes again and it the car wouldn't start. I again called the dealer and had it towed. Dealer cannot tell me why the car self braked and cannot replicate it. I have an open case# with Honda of America. I have told both the dealership and Honda of America the car is unsafe to drive. My wife and daughter are both scared for their safety to drive it. No one from my family including myself will be driving the car ever again, nor can I sell it to someone else. They need to purchase the car back from me and find out what is causing this to ensure no one gets seriously injured from this happening again.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #14

Feb 282016


  • miles
I leased the Honda Civic 2016 at woodland hills Honda. It was after leasing date, within 24-48 hours time, I returned to the car dealership to explain that I did not have an understanding that the Honda Civic 2016 did not come with a cd player and only offered an auxiliary cord outlet to work the entire sound system by my cell phone. The car dealership explained that they were unwilling to help me with a new car unless I wanted to pay more money but I could not get a new car at the same price. I argued for months with the dealership that being forced to work the audio system and run my maps for navigation through my cell phone posed a serious threat of distracted driving. The car is built in such a way, that the driver is only given an option to use the cell phone to operate audio and navigation. The way that the car is built, without the cd player, and only an auxiliary cord to plug into my phone to work the sound system interface conflicts with the California anti-texting law vc 23123.5. being forced to work my sound system and maps for navigation on my cell phone is the same spirit as to what and why this is against the law. It is distracted driving. Salesmen are not clearly explaining that you are buying a car with no cd player and you need to work your music from your cell phone. There is also more confusion at the point of sale because there are other cars that come with both the aux cord and also the cd player such as the Honda Accord 2016 Pilot for example. When I purchased the vehicle, I believed I was buying a car with both the aux cord and the cd player. Later, is when I learned, I leased the vehicle with only the aux cord option. I requested to end my contract on numerous occasions as I believed the car was a police magnet. I don't want to drive a car that makes me do something to attract officers. This is a safety and legal concern. Ticketed on 8/31/16.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 092016


  • 2,500 miles
The sunroof spontaneously shattered. No rock, no object. Exploded itself.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 272016


  • 7,500 miles


Honda Civic 2016 X 4S a pebble cracked windshield 60mph zone durham freeway 147 (4300 miles) July 17, 2016. Replaced with Honda windshield solar glass acoustic E4 dot 865asim7845. 43R-10979 on July 20, 2016. This windshield lasted 5 weeks. Pebble in 45 mph zone nc state 87 with no vehicle in front of me on August 27, 2016. Honda parts has a web page thread. This problem with cracked windshields is happening across the country with this model Honda Civic X. I am concerned about having an accident in this vehicle; since the windshields have not held up in a 45 mph and 60 mph posted speeds in both situations. These windshields are also in short supply. Had to wait five weeks for the second one. Have ordered my third windshield today. Have photographs of both windshields but had some difficulty in uploading them to this page.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #11

Jul 142016


  • 3,600 miles
Car purchased in may, with 3700 K has had 3 issues: Getting ready to back up out of driveway - the backup screen was diminished to a small sliver across the top of entire screen with the balance of screen black. Took it to dealer to be fixed. When I drove away, error messages, "tire pressure low, brake system problem, charging system problem and anti lock brake system problem." Tok it right back to the dealer, they said the technician failed to forgot to allow the computer to run thru the entire cycle before returning the car to me. Just had problem with the A/C. car would blow hot air after 15 mins of driving - was told hose was collasping keeping cold air from coming out. Hose was replaced- did not fix the problem, same issue after 15 mins of driving. Had to completely turn off air and leave it off for 1/2 hour or more to get A/C to work. Dealer has now replaced the A/C compressor.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #10

Aug 202016


  • 700 miles
The 3rd brake light on my new Civic has been repaired and replaced twice and it will not stay covering the brake light, poses a safety hazard while driving as it hangs down and at night the brake light shines thru the windshield will be taking back to dealer for third time to try and rectify.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 212016


  • 8,500 miles
Unbelievable weaken windshield!!!

