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2001 Honda Civic
Posted by on 11/09/2001
DENVER, COLORADO -- On January 9, 2001 I leased a 2001 Honda Civic. Since that time I have had to take my car in to replace the front strut, repair the driver's side door handle, and check two recall notices. All of this was covered under the warranty. However, on November 2, 2001 I took my car to Empire Honda in Denver for the 10,000-mile maintenance. MY CAR WAS NOT LEAKING OIL AT THAT TIME. Honda informed me that my oil pan was stripped and I needed a new one, and I was responsible for paying $360.00. Honda denied any responsibility for the damages and informed me they could not put the parts back to the previous condition and that if I tried to drive my car elsewhere it would leak oil and cause major damages. Besides the horrible customer service that was provided, I had to pay a total of $450.00, including the maintenance charges.

To help keep me as a potential future customer, I would like the following:

A refund of $360.00 for replacing the part that should be covered under warranty. At the very least I would like a letter from you that states, under Honda's new car warranty, Honda does not cover parts that they damaged during required scheduled maintenance. With this letter I can inform my co-workers, family and friends of Honda's policy and post it on complaint websites such as this one.

I look forward to your reply and will wait until November 19, 2001 before seeking help from a consumer advocate. Please contact me at the above address or by phone number.

Thank you for your time.

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2001-11-27:
Honda also claims to make the best car with the best resale value, but they've got the worst new vehicle warranty. My air bags indicator light came on and took it to the dealer. It cost me $100 for them to tell me it's defective, not under warranty and it'll cost me another $500 to fix it. My civic only had 42K miles on it but it is just over 3 years old. Don't think I'll buy another Honda.
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-12-09:
i am an ase certified master technician with 25 years experience. i have never seen an oil pan with stripped threads that was not the fault of a technician overtightening the drain plug. someone at some time - maybe the last oil change, maybe a couple of oil changes before, maybe even this oil change but someone damaged it, it just didn't wear out. now the question is who? if at this oil change the drain plug was stripped while it was being removed then it was not their fault unless they did the last oil change, because drain plugs get stripped while being installed not removed. i understand the dealer not fixing it under the factory warranty, it wasn't a defective part. however if the dealer stripped it then they should fix it, not through the factory warranty but through the shops warranty on its service. now another note on the subject. in 25 years i've only seen a few stripped oil pans, and only one that i actually recall. you see oil pans threads don't usually strip when they're overtightened, the drain plugs threads are what actually strip. one of the few things that all automotive engineers have gotten right is that they know how often an oil drain plug is going to be removed and reinstalled so they make the part in the oil pan that is threaded extremely hard, and the drain plug is normal hardness so the damage from wear and/or overtightening will be done to the easily replaced drain plug instead of the not so easy to replace oil pan. the point i'm making here is that the oil pan on your car may not have even been damaged. i stated before that i've only seen a few stripped oil pans, i have however seen thousands of stripped drain plugs. i have fixed them all by removing the remaining pieces of the stripped drain plugs threads from the threaded part of the oil pan with a pick tool, and then replacing the drain plug with a new STANDARD SIZE drain plug, not an oversized drain plug. because of the extra hard threaded part of the oil pan the oversized replacement drain plugs have never worked for me because they wont cut new threads into it. i have actually seen one break the threaded part out of the oil pan which then did become a major repair. i hope this info will somehow help you.
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Transmission locked up at highway speed, totalling car. Automatic Transmission.
Posted by Transmission Lockup on 05/08/2006
DALLAS/FORT WORTH -- OUR NEW 2005 HONDA CIVIC HAD BOTH FRONT WHEELS LOCK WHILE MY WIFE WAS GOING TO WORK, DRIVING DOWN THE FREEWAY IN FORT WORTH TX. THE CAR WAS TOTALED, CRASHING INTO A GUARD RAIL, BLOWING THE AIR BAGS, SPINNING AROUND, STARTING A FIRE AT THE LEFT FRONT WHEEL AND STARTING MY WIFE'S COAT ON FIRE AS SHE WAS GETTING OUT. WE HAVE AN EYE WITNESS WHO HAS A DEGREE IN ENGINEERING,PHOTOS, A POLICE REPORT AND THE CAR ITSELF.
THE CAR STARTED TO PULL TO THE RIGHT BY ITSELF AND MY WIFE WAS NOT ABLE TO CORRECT IT SINCE THE FRONT WHEELS WERE IN A COMPLETE SKID. THE CAR HAD 2113 MILES ON IT AND EVEN THE POLICE COMMENTED THAT IN HER TWELVE YEARS ON THE FORCE SHE HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING SO STRANGE AS THIS. THERE ARE TWO SOLID BLACK LINES THAT SHOW WHERE THE SKID STARTED IN THE CENTER OF THE LANE ENDING AT THE GUARDRAIL.
BOTH TIRES ARE TORN UP AND MELTED IN ONE SPOT. THE ROADS WERE DRY, NO TRAFFIC, NOTHING IN THE ROAD. THE TRANSMISSION JUST LOCKED UP SOLID, CAUSING A NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT. I CONTACTED THE HONDA CORPORATION @ 800-999-1009 AND THE DEALER BANKSTON HONDA OF LEWISVILLE TX @ 866-507-6355. HONDA SAID IT WAS AN INSURANCE PROBLEM, BANKSTON REFERRED ME BACK TO HONDA.
FINALLY HONDA SAID THEY WOULD COME OUT AND TAKE PICTURES "ONLY" CAR WOULD NOT BE MOVED. THE DAY THEY WERE TO COME OUT AND TAKE PICTURE THEY SAID "DUE TO SAFETY REASONS THE CAR NEEDED TO BE TAKEN TO BANKSTON HONDA TO TAKE PICTURES, BREAKING OUR VERBAL AGREEMENT. WE HIDE THE CAR AND ARE SEEKING LEGAL MEANS AS OUR INSURANCE IS HAVING TO PAYOUT DUE TO A DEFECT.
I HAVE A CASE AT HONDA # N012005-12-1600787. THE WITNESS WAS DIRECTLY BEHIND AND WITNESSED THE WHOLE SCENE."HONDA,WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY".
SEE Complaint Number: 10149079
AT: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/
ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!!
ANY CALLS TO HONDA ON OUR BEHALF WOULD FOREVER BE A KIND GESTURE AND GREATLY APPRECIATED:)OR EVEN HELPFUL EMAILS TO US PERSONALLY. THANKS, TODD:) :)
By Phone
At HONDA'S toll-free number: (800) 999-1009
By Fax
(310) 783-3023 (24 Hours)

