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.
Alerts
There are 8 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 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.

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
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (113 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (197 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 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

"Front bumper catches on parking lot bumpers, damages pins and comes loose"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"THE FRONT END IS LOW AND CATCHES CONCRETE PARKING BUMPERS. THIS LOOSENS OR TEARS OFF THE FRONT BUMPER WHEN CAUGHT AND BACKING OUT"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The screw hole securing the right side of front bumper to wheel well/body is broken on bumper. Honda dealership states "it's a common problem." Seems like a design flaw. $780 to replace bumper"

Philip P., CO (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Sun deteriated rubber gaskets around glass and moldings"

Anonymous, HI (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is extremely low, so you hit the bumper and scratch or pull off the bumper when parking. Car needs to be a little higher to make it easier for parking"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Actuall the problem was with the rear bumper which your available choices did not cover. The bumper clips into an adjoining panel and the bumper came loose from that panel"

Kevin W., FL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber on doors wore out had to replace and fuel gage sticks, took to dealer their reply after putting a meter on it that it was functioning properly, still doing the same thing"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"bottom exterior outside window molding are cracking on all 4 doors. Window outside pillar molding fading...peeling. Interior sun visor split/broke. Steering wheel vinyl worn through where left thumb sits. Poor quality interior and exterior trim items!!!!"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure what these are called, but the rubber water barrier on windows and doors is breaking and coming off. Also the cover between windshield and frame of windshield fell off. Also some little rubber tubes between windows and body came off and flew away"

Virginia M., SC (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Rubber gasket at roof line tearing loose. Windshield Wiper arm cover came off/lost"

David S., OH (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"broken faulty sun visor vinyl "leather" tim ripping, bubbling"

William B., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side door pillar molding torquing and mis-aligned"

Chris B., PA (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Plactic covers on pillar between front drivers door and windshield are always loose. Cover on inside of car between front and rear doors (drivers side) that covers driver seatbelt never fit correctly"

Eric M., ON (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim around steering column falling off. Had to glue it back on"

John A., CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint fading in the trunk and top area"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had some spots on the roof where the clear coat finish was peeling off leaving faded spots. Received Recall letter from Honda and was able to get repainted at Honda dealership at no charge"

Michael H., KY (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"peeling"

William B., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint too thin, easily chipped by stones, debris"

Fon M., AB (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Top and Trunk had to be repained due to fading"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"The black plastic trim peeled and discolored. After many phone calls they gave me $500. towards getting it fixed. The other Honda Fit, which is 2 years older and parked in the same drive had no peeling trim"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Repainted by dealer"

Gregory S., CA (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on the roof"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on roof is faded and blotchy"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping/peeling off exterior mirrors and front bumper -- no objects have struck these areas"

Mark F., TX (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has peeled from two wheels resulting in constant air loss from the tires"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"As on 2 other Hondas I have had, my Civic also had paint oxidizing within 3 yrs. For once, Honda offered to repaint it under warranty. They repainted most of the car, except the doors. Now the paint on the doors is turning white and falling off"

Johns D., TX (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint started getting white fading on hood and roof"

Glenn B., CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda tried to blame the paint issue on consumers for years before finally extending the warranty and accepting blame. Still refuse to pain entire car - I have had different areas painted on 4 different times at a cost of over $10k"

Bob S., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is dark blue. We thought it was simply the Arizona sun that caused the fading and chalking. But then I read in Consumer Reports last fall about the "Secret Warranty", and Honda covered the cost of repainting the car. Evidently many 2009 Ci"

Richard L., AZ (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Paint cracking on hood, doors and roof"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading on roof and hood"

John W., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint showed signs of fading and cracking. Repaired under recall by dealer at no cost"

Rich G., GA (2009 Honda Civic Si 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint finish around the doors flaked off"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Paint is fading in spots. Certain areas were repainted by Honda. Others were not covered and look horrible. Now have a car with old and new paint"

