The Honda Civic is refined and economical, with fairly nimble handling and a relatively comfortable ride. The aerodynamic styling of the Civic looks futuristic, but sacrifices ease of access. Pronounced road noise remains a complaint. Stability control is standard only on the EX-L, Hybrid, and Si models.
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There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"moulding around windshield deteriorated and came out of position"

John L., NC (2008 Honda Civic)

"The large rubber strip on the right side of the windshield broke off. The rubber on the top of each door where the window goes down into the door is breaking off. Rubber stripping where roof meets side of car is peeling away"

Cindy P., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim piece on each side of the roof has lifted up. One side had to be replaced [at my expense]. This started fairly soon. Also, the black window trims are cracking, but I do park outside"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side front left trim rub due to clearance problems"

Leonard B., CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior thread size rubber around windshield broke and blew in the wind until I pulled it all out. Plastic covering black paint around window edges peeled off. Rubber squeegee like trim across window bottom cracked and broke in numerous places on all windows"

Eric G., TX (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The black rubber moldings around the exterior doors / roof and windshield came completely loose / out"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"Moulding around windshield is degrading. Honda repair won't fix, say it's an age issue that is not covered. Expensive to repair"

Peter K., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The front and rear window trim cracked and separated. The molding on the entire car is fading and cracking"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"loose rubber trim is flapping all over the car"

Kyle C., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The exterior trim has been decaying faster than it should have and the windshield molding has come apart on both sides of the vehicle"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumper is made of plastic, and attached with a very flimsy attachment part, also made of plastic. This has somehow become worn/broken, so that the bumper sticks out on the side, sits loose and has to be repeatedly thumbed back into place, until"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid)

"Front bumper drivers side came loose"

Scott H., MN (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Molding and front dowelling cMe lose"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber trim is deteriorating to the point that it has separated particularlly around windshield and roof trim"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber trim around windshield coming loose; protective cap on windshield wiper bolt fell off"

Chris C., UT (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"the front bumper is too low It does not clear the concrete dividers in parking lots"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"several trim pieces pop out of their snap fittings"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the molding trim from the windshield came off"

Lawrence L., TX (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear deck constantly vibrating. Repaired 4 times. Still vibrates"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"One side's top trim needed to be replaced early last year, and now the other side is lifting"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic DX)

"Passenger vanity mirror broken"

Victoria J., TX (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Gaskets around outside of all windows came off. Price to replace was prohibitive, but dealer said the windows were sealed inside as well, so the lack shouldn't cause problems"

Kurt-Ellen F., AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"parked too close to a curb (head-in) and the whole front section came off! Now it remains loose and requires constant attention"

Paul S., AZ (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The trim along roof has had to be replaced previously and is coming loose again. Tacky. The trim around windows is deteriorating, perhaps this is normal for California car."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior weather stripping between body and windshield cracked and peeled out incrementally while driving. This issue continued up the front of the vehicle and extended over the roof of the car."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic)

"Trip around the wind shield completely deteriorated and fell off. Honda refused to repair it and quoted us a price easily 3 times what other auto glass companies quoted to repair the trim."

Patrick G., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Molding around front window is coming apart"

Theodore W., MI (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The moulding on both sides of the front windshield deteriorated to the point where it detached from the body, and in one case flapped against the windshield while driving, creating a distraction hazard."

Dean S., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber molding along side of roof torn and peeled back."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Some exterior trim is cracking and coming off."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber molding around door ."

Ron C., FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber molding around front windshield dry rotted, falling apart and coming off. Also molding around windows dry and cracking."

Paul V., OK (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim running along sides on roof line doesn't stay in place. Also, trim around windows beginning to crack. I didn't see place to list, but visors have broken down on both sides; won't stay up."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"We are on the third drivers sunvisor since new. It's also time to replace the Demeter console cover for the second time"

Michael J., VA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Visor keeps falling apart if left in the sun too long"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Loud rattling sound from the rear of the interior, behind and above the back seats. Sound occurred when the car was being driven"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"have had to replace both sun visors due to cracking"

James M., CA (2008 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The sunvisor broke"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"top of car at rear chalking"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint protective coat is peeling on entire car. Honda won't pay to repaint it. Just give a credit to apply to a new vehicle. What a bunch of BS and a horrible way to try to get people to stay with them"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started fading on roof when car was 5 years old. Honda had extended the paint warranty, so they repainted the roof and a couple front fenders that also had a problem (which I hadn't noticed). I was without a car for 2 weeks while they repainted those sections (they did not provide a loaner nor cover the cost of a rental). At just over 7 years, the paint on the trunk started to fade. I went back to Honda and was told it was out of warranty, so they wouldn't cover it. Now the paint on t"

