really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,395 miles

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problem #134

Jun 122020


  • 123,314 miles
Coolant leak behind O2 sensor in the block of R18. Vehicle only has 122,000 miles super low mileage and believed to have a leaking head gasket.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #133

May 102020


  • 79,000 miles
My aunt, purchased this car in 2007. She died in 2015 and our mother purchased the car from the estate. After the purchase we saw the re-call and 10 year extended warrantee on the car because of "engine block cracking". we took the car to a dealer who said that since there was no coolant leaking, there was no crack in the block and he could not fix a car that was not in need of repair. The care had 70,000 miles on it at the time. My mom died this February and we again purchased the car from the estate. It had 75,000 miles on it. Last week, the engine block started leaking and it was diagnosed with an engine block crack, and that there was nothing we could do about it because it had exceeded the 10 year warrantee, even though the car only had 79,000 miles on it. Honda should have made a 10 year and 100,000 mile extension. We were penalized because we are low mileage drivers. This is very unfair and should consider a class action law suite. Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, donald whitcomb, 1728 old generals hwy, annapolis, md 21401, 443-336-2546.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #132

Mar 052016


  • 100,000 miles
My Honda Civic has completely overheated three times to the point of needing to replace the head gasket, water pump, radiator and coils. Once was in 2014, again in 2018 and now in 2020. It is now discovered the cause of all these over heating problems over the years was due to a cracked engine block which there was a 10 year extended warranty for this issue. I took my Civic into brandon Honda in Florida on March 5th, 2016 and nothing was said or done relating to the issue of the cracked engine block which Honda had been fully aware of since at least 2014 where it was stated on consumer reports. The vehicle was in motion twice, once on a highway and it was due to the engine over heating every time; both situations put myself and vehicle in danger. I maintained my radiator as well as water pump and have had them replaced each time so clearly the underlying problem was the crack in the engine block.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #131

Mar 012018


  • 160,000 miles
My engine block is cracked. I know that several year models of the Honda Civic have been recalled due to this defect; the 2007 yr model as is mine included. My VIN # was not included in this recall but it has the same defect as the others that were recalled. I would like for mine to be replaced. The pictures included show where the water/antifreeze mixture has leaked out and dried on. The vehicle has not been driven in several months because of this. I bought this car in approximately late 2015.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #130

Sep 112019


  • 116,000 miles
Cracked engine block, random overheating, major coolant loss, emergency pullover

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #129

Nov 302019


  • 44,000 miles
44,000 miles on vehicle and diagnosed at Honda dealer that engine block is cracked! manufacturers defect with unpublicized safety bulletin 10-048 will not repair.

- West Salem, OH, USA

problem #128

Dec 112019


  • 155,000 miles
The vehicle has developed a coolant leak due to a cracked engine block. This vehicle can no longer be driven and while it is in otherwise excellent condition, repairs are economically unfeasible. This is a 2007 Honda Civic ex with the R18 engine. It has a clean title and I am the first and only owner. There have been a significant number of similar failures in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 model year Honda Civics with this engine due to bad metallurgy and weak casting during the manufacturing process. Honda knows that these are defective engines as they created technical service bulletin 10-048 in response to these failures. They did not however issue a recall. I believe this is a safety issue, because this failure could occur in highway driving causing the engine to overheat and seize and the driver could therefore potentially be unable to leave the active traffic lanes. Regardless, even if the driver could make it to the shoulder, that is not a safe environment. I noticed this problem when the vehicle was in motion just after exiting the highway. There are many examples of similar failures on various owner group websites.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #127

Dec 032019


  • 120,000 miles
Unfortunately it is the second time it brakes the engine mounts. I have heard that many people have the same issue. I think it is a factory problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #126

Dec 022019


  • 125,000 miles
I was driving to work on a busy highway when I noticed the temperature gauge rise quickly past it's normal range. I quickly got off the road and shut off the engine. I had the car towed to the shop and the mechanic found that there was no fluid in the radiator. He determined that there was a small crack. He informed me that this is an issue with 2007 Civics. He told me I could put another motor in it or buy another car. The car has been well maintained and I had every intention to keep it for several more years. I am very disappointed that Honda did not inform me of the defects in the engine.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #125

Oct 232019


  • 10 miles
As many of the other people, I have a leaking coolant crack in the engine block due to poor casting, thus resulting in the car to dangerously overheat. I have visited a local mechanic and they have confirmed it is a faulty problem among many Civics manufactured that generation. The problem others and I encounter is the fact that the car exceeds the 10 year warranty. To make the dilema worse, the Honda manufacturing company does guarantee full recompensation. They suggest for one to go in for $100 + inspection that does not completely guarantee aid. The problems I encounter include: An ongoing leak of dangerous coolant liquids while driving/parked, excessive overheating of the engine while driving, and the tear down of parts(coils, cylinders, and spark plugs) due to unstable/worrisome high temperatures. I have overlooked many forums and threads of unhappy Honda drivers that are encountering the same problem as I have. The number of complaints found here have increased significantly in recent days. I plead/beg for your assistance! many of the people encountering this problem are of low income, few of which cannot afford repair costs and/or purchasing a new vehicle; we purchase these type of cars for their so-called reliability. In my case, I am a university student who vitally needs a source of transportation. One may argue that public transportation is the solution, but that limits my possibility frontier as I also have to work; public transportation costs time one could be using elsewhere. Truth of the matter is that this defect is potentially dangerous to the public. There is high correlation between engine overheating and accidents that are worrisome.

