really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,606 miles

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problem #40

Aug 042018


  • 14,000 miles
I got into the trunk of my Civic (keyless) and when I tried to open the car, everything had shut down and it is locked and won't respond to the emergency key or the fob. This began 2 days ago and I see several other complaints O the internet of the same problem. It was parked in my driveway. Not being able to get into my car here in the Arizona desert could be a serioue problem.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #39

Jun 252018


  • 31,979 miles
This is my second time. Parked car in garage, after few hours tried to turn on.when we try to start it wonts, but the sign pops up saying electrical parking brake error..car had to be towed twice.lucky car was in garage when both incident happened.took it to dealer twice.today we picked it up found dftc U3ooo-49, ECU internal circuit failure.they performed software update.they said it is ok this time.can happen again.how can this problem be dealt? my daughter drives this car and she is moving to college in August and will need a car.hope this problem is dealt quickly.if not will need to replace another car.I feel this is not safe for her to use.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #38

Jun 132018


  • 0 miles
My car was parked and I tried to turn my car on and I stepped on my foot brake it felt real stiff than I attempted to push the start button but my car failed to start. Several error codes popped up on my dashboard. (brake system problem, brake hold system problem, power stearing system (eps) problem vehicle stability assisst (vsa) peonlem, hill start assisst problem, electric parking brake problem, emissions problem.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #37

May 312018


  • 38,000 miles
Electronic braking system car on able to move from park. Happened twice already. Showing up on dashboard.

- West Haverstraw, NY, USA

problem #36

Feb 202018

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
2016 Honda Civic. Consumer writes in regards to software issues resulting from new camera and software programming installation. The consumer stated the adaptive cruise control, gps, lane keep assist, and the road departure mitigation were intermittently inoperable.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #35

Feb 192018


  • 9,500 miles
A rodent crawled up into the engine compartment and chewed up the wires to coil connector. It made all of the dashboard warning lights to come on and the engine was shaking due to the mis-firing coil. It is Honda fault because they covered/made the wires with soy, which attracts rodents. My 2016 Civic is less than 2 years old with 9,500 miles, Honda claims it is not covered under the warranty. Honda then, wanted to sell me a $500 engine wiring harness, this is ridicules, because it doesn't resolve the problem, the rodents will be attracted to the new wire harness too. They also wanted to sell me spicy rodent tape for $48, this is a scam, Honda needs to fix this problem, they will be losing loyal customers. If this happened on the freeway, it could have resulted in a fatal accident.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #34

Feb 192018


  • 54,000 miles
Steering wheel sticks while driving, causing over compensation, has caused me to run off the road; driving straight, 60mph, interstate car fails to start after driving more than an hour and a half at highway speeds, beencto dealer for both of these issues and have had no resolution.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #33

Jan 202018


  • miles
Trunk and windows open on their own. The vehicle is stationary, engine off, parked. Brake hold comes on automatically while driving at low speeds in city. Remote lock/unlock on key has intermittently not worked. While driving at high speeds on highway, doors kept locking and unlocking on their own. Very fearful about the electronics system. This has happened over the course of the past several months.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #32

Nov 262017


  • 39,000 miles
Soybean wiring attracting animals. I have had the car for 1 year and it has happend twice with over 6,000 worth or damage. Locked brakes, steering, electrical. A child rides in the car, this is a known issue that was never explained to me. Pulled over to park. After trying to restart my vehicle it would not start even with a jump all systems, brakes steering locked.

- Essex, MA, USA

problem #31

Nov 252016


  • miles
Airbag advisory light is intermittent with or without a passenger sitting on the passenger seat while the car is moving or while the car is on running at idle. The happens everyday.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #30

Nov 222017


  • 10,001 miles
2016 Honda Civic leased in October of 2016. I had several error messages come on screen for multiple issues so I brought the car to the Honda dealership. Was told an animal chewed through several wires and caused the power steering to go out. Apparently this is a known issue as the dealership told me that this has happened multiple times to cars brought in. This is not covered under warrenty although it seems to be a manufacturing issue. So not only did I lose power steering while driving which is a severe safety concern especially while driving my 6 month old child in the vehicle, but its my responsibility to foot the $240 bill to repair the damage. Also there is no clear solution to prevent animals from again chewing the wires and putting my family and I at risk again. That is unless I take the advice from the dealership which is to 'stuff my hood compartment with fabric softner dryer sheets because animals do not like the smell┐ which again brings up safety concernswith a potential fire hazard.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #29