Cindy P., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is coming off. It started 3 years ago. I had the top repainted. Now the sides, trunk and hood is peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint began cracking - alligator look - three to four years ago. Paint peeling from trim after two years"

Janet P., RI (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat has failed on trunk and left side doors resulting in chalking and peeling. Honda repainted part of the car under warranty but will not repaint these parts"

Susan J., FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the window metal frame is fading"

Brayton Y., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The black paint between the front and passenger windows on both sides of car is cracking, fading, and peeling"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"Disappointed that after paying for additional paint protection the paint is fading on the auto and chipping from the bumpers. This is my first Honda, and I'm not thrilled that the body is showing such signs (it's kept in a garage, and has low mileage)"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Civic 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fading on a couple locations on the vehicle"

Jean-Marc E., MB (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pealing clear-coat. Some of it was found/repaired while it was under warranty, but Honda won't cover all of the flaws. Hood, trunk and roof all have pealing clear-coat issues"

Peter K., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Window trim beginning to fade and peel"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It is the paint finish on the molding that is peeling. The Honda dealership told me that it appears to be a weakness"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda did have a recall a few years ago and they repainted several areas for the problem of top coat wearing off, I haven't had this looked at, don't know if they'd cover it now but that's the problem"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint looks like garbage. It is fading, chalking, cracking and peeling. I have seen the same things on my model car. I have talked to other owners of my same car with the same problems"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"Atomic blue color coupe has peeling paint, especially on roof. Honda offered a new paint job but I didn't take it"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Chalking and paint thinning down to primar level on roof and beginning on hood edges"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Clear coat peeling"

Thomas N., MD (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading on roof down to bare metal"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the roof and the trunk faded and turned white in splotches"

Stephen H., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint was fading but Honda extended it's warranty and repainted the car"

Andrew M., CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Paint checking on hood and fenders, fading on roof and trunk. Repainted under warranty extension but all new paint peeled off. Recently repainted again under warranty and OK at this point"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fading on roof and hood"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problems on top surfaces and between luggage rack trim of vehicle covered by paint warranty, still in dispute regarding same issues on doors and top surface to the outside of luggage rack trim"

Ron B., TX (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Two areas of chalking on roof"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"The top layer of the trim paint peels off, so that there are two tones, one more faded than the other"

Nadya A., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"clearcoat has failed and paint now coming off roof"

Richard S., SC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint issue seemed to start before 2014. I drug my feet to get it done. When I finally did, warranty basically covered everything but dents and plastic pieces. My out-of-pocket cost was $350.00"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"The paint is fading in patches across the roof of the car"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Civic DX)

"paint on the front hood started to crack, the dealer fixed it under warantee"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The car developed something like polka dots. The blue color faded and silver spots appeared. It turned out to be covered by a recall and Honda repainted the area above the rear window, hood and fenders"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat flaking off and paint oxidizing on roof and trunk"

Chris C., UT (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"paint peeling off hubcaps"

Anonymous, AR (2008 Honda Civic)

"Paint cracking due to clear coat problem with Hondas"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint faded with cracking on hood, top and trunk. Honda notified me by letter stating factory defect and after inspection at dealer, would repaint my car. It qualified, and after three weeks at dealer my car was repainted. No payment for loaner car"

Marilyn F., OH (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the hood and fenders was showing crack marks"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint was fading on roof and hood. Found warranty had been extended through Honda. Got roof, hood and bumpers repainted w/o cost, but no loaner car provided by dealer. I had no car for 3 weeks"

Cindy P., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat failed at 43,000 miles, and began peeling. Honda repainted the car at no cost, under warranty"

SUSn J., FL (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"looks like some kind of bacteria is eating the metal on the roof"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"The black paint had faded (worn off) in places over most of the car well after the warranty period. Honda must be aware of the problem, even though I couldn't find a recall, they repainted the entire car for free (and gave me a rental)"

James H., FL (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat on door is peeiling"

Kevin C., AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall. Paint fading and starting to chip"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The gray paint was fading. However, it was covered under warranty and Honda had it repainted at no expense for me"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint started to fade after 3 years"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Painted faded dramatically. Was recalled and fixed"

D F., TX (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"cracking on hood"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint cracking at top of rear window"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint literally caked off in many spots. The worst was rear roof and trunk. Honda repainted my car, but did not address doors (which have faded), Of huge concern was trim around windows which I will have to have done"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue with clear coat,repaired by dealer ,recall?"

