The Civic is a very good small sedan. Its refined and responsive engine and transmission combination yields impressive fuel economy. The relatively roomy cabin has high-quality materials and construction. The Civic handles securely, but a stiff ride and road noise are drawbacks.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

The Civic is a very good small sedan. Its refined and responsive engine and transmission combination yields impressive fuel economy. The relatively roomy cabin has high-quality materials and construction. The Civic handles securely, but a stiff ride and road noise are drawbacks.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (93 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"when driving car pulling to the right side"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed wheels aligned"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I feel that this is not a defect or problem with the Civic, but an indictment of the state of Vermont's roads. This also goes for other problems with suspension and bushings. This environment is very punishing to cars"

Richard R., VT (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Deterioration of balljoints"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The ball joints went at 150000 miles or so, and needed to be replaced. Might just be average wear, but it was expensive to fix"

John H., NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower ball joints had excessive play"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic VP 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings are cracked. Ride quality is compromised, but not safety. Due to high cost of replacement, we opted not to fix the issue"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"cracked brushing"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Compliance bushings were cracked"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer found front suspension control arm bushings were cracked, so I had them replaced with new bushings"

Omer G., IA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering fluid leaking onto driveway when parked. Expensive repair estimate due to the risk of damaging rusty brake lines, which would require replacing the brake lines"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"cost me $296 to seal power steering pump which was leaking"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The hose was worn from my power steering pump which caused my power steering pump to go out. I had to replace the pump"

Misti G., TX (2005 Honda Civic SE 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace the rear struts after 12 years"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"rear shocks wore out after 9 years of driving in an old city"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"making noise when drive over road bump"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"one shock has developed a leak. Given that they have to be periodically replaced it's really a maintenance issue"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"tie rod loose"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Car exhibited excessive road noise and uneven tire wear. In routine servicing by an independent shop, the recommendation was to replace shocks and struts; this was done and front tires replaced; road noise was reduced and tires wear evenly"

William F., NJ (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"back passenger strut mount replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2005 Honda Civic VP 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The bump stops in the shocks were destroyed to the point where damage was being caused when going over speed bumps. The failure of the bump stops put extra strain on all other components. This seems like an inadequacy with original quality"

Tim B., TX (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"result of normal wear and tear after over 250,000 km"

John C., ON (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The sway bar link broke and needed to be replaced. Not critical, but was a good idea to replace. Cost about $100 in labor and $15 in parts"

Geoffrey B., WI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer said it was normal wear but charged over $1000"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The sway bar in the front was broken and needed to be replaced. Failed New York State inspection"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The sockets on the tie rods had finally worn through. This required replacing those and having the car re-aligned"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"front passenger side upper tie rod replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2005 Honda Civic VP 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"The control arm was bent which meant the car couldn't be aligned and the tires were wearing in an uneven pattern. The front struts needed to be replaced too"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Replace sway bars as part of normal maintenance at 130000 miles"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"replaced rear wheel cylinders due to leakage"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front driver's side caliper would grab while driving. Happened during freeway driving w/o brakes being applied. Damaged rotor. Progressed to all 4 brakes. It was like driving with the parking brake on. Master cylinder was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes failed three times approaching lights/stop sign. Brakes were determined to have adequate stuff to make it stop. I had a brake replacement at dealer's. Never found problem of brake failure. Has been working since brake replacement"

Helene D., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Premature brake wear when the Parking Brake got stuck and was rubbing up against my brake pads. (Already discussed.)"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes don't last no matter if I go to the dealer or an agent or upgrade to better grade of brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Warping or uneven wear. Could be aftermarket part issue"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear, needed replacement"

Anonymous, VT (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This was considered normal wear and tear"

Michael L., CT (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors failed as the calipers began to freeze up"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake assembly degeneration causing noticeable squeaking requiring complete replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"noise due to brake pads needed repair"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"The brakes are actually not the original brakes, but they went bad much faster than they should have"

John H., NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Sound was grating and grinding intermittently"

Helene D., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"After sitting brakes squeak a lot"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Twice in the past 5 years the calipers have seized"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Honda Civic SE 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers and brackets rusted out and had to be replaced"

Daniel M., NB (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I had replaced brake pads 15000 miles earlier; but calipers began to freeze up, so I replaced all front brake parts"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"7-2014 Replaced front brake pads & rotors"

Roy H., WA (2005 Honda Civic VP Unsure)

"normal replacement of brake pads needed due to age of car"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"I had to replace the front pads and rotors"

