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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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 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"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)

"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)

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

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Civic)

"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)

"Front bumper pulled out after contacting concrete wheel stop due to low body, when parking."

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

"bumper cover is very low in front, tends to droop. Have had it fixed, but can't pull all the way forward into a parking space because it will snag."

G O., PA (2009 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"molding has come loose in a few areas and required glue to reattach."

Anonymous, AR (2009 Honda Civic)

"The molding around the side, front and rear windows has deteriorated. I replaced the molding on the drivers and passages windows by ordering parts and following a YouTube video, but was unable to figure out how to replace the molding around the front and rear window. This gives the car a very unappealing look and is embarrassing."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic)

"Trim coming loose and the wind ripping it off. Rubber molding and seals all rotting and falling to pieces, on the whole car."

Glen W., NV (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber/vinyl strip running from base of windshield running to the back window on both the left and right side released just on each side of the windshield making noise as they deteriorated and then releasing."

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

"The trim that surrounds the entire front windshield, doors and rear window has become so brittle that it has broken away and the molding on the front windshield was lost while driving on the highway. The cost to replace will be more than $500 at the dealers so will not replace this cosmetic issue."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic)
Loose interior trim or moldings

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

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

"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)

"The sunvisor plastic is cracking and makes the visor unusable because when you pull it down, it is hard to return to normal position. The exterior rubber trim around windows is alsl cracking and is a problem I have had with a previous Honda."

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

"Defective sun visor"

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

"visor failure"

Robert W., AZ (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All the interior key trim owrk like the steering wheel cover and front interoir trim is decaying away. When you drive this car, you have decaying sticky rubber residue on your hands from the steering wheel each time you drive this car. Trim inside is cracking and dry rotting away. The exteroir mirrors have a seal / design defect and creates a paint stain on the car side panels and doors and leeds to look like prime and a rust out.. With the poor external and interior quality of this car, the resale value is so low and shows so poorly we are stuck to keep it instead of trading up for a new model. This is a DO NOT BUY CIVIC brand for buyers. We have just 30,025 miles on it. After 20 yeas of this brand, it continues to fall below average in so many areas."

Stephen H., VA (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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 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 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)

"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)

"Very poor paint quality on my black Civic. Hood, roof and trunk area all bad. Hood and roof were repainted and now the trunk lid is chalking and clear coat is peeling. See the same issues on all the dark coloured Civics from this year."

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

"Clear coat over the black paint is fading and peeling off all over the top areas of the car - the areas most exposed to sunlight I suspect."

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

"Clear coat on car is about 40% gone and going fast. Window molding is deteriorating."

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

"Roof paint discoloured and peeling. An $800. Re paint if I do it."

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

"Clear coat failing in spots"

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

"pain job is terrible"

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

"Apparently, Honda issued a recall for paint on this model year and vehicle. They never sent us any information or notice of the recall. I discovered it in an online forum. At that time, the recall time period was over and we were out of luck. Thanks, Honda."

Ralph J., NC (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The silver paint on all 4 wheel covers is peeling off. Looks very shabby."

G O., PA (2009 Honda Civic 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Gel Coat pealing off of roof, trunk and right front quarter panel."

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

"paint cracking - it seems Honda other cars are having the problem"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic)

"The air bag was a recall issue. The repair was provided through the recall. The sun visors repeatedly break. Although this was a manufacturer defect, our local delearship refused to replace them after the second break. Replacement visors were about $125. The paint was a solid, non-metallic black which faded and wore off in several places, especially the roof and trunk. The roof is down to primer now. I have a friend with a Civic who had the same problem with paint. Our local dealership provided poor service so we moved our routine services (oil changes, etc.) to a non-dealer business. Due to the poor service of the Honda delearship and issues with paint, we will not purchase another Honda."

Helen G., AZ (2009 Honda Civic)

"Grey paint is fading and chalking."

William H., NJ (2009 Honda Civic)

"THIS MAY BE THE VERY THING THAT KEEPS ME FROM PURCHASING ANOTHER CIVIC. There were up to six significant spots where the paint faded all the way to the metal. We were told that Honda recalled them for this reason but we never received the recall. When we saw the problem and inquired about we were told that we missed the deadline on getting it repaired. So my wife took her own personal hard earned money to get roof repainted. I THINK IT WAS POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE ON HONDA'S PART TO REFUSE TO PICK UP THE COST. MY WIFE WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO PROTECT HONDA'S REPUTATION BY NOT DRIVING THE CAR IN THIS POOR CONDITION. VERY SAD. VERY MAD."

Donald W., AL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"inside trunk unpain, outside fading,chalking,cracking,recall trunk paint."

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

"The clear coat is gradually failing over the entire car. Over time it crackles and turns white, then flakes off, leaving a flat finish."