Jack A., VA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Fading and chalking that occurred on parts of the car and was recalled and repaired by Honda"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof paint was fading and turning white in blotches"

Diane D., VA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading from roof & trunk area"

John B., NY (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the areas around the door windows has all cracked and peeled looking unsightly"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Honda recalled vehicle for defective paint and paid for new paint on roof, trunk and fenders"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on all metal (not plastic) starting chalking/flaking off in early 2014. Took to dealer in early 2015, and they repainted all metal (not plastic) at no charge to us (undocumented extended warranty). Auto body repair place said Honda had problems"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"chalking paint repaired by Honda under extended warranty"

Michael C., CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda had to repaint the car because of clearcoat failure"

Robert W., AZ (2009 Honda Civic Si Unsure)

"cracking of paint within 2 years"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping on hood"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"peeling, cracking, flaking"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Chalking paint. Honda extended warranty for seven years. Dealer repaired free of charge"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on top, hood, trunk was chalking. Honda repainted same"

Anonymous, HI (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"cracking, trim falling off. rubber sealant ripping off"

Anonymous, AE (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof paint faded, chalking"

Steven S., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"chalking on the roof"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint was faulty. Honda had the body repainted at no cost to us"

Tom C., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Paint color was considered defective and required repainting on front quarter pannels, hood and roof. Less than a year later it has to be taken back to have doors and trunk repainted. The dealer had been difficult to work with during this second r"

SUSn B., NC (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My clear coat failed on my roof and my hood's paint actually started to peel and crack. It was fully covered under warranty. They said its common to my year civic, "new blend" for the 09 apparently"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint showed signs of major wear on roof, trunk lid. Very faded, cracking"

Dorothy B., FL (2009 Honda Civic DX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clearcoat failing on areas with most sun exposure. Received recall notice stating that repairs would be covered to some extent, I forget whether full coverage or not"

James G., FL (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Recently all over the car, the paint has faded or chalked, and is very spotted finish. It doesn't seem to be caused by anything we did to the car and we consider it a paint defect. It continues to get worse and can't be cleaned up. We are considering having to paint it as it has become an eyesore. None of our other cars ever had this problem before, even older ones"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic DX Unsure)

"Clear coat coming off"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Peeling paint"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda would only repaint part of the car (not the entire body) when the initial notice went out about the defective paint and extension of warranty. When additional spots appeared on the car the dealership gave me the run around and refused to repaint the rest of the car"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint turned white and chalky. Seals around the windows cracked and flacked"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Paint started to fade on roof just in front of windshield and back window. Two spots each. They gradually started to peel and now is a large line on both ends of my roof going across"

Eric M., ON (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on hood and front sides developing small white chips everywhere. Paint on roof was redone under Honda extended warranty. problem l on hood occurred 6 months after extended warranty expired. Honda would not fix it"

John A., CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Black trim pieces on doors faded as though clear coat has disintegrated"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading on horizontal surfaces - roof mainly"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is bubbling due to rust formation from stone chips"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"honda issued a recall on roof chalking"

E M., PA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint faded/peeled on roof, hood/trunk area in 2015. Fixed under warranty/recall"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Patches of fading paint on roof, trunk"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"first notice of crazing of paint and there was a recall on the paint. paint on trunk, top of the car was replaced. Honda dealer had the car for four weeks, paid for rental car for one week. bad experience. two years later, doors and hood needed the same and recall was still in effect"

Annette Y., PA (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading of paint trim on doors"

Joan H., NM (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Clear coat coming of car on trunk lid and roof"

H S., NJ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint peeled on the entire car"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda recalled and repainted everything but doors"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping off hood"