Kathryn H., NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"normal brake wear"

Anonymous, WV (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"They work fine; my wife uses the brakes a lot as is her style of driving"

Ralph M., NJ (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear - needed replacement"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

"As far as I can tell, the Parking Brake got stuck on the on position after I had disengaged it, wearing down my brake pads to the point that it almost affected my rotors. It was spotted during the yearly inspection, and the front brakes were replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Cooling fan switch went out which caused the engine to overheat and warp the head"

Joseph C., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Local mechanic tested it and said cylinder head gasket needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had to be rebuilt and got a discount on it because the shop should probably have changed the tensioner belt with the timing belt. Engine doing ok now"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Cooling fan switch went out causing the engine to overheat and the rings lost tension"

Joseph C., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to spend $950 to have engine heads rebuilt/replaced last year"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"The car overheated and we took it to the garage and they installed a new head gasket. We were on vacation in Florida and drove home. We had problems again and had to replace it a second time after two months"

Anonymous, ME (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"60000 head gasket leaked"

David G., PA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head fasket failed, sensors did not warn soon enought to prevent major engine damage"

Dale H., SC (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head warped b/c the cooling fan switch went out w/o warning"

Joseph C., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement. $1200 to repair and 4 days to repair"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a blown head gasket"

Scott D., OH (2005 Honda Civic SE 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket had a crack at around 160,000 miles. Vehicle began to periodically overheat. Pulled head off, replaced gasket, car runs normally again"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Goes without saying that the head gasket problem did not appear until the car was about 2,000 miles beyond the warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The leak was "found" during a trip through the mountains of north central PA along Route 15. The automatic transmission had to down shift for the engine to provide enough power to climb the numerous very long hills at 70 MPH. The engine would run a"

Matthew C., PA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"blown head gasket. Mechanic stated this is a common problem among 2001-2005 Civcs. Had to machine to head- costly repair"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought car with +100k miles. Head gasket replacement was needed about 7 months in"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Honda Civic SE 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"car was overheating no one knew why. Dealer finally discovered a very small, pinhole leak in the head gasket due to a warped head. The head had to be machined and a new gasket installed at a cost of around $1,300"

Richard R., VT (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It was warped, not sure why. I replaced the coolant earlier in the summer, but the shop probably didn't do a good job and I was leaking coolant"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car lost heat on idol and changed the Thermostat. That did not fix the issue. Had to replace the head gasket which is not cheap but fixed issues and car runs great"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Had preventative service to replace timing belt only to have coolant leak as a result of the repair shorting out entire engine computer - $3000 repair"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt didn't fail, I just went ahead replaced it at 110,000 miles when I replaced the cylinder head"

Mark S., OR (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"timing belt was changed but NOT another crucial part - I think it was the tensioner belt. Then the tensioner belt gave out causing the timeing belt to break and the engine had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"fixed timing belt but there was a subsequent problem related to this- can't recall details"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Took in to independent Japanese car shop I use and had the timing belt changed as well as air-conditioner belt"

Nelson I., CO (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"There is an undiagnosed leak when it rains. Wondering if it had to do WTH Aimee of this lose outside trim near on the driver side door"

Hannah B., MO (2005 Honda Civic SE Unsure)

"THE CAR HAS TWO FABRIC OR RUBBER TAPES CLIPPED ON THE ROOF. ON ONE OF THEM THE CLIPS HAVE FAILED. THE TAPES HAVE NO STRUCTURAL VALUE SO IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER. JUST ANNOYING"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side finish is peeling off like wall paper by arm rest!!"

James L., OH (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The fabric came unglued three years ago on the left side passenger door. The dash in the back seat cracked and deteriorating since seven years ago and is now so fragile if touched if falls apart"

Ruth P., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint started fading in spots. I brought the car to the Honda dealer I purchased the car from. I was told that there was a recall on the paint problem but it expired and there was nothing they could do. This recall involved black paint. I will never purchase a Honda product again"

Howard P., NY (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fading on the roof and trunk"

Speight G., TX (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint is peeling badly. And Rusty in the flaws. We have no garage so it gets a lot of sun"

Hannah B., MO (2005 Honda Civic SE Unsure)

"The paint around the mirrors that is never even touched has cracked and peeled off"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"paint on hood is chipping off and rusting on hood"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cheap paint job. Paint has cracked much like a dried lake bed. The clear coat, if there were one, appears to have dissipated completely"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Right now the peeling of paint is happening on the bumper strips on the 2 sides"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clearcoat failure"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on hood top and trunk lid oxidizing"