By Mail
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Mail Stop: 500 - 2N - 7D
Torrance, CA 90501-2746

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2006-05-09:
This sounds like an issue for your lawyer also maybe your contract under manufacture defects. At any rate you've done your homework which eventually should work out in your favor. If you google "honda recalls" and keep looking through the search you may find people that have been and/or going through the same experience with honda. Good luck!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-05-11:
Well, it is good she is alright. Just keep fighting Honda with your lawyer, since a new car with not even 5000 miles on it should have zero problems. I have only heard of a full locking up of the drive wheels on high milage/severely abused cars (i.e. neutral drops). It will probably be some kind of recall, and be glad she is safe.
Posted by Mr. Anderson on 2006-05-23:
Mrs Manischewitz - Thanks! visit Our new web sight with pictures, music, links, etc. about the 05 civic crash at: http://www.freewebs.com/dec2005/
Todd
Posted by Mr. Anderson on 2006-05-23:
ibdami21 - Thanks see our new web sight. About the accident with pictures etc.at http://www.freewebs.com/dec2005/
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Power Windows
Posted by on 10/02/2002
I puchased a certified Honda Civic LX one year ago. After only one year, the driver side window stopped working. It required a new regulator and motor, which incurred a cost of nearly $500. This is not an isolated incident. I have heard several stories of other Honda owners who also have window problems. It ha to be a defect in the manufacturing.
     
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2010 Honda Civic Headrest
Posted by Swamimeister on 02/23/2010
I am a structural specialist for people. After purchasing my 2010 Honda Civic, I discovered that the headrest was forcing my head too far forward, causing neck pain. I turned the headrest around and that solved the problem but now I could get wiplash if I were to be hit from behind. I have complained to American Honda but they won't do anything about it. I suggested that they supply me with a headrest that sits 3/4" further back. That would solve the problem and also prevent wiplash just as well as the placement of the present headrest.
I have noticed that there are many similar complaints on the internet going back several years.