Margaret C., CT (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"White chalky areas on hood, rear area of roof and trunk area. These areas were painted as part of an extended warranty service provided by Honda free of charge. Back of trunk has cracked, rusted area that was not covered by warranty. Rear bumper area (which was recently painted as part of warranty service) has bubbling of paint"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a known problem with certain colors of paint on Honda cars in which they peal and fade. It looked like the paint was rubbed off with steel wool. Through my local dealer they repainted most of the car at no charge to me"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car suffered from common problem on black civics of the clear coat delaminating. Honda extended warranty but even though I contacted and case file opened prior to expiry date and being told that there was no expiry now that claim was filed they failed to pay half of cost because I brought it in after original expiry date. Dealer stepped up and covered"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Peeling paint was part of a recall warranty issue, but because I did not report the issue until a month after the warranty, they refused to repair under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Paint recalled. Honda would only cover the cost of repainting the roof and not the entire car. The cracking and peeling covers the entire car"

Tracie M., TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"covered under warranty"

Gretchen B., KY (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is failing on hood, roof and tops of fenders. This is a known issue but Honda has no formal campaign to correct"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is peeling off. When I called the dealer they said I was at fault...too many washes. When I called again a year later, they said that there was in fact a Honda problem, but that I had just missed the warranty extension. (No notification) I appealed to Honda America and they refused to make an exception to the warranty extension dates, saying it was due to high mileage. Terrible service"

Madeline J., CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous comments. We have only one car, but I couldn't get your system to accept that"

Madeline J., CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint was cracking and chalking on the hood and roof. This was a known problem to Honda and they extended the paint warranty for darker coloured cars (mine is black). Had the roof and hood repainted, under the extended warranty, by Honda Canada. Now the trunk lid is fading as well"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is fading on hood, front RIGHT fender, top and trunk"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint around doors is fading"

Art D., AZ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust stain on trunk"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on both rear doors that Honda will not repair - they claim that they are stone chips, but the are in identical spots on both doors"

Michael W., MB (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Small areas show signs of rust spots, probably where paint was slightly chipped"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic DX Unsure)

"Leading edge of hood"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on rear trunk area where paint has cracked and lifted off in one location"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 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

"I had driven to the store and was backing out of my parking space when the Drive light started flashing and the warning light for the ABS system went on. I was close to home, drove there, called the dealer the next morning. Replacement took 5 days"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Front wheel bearing replaced and ABS light came on. Sensor replaced with Honda part and light remains on"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a full brake job on front with only 20500 km and when making a right hand turn, if I touch the brake while making a turn (such as stopping at an intersection to make a right turn) the ABS kicks in and for a second or two I have no brake!"

Anonymous, NL (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear caliper parking brake mechanism malfunctioned on both sides at two different times in the last year resulting in severe binding and pad wear. Replaced both rear calipers and solved problem. This is the second time this has happened in the life of the car. Takes about 50,000 miles for problem to surface"

D B., PA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace front pads, rotors & calipers"

R K., WI (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder would not hold pressure. Had to be replaced"

D Z., WI (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced front and rear brake pads and rotors"

W Y., IL (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear to inner pads was not detected by routine inspection by mechanics. Detected by driver when brakes started making grinding noise"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake started making funky noises when used. Needed new pads. Occurred after 45,000 miles"

Seymour B., NY (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"worn rotors and brake pad"

Richard M., NY (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced normal brake wear around 90,000 miles. Brakes were serviced"

George F., NC (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes wore out before front brakes. Car has all wheel disk brakes"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had front brake pads replace by dealer around 40,000 miles"

Ptolemy A., MI (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I think the wear on my brakes was well within the normal range for Seattle grid lock on our highway system"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"At 68000 miles the front brake pads had to be replaced"

Paul N., FL (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace front brakes (pads and rotors) before 50,000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A routine check showed uneven brake wear, with no real explanation as to why"

Kathleen P., TX (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Premature brake wear

"Both front and rear brakes had to be replaced - they were just replaced 2 years ago"

Christopher R., VA (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads replaced around 80000 miles. seemed a little soon for a car!"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This car sat unused for a couple of years. The rear brakes rusted out entirely due to lack of use. When I bought the car, $200 solved the problem"