Dave W., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I scratched the paint at corners while parking into a garage"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint has been fading and cracking since 2009 and has worsened. The hood is practically all faded. The right side above the doors is almost there also. The left side is not as bad but starting to it seems"

Ruth P., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rusting sooner than expected (worse than my 2000 civic)"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust started in the rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, NB (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust under driver door"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"AC not working - compressor bounces- needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Given its age it is unsurprising, but the compressor failed spectacularly about 8 months ago. In the present climate I live in, this was difficult and would have cost $1000 to repair--a significant chunk of change for a 12 year old car"

Kathryn H., NY (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor and A/C receiver/drier needed replacement at 98,358. Cost: $1,154"

Edward P., FL (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It started making awful noises took it to the dealer and they said it is the compressor, they unplugged it until we decide if we are going to put 1,200 dollars in it to fix it"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"a/c failed to work, made terrible noises. Cost $2000 to repair"

Janet M., CA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I don't know if compressor is the riht problem. Just remember it was expensive to get the cooling to work again. Stillg cools weakly, but acceptable"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Unsure)

"Compressor clutch failed and seized up disabling vehicle until repaired"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The air conditioner does not blow cold air"

Margie D., MI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"AC just died about a year ago - would be $250 just to diagnose so haven't had that done"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic DX Unsure)
Automatic climate control

"In the heat when the car is exposed to the sun, the air conditioner does not work. If the car is in the shadows or garage, it works"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The directional blower component does not work"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"The fan/blower stopped working. I had it fixed at a Honda dealership and within 10 miles there was no cold air"

Margie D., MI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the tube inside was clogged. The mechanic replaced the tube and it now works"

Stan T., MI (2005 Honda Civic VP 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The systes stopped projecting heat/air from below the dashboard"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Refrigerant was low enough to affect performance. Dealer could not find leak but did add a dye. So far, refrigerant levels are at expected levels"

Darrell L., FL (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had refrigerant recharged once while in-warranty, and twice while out-of-warranty"

Douglas S., CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Actually, it was replacement of a leaking fuel pump mount"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Fuel pump resovior was leaking. Had to replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"It just needs to be replaced, and I have not done so yet due to finances"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on. Wasn't loose gas cap. Required diagnosis, then replacement of front air flow ratio sensor"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"02 sensor keeps throwing code and turning on light. replace it once already and not sure if i need to replace it again"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor went bad, but the car had over 200,000 miles on it. It was expected soon"

Bill-Dixie S., SC (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor failed...cost $450 to fix..my response "forget it!""

Nelson S., FL (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Secondary O2 sensor failure. Hybrid battery failure after 9 years"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine check light on. Monitored for 10 days. In to dealership. Ran code check. O2 sensor failed. Replacement was $750 Cdn incl labor"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failed, indicated by Engine Light. No apparent effect on drivability. Honda dealer quickly diagnosed it, and replaced it shortly afterwards. Cost more than I expected"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced several times"

Stanley C., MD (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Code P1457 Internal failure of Evap canister vent control valve and purge solenoid - tech replaced"

William B., OH (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The Check Engine light comes on. After a trip to the dealer, who finds nothing wrong, the light goes off until the next time. This has happened 4 times"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light came on - indicated Evap Leak. Needed new Evap Canister Assembly, Fuel Vent Module and some kind of valve"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"i,vereplaced several devices, several times"

Stanley C., MD (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"gauge light is on for seat belt on driver's side. Will investigate at appointment for inspection in June"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Tachometer just stopped working one day"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights burning out and the relative difficulty to replace them"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"fogging, we replaced them"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Lights flickered when idling. Required new alternator"

E L., IL (2005 Honda Civic SE 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head lights yellowed and had to be restored"

Daniel M., NB (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto locks no longer work"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the automatic door lock actuator in both rear doors after they failed"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"the emergency lights went on when the alarm system was activated with the panic button and drained the battery"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"$160 repair for tag lights"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had to replace exterior brake light and left reverse light"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)
Interior lights

"intermittent problems of not working"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

"Airbag light is on and stays lit when as far as I know there is no problem with the airbag"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on, but no discernible issue"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Gear shift progressively became stiffer and difficult to get into gear. Problem diagnosed as defective gear shift cable, which was replaced. Expensive - $600 total inc tax"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Judders (Honda term for CVT problem)"

Jon M., CA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission slips out of gear even after a transmission rebuild"