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 182016


  • 514 miles
The cover for the third brake light on the rear window does not stay attached to my 2016 Civic coupe. I believe it's going to cause a safety issue when it limits my visibility in rear view mirror. I bring my new car back to the dealer four time so far for the same problem and still not fix. Their service department replace the third brake light cover but the new part does not stay attached either. I strongly believe that this part needs to be redesigned for a better attachment to the rear window. I do hope at this point that Honda will fix this problem soon

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 142016


  • 825 miles
Tire pressure monitoring system light erroneously illuminated at about 750 miles while travelling on interstate... car brand new... checked all pressures at 65F cold and all at pressures specified on door jamb... did not find any punctures or objects in tire... haven't taken it to dealer but I manually reset system by "calibrating..." light is now back at about 825 miles...

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 112016


  • miles
Certain Honda Civic's have apple's carplay installed, through the ios iphone mobile phone platform. When enabled, or plugged into the car, navigation support provided by apple's maps application goes into 'day mode' while at night. This creates a huge amount of brightness in the car and blinds the driver with brightness. There is no fix for this problem and I can easily see how accidents can be triggered due to blinding interior light due to the apple maps (through carplay) not working properly. This is clearly an error, or poor design by apple/Honda. I believe that carplay's navigation function is a danger to the american public because having huge amounts of sudden brightness causes distraction and major problems with vision.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Jun 182016


  • 5,613 miles
Vehicle has repeatedly thrown errors with warnings to not drive the vehicle and have it inspected by the dealer. The vehicle has already been to the shop twice for the problem. In both cases Honda installed an updated vsa modulator they claimed would fix the problem. It has not. Not the local dealer doesn't even want to see the vehicle as they tell me their is nothing more they can do for us. They claimed to have emailed Honda corporate to have a regional rep contact us. It has been 4 days since. They say the vehicle is safe, but yet they don't even know what is wrong with it. The vehicle has a defect they cannot correct, and my car is not alone. Please look at these two sites to see examples: hondacivicproblems.com and www.civicx.com/threads/TPMS-ABS-brake-system-acc-freak-out.1002/ each time the vehicle is not in motion. Each time the error messages appear after starting the vehicle. Each time the warnings instruct you not to drive the vehicle. Errors include: Cmbs problem, adaptive cruise control problem, tire pressure monitor system, brake system problem, anti-lock brake system, tire pressure low, and charging system problem.

- Graver Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 242016


  • 100 miles
I bought a Honda Civic ex 2016 2.0 L on 2/17. On 2/24, the car broke down midway (miles driven 88). When vehicle was in motion, all kinds of video warning messages like problem with transmission, braking system, steering etc. Started appearing on the center display were the vehicle's speed gets displayed(part of the tachometer / speedometer display). I had towed the vehicle to the dealer. Next day the dealer returned the vehicle saying the car was in perfect condition and no warning lights are on. From that day onwards, I started facing intermittent problem with vehicle failing to accelerate which I feel is very unsafe. On 2/26 (at speed of 62 mph) and again on 3/4 (at speed of 46), while driving on the highway, the vehicle all of a sudden started losing acceleration inspite of me pushing the accelerator. Now I am really concerned about my safety. I took the vehicle to dealer on 3/4 and it is with the dealer for the past 6 days. Today (3/10), the dealer told me that the vehicle is in perfect condition as they are unable to recreate the problem. I am not feeling safe to drive this vehicle any more. I am lucky that I did not get into any accidents. The dealer is refusing to replace my vehicle and have asked me to take back the unsafe vehicle or trade-in the vehicle as an used vehicle. Since it is not safe to drive it, I am left with no other option but to bear the loss and trade in the vehicle. The vehicle is under 200 miles (most of the miles added due my trips to dealer and the miles driven by the dealer). I have a case registered with american Honda. But they also turned me down. I cannot take in any more pain. There is a recall on this model vehicle (Honda Civic ex 2016 2.0 L) and was also issued a stop of sale. Inspite of all these I was sold the vehicle putting my life at risk. Just because my VIN number is not in the list does not mean there is no problem.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 062016


  • 5,200 miles
Hi, I purchased 2016 Civic in Dec, 2015. I I have experience 3 issues till now 1. electronic brake - I have had 2 incidents where my electronic parking brake engaged automatically while driving, luckily was driving in city at lower speeds. But last week, was driving on interstate, stopped to fill gas - turned engine on, brake was engaged. Would not respond to the brake switch. Had to keep trying for a min or two before I was able to turn it off. 2. sudden resistance - have experience this quite frequently, need more acceleration to get the vehicle into motion mainly at traffic stops. 3. car radio - my model is equipped with all touch sensitive buttons. Power button on radio mostly do not respond.

- Farmington, MI, USA

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