Jim J., MI (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Breaks wearing down after 10000 miles three times. These were factory replaced each time. Class action !lawsuit pending"

Art S., CT (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a heavy brake user. Brakes needed replacement at 15000 mi of use"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Anticipate more than 50,000 miles on pads, had to replace twice including rotors prior to 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We have to replace the brakes about every 30K or so. Typically we get 45K+. Amounts are approximate. Seems to have improved over time, i.e. 35K+"

Eric B., CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"needed brakes early; rapid deterioration over three months"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"had a metal to metal experience due to premature wear"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership where I had this repaired said the wear was not premature, but I disagree. I did have it repaired because it doesn't make sense to drive without reliable brakes"

Judy M., CT (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Front rotors had to be replaced for the second time"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Serious break issues in year three of ownership... I replaced brakes, rotors and calipers... two calipers and 1 rotor had to be replaced again at the end of year 4"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The front pads and rotors had to be replaced and the rear pad had to be replaced and the rotors turned under normal driving conditions in less than 8000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Found brake pads were hanging and not fully retracting after braking application due to rough edges on the metal castings"

Jim R., TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors have been replaced x 3 since I got car"

Lawrence G., MA (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front Rotors prematurely warp. They have been replaced five times"

Dennis R., NJ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped rotors at very low mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors warped causing premature brake wear"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"uneven wear"

Andrew O., AB (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"My brake pads had worn down, and my rotors were contacting metal causing a squealing sound"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needs to be changed prematurely"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors were seized on the car when I needed a brake job. Took two hours to get them off which costs a lot of money before they even start putting the new brakes on!"

Eric M., ON (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"They required replacing due to excessive wear. Strictly a maintenance issue"

James C., RI (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"MOSTLY CITY DRIVING - BRAKES NEEDED REPLACEMENT"

H H., ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes make a squeaking noise when you first run the car, after several applications of the brake, it usually subsides"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Both brake lines for the parking brake had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 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

"compressor quit working and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warranty did not pay for freon needed after repair!"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Two mechanic shops can't figure out why it won't cool. Have to drive really fast for about 20 minutes to get something to pop open, then it works. Transmission is bad. Had two Hondas, both had transmission problems. Many problems with this car"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Failed"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Over 3 years off and on air conditioning. Finally went completely out in May, 2015"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor failed"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be fixed 3 times after an accident damaging the front right wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"AC clutch stuck on relay...sub valve assembly"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"This vehicle has never cooled well since it was first bought new. Recently had system checked and recharged. Worked a little better for a few months, no back to business as usual"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning faild"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compresor clutch replacement"

Luis Z., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm told it is the air conditioner compressor clutch, whatever that is. A $750 job to have fixed. I think Honda should cover it but they won't. I haven't fixed it yet. Also, the speedometer stopped working., which cost me $350 to fix"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"ENGINE RUNNING NOISE"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working had to be replaced"

Terry H., NY (2009 Honda Civic GX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heat and Air conditioning stopped worked. Had to replace the compressor"

Chandramouly V., MI (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Now the compressor has been replaced and it runs all the time a new issue developed and although the fan runs the air sometimes does not blow like a door is not opening and closing properly"

Robert S., TX (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"leak in system and unit has stopped cooling"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C worked when I turned it on full blast, but stopped working when I put it on Bi-level normal A/C"

Dorothy B., FL (2009 Honda Civic DX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recently my A/C stopped working again. A repair shop said the coolant was low so some was added and initially the compressor still wouldn't engage. The repairman said he banged on the compressor which then started it but he said I'd likely need a new one soon which would cost about $800 installed. After one week it's still working, however"

Richard C., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"loss of a/c unit. had to be replaced"

David M., KS (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C does not come on. Changed freon but was no help. Further troubleshooting indicated need new compressor. Have not changed it"