Mark H., NC (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch slipping; needs replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They say after burnishing paid by me that the starter clutch needs replacement. Cost $2500"

Tim K., TX (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Honda issued a recall on the slipping transmissions, the dealership has been reluctant to repair the problem, only solution has been to consistently have the fluid replaced as this is all the dealer wants to do. Not ideal problem solving"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Judders (Honda term for CVT problem)"

Jon M., CA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Starting from stop caused slippage and loud noises"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission leaks

"Problem was identified by HONDA during an oil change"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission leaks can only be fixed with a rebuild of the transmission"

Thomas G., VA (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)
Clutch adjustment

"After rebuilt, clutch engages too low"

Ann D., OK (2005 Honda Civic VP 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Coolers and lines

"Needed a complete flush of the transmission system to fix chatter when starting forward motion. The flush fixed the problem"

Pamela W., WA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"I don't really understand hydraulics"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Unsure)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Cable had to be replaced to open tank door"

Susan A., QC (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"The car stalled while driving. Engine codes P0340 and P2646 were displayed. No problem found, so camshaft sensor and rocker arm sensors were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine problem light came on and stayed on. Computer Code review indicated problem with engine computer.. Computer program adjusted per Honda service advisory"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The camshaft position sensor died and needed to be replaced. Less than a year later, I think it needs to be replaced again"

Ashley B., RI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks at oil pump and oil pan due to gasket failure causing a loss of 1/2 at. per 2500 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear main seal leak starting around 120000 miles"

Robbie S., WA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticeable grinding noise while turning the steering wheel. It was an oil leak which required a new replacement part and oil for the steering wheel. Expensive repair which the mechanic missed the first time (3 months earlier) I complained about the same noise"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Honda Civic SE 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Pan was rusted"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"seal around the bottom part of the oil pan (I forget the name) was leaking. Had to be replaced and was a 4+ hour job due to curing time for the new seal"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple engine oils seals failed around the 100,000 mile mark and are proving costly to replace ($1600 by the dealership!). Oil has leaked all over my engine as well as the timing belt that was only replaced 2 years ago"

Jennifer D., GA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"front engine mount broken"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"each door has had a problem. The stupid interior latches are plastic! The metallic paint chips which cuts me and my kids! And the back latch on the trunk simply stopped working a year ago. I'm frustrated enough not to get it fixed... I just unlatch i"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"THE CABLE THAT OPENS THE LATCHES FOR THE DOOR OVER THE GAS FILLER AND THE TRUNK APPARENTLY SNAGGED. THE DEALER HAD TO OPEN THE COVER FOR THE GAS TANK AND I HAD TO LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN UNTIL I REPLACED THE CABLE, QUITE EXPENSIVE TO DO"

Anna C., WI (2005 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"The key fob no longer works, so I can't use it to lock or unlock the car"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Interior lock switch quit working. Can only lock/unlock with remote"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I have to use my key to unlock the driver's door. Then I can use the remote fob to open the backseat doors. To lock the 3 doors I have to use the key. The front passenger door can only be opened with a key. To lock I push down its button"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Power windows would not go up. Retired with new switches needed"

Anonymous, NE (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear passinger window up and down not working from drivers side control"

Paul S., IN (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Electrical system malfunction required replacing electrical harness"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"Seat bushings failed"

Anonymous, NB (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"gas cover release failed"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"We have always had problems with the front windshield which had just been replaced by the dealer. The windshield leaks on the top on the passenger side whenever it rains. It did it before it was replaced so whether there is a defect in the body where it sits in or what, don't know!"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Why didn't you ask about the hybrid battery. It must have cell issues because in sub freezing weather it goes dead or for a while has to regular battery crank. If I disconnect ground the computer starts fresh and clears whatever the issue is and I ge"

Dennis R., OR (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water leaks into cabin in rain/car washes. Car has never experienced body damage. After dealership and independent garage failed to find the problem, I was able to minimize the problem by rebuilding some seals in the fresh air cowl"

Tim B., TX (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"twice i had a leak of the water pump. The second time i did not have to pay for"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"driver side door leaks"

David G., ON (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My car started making a wide variety of noises (primarily due to the brakes): i) a squeak when letting go of the brakes, ii) a thumping sound from the brakes when making a sharp turn, iii) louder engine noise"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"when car is moving there are squeaks from the suspension"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic Converter Clamp"

Kay F., OH (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"odd rattle coming from rear of car I think it is suspension related"

David G., ON (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Had to replace the converter due to it throwing error codes even after replacing the sensors"

