pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
80,500 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. repair head gasket (1 reports)
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problem #5

Feb 102014

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 158,000 miles

Throughout the last couple of years, I noticed that the oil in my car, when draining out during an oil change, would get lower and lower. It got to the point that the oil life indicator was only at 60% but the actual oil in my car was extremely low. The only reason I noticed there was a problem with the oil consumption was because there was a weird rattling noise coming from my car. I didn't think that my oil was the problem, since there was no light indicator telling me that my oil was low and my oil life indicator was only at 60%. I finally decided to check the dip stick and it barely or didn't have oil on it. I quickly added oil. After adding more oil the rattling noise calms down, but its still there. Now every other month, I find myself checking my oil and when necessary, add more oil.

I'm very appalled that Honda, knowing there's a problem and still doesn't do anything about it or figure out how to stop this. Honda's are great cars!!! Never had a problem with my Honda ever since I bought it, until now. I get it that normal wear and tear or every day use would cause the oil to consume but not that drastically!! Now my engine is all messed up, since it was being driven with very low oil in the streets and freeways in Los Angeles, I probably have burned up headers and probably my pistons are all corroded because no oil was going through. All that heat, more than likely, wore them out and of course, now my engine is going through the domino effect. I may need to replace my engine.

Yes, I performed regular oil changes and yes every 3k. But I was battling an oil problem without even knowing there was a problem to begin with. Even had a mechanic look at it and the only thing he did was changed my PVC valve. Didn't really do much.

Come on Honda, fix them problem!!!

- Susie V., Whittier, CA, US

problem #4

Aug 172013

Civic DH 4.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,502 miles

Just found a bunch of other similar complaints on this website (carcomplaints.com) I really like this car, but it is burning a quart of oil every 1,000 miles and I find it unacceptable that I now have to figure out how much oil is left before it runs dry between oil changes. The service person at the dealership acted like I was doing something to cause this issue. this is the third car we've bought from this dealership. I am very disappointed. Clearly Honda needs to own up to this problem and fix it.

- Elizabeth B., Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 172012

Civic EX-L 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My car is burning 3/4 qt of oil every 500 miles. The dealer states extended warranty, to replace head gasket, and a valve adjustment.

- codyv, Maurertown, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 022011


  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I have been taking my car to Honda for a year complaining about excessive oil use. They say there's nothing wrong with it, and they say that this is normal. I should not have to be adding a quart of oil to my 2008 honda civic every week. Is this a recall?

- Nicole W., Staunton, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012008

Civic SE 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 900 miles

Due to a tooling issue at the plant, a number of 2008 Civics were delivered with head gasket issues, causing excessive oil usage. We went though 4+ liters in first 1000 miles!

Problem now 'fixed' but would be interested in hearing if there is potential for lasting engine damage and experience of others with similar problems?

- duncanw, Witham, Essex, England