Oct 072017


  • 12,470 miles
My 2016 Honda Civic coupe touring was parked in my attached garage at night with all windows and sunroof shut. In the morning when I went to the garage, both windows and the sunroof (which I never use) were wide open. In reading multiple car forums, this is not uncommon, however Honda refuses to admit there is an issue. I believe it has something to do with a fob function that is programmed to intentionally perform the windows/sunroof open function with the fob. However, this function has no means of deactivation!! this causes a risk to all contents of the car. Deactivation should be able to be made by car owner.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 192017


  • 22,000 miles
On two occasions, my Civic has "locked up". upon starting the vehicle, all of the warning light illuminate and the car won't go into gear. I was stuck where I was and had to get the car moving so I forcefully engaged the vehicle by inserting the key into the shift knob area. When driving the car, all of the warning lights were still on and the steering wheel was difficult to move, the vehicle was very hard to maneuver, the brakes did not work well, and the problem persisted. I eventually disconnected the battery and "reset" the computer that way. The problem went away for a few months, then came back again same exact way. The next time, I did the same thing, disconnected the battery and it reset. I do not know if this problem is with the electrical system, transmission, braking, or whatever. All I know is it was very dangerous to drive after I was finally able to engage the transmission. One other point to make, I already had the "parking brake recall" software update completed by Honda. The dealership said they did not have a recall for this type of problem and all they could do would be restart the car until they were able to recreate the problem. I did no think this was a good use of time (theirs or mine) so I am hoping for a recall soon!

- Denton, MD, USA

problem #27

Jul 062017


  • 25,500 miles
Upon starting vehicle, center console screen was black. When I tapped the power button, the screen flashed green and went black. No radio function, no camera function, nothing. I drove on city streets to the gas station and in a few minutes, the computer suddenly woke up by itself and has been fine since. Just called the service dept. Woman said no one has called about a problem like this, but they'd be happy to run a diagnostic for $100. I've been down this road before with my old prius. They'll run the diagnostic and tell me they can't find anything wrong because they can't recreate the problem. Meanwhile I'll be out $100 and my time. And looking at forums on the internet, this is a problem for other Honda owners, so Honda needs to do something about this. It can be a safety issue. Drive by wire is dangerous if manufacturers can't get reliable software. We'll see if I hear back from the service department or not about tsb or software updates. I doubt it.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #26

May 102017


  • 11,158 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Honda Civic. While driving 35 mph, the brake light illuminated and the vehicle became difficult to accelerate for a few moments. After the light went out, the vehicle operated normally. The contact also stated that the information center in the vehicle would randomly flicker and the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an unknown dealer where it was diagnosed that there was software failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11,158.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #25

Jun 072017


  • miles
Sir/MA'am, I would like to address somewhat safety problem that many Civic have. Honda Civic has a center touch screen that controls radio, temperature and importantly shows rear view camera and right side camera. Today the center screen didn't even turn on and wasn't able to see an object rear and underneath of my car due to the screen not turned on. It is known issue for Civic community. I wish that NHTSA take a look into this issues.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #24

Apr 252017


  • 14,000 miles
The ac has went out on two occasions. The first occasion was due to the system needing to be recharged. The second being a hose was not connected correctly. The back tweeter speakers went out and had to be replaced. 3 audio updates needed to be done. While driving the car stopped accelerating and the car started shaking. There was no brakes or power steering at this time. Different codes started lighting up the dash. I was able to get the car stopped and off the road into the ditch area. It is currently at Honda.

- Blanchester, OH, USA

problem #23

Feb 202017


  • miles
Battery died in normal weather condition in austin tx on 2/20/17. Evey electrical operation was disabled. By jump starting the car, the battery was tested at auto parts shop autozone. The austzone technician reported that the battery was not holding the charge.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #22

Jan 182017

Civic 4-cyl

  • 5 miles
While driving the vehicle on city streets the (brake hold) light turns on then it brakes the vehicle on its own in the middle of the road and turns on the (hold) light. In order to continue driving I need to restart the engine back on. This has 3 times already.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jan 072017


  • 6,700 miles
Steering wheel controls stopped working.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

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