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

"HAD A RECALL FOR THE PROBLEMS. WHEN I CALLED TO HAVE IT FIXED, THEY TOLD THE RECALL HAD EXPIRED. I WAS NOR A HAPPY CAMPER..."

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

"Clear coat peeling on black vehicle. Looks gray. Original warranty covered repaint on hood, roof and trunk, but the clear coat is also failing on the doors 2 years later and no longer under any type of warranty adjustment."

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

"the exterior paint has degraded so mush that the car looks terrible and is embarrassing to be seen in. I contact the local Honda dealer and they were not responsive. I did have the roof repainted because of a recall for paint, but right after that was completed the fenders, trunk and side panels began to peal. This is it for me and Honda."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic)

"Paint has faded and black rubber trim is chalky and brittle"

Laurel K., CA (2009 Honda Civic)

"Pain / clear coat peeling in the extreme on roof and hood. About 15 square feet in total. Dealer was of no assistance because I was not original owner. It was very evident they were not invested in my satisfaction or even approaching Honda Canada on this issue when it is a known problem on the gun metal gray paint."

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

"Based on my research, this was a defect in 2009 Civics in particular colors. The paint was cracking, particularly on the hood and roof of the vehicle. Honda had extended the warranty, but I didn't have the repairs done in time - however, Honda worked with me, and paid 80% of the repainting cost despite this. I am a loyal Honda customer forever!"

Mary H., MO (2009 Honda Civic)

"Various recalls over the first few years to repaint only sections of the paint that was healing and turning white in spaces. Honda would not paint the entire car. We had to take it back to different times for rental car etc for them to paint one section at a time. Now the warranty is no longer, being honored, no recall on any paint. Parts of the car that were not painted are still fading shipping turning white and looking like doodoo. Very bad warranty recall customer service, angry"

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

"The paint on both mirrors is pealing and has been for a few years. The paint on the rest of the car is fine."

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

"Maybe because I drive my car a lot. The clear coat started coming off after 4 years owning this car. It came off on all the areas where the air contacts the car and flows over it while driving: the hood above the lights, the front part of the roof, the back part of the roof and the trunk. It looks terrible. It continues to worsen. I am almost down to the bare metal now."

Carmen F., TN (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat began fading about 2 years after purchase on the window edges. It eventually began peeling and flaking off on the black areas around the windows on both the passenger and driver sides."

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

"Paint peeling from mirrors"

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

"Honda sent a recall for chalking. The recall expired before I had the problem of chalking. Honda said they would not fix it because the warranty was only good for a year."

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

"The warranty on the paint was extended to 7 years and when I realized I had a problem I was over that by 31 days. Went to dealer and contacted Honda rep. to no avail. Now the paint job is such a mess that I would probably not buy another Honda. The interior is spotless and the car was always washed and waxed. With so little mileage I was planning on keeping it for a while longer. Not so sure now."

Cheryl N., RI (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Side door molding fading and paint chipping off."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Civic GX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint job is fading in spots. There are spots where the paint is gone. The car has been well maintained. Garage kept most years."

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

"Clear coat is peeling off. Looks horrible."

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

"paint started fading at 6-7 years old at 9 years old it looks terrible severely discolored and has to be repainted at less than 40,000 miles"

Stephen F., MA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Turns out it was covered by a recall but they didn't notify people about it. I was buying touch up paint at the dealer, and thankfully the clerk/worker in the parts dept mentioned that our car might be covered by the recall. So it was, and repainted at the cost of the dealer."

Laura B., ME (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A few years back Honda had paid for painting certain areas of the car they said had failed. Now the rest of the car's paint is failing resulting in a very lousy looking finish. Honda has yet to admit this is the same issue they corrected with the rest of the factory paint."

Jack A., VA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint is chipping off on the passenger side of the car. trim on doors all chipped. paint faded all throughout car"

Angela M., OH (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Defective clear coat degraded drastically almost as soon as the extended warranty expired. Had to pay to repaint the car"

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

"Several parts of the car were repainted as part of a factory extended warranty (free from the manufacturer) due to defects in the paint. However, one of the re-painted areas, the rear bumper, has paint bubbling and peeling off."

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

"The paint has faded and has chalky patches and the molding around the doors dried out and cracked. Also the driver side visor broke (would not stay up) for the second time."

Laurel K., CA (2009 Honda Civic)

"Paint began peeling in about 6 places on the roof. Honda was aware of this issue on certain models and had extended the warranty - but my car was outside that warranty period. However, I am happy to report Honda worked with me and paid for 80% of the repair cost, since I am a loyal Honda customer!"