Mumtaz B., CA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Aic conditioner blows warm air"

William R., OH (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC failed. Fix cost $300"

Madeline J., CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has had trouble with AC numerous times. Latest replaced compressor. We do live in an extremely hot part of the country"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic DX Unsure)

"My lack of cool air when I turned on my AC was costly. I did enough research to learn that Honda re4fuses to stop installing a Japanese made fuse for the AC that has been considered faulty after 10,000 miles for years. The change of a fuse fixed the AC cooling issue after the grill, and other parts were replaced at a local garage. My local Honda Dealer wanted an astronomical amount of money before considering to change the fuse"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Anytime the blower is on, there is a loud "chirping" noise. When the fan is turned off, the noise goes away, but when you put the blower on (for either heat or air) the chirping noise comes back"

Eric M., ON (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan motor stopped working soon after I had the alternator replace. Thinking it was related I took the car in and found no problems, the fan worked fine. I picked up the car after the service dept closed and the fan did not work. It was late fall so the defroster was close to being needed all the time. I took the car back the next day. They troubleshot again, with no fault found and handed it back. This time everything was fine. It worked for a day then the problem came back the next afternoo"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have it fixed twice in less than a year"

Jean W., MI (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Stopped blowing cold air. Took it to certified Honda mechanic shop, who quickly troubleshot and fixed the issue"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"needed a new condenser several hundred dollars"

Art D., AZ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"A/C relay needed replacing"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Poorly engineered relay that failed in hot and humid conditions. Dealer wanted to replace compressor, but thanks to internet we found others who had the problem. Easily fixed with after market replacement relay"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"System stopped producing cold air. Evaporator and hose failure the result"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat and Air conditioning stopped worked. Had to replace the compressor"

Chandramouly V., MI (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Noticed increase in coolant temperature. Found coolant level low. Rate of loss was very slow and I topped the level up a couple of times before reporting the problem at its next service. Problem traced to a small leak in the radiator"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioning was not working effectively and i had it checked by the dealer who found a leak. I also notice some fluid on the garage floor before I took the car in"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Leaking o-ring and Schrader valve. This was the third time the air conditioning has required repairs since I bought the car in 2009"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C was not blowing cold, so we paid to have the refrigerant recharged"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Several recharges by mechanics, recent one less than a month ago and now appears to have lost most of the refrigerant"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Have to have it refilled every year"

Jean W., MI (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Had the AC system serviced once but it has stopped working again"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car had a leak. local independent shop fixed it"

Daniel C., MO (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Ca . Would not align camber or caster. Had to install alignment kit to bring within specs. Also tires wore after 30000 miles not related to alignment just low tread ware rating on original tires"

Art S., CT (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Same tough winter did a number on the alignment. Opted to do the alignment after taking off the snow tires as I knew new struts were coming"

Raymond F., CT (2009 Honda Civic Si 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Told by dealership that the compliance bushings need to be replaced at a cost of over $400"

Pedro C., AZ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Right-rear suspension"

Roland V., IA (2009 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Leaking power steering rack. Replaced under extended warranty"

Michael W., IL (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was an O-ring leaking. The o-ring was replaced and fluids were replaced"

Brian B., FL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Two hoses coming out of the power steering pump developed leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Powe steering pump needed to be replaced due to failure of original"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"2009 honda civic feels like dead weight on the road, I dont feel safe driving on the highway as this car does not absorb bumps in the road. Even with new shocks I just put on, this car will actually leave the surface of the road going over bumps"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had to change the shocks 3 times"

Gayle M., PR (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Leaking shock"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear shocks were worn out and had to be replaced. They caused the tires to wear prematurely. I ended up having to replace the tires out of pocket, but the warranty I bought with the car took care of the shocks. ~$450 total parts and labor"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the winter/pot holes was/were tough on my suspension. Right front top end of strut developed an irritating noise. No impact on steering/handling. First try was at a bad bushing -- no joy. Replaced both front struts for $800 total"