     
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Posted by MRM on 2010-02-23:
Ive always wonder about the headrest being forward.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2010-02-23:
So-you want Honda to custom-fabricate a headrest specifically for you because, and lets really be honest-it's not comfortable for you, and possibly a few others.
Maybe while they are at it they can make a seat with extra cushion in it specifically for my girlfriends 2004 Accord. I find the cushion to be very hard on long trips and it makes my rear end hurt. I've noticed other complaints about the seats being hard in multiple Honda products.

They won't do anything about it because the request is absurd.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-02-23:
can you buy a different headrest?

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Hiding Rear Arm Control Problems From Public
Posted by Swtxex8275 on 11/10/2011
I purchased a 2006 Honda Civic from a Honda dealer in Nov. 2006. I noticed that the rear tires wore out rather quickly but figured it was due to my long commute and the various types of roads I drove upon. It was not until a friend who had a 2007 Honda Civic, who also had the same problem and took his vehicle to Honda, that I discovered that the 2006/2007 Honda Civics had a problem with the rear arm control being out of align. Honda was aware of the problem but did nothing to alert owners unless you took your car in for service at a Honda dealer. Honda refused to repair my Civic due to excessive mileage, never mind the problem was there from day one. I like my Civic and was impressed with Honda until this incident. Now, I will never buy another Honda. Perhaps Honda just look at the former "big three (GMC, Ford Chrysler)" and see what happens when you let profits drive you and not worry about owner loyality.
     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-10:
There is a current class action laswuit over this matter:
http://www.honda-lawsuit.com/ComplaintNoticeofAssignmentofMagistrateJudgeSummonsCivilCaseCoverSheet.pdf

My guess is Honda, even if they are feeling generous, would not cover a repair at this point at it may constitute admitting guilt.

Sorry this happened to you - something like this costs you money and violates your trust.
Posted by formula2tom on 2012-02-22:
2007 EX coupe, i'm on my 4th set of rear tires, after about 10000 miles on a new set they start sounding like tractor tires. shame on Honda.
i am also starting to get the paint pealing issue, shame shame shame.
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Paint drips on my brand new 2010 Honda Civic
Posted by Still Unsatisfied on 04/16/2011
I purchased my 2010Honda Civic LX Coupe during the 2010Honda Clearance on a Saturday And noticed the following Wednesday that at the very bottom of each door there were paint drips hanging off the door. I immediately contacted the dealership where I purchased my Honda and according to them they never seen anything like that before I brought the car back down to the dealership and they took pictures using a camera phone. I got absolutely nowhere with the dealership and decided to contact Honda of America. My objective was to either get my old 2006 Toyota Tundra back, or get a check for $10,000 which was what they gave me for the trade in value, or get anew Honda Civic. Honda of America assigned me a real gem of a "case manager", Walter. Walter told me: : “No you’re not going to get your trade in back. No you’re not going to get a check for your trade in. And No, you’re not going to get anew car." According to this “Walter”, we will paint your car, but you won’t, receive the compensation of the paint job in lieu of painting the car." My truck that I traded in was professionally repainted at a dealership and to speak to his supervisor. Walter stated, "There was no one higher than him!" We were obviously talking to the CEO of Honda of America!! According to this “Walter”the CEO of Honda of America, he stated that I should have looked the car over from top to bottom before purchasing the car. So, anyone including senior citizens, both men an women, if you buy a Honda be prepared to get on your hands and knees and crawl around the car looking for any imperfections or else you will be SCREWED after you sign the paperwork! I have purchased 3 brand new Honda's in my life and have recommended to two people to buy a Honda in the past.

I WILL NEVER BUY A HONDA AGAIN AND AM ON A CRUSADE TO TELL THE WORLD HOW ARROGANT WALTER AND HONDA OF AMERICA IS AND TO NEVER CONSIDER BUYING A HONDA!

PS: I did get somewhat of a resolution to my paint problem. I received a check for $1293.00 for the paint drip problems which took a month and a lot of annoying phone calls. The gentleman that I took my vehicle to for an estimate stated to me that a human could not duplicate painting a vehicle as what a computer could do. He recommended to just live with the problem.

If you still insist on buying a new Honda, first buy a mechanics creeper or possibly knee pads to the dealership and you had better check the brand new car from top to bottom.
     