Mike A., KY (2005 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"The catalytic converter failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"lousy gas mileage, poor performance"

E Z., WI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light code gave me cause to change the catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Very unusual LOUD rattling at specific engine speeds. My mechanic discovered the honeycomb core was loose inside of the converter housing. Replacement installed at $650. Expensive due to the fact that the Civic model we own was built to meet Calif"

Matthew C., PA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Lots rusted through causing it and the heat shield to be dislodged"

Mike A., KY (2005 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"rusted out"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Muffler

"We noticed that the Civic was louder than normal. We took it to our mechanic who diagnosed a hole in the muffler, which he replaced"

William B., OH (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Exhaust pipe broke over rear axle. I fixed it myself"

Douglas M., NY (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Was unable to shift gears"

Melody P., CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had this problem prior to this year and paid treatment and did not last"

Tim K., TX (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The dealership said I would need a new transmission or get a complete rebuild"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed and required a complete disassembly and rebuild"

Mark H., NC (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Just needed to be rebuilt"

Ann D., OK (2005 Honda Civic VP 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda knew of a problem, but didn't contact us. Our local repair shop told us the problem, and we had to take car to dealer. Although our car was under mileage for repair, they didn't honor agreement because of class-action suit. Had to pay $2100"

Janet M., CA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Transmission suddenly stopped working. All gears forward and backwards would not engage. Had to replace transmission and flywheel. The flywheel was cracked"

Wiliam F., CA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car stalled -- seemed to be a transmission problem. Instead, the dealer replaced the transmission FlyWeel, which at least made the car function again"

Anonymous, UT (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Unsure)

"Two years ago, 2-3 mos. after warranty ran out, I experienced shutter clutch. I kept getting worse. Honda would not replace. I did not like the $3,000-4,000 to replace from local transmission company. Finally last month, (3/15), the same garage o"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Unsure)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Had to replace alternator"

Susan A., QC (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator died while driving on the highway"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced, but at 180,000 miles I am not complaining"

Kenneth B., IL (2005 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Replaced Batteries twice under warranty. Third time (140,00 miles) they would not cover the battery. We have not performed the repairs"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the battery as the check engine light indicated issue.. At the time had driven 190000 miles so was not totally unexpected. No other real issues with the car other than normal maintenance for everything else"

Brooks K., MI (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed ONCE while under warranty. Failed AGAIN after warranty expiration"

Kay W., SC (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Battery died and hybrid system did not work"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Coil

"Engine cylinder coil caused misfiring of cylinder #3. Coil replaced as well a spark plugs"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"when turning key in ignition, just hear clicking noises. after waiting 30 to 45 minutes, car would start. took car to dealer (once) and then AAA-approved mechanic--both found nothing wrong. After 3rd experience with engine not turning over, took back"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Thermostat sometimes sticks, replaced but still had sporadic problems in mountain passes"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle has an overheating problem that caused the cylinder head to warp and blow the head gasket. I replaced the radiator, A/C condenser unit, hoses, cylinder head and gaskets. I still have a problem with the engine overheating. I have to monitor the temp gauge closely so I don't warp another cylinder head"

Mark S., OR (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car began overheating very soon after ignition in the morning. Took it in and got water pump replaced"

Nelson I., CO (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"some kind of sensor in engine needed replacing"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Honda Civic DX Unsure)

"I was leaking coolant. It only overheated when I drove for extended amounts of time and then idled"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Local mechanic said antifreeze/collant leak is due to head gasket issue"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Cooling fan

"Fan switch went out w/o warning. Only indication was overheating followed by coolant loss"

Joseph C., CA (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"CVT Gear box vibrates at idle"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Low pitched noise from the passenger side begins about 20mph. Increases if frequency and intensity until about 65mph then decreases in intensity or is drown out by other road noises by 70mph. Frequency is proportional to speed"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"IMA battery pack failed at 99,916 miles. New battery pack installed. Cost: $3,220"

Edward P., FL (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid electrical system failed at 69000 miles"

Chris L., VA (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid Motive battery failure. This is the original battery pack"

Mark B., AZ (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) battery. This was not unexpected at 9 years old and about 175,000 miles, but it was expensive. I consider this a maintenance cost"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"The CD will not eject - it's stuck in the CD player!"

Anonymous, TN (2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"All 6 discs do not play through a CD"

SUSn L., NC (2005 Honda Civic SE Unsure)
Display screen difficult to see

"All screen for radio and clock not there (visible). Unable to determine which radio station is on"

Anonymous, LA (2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
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