Raymond F., CT (2009 Honda Civic Si 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced All Feb. 2017"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The bump stops on the shocks have failed. Cost to replace the $30 of plastic is about $1100 after labor and the recommended alignment after front end work"

Joshua C., MA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Not up to PHILLY'S potholes. Broken struts and wheel"

Kathleen O., PA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"I am afraid to go around a curve on the highway with this car, absolutely no shock absortion at all, car will bounce off surface of the road under the slightest of road imperfections. very dangerous. I am very dissapointed with my purchase of this ca"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"After hearing a clicking noise, and having several other parts replaced to no avail, the spring arm was replaced"

Kathleen P., TX (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"My 2009 Honda Civic does NOT DO WELL on poorly maintained roads"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Right-rear torsion bar"

Roland V., IA (2009 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion was change twice since we bought the car in 2011. First time under warranty and second time we paid only for the work. Hope its the last!"

Jean-Marc G., QC (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"steering rack noise at low speeds "fixed" by retightening the bolts problem returned before too long"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Heard noise while driving. Dealer said wheel bearing was close to seizing up and had to be replaced. Noise came back a week after replacement, not sure yet if it is bad fix or similar problem on another wheel"

Steven R., NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front wheel bearings went out at the end of 2014 at the same time.. Had to replace them at a cost of $420"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Bearing failure was premature"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear wheel bearing began making noise, and required replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear wheel bearing went bad (pulling when brakes applied and very noisy) and needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"bearings"

M M., FL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"When windows are put down a bit, they are very flimsy, rattle, and make unusual sounds"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The seals around the windows cracked and dried out and all needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"The weather stripping is inferior. Within 5 years, it has completely degraded--it is cracked and crumbling. It looks like stripping on a car that is at least 10 years older. (Exterior paint and steering wheel covering have same issue)"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rear shock absorber failed, lots of noise on a bumpy road. it was replaced by an after-market repair shop"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"the passenger seat rattles while driving especially on rough road or over bumps"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"squeak coming from the rear passenger door"

Aaron L., TX (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Interior sounds"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from shock tower when going over moderate bumps. Popping noise from roof framing when cornering over moderate bumps"

Anonymous, DE (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The idle is rough between 1200 and 1500 rpms"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"this car has an excessive amount of road and wind noise. It is hard to hear the radio at times"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Road and wind noise are really high--annoying to the point of making conversation difficult. There is a difference depending on road surface, so it must be the car. Feels like a cheap ride. Very disappointed!"

Barbara H., GA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Very noisy inside on certain road surfaces"

Robert W., AZ (2009 Honda Civic Si Unsure)

"A flapping sound when at 60mi/hr and more. A vibration I could feel in the steering wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"This is not a quiet car! I roll windows down & up again to try to quiet the noise, but it doesn't help. I hear buzzing noises by the window while driving & think a fly or bee is in the car, but there isn't. Noise is constant"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Honda Civic GX Unsure)

"low noise when running for last few years"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger side front side window doesn't seal from the wind securely. Not a big problem and I have not had it checked"

Richard B., SC (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The cabin is not well insulated from exterior road noise"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"you most likely know the civic is high in road and wind noise. It is also to low to the ground"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-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

Doors or sliding doors

"door regulator failed for right rear window"

David Z., VA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Ice buildup caused front doors to seize, warping the front fenders"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"headlight retains moisture, and fogs"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Back left door handle / latch broke. Trunk lock seized"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Autolocks were worked on 2 or 3 times during warranty period. Now not working again"

Bob S., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side door lock fail at 75,000. I did not purchase remote locks and use the door lock daily. Could the (non) durability of the lock be based on a design for infrequent use?"