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Posted by Venice09 on 2011-04-16:
I've only owned one Honda (a Civic) and was very disappointed. Among other things, there was a problem with the paint. It started pitting almost immediately, and the dealer was not helpful. I would never buy another Honda.

At least you got some money back. All I got was pitted paint.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-16:
Was this a new vehicle?
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-04-16:
That is the way it works, unfortunately with new cars. Once you buy (accept) it, you aren't going to be able to return it unless it is a lemon.

Paint is viewed as something that can be replaced. Unless you can point to a corrosion issue, they are going to stand by repainting it as a suitable solution.

I've owned two Hondas. They were dependable cars, but the paint wasn't perfect because I bought both used.
Posted by getoverit on 2011-04-16:
I don't know where they came up with the amount of $1293 but that sounds like pretty reasonable compensation for a defect that doesn't sound really serious. I would think you could get a body shop to burnish off the excess paint and touch it up for less money than that.

By asking to get your old vehicle back, or a check for it, it sounds like you wanted them to reverse the deal. Surely, someone who's been walking this planet as long as you have would understand that that is not a realistic request. Maybe if you had started out with more realistic expecatations, you could have gotten this resolved with less hassle.

IMHO, this complaint should be against the dealer. They should have just gotten the problem fixed, no questions asked.


Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-16:
Well I surely asked the most asinine question ever. Please excuse me, I hadn't had any coffee and I now see it states that the car was new. They should repair the paint OR compensate you for the paint repair (which it seems that they have). I think your other requests were somewhat unreasonable. It's a cosmetic defect that they could have easily rectifed.
Posted by Augustus2099 on 2011-06-10:
If I bought a car and the paint was dripping Back to the Car dealer it goes and I am voiding the Contract I signed with the Dealer. Which in Mississippi you can do this as long as it is within a half a day or two days from purchase.
Posted by Augustus2099 on 2011-06-10:
The Honda civic is an ugly car that looks like a Wannabe Acura which Honda Owns.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-06-11:
That wouldn't help the OP. They bought it on Saturday and noticed the problem on Wednesday.
Posted by Augustus2099 on 2011-06-14:
Well the only one option for the owner to take is Write LEMON on the car and take it back.
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According to Honda of America's you should look the car over from top to bottom before purchasing it
Posted by Still Unsatisfied on 02/18/2011
I will never buy another new Honda of any kind again. Mainly due to you arrogan claims manager, “Walter” who my case was assigned to initially when I first purchased my car during the 2010 Honda Clearance.

I wanted something done about my brand new Civic that I purchased less than a week prior to calling Honda of America. My request was that I get my truck back or give me the trade in value for my truck or give me a brand new car as there were paint drips noticed on the doors of my Civic less than a week after purchasing my new Honda. My biggest issue is the arrogance of your prick employee “Walter” who stated to me: “No you’re not going to get your trade in back. No you’re not going to get a check for your trade in. And No, you’re not going to get a new car. According to this “Walter”, we will paint your car, but you won’t, receive the compensation of the paint job in lieu of painting the car.

According to this “Walter” of Honda of America, he stated that I should have looked the car over from top to bottom before purchasing the car.

I suppose that a 70 year old senior citizen should bring a mechanic’s creeper to thoroughly check the car over before buying the car! What a pure "AH" Honda hired. If this is Honda's practice, go elsewhere and purchase a new car! Fortunately, the dealer after a month long ordeal, paid for the damages of my car (close to $1300). Which, I still have to live with. I recommend that you look at other makes of vehicles and purchase their new vehicle elsewhere other than Honda.

After a month long ordeal, I was paid close to $1,300 for the defects of the factory paont job. Still, it bothers me to know that Honda of America is so arrogant that they have so-called low life managerx to resolve issues in Honda's favor!

     
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Posted by rockfishing on 2011-02-18:
The dealer was 100% correct.it's up to the buyer to go over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb. If you can't do it yourself you should hire a professional to look over the vehicle. Your trade in was long gone. Honda did it's part by repainting your vehicle.
Posted by getoverit on 2011-02-18:
rockfishing: I don't know exactly what you base that statement on but if things have come to that, it's a pretty sorry state of affairs.

What happened to the idea of a manufacturer, and a dealer for that matter, standing behind their products?

I would agree that anything you can to inspect a car before purchasing it is a good idea. In this case, it sounds as if the OP did finally get the issue resolved reasonably. And if s/he had detected the paint issue before purchasing, it would have saved some headaches.