Brian D., QC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint began to chalk on roof, trunk, quarter panels. Was covered under recall"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fading on trunk lid and roof, paint cracking on hood, this car was garage kept for first 4 years of ownership, now outside"

Erik M., NC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"manufacturers call back"

Mel D., ON (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Chalking and cracking/checking of paint on fenders, hood, roof and trunk. Manufacturer covered repair costs without hassle"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"cracks in the paint"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading paint on roof of car this past year. Honda covered repainting"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading paint on roof"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Over the past few years the paint started "bubbling" and peeling (almost like a bad sunburn). Honda eventually issued a recall and fixed it, but it was a pain to deal with"

Kristin M., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"SUBJECT TO HONDA PAINT RECALL - CAR WAS REPAINTED - DEALER REFUSED TO PAINT THE ENTIRE CAR - CHOSE TO ONLY PAINT THE TOP AND SUBSEQUENT SPOTS - LAST HONDA"

Jamal T., GA (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ive had problems with the paint since I bought the car. Hood and frt quarter panels. Honda painted once. I finally at my expense bought new after market hood and paid to have it painted. Would never buy honda from that dealer again. Ever"

Rebecca B., ON (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint started fading on my civic when it was only 3 years old. It gradually spread to cover most of the roof of the car and a few patches in other places. After I wrote a letter complaining, they agreed to pay for repainting. Within the past year"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"Had problems with paint on roof top of door panels and trunk deck"

Connie T., OK (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Both the roof and hood have serious paint issues requiring a repaint"

Bryan K., AL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Factory recall, paint was chalking, the factory repainted the areas free of charge"

Mark W., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"flaking on car hood--covered and repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The black trim around the windows is fading and cracking."

Walter B., TX (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the trunk and roof has faded and looks silvery instead of blue. The car looks old. It started a long time ago and the dealership would not do anything to fix it. I would not buy another Honda"

Marilyn O., NY (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"peeling of paints"

Frances M., ON (2008 Honda Civic 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the trim around the windows peeled off. Honda will not do anything to fix it because it happened after the 70,000 miles it was under warranty. It makes my vehicle look terrible."

James L., VA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading and chalking on roof and rear hood."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has started fading/peeling over the course of the past few years. In the past 12 months, this problem has gotten significantly worse."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic)

"My last Honda had over 212000 miles on it when I traded it in. The paint was in good condition. The paint on the 2008 has been problematic from the start"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Civic)

"There is a recognized problem with the paint in my model year. Honda extended the warranty for this to 7 years, but did not inform me (I understand that no one was notified unless they complained about the paint). The problem started on my car in 2017, after the extended warranty period. I asked Honda to rectify the problem, since they had not notified me of the potential problem (so I could have done something about it). They refused."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic)

"this model had paint recall. No issues with paint until recall expired!"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic)

"no garage so the sun is peeling the the paint off the roof"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Two years ago started getting blotchy fading. Honda did have a recall, but it had expired."

Gregory G., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading paint and flaking clear coat. The car was recalled a few years ago due to paint issues. They contracted with an auto body company to repaint the hood and top. The car took 3 weeks to be completed with no rental car provided for their shoddy paint. Honda no longer stands behind the workmanship and quality of their products as they used to. I will NEVER purchase, rent or lease a Honda product again. Customer service at the dealership and on the phone was terrible."

Patrick G., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"CAR LOOKS HORRIBLE! The body is in very good shape, but the paint has peeled off! Honda said I missed the recall so they won't fix it. (I never received notice of a paint recall)"

Michael P., FL (2008 Honda Civic)

"Mechanically the car is sound just looks very unattractive. Asked Honda to fix it but cost was too high."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic)

"Top side of rear quarter pane that molds towards trunk is chalking. Trim slode to door windowa fading and chalking there also."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic)

"About two years ago the paint on the roof started fading and chipping off . With two distinct lines running from the front of the roof to the back . Which at a distance is starting to look like two racing stripes on the roof . In addition there are two different spots on the trunk lid doing the same sort of fading and chipping. Evidently a poor paint job at the factory."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Honda Civic)

"Loosing paint all over the body and clear. Honda Canada Don't want to respect the problem."