Chris B., PA (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The latch on the center console broke while it was at the dealership. They claimed that it was not their fault. Eventually, I settled with them to pay half the cost of repairing it. I was not happy to have to pay anything at all"

Pedro C., AZ (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"From day we bought car door locks have been a problem.It was very difficult to open rear doors from front seat. Electronic system that we bought to cure the problem has functioned poorly or not at all"

Pat K., ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear view mirror looseness"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The rear windows stopped working shortly after the 36,000 mile warranty expired. Today they still don't work"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The passenger-side rear window is stuck in the closed position"

Diane D., VA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"power driver's side window would not go down"

Michael C., CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear windows just randomly won't roll down. Sometimes they do--sometimes they don't. This started within the first year I owned the car"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Just the same as the last - trim and water barriers of the windows coming off"

Virginia M., SC (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Trunk lid does not stay up when opened. Wire bundles rubbing on hinge"

David S., OH (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

12V power plug

"The power plug fuse blew for no apparent reason. I did not know but thought my charger was broke. I eventually tried another charger which I new was working and it did not function. I then knew I had a problem!"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"hood latch electric switch failed and had to be relaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Switch no longer works properly. If you hold the switch down while driving it works but will not stay "on". Warranty has expired. Have not priced a replacement"

SUSn B., NC (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Fuel gauge is defective"

Brian B., CA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"bulbs seem cheap, and burnout too soon. Holders very difficult to manipulate"

James B., OH (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"LED center high mounted brake light fails intermittently, requires dealer repair and costs nearly $200"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Switch and left driving light are problematic"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Turn signal stopped working intermittently. Has started again, so I did not take it in for repair"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior lights (3rd brake light) is intermittent"

Tracie M., TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Passenger side rear door actuator needed to be replaced because the door would not unlock except for manually pushing the unlock button by the door opener. it would not respond to the keyless entry so it was the actuator that had gone bad"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have all 4 electronic door lock actuators replaced over time"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"False low pressure signal at low temperatures"

James B., OH (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The TPM failed and had to be replaced shortly after the tire pressure gage located in the tire stem on the right fromt failed. Each fixi cost over $100 each. The TPM was replaced at the dealer. The guage was replaced an independent Marython servistat"

Sanford J., OH (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"sensors in 2 wheels failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-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

"Took in for creaking noise, Curry Honda ATL said I needed both a new front axle and rear struts. At 88K miles, I was shocked. Not covered under the 60K warranty. They blamed it on my driving--I'm 58-never had this before. 1st & last Honda for me"

Barbara H., GA (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Driveline vibration

"Wheel bearing slowly went out over the course of several years, and made the drive very uncomfortable"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor mount failure"

Jim R., TX (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"onboard computer system failed causing the vehicle to not start. Honda replaced under "extended warrenty""

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"IMA battery failure. Honda voluntarily contacted me, and replaced the battery after 6 years at no cost. No further problem since (replacement made only last month)"

Jack F., WA (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery was replaced on warranty at 36000 miles, now the replacement battery is failing at 77000 miles with a projected cost of $2700. Unacceptable, so I am selling the car"

Anonymous, KY (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"main battery depleted by faulty controller, whole package replaced at dealer cost"

Paul B., WA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A year or so ago the switch would not engage the A/C compressor so it was replaced"

Richard C., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Driving to work one morning the lights appeared to be a bit dim. Aprox 1/2 way to work the fan started cycle slower and faster while on the high setting before slowing right down. All of a sudden, the radio shut off, the airbag warning light came on, the fan shut off. The headlights and dash board lights stayed on. On my return home, I was able to start the car but everything else electrical did not work, so I dropped the car off at the dealer. They had to replace the alternator"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Control board went out"

