fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
37,050 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. change tire (3 reports)
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problem #9

Aug 022015

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

My wife hit the pavement and we had to replace the front control arm, hub and tire in May 2012 at cost of $1000 at dealership.

I went back for new tires & alignment in August 2015 ( approx. 15K miles driven in between) and they tell me its broken again.

The dealership ( McDavid Honda of Irving) said that the repairs were out of warranty period. They then convinced me that the problem is not so bad i.e. car is still driveable and I should come back if I have visible issues with steering it. The icing on the cake is when they told me that "we see this all the time, its due to highways being so bad" If that is the case why is it that the same control arm (right side) is broken again?

I spent some time researching this on the internet and I have seen people complain of uneven tire wear and also one guy said his tire just fell off ( hard to believe?) Overall I believe either the dealer conned me the first time I was there or ( what I think is more likely) is that Honda is putting inferior parts into their cars that break with city driving. All and all I hope someone investigates this in more detail before anyone gets hurt.

- Rohit N., Redmond, WA, US

problem #8

Apr 232014

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

Have had to change my tires too often and when I get an alignment it does not do any good.

- raykay77, Murfreesboro, TN, US

problem #7

Apr 102014

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,907 miles

I bought this car on 4/5/2012 at Diamond Valley Honda in Hemet Ca while vacationing in the Hemet Mountains. The car had 45699 miles on it. I should have run when they told me they exchanged the car I had selected for one they said they could sell me for the price I was asking. On my drive home to Ridgecrest I noticed the car pulling to one side and immediately took to my closest Honda dealer in Lancaster. On about 4/10/2014 (Have documentation to prove it, car mileage 45907) they took in & replace one different brand tire and did an alignment. They also found, the transmission oil needed to be changed, bad PCV valve, dirty air filter & dirty cabin filter. So, much for their ~300 point used car inspection warranty. I again noticed wear on my tires and had it realigned at Honda a 2nd time on 4/24/12 at 46913 miles (Have documentation).

I work for the China Lake Naval Weapons Station in the Mojave Desert and the nearest next city is a minimum of 100 miles away ONE WAY. So, my little ones & I do a lot of highway miles to entertain them on weekends. That means a lot of time at highway speeds. Needless to say it took me by surprise when I noticed the inside of my rear tires completely bold. While the outside of the tires still had plenty of meat on them. Now, had those tires worn dangerously close to the threads I hate what would have happened to my family at highway speeds. Where, we find ourselves at least twice a weekend for about 1.5 hours on the highway on our way to out of town soccer events, movies, volleyball etc.

Disgusted with Honda of Lancaster wheel alignment I took to our local shop in Ridgecrest and put 4 new tires. This time I paid close attention to tire wear. They didn't do any better and I let them know of the wear on the tires. They recommended a shop down the street with a laser alignment machine (something like that). I explained the problem to them and my experience at the dealership & the shop. They said they would do their best. He aligned it on 5/31/2013, 72762 miles on it. Have documentation.

This time I didn't rotate the tires to experiment which tire side was doing the most damage. It’s now 10/21/2014 and I have 102172 miles on it and the right rear tire is completely bald on the inner side. The outer part still has plenty of thread on it. The left rear tire is more than 1/4 of the way down on the inside with plenty of thread on the outside. The front tires have some wear on the inside but nothing compared to the rear.

I am at a loss for a remedy. I have read all the complaints on rear inner tire wear on the 2006 through 2009 civics and the Honda recommended lower control "C" replacement arm. I called the dealer today about my 2010 and my problem. Their answer was "We no bulletins, recalls or the like for your car." We will replace your lower control arms if they require replacing for $980 + tax."

Not sure what to do. I am buying new tires this weekend and taking it back for another alignment try. Not sure if I should replace the lower control arms and shocks for good measure before alignment.

Honda needs to have a recall on this models problem before some a family loses their life at highway speeds. Only because they head of household wasn't lucky enough to notice them or didn't get on his knees to check his rear tires early enough at ~16,000 after buying new tires.

- Saul C., Ridgecrest, CA, US

problem #6

Jul 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,282 miles

My car Civic Model 2010 and received in February 2011.

The beginning I do not wanna complained of the disadvantages of the car many, but I complained about the lack of credibility in the warranty.'m Egyptian and I bought it from a Honda dealer known in Egypt (El Fatim).Ensure that my car is 125000 km or three years, whichever is sooner. And thus the car within the warranty period of both.

Wheel in eroded cars and became dilapidated shape Is it possible to have all of this happens in 2 years and 8 months or 69,000 km.

I'm doing maintenance, of course, it was all imaginary is to change the steering wheel, but I was shocked that this issue is out of the warranty is this true?!! Please, Please advise me, I'm starting to regret the optional Honda.(my name is Ahmed Fawzy Mohamed-mobile number 01227970849&my mail is (ahmed.fawzy@midco-eg.com).i'll add a photo of it soon.

- ahmed fawzy, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

problem #5

May 072013

Civic LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

This is the second time I will be having my rear wheels replaced because of this issue. Really annoying as my tires are hardly 9 months old! Bought a Honda thinking I'd have NO issues. Seriously ready to trade it in! I can't afford new tires twice a year because of shotty mechanics!

- Staci Z., Morton, IL - Illinois, US

problem #4

Oct 262012

Civic SD

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles

$1,500 worth of repair because the 2010 Civic alignment does not happen. It needed left and right rear control arms; left and right wheel bearings replaced as the original ones were destroyed; new tires; and an alignment because it could be done with the "after market" improved control arms. So much for taking the planned vacation in the relatively and what should have been "reliable" Honda. Our mechanic said the tires were not only bowed out but crooked. The tires were torn up on the inside. I could have been extremely dangerous.

- nukewatch1, Luck, WI, US

problem #3

Jul 162012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

Honda Hamilton, has not fixed the problem, the service manager never responded to my second request. There is a fast wearing of the rear tires, independent mechanic confirms this and yet no information has been posted by Honda. This car receives service by the Dealer and a private well known auto mechanics shop. Older models had some sort of arm problem on the rear, but they have not addressed it on this car. Complaint has been forwarded to Dealer & American Honda motors.

- R C., Yardley, PA, US

problem #2

Sep 012011

Civic Sedan 4cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

I purchased a new 2010 Civic in May of 2010. By 10-15,000 mi the tires were worn. That first winter I got stuck in the snow, in the middle of the street 2 times before I realized my tires were almost not legal. It cost me over $400. In addition, I traded my 2001 Passat turbo (30-32mpg) to get better gas mileage. I am barely averaging 23mpg. I am very disappointed in the Honda.

- Tammy T., Erie, PA, US

problem #1

Feb 042011

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,985 miles

The dealer said it is normal for the rear tires on a brand new car to wear out before the front. How is this possible when it is front wheel drive. Also checking other site people are complaining the the lower control arms are too short and causing this problem, but Honda will not fix the problem.

- Kimberly C., Woonsocket, RI, US