Mary H., MO (2009 Honda Civic)

"Black trim has faded around the windshield The headlights have gotten a white haze on them."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Civic)

"Paint fade / chiping. There are spots that are thin. There are huge patches (1.5'x1.5') that to the primer. Known problem found out when out of warranty"

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

"Sux bug time. Dark blue paint, clear coat chipping off. Honda would only pain each part that showed white chiping clearr coat. Now out of warranty and new areas are still failing. WHY DIDNT THEY JUST REPAINT THE CAR"

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

"Paint has faded and oxidized all over the doors, hood and trunk. It is so horrible that we have to pay $1,400 now to repaint it. Apparently there were not enough coats put on or finishing coats. We heard there may be a class action suit against Honda and we would participate."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic)

"Large spots on roof delaminating. Honda did have silent recall for multiple models of Hondas with paint delamination issues but was very limited (only certain areas covered) and not publicized (I found out about it too late). Although not a safety issue my resale/trade in has been impacted by this and has made me very likely to not get a Honda again."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Civic)
Rust

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

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic DX)

"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 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust stain on trunk"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Civic 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)

"Rust like crazy; we had a 2002 CRV that rusted to uselessness. Why? Ive never had a car do this.The engines last forever but the body is dangerously weak"

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

"SEE EARLIER EXPLANATION."

Donald W., AL (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Eastern car [Quebec]. Rust on all fasteners and things like windshield wipers. No rust through on body panels but I'm sure that is in it's future if I keep the car long enough."

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

"a small rust spot on the hood rusted right through and now there's a hole in the hood"

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

"Minor rust."

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

"Rust forming back tire well area."

Angela M., OH (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear of trunk area has a crack in the metal that started to rust."

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

"The 2009 civic was completely painted with poor and defective processes. All the paint on the hood, roof, spoiler, and trunk are rusting away. Paint other areas are pull away for finish exterior. Some are rusting thru the primer coat and others are in rust mode. I see this in all the 2009 and 10 civics on the road. My Brown Honda dealer Honda offers $600 credit on a $3000 paint job from their body. Terrible defect and consumer burden. Never got a recall leter from the Brown Honda Dealer or Honda Corp. USA. This model and year is a DO NOT BUY Car rating. I have bought 5 new cars from Brown Honda in the past, now our familty switched to a better quality auto brand for future new car buys. Honada nor Browns stand behind their products. Steve and Florence H"

Stephen H., VA (2009 Honda Civic DX-VP 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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Civic LX)

"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 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)

"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)

"Right in the middle off very high heat/high humidity day it just started blowing hot air"

Suzie S., ON (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the AC system replaced in 2017 (under warranty) due to a catastrophic failure which caused metal shards to circulate causing further damage. The brand new compressor failed 6,000 miles later from a pin hole on the rear side. I had it replaced in 2018 but had to fight with the dealer to honor the part warranty since it had been 13 months since replacement."

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

"The air conditioner stopped working about 3 years after purchasing it new. I never got it fixed because the repair bill estimated would have cost me about $1600. So I continued to drive it without A/C"

Mark H., IL (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C in this car has been a problem for a number of years. Compressor has been replaced twice...system goes cold/hot at random at times totally cutting off cold air.."

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

"Just a relay failure, not bad after 9 1/2 years at the time."

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

"The A/C compressor quit running and I thought it was because it was leaking. But, no, that was not the case. I replace the A/C and ever since replacing it, it works great. However, it does not work very efficiently in very hot weather. I must always leave it on MAX AC. I truly believe that they do not put enough freon in the A/C. Otherwise, it works great. It cools very rapidly."

Carmen F., TN (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working"

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

"After 140000 miles the air conditioner died in 100 degree temperature, otherwise very reliable except for sun visors which have needed replacing 3times"

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

"Failed at low mileage under 50000 but 9 year old car"

Thomas D., MA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd time in two years that the compressor broke and the refrigerant leaked out. very expensive to have everything fixed or replaced."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Civic)
Automatic climate control

"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)
Blower (fan) motor

"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)

"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)

"Blower stops working after running for a couple of hours"

Mike S., MO (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working after I had just had the car in for leaking refrigerant"

Jean W., MI (2009 Honda Civic)

"fan would cut in and out at times totally off, dealer could not locate specific problem. At my request had it replaced and problem stopped."

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

"very loud and had to be replaced"

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

"Loud noise made me unsure if the vehicle should be operated"

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

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

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Civic LX)

"needed a new condenser several hundred dollars"

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

"Condenser was dry-rotted/damaged due to inadequate protection from road debris."

Kamil M., IN (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC would stop working when the car was stopped with the engine running (e.g., at a traffic light). I was told that the cause was a leak in the condenser."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic)

"When it is real humid the ac will not blow cold air"

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

"A/C would not cool."

Kenneth H., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fins falling off. Probably do to age and road salt."