Steven O., GA (2009 Honda Civic DX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Uneven alignment caused wear on tires"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"UPON MAKING FULL LEFT TURNS, THERE WOULD BE A LOUD "CLICKING SOUND" FROM FRONT END. DEALER FOUND THAT A CV JOINT WAS BAD AND REPLACED IT (FORTUNATELY JUST UNDER EXTENDED WARRANTY) BUT WOULD NOT CONSIDER DOING OTHER SIDE BECAUSE IT SEEMED TO BE OKAY"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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 PLAYER JUST STOPPED WORKING"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Stopped playing CDs"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"related to GPS problem"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"position of the auxiliary jack is such that the cord gets pushed down, causing a bad connection"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Within about 3 years of owning the car the GPS navigation system failed. It was out of warranty so it couldn't be repaired or exchanged. The DVD mechanism for the maps would not read the DVD and to this day gives error messages"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Stopped working"

Michael L., PA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped working and Honda was completely unable to repair or replace it"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Total failure of the factory installed navigation unit. Will no longer read the DVD or load the software"

Joshua C., MA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS does not work all the time. An error message appears on the screen most of the time"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"wont pair up to LG Optimus phone"

Steve B., CA (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"The cruise control buttons do not work anymore"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-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

Clutch adjustment

"My clutch pedal squeaks something awful. Has since about 15K miles. Still squeaks, tried everything. Poor build quality (for the pedal assembly). Performance is unaffected but on cold days its like I'm choking a dog toy every time I touch the pedal"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch would make a clicking sound when the clutch pedal was depressed and then released. The problem was with the clutch master cylinder and it was replaced free of charge under the extended warranty that we purchased when we bought the car"

Michael N., ON (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission/car shudders under light acceleration when shifting into 3rd gear. In a parking garage going up the ramp between floors for example. Shifts normally under medium or hard acceleration. Have not taken it to a shop yet - been babying it as"

Doug M., CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car shift hard from 4th to 3rd gear"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission slips when shifting between 1st and 2nd when overdrive is on"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash lights blinked , car drove differently, check engine light came on, dealership had to replace 2nd and 3rd transmission switches"

Michael P., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch broke"

W Y., IL (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very difficult to shift gears. Needed to replace clutch to correct problem"

Pat K., ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"All I can say is that the transmission has been a problem since about the 30,000 odometer point. The symptoms were rough shifting, noise when in reverse, slippage between shift and, finally, a major torque converter and computer failure"

Thomas S., AP (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission locked into second gear or neutral, no other gears"

Gerald Z., CT (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't go into 2nd gear"

Eric F., TX (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"On 4th battery in 6 years"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"This is my second battery replacement in 6.5 years"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failed and needed to be replaced. Honda fixed the problem under warranty"

Joseph S., TX (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Starter

"Car inexplicably would not start; had to be towed; starter motor replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"I experienced what I've found to be a very frequent failure of right engine mount requiring $500 repair"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The car began to vibrate when in reverse. 2 engine mounts were bad"

Claire L., FL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Moderate engine oil leak requiring resealing of engine cap bolts. After Honda dealer repair leak was much worse and had to be returned and fixed again at no charge for second repair"

Robin S., NJ (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter is failing and I think it's entirely too soon for this to happen to a 2009 vehicle"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The muffler was shot and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The muffler fell down and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"My car then started overheating again, and it turned out I was out of antifreeze. Fixed. Few months later, my check engine light came on, flashing, when I started the car, so I turned it off, turned it on again, and by the time I got to the shop, the light was off. They checked and found a soft set connector on one fan was disconnected. Fixed, and so far no further probs"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"Item was not covered under Honda Extended warranty, but Honda "good willed" part of the cost"

Michael W., MB (2009 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Antifreeze leaks

"My coolant hoses gave up the ghost and my car overheated and shut itself down. I had the radiator, coolant hoses, antifreeze, thermostat replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic EX 2.0-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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"ran over a branch and check engine light came on-honda said bad filter and valve under car-"

Harry F., NC (2009 Honda Civic Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Car wouldn't start one day while parked at a store. Had to call for towing. Place where I had it fixed cost was about $600. The gauge on the new fuel pump behaves differently and I had to get used to it"

Christine B., MD (2009 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

Engine Major

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

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