Michel A., QC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading, chipping and discolorations on front pillar, by sunroof and top of car and trunk."

Frank K., NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint finish is starting to dull"

Theodore W., MI (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm really irritated by the peeling/flaking paint. I see dozens of Civics in my area with *exactly* the same issue (same peeling on the front and back of the roof), yet Honda refuses to acknowledge this is a problem with the paint. It's so bad that a local body shop says a repaint would cost more than the value of the car. Honda' refusal to deal with the problem *will* influence my next purchase decision."

Doug K., ON (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"trunk lid, hood and top all had failure of clear coat and paint. tops of fenders were also beginning to fail."

Joseph P., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Along the driver door and left quarter panel, paint (clear coat) has peeled and continues to peel. Honda refuses to fix it."

Jonathan R., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Black paint is fading to white, there was a recall but I was too late and Honda would not pay for it."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"In spite of frequent waxing with a top grade wax, the paint is bleaching out."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat gone from hood and front fenders"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is chalking, fading on the vehicle’s trunk. When I took in the vehicle several years ago to be repainted—as part of a vehicle recall—the inspection team at Auto Nation said the trunk was fine and wouldn’t need to be painted. They did paint the entire hood and top of the vehicle. I should have insisted that Honda also painted the trunk’s cover. In addition, the chalking and cracking of the paint is visible on the top frame of the vehicle, between the roof and the window frame. But after 10 years of being in the hot Arizona sun, perhaps some fading is to be expected."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started to fail after 4 years"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood, roof fading, chalking and cracking down to primer layer"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic)

"Terrible rust on door pillars, fenders, wheel wells. Bottom of chassis is completely rusted. I don't think the car will be fit to drive in a year or two,"

Marc F., QC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on roof losing its seal coat"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading, cracking and peeling progressively in multiple spots, despite maintenance. Felt to be defective. Honda refused to repair, said it was out of warranty. Started right after warranty expired."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"While Honda initially provided an extended warranty to cover repainting the hood and roof, when the paint on the doors and trunk also started to fail, they refused to fix it."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has peeled off of all areas exposed to the sun. Car is dark blue, have seen many of that color civic that have same problem."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint faded after a few years. Honda gladly repainted half the vehicle under warranty, the top half. The bottom half started fading 2 years after top half was painted. Honda wouldn’t paint whole car so I had to paint car on my own"

Edward T., FL (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The window wells in the back two windows are too exposed. Unfortunately, gravel is the prime material for maintaining roads in the winter, so these repeatedly hit this part of the car and I have small dots that need to be patched up once a year"

Michael K., AB (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I live in Michigan, so 8 years of salt, will rust most cars. $500 to repair the damage adds up, though"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Started showing signs of rust. Car was dealer rust proofed. Ended up that I do not have a warranty, rather an insurance policy which has numerous excuses as to why this is not covered"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rust occurred on front section of hood."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic)

"There is rust starting along the lower side panels."

Louise T., IN (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-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

A/C compressor

"Intermittent outages caused by faulty clutch on A/C compressor"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/c system stopped working and had to be replaced...way too soon"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C abruptly stopped working last summer"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"Air conditioner compressor failed. Too expensive to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C system failure. Replaced entire system. Repair shop stated that this is a known problem"

Janet P., RI (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor went. Needed to replace for windshield defogger / deicer to work properly"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed"

Michael F., MD (2008 Honda Civic DX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"we have had to replace the ac compressor 2 times and have also replaced the blower 3 times. very bad problems with this ac"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A loud noise when I was driving home. It was a very expensive repair; $798 for compressor (parts only)"

Bruce B., NY (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"The compressor had to be replaced. The car was not cooling adequately"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC fails intermittently, dealer cannot diagnose until unit fails again so electronic diagnostics can recognize the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked coolant. Could not hold new charge. Not functional at all. Exorbitant to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor clutch would not engage. Had to replace"

Edward R., MD (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stop work had to replace"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the air conditioner stopped working"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor just slowly died. I took it to an excellent Honda mechanic (non-dealer) and he installed a new one which works just fine"