- Jurupa Valley, CA, USA

problem #124

Oct 152019


  • miles
I was driving on a highway and I noticed coolant leakage resulting in engine overheating.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

problem #123

Oct 172019


  • 228,000 miles
When I bought the car it had a blown head gasket. It was fixd, but yesterday the car died on freeway and temp guage shot up. After looking at oil dipstick, it was completely gone. It melted. I had an oil change on the 14th. Could they have forgot to put new oil in" what would cause my car to just die"

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #122

Oct 112019


  • 134,000 miles
The car overheated suddenly. The engine block has a crack. 134K miles. Well maintained vehicle. Perfectly good engine cracked.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #121

Sep 192019


  • 128,000 miles
While driving on a highway the car started fuming with white smoke and it got inside the cabin of the car and the temperature gauge was at 100% all of a sudden and had to pull the car to the shoulder. It is a known manufacturing defect and Honda has a technical service bulletin 10-048. But I was never mailed about the problem and when contacted Honda mentioned they do not have to update me even though it is a known problem. Honda representative has been really rude and did not reply or rake my call for more than 10 days to reply about my case. Instead when she called she mentioned that its not their problem and they will not cover it.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #120

Aug 162019


  • 85,000 miles
I was driving and my car suddenly stopped in the middle of a very busy road, the vehicle started smoking while I was inside, it was so scary. IżM lucky that IżM alive. The vehicle was diagnosed by Honda with a cracked engine. Honda was fully aware of the engine block leak issue back in 2013. Instead of offering a total recall to fix the issue for all the running Civics, they simply offered a 10 year warranty, in case the problem surfaces. This is a safety issue and authorities should investigate how Honda is handling these complaints. They refused to take responsibility and stand by their customers.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #119

Sep 112019


  • 117,000 miles
Car began leaking antifreeze from the engine block. Honda admits that this is a common issue with this year as well as others but refuses to pay for repairs. I have appealed with american Honda to no avail. They do not care because the car is outside of its warranty even though they will admit that the engine is a defect by Honda. Car was parked at the time, has no damages, and has been properly maintained.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #118

Aug 172019


  • 135,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Honda Civic on 8/17/19 when I noticed my vehicle temperature gauge increasing at a fast rate. I immediately pulled over and found out that my car didn't have any coolant. Thinking that this was the problem, coolant was filled in the radiator and I was able to drive the car home. However, less than a week later, the car began to overheat once again. After inspection, my car was out of coolant again. I took my car to ed napleton Honda in oak lawn on 8/26/19 and was told that the engine cylinder block was cracked and was causing a leak of the coolant which causes overheating in vehicles. Although this is a known defect in Honda Civic models 2006-2009, I was told that Honda issued two warranty extensions for up to 10 years and that my car was two years outside of the warranty. Because I'm the original and sole owner of the vehicle with great maintenance history, the dealership's service manager submitted a goodwill request to Honda corporate asking for the cost of repair to be covered. However, the request was denied by the regional Honda district parts and service manager. I escalated the situation to Honda corporate and found out from a customer service specialist that Honda did not send the letter informing me of the defect and warranty extension to my correct address. Furthermore, it was not an address that I had ever provided to Honda. After escalating my issue to the regional case manager, I was still refused any assistance. There are over 300 complaints about cracked engine blocks in 06-09 Honda Civics on the car complaints website alone. Many owners state that their vehicles began experiencing problems shortly after the warranty expiration. This questions Honda's knowledge of the longevity of the engine block and all parts involved. I appeal to NHTSA to investigate this ongoing matter and hold Honda accountable by enforcing a recall.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #117

Aug 302019


  • 234,675 miles
The engine blocks has a cracked, the antifreeze is leaking.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #116

Aug 122019


  • 97,000 miles
My car overheated. It only has 97000 miles on it. Guessing it's a engine block issue, cause mechanic can not figure out the issue and it keeps overheating, even though everything else is

- Pahoa, HI, USA

problem #115

Jul 012019


  • 114,683 miles
Takata recall hi I am having several issues with the ignition not wanting to turn for several moments after putting the key inside to start my 2007 Honda xivic LX sedan and then all of a sudden the lights and power to the doors and windows work but car won't roll over to start. The car has been flashing a wrench like bar along with what looks like shape of the motor for 2 months as well ad I've just had an oil change done 4 days ago but yet it still reads oil life 5% B1 on the dash which won't clear nothing was wrong with spark plus or anything else under hood from valvoline's stand point when checked other than wipers don't never want to shut off as well. Thank you and regards [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oscoda, MI, USA

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