Thomas D., MA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning stopped operating. Required repairs and parts replacement"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Honda Civic LX-S 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)
Evaporator

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

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

"A/C would not cool."

Kenneth H., GA (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"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

"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)

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

Anonymous, BC (2009 Honda Civic 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)

"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)

"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)

"leaky valve. $450 estimate"

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

"Had to replace the compressor assembly, condenser, and visit the shop several times to try to locate the source of refridgerant leaks. The costs have add up close to $1,000."

Kamil M., IN (2009 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"on going issue, 4 years or more"

Jean W., MI (2009 Honda Civic)

"More freon had to be added in order for the car to cool."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic)

"On multiple occasions the a/c system slowly gets less cold. Adding refrigerant fixes the problem."

Tom R., MS (2009 Honda Civic)

"Had Schrader valve replaced twice, still develop leak again possible problems with compressor or thermostat. Can't seem to narrow it down. After 10 years what the heck not bad"

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

"Related issue. Air conditioning stopped working. Repairs required including refrigerant replacement"

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

"Schroeder valves leak"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Honda Civic DX 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)

"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)

"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)

"Anti-lock light stayed on. Front wheel bearing was installed wrong which caused the problem. The bearings have be be installed with the sensor strip facing the sensor to work right"

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

"Low Battery Current"

Larry S., OR (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"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)

"The car was in storage for 18 months before I bought it. During test drive I noticed that it took a lot of pressure on the brake pedal to stop the car. When I got it home and looked into it 2 of the 4 calipers were seized. Replacement of 2 calipers, all rotors and pads fixed the problem."

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

"Parking brake stuck on"

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

"I've had to replace rear caliper twice in two years."

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

"Rear caliper was hanging up. I replaced it with a re-manufactured caliper."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Civic Si 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)

"Brake Fluid Loss"

Larry S., OR (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"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 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)

"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)

"Replace front brake pads, resurface front rotors, clean and lubricate caliper slide pins, clean caliper bracket shims. Adjust and clean rear drums."

Jill S., NC (2009 Honda Civic)

"We allowed the brakes to become excessively worn to the point that repair was very costly. I think there was inadequate warning system built in."

Robert H., TN (2009 Honda Civic)

"the brakes last about 35000 mile and then need replacement. This is NOT a driver problem, it is a vehicle problem."

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

"Replaced front pads and rotors."

Bruce W., NY (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to check brake pads"

Richard G., CO (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I was surprised when the technician said I need all new rear brakes! I wasn’t aware of anything when driving."

Virginia R., NJ (2009 Honda Civic)
Parking brake

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

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

"Plastic handle on the parking brake fell apart and had to be replaced."

Alexey Y., MO (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"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)

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

Christopher R., VA (2009 Honda Civic 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 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)

"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)

"Brake pads and ABS system break down in less than 10000 miles"

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

"have replaced rotors 5 times since new"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Civic)

"Wheel balancing and alignment is regularly updated. I have had to replace brake pads and seals six times and it always seems to be scraping metal on metal. Never had a car so bad on brakes."

Glen W., NV (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"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 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"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 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)

"Rotors warped at about 30,000 miles since last brake service."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Civic)
Squeaking

"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)

"Needed new pads and rotors"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Civic Si 2.0-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

Alignment

"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)
Ball joints

"bearings"

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

"Right-rear suspension"

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

"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)
Power steering leaks

"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)

"Leaking power steering rack. Replaced under extended warranty"

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

"Power steering line rusted, made a whining noise until warm. Repair shop made new aluminum line that won't rust. $110."

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

"power steering began to leak fluid at 100000 miles"

David Z., CA (2009 Honda Civic 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)
Shocks or struts

"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)

"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)

"The two front shocks just wore out and needed to be replaced."

Ptolemy A., MI (2009 Honda Civic LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The bad shocks and struts were causing steering wheel vibration, uneven tire wear and wheel alignment problems."

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

"Leaking rear shocks. Early failure at under 30000 miles. Not under warranty."

Anonymous, KS (2009 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"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)

"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)
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)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration in steering wheel, hard to diagnosis, eventually was something suspension related that required several trips to ;mechanic to fix as first try only solved half the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Civic)
Tie rods

"Clunking noise in suspension"

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

"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)

"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)

"Bearing failure was premature"

Anonymous, VA (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

Air or water leaks

"Probably side windshield seal start letting water to engine compartment and after heave rain I can hear squeaking noise an it goes away after a few seconds."

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

"Radiator developed a small coolant leak."

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

"leak from moonroof created mold in the interior."

William H., NJ (2009 Honda Civic)
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)

"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)

"weather-stripping got tears and eventually broke away from the door frames and the stripping had to be replaced...."

Anonymous, MD