Thomas G., TX (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Stop working we install a new one"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A sudden failure of the air conditioner compressor required replacement of the component. Other than high cost and inconvenience due to loss of use of the system and vehicle unavailability during repair, there were no significant events associated with the failure"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Just stopped cooling. Had to replace the Compressor"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"air conditioning stopped working and needed a new compressor"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had an electrical relay problem as well as a compressor problem with the car"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"The compressor died 3 years after car was bought by previous original owner"

Marc F., QC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of ac system"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning quit in 2014. Got freon or something injected and it made it through the summer. Now in 2015 it looks like I need to buy a new compressor. Too bad"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC Compressor died"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It failed prematurely"

Sean M., NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The mangnetic clutch that ran the air conditioner failed and the car will run hot. This failed before 5 years"

Mark F., IN (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioning system needs to be repaire or replaced. And it's very expensive (about $450.00), so it has not been done. I don't know which part of the system is broken, so I can't be more specific. It may have been the condenser"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Civic DX)

"just brought my 2008 Civic to Gillman Honda for AC work for the second time. The first time, they said there was nothing wrong and topped off the freon. This time, because they did not repair it before, extensive damage has occurred to the AC. They"

Robert R., TX (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working. Likely the compressor clutch"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC has never cooled well - had to replace compressor at 93000 miles"

Gary M., MD (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to Replace AC Compressor Clutch, field Coil/Clutch Relay. The relay burned out and caused the damage to the compressor clutch. Since the clutch is an integral part of the compressor, it all had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor clutch"

Michael S., GA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c compressor failed at 69000 miles totally without warning, honda made good on it and gave us an 85% rebate on the parts and labor to replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It failed and cost around $800 to have repaired, and this at less than 60K miles"

J R., CT (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor clutch coil would 'open' circuit when hot enough causing loss of cooling"

Adam W., MO (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"In Las Vegas NV summer (100deg plus) cooling system does not keep inside car cool while stopped at at a signal.When moving, works OK. Dealer had no response to problem"

Kenneth P., NV (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A/C compressor failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor will need to be replaced. The dealer did a temp fix for now"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC does not work well while idling - the dealer told me it was designed to operate best at 1500 engine RPM, not the 700 or so while idling"

Matthew M., MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"From the time we owned the car, the unit wouldn't cool if stopped (and the engine was just idling), warm air would come out. We took in in four times to two different dealers and they just gave up. We have to drive in max cool to keep cool when id"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Started making metal on metal scraping sound. $1000 to repair and that was without the option to replace the condensor for another $500. Seems to be a know issue - a/c issues with Honda's"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC compressor clutch was making a chirping sound coming from the bearing. When the dealer attempted to work on it they broke the AC compressor housing"

Anthony A., IL (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rock hit the A/C compressor, which if you look online Honda has been notified of the need for a cover to prevent this, but over many years, they haven't fixed this cheap fix. Repair did not fix issue"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor has been replaced twice and still have occasional loss of A/C. Repair performed by dealer and always replaced with new compressor"

Richard C., ON (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioning stopped working at the end of the summer in 2013. I waited until the following spring to get this repaired, as it was not affecting the drivability of the car. The mechanic first attempted a recharge of the coolant. When that did"

Leah F., VT (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Dead battery led to discovery: compressor had been running nonstop. Now my A/C is silent, high sounds as low used to, and I get 3-5 mph more. The problem must have been original to the car"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Compressor failed"

Mark W., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"The A/C simply quit cooling, and the fix (over $1000) required replacing the compressor, the serpentine belt, and other related cooling components."

Ron R., NY (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated problems with A/C compressor failures from various manufacturers over a 12-month period."

Allen B., GA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C quit cooling. Probably needs a coolant refill"

Brian B., WA (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor had stopped working, rendering the A/C unit inoperable. Only hot air was blowing; no cold air blowing out of the vents."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air Conditioner no loner blows cold air due to faulty compressor."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Civic)

"Compressor failed. I will not replace it since I do not plan to own the car for long enough to make it worthwhile."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic)

"Compressor needed replacement"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Civic)

"it had to be replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic)

"compressor died"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When outside temperature rises above 90, the A/C air warms noticeably spouting only coolish air. The 90F threshold is very noticeable. Mechanic inferred a possible air leak when heat causes expansion somewhere in the system."

Robert M., VA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear"

E K., IL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"On its way out. Pressure readings indicate it is not pumping very well. Will replace this summer"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor clutch failed. Repair was about $1000 for a part that could be purchased for under $200"

Joseph P., CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner is fully broken"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic)

"replaced with oem equivalent. useful life reached."

Glenn P., FL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent operation for one season. Then stopped completely."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor clutch bearing was getting progressively noisy, so I replaced the compressor."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Quite working. $1000 for after market replacement. Have to have in the deep south."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air Conditioner stopped working. Added freon and had some small repair. Did not work and needed compressor"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"To keep car cool,kept foot on gas to run engine past idle to enable cooling system to work (while stopped)"

Kenneth P., NV (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Blower (fan) motor

"it has three blowers since it was new"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaced two faulty blower motors"

Edward R., MD (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower failed and required replacement"

Ann W., KS (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan works intermittently"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan failed within 2 years - make a lot of noise"

Mark F., IN (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat went out. Took it in and they fixed it (by replacing the blower motor?), but tomorrow I'm bringing it in for the air conditioning. Although just might need a recharge, I suppose it could be related"

Mark C., IL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner failed at 40,000 miles, on a 100 degree day in Key West. It was brutal--had to drive home to Miami with no AC. The part that failed was the compressor clutch cable. It works well now, very cold"

SUSn J., FL (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Factory fan motor is defective! First 3 lasted 1.5+/- years each. Current one I bought online from a different manufacturer and it has been fine for 2.5 years so far"

James H., FL (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower motor was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"blower motor and blower motor regulator"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle was purchased with 51,000 miles. At 80k miles, the blower motor went out intermittently, for unknown cause, during winter or summer. Driving over bumps might restart blower motor. During winter of '18-'19 the blower motor went out again. Had to drop glove box, remove cabin air filter to access blower motor. I knocked on housing a few times and it came on. Has been reliable for three-four months."

David B., MD (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan motor is failing on longer trips. This only occurs during the A/C function - no problem with heat"

Thomas C., NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"fan failed, replaced with non- hold part"

Rob R., NC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Had to replace the condenser due to failure"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It became corroded by all of the salt to which it was exposed during Chicago winters"

William A., IL (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"condenser had to be replaced with the hose that had a hole in it - hole likely from road debris however,"

James B., CA (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This car started exhibiting a horrible odor a few months after purchase and we continue to struggle with mold overgrowth in the summer months"

Ann W., KS (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the ac does not always blow cold air, the compressor does not kick in"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"When temp is very warm, a/c quits working, then restarts when shut off for a while"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"High parasitic current draw due to defective passenger door lock switch. Battery too low to start engine if car parked about 48 hours"

Michael L., KS (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c compressor relay failure"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"following replacement of AC compressor, electrical system or relay also was defective and was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery failure"

J A., BC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC relay has became defected, needed replacement"

Peter S., FL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"A/C air flow decreases markedly after about an hour at highway speed. Air flow OK after A/C shut down for short time"

Michael L., KS (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"leak in evaporator - had to replace it."

Bruce B., ON (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"hot air on left side, cold on right side in winter"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"During highway travel the A/C air flow would gradually decrease after about an hour. Interior cooling was satisfactory at other times. Honda dealer technician found no leaks. After adding 1 lb. of refrigerant A/C pressures were normal and cooling satisfactory. Apparently evaporator was freezing up due to low refrigerant and limiting airflow. I have not previously experienced this seemingly contradictory situation"

Michael L., KS (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I believe there are leaks in the hint and low pressure connections. I have not had them fixed yet"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Ive had to recharge the system several times and it still doesn't work when really hot outside"

Kyle C., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced shrader valve/AC compressor relay"

Richard K., NM (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to completely refill refrigerant as all leaked out"

Ann W., KS (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"According to service, my Civic had leaked Freon. For some reason it stopped. I do not think it ever really leaked. I think the technician just did it to say he found something even though the AC was not working correctly"

Robert R., TX (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The condensor leaked due to corrosion from road salt"

William A., IL (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"recharged locally and worked remaining year"

William S., MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C system repaired in 2013. Needed to be recharged in 2014, but now seems to be ok"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"We had to add Freon. They did not find any leaks"

P W., PA (2008 Honda Civic)

"Since I have owned this car I have had problems with this car. The dealer first fixed it under warranty. Now I am charged just about every year for coolant leakage or system failure. They claim my car is not one that was recalled for a crack in it bu"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Removed and replace the condenser to stop the leaking of refrigerant"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/c wasn't,cooling the car"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"system leaked down, no leak located"

Robert F., SC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Recharge freon"

J A., BC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Second A/C condenser failure since purchasing car new"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose scraeder valves, HVAC failure"

Kevin S., NC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Two years ago had to have freon leak fixed. Problem is occurring again now and will have to have it repaired again. Air conditioning does not kick in. Problem is not thermostat"

Roy N., NY (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Refrigerant level was low causing a/c to operate sporadically. It cost about $100 to have it repaired at the dealer"

David U., FL (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"air conditioner stopped blowing cold air"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I would turn on the AC and it would blow warm to hot air. Their was a hole in one of the hoses"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C system leaks approximately 12 oz of refrigerant a year for the past 3 years."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Service required for 11 year old air conditioner."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning stopped working intermittently. The service people added a pound of refrigerant and it seems to work okay now."

Carl K., IN (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working, Required replacing compressor and associated hoses."

Thomas W., GA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Low refrigerant. Just needed a charge. Minor problem"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"abs stopped working, had to replace the module that controlled it"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS turns off sporadically"

Steven Z., WA (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Calipers

"hydrolic cylinder stuck. required cleaning and replacement of rotor and pads"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper on passenger side rear wheel began sticking causing brake to get excessively hot"

Adam W., MO (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"caliper spring broke"

Dale H., OH (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wheel calipers rusted and inoperable, rear wheel rotors thin"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brake caliper was not releasing causing pads to wear rapidly and generate heat. Replaced one rear caliper myself"

Dave W., NE (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper failed and brakes were worn down early. 6 months"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front caliper seized. It was probably a result of driving through a deep puddle before a severe extended freeze. For several days, when I first drove off, there was a jolt when the frozen disc and caliper separated. Not the car's fault"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed to properly release causing squeaking and premature break wear"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear caliper was not fully releasing and causing excessive rotor heating"

Adam W., MO (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"I had fairly new brakes according to the previous owner, but I was having very slow stopping. I asked my mechanic to check them twice but they insisted they were fine but told me I had a transmission leak. Because I couldn't afford the transmission leak repair, I cancelled a long holiday road trip and drove only on local roads. A few days later I was going down a hill and moved to the left turning lane but the car was not slowing well. I stood on my brakes, The light changed to yellow and I started blasting my horn. The miracle was that all other 8 lanes of traffic stopped and waited as I slowly rolled into the intersection and made a u-turn back to my mechanic. THEN they checked the master brake. They repaired it but I am now looking for a new mechanic."

Linda H., (2008 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Car was "shimmering" when braking downhill""

Andrew M., CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heard clicking sound when driving and braking. Took it to dealer for inspection. Needed both front and rear brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Honda Civic)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear brake pads need to be replaced due to wear at 88000 mile. First time since buying the car new in 2008"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Extra pressure needed to engage brakes"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"Regular check up revealed wear--I had not noticed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the problem was the cost to fix the brakes"

Thomas Q., CT (2008 Honda Civic)

"Pad replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Wasn't a problem. Normal wear for distance travelled"

John G., BC (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Most of the miles I out on the car are highway (1,000 miles a week) so the wear is minimal I suppose"

Thomas Q., NH (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"New England is not a good place to have Honda disk brakes."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving in the Duluth area with its hills caused some of the wear although I don't actually live in Duluth. I would say that the Civic is an outstanding vehicle but the brakes are only average"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I was planning on taking a short trip and had my brakes checked for safety purposes."

S C., IN (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced calipers, rotors, and pads. Normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the car for 82,000, had to replace both axel brakes for the third time. I do NOT drive the car hard at all, I feel this is way too many times. At most 2 times."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"+Rotors had to be replaced along with brake pads due to pulling and shuddering when braking"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Rear brakes are not adjusting, causing brake peddle to be touchy and parking brake to be insecure"

Matthew M., MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking break light stays on even though parking break is disengaged"

Steven Z., WA (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"had to replace brake pads twice since owning car. Both times I used Midas brake pads"

Henry W., MA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"Driver side front brake constantly having problems with premature wear"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to get the brakes replaced after 30,000 km; and now at just over 60,000 they new to be replaced again"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Currently on 3rd set of brake discs (front); and 4th set of tires. Very odd since uses mostly regenerative braking"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"My brakes had to be replaced at 12,000 miles. Clearly an issue. There was a brake recall. Another issue I had was that the O ring around the windshield literally was falling off causing the windshield to vibrate wildly"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needed pads after 40000 kilometers"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This car is known for its Premature break pad wear. Honda has settled a class action on this, but i suffered the expenses, having changed worn brake pads 3 times so far. Other problems in Steering/suspension as well as paint wear is showing up as"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads wear out to soon"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Right aft wheel caliper failed and the new brakes were down to bare medal in 6 months"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"my third honda. all had premature brake wear. my civic and 04 accord had problems with especially with RR brakes"

George H., ON (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"THE BRAKES ON THIS CIVIC COUPE HAVE ALWAYS WORN OUT FAST AND CRACKED THE PADS, BOTH OEM & AFTERMARKET. THE FRONT BRAKE SYSTEM HAS UNEVEN CALIPER PRESSURE. WIFE'S CAR - LAST HONDA EVER"

Jamal T., GA (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Repairs costs $600 to repair"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Bought my civic with 27 miles on it, and at 86, 000 miles, the car has had 3 sets of brakes put on it. My brother drove is 2000 camery for 175, 000+ miles and put one set of brakes on it. Hmmmmm and we don't live in San Francisco!"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic)
Regular brake failure

"Worn out pads and needed a part to balance the tires correctly"

Scott H., MN (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"on wet roads, I get pauses in braking action to the point that I have to release and reengage. I have mentioned it serveral time to the dealer, they check it and say it is okay"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"See the comment on my 2010 Accord"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake repair that included pads and rotors. First time to replace brakes. The dealer charge was outrageous! And I wonder if I truly needed a replacement. There was no noise but the dealer claimed I needed a change. This was my first replacement in 90,000 miles"

Raphael W., OH (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"both front and rear rotors had to be resurfaced"

Henry W., MA (2008 Honda Civic EX)

"noisy rear brakes not corrected by dealer"

William S., MA (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotor became out of "true" 6 months after 4 wheel brake replacement that created a significant vibration upon braking"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"According to Mechanic the Brake systems manufactured are made with an overall weaker material that is more susceptible to rust and is to thin to grind down and therefore needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car wears out brakes and rotors quicker than any car I have ever owned. I'm not sure if it is a manufacturer defect, but I have replaced brakes and rotors 2 times in the last 2 years. The brake system is not very reliable."

Michael L., MO (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Dealer unable to resolve problem with squeaky brakes"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Not sure this is a water leak, but the radiator was leaking water and coolant, the engine overheated, and the radiator had to be replaced. Cost $766,"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk leaks letting water in"

Kimberly D., TN (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"coolant leak causing car to run hotter than normal Also visors have both failed twice, rotating downward into your line of sight. Visor is recall but they are still plastic crap"

Robert F., SC (2008 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the seals on the doors are not very good"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"was caused by a rock hitting the radiator and punching a hole in it"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks on the roofline seam of metal joint above and beyond where the doors seal . This has happened on both sides . When it rains it leaks inside up where the metal curves to go into flat area of the roofline just a few inches beyond the top of the windshield. One leak on the passenger side shorted out the power window switch directly below the leak ."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Honda Civic)

"water leak on driver side near floor. looked it up on youtube. easy fix with caulking."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The radiator leaked water, the car overheated but was stopped before any engine damage. The car was taken to the dealer and the radiator replaced."

F S., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear main seal leaking--cost about $1000 to repair"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Honda Civic LX)

"The weather stripping on driver side seems to be rotting away"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The weather stripping around the inside of the doors comes unglueed or rots requiring replacement"

M T., OK (2008 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"both sides of windshield weather stripping pealed off"

James M., CA (2008 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"weather stripping around the windows are failing and disintegrating."

Thomas C., NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The weather stripping has been replaced twice now on the car and the molding around the doors is peeling and fading. It makes the car look a lot older than it really is. I checked to see if it was under warranty and it is not but was told that Honda is aware of the problem."

Catherine F., CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaked at start up, fixed -- no more problem"

Kenneth F., NC (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Under engine shroud and trim fell off, now this is a VERY noisy care to drive in"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Make noise when first staring in the morning. dealer unable to identify & fix"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine mount on right side rattles. Commute 4 miles a day. Just noises not engine related"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic cannot find the source of a squeak once air temperature rises above 15 degrees C"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy car"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard or windshield noise; rattle sounds when traveling 50+ mph"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hitting bumps hear noise, maybe radio or other in dash components"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun visors rattle"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left side under windshield rattles and pops...corner trim has been replaced once due to being warped"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Civic LX)