But having to hire a professional to inspect a brand-new car just strikes me as extreme. What kind of professional does that anyway?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-18:
ive never heard of hiring a professional to look over a brand new car. I think this claims manager just seemed to have been on his high horse with this OP. I think the employee could have been less arrogant and treated the OP with a little bit more respect. Not necessarily doing what the OP wanted, but trying to ensure the OP that the problems will be addressed and fixed. professionalism and compassion goes a long way.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-18:
I dont think the OP is so much upset about getting the car repainted, I think its the way the claims manager was treating the OP.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-02-18:
Cars aren't works of art. They are exposed to elements and began to decay as soon as the parts were manufactured.

Thus, things like replacement and refinishing are to be expected on day 2 or day 222. I had a tree limb fall on my new car within a month of purchase. Was is frustrating knowing I'd get another hood that had to be painted? Sure - but that is part of owning and maintaining a car.

So, your finish was touched up - this is to be expected once the car is driven off the lot. If you were demanding one of the resolutions above, and they were telling you that you were not entitled to any of them, it makes the conversation difficult. They compensated you. A frustrating start to owning the car, but hopefully the sour taste will become less so over time.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-02-18:
it sure seems like they would have tried to make you happier.

very helpful.
Posted by dan gordon on 2011-02-18:
when you buy a product and a defect is found, the mfctr can correct the remedy. You don't get new flooring cause you found a scratch, they repair the floor. Why should the car be any different? I'd rather have the factory paint than a repaint, even with a drip.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-02-18:
I have had many new cars but only one Honda (Civic). Based on my one experience, I would never buy a Honda again. The car looked fine at first, but it didn't take long for the paint to start pitting and for the interior to smell like mold, which the dealer was never able to correct. Also, the 'check engine' light randomly goes on, and the door locking system was designed by an idiot. These are all things that could not have been noticed upon accepting delivery.

If I have to hire a professional to check over a brand new car, I might as well buy one used and save myself a lot of money.
Posted by Augustus2099 on 2011-03-02:
if a car looked like that wow the mexicans who painted the cars are real stupid I would never buy a honda ever not after how I was treated before.
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Honda Civic 2010 continued vibration (New Car)
Posted by Wsvoboda on 12/16/2010
LEXINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I'm complaining about a 2010 Honda Civic we bought brand new at Honda of Columbia in South Carolina.
When we purchased it there was a noticeable vibration and they assured us they would fix this issue. They claimed it was not uncommon to have flat spots after sitting on the lot for a while. Really? I know folks that have collector cars that are sitting and don't do that. I remarked that we shouldn't even purchase this car with an issue already. They told us that the problem would be resolved and not to worry. They balanced the tires and it appeared to have made a difference. Then as we drove it a noticeable vibration started at other speeds again. So my husband returned to the repair shop and they told him they performed a different forced high speed balance this time and thought this should take care of the problem. This was after nothing less than a torturing trip to visit a relative in Florida. I was on this trip alone and worried whether the car was even going to be safe enough to get back home. It was horrible. Well here I'm at the dealer again~ this is unbelievable! At this point either new tires and not this cheap Bridgestone that everyone is complaining about currently on the car or we will leave it here and they can eat it. Right now this is nothing less than an lemon to us.

I hope this can be of help to someone else.

     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-16:
It is most likely the tires. It isn't good for them to be sitting. I bought a 3 yr old car and let it sit for 5 months. Had a slight shimmy for the next several hundred miles.

They should bend over backwards to make this right, and put new ones on if necessary.

Once you have signed the paperwork and made final payment it is hard to back out, depending on your state's laws. I agree that you should never go forward with committing to a purchase if the dealer claims they will fix a known problem.

Posted by bob932304 on 2010-12-16:
See if it falls under the 'lemon' law in your State. If they can't fix it you can get your money back. Threaten them with that and I bet it gets fixed.
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-16:
Stop back and let us know what happens...
Posted by wsvoboda on 2010-12-20:
thank you for your input...they are changing all four tires to a different brand...I told them if that doesn't take care of it and if this is characteristic of the car ~ I'm leaving it at the dealership. I removed everything I had in the car before I left it that day. Even removed Satellite radio with the antenna we had already run through and mounted. So they do know that we're serious. I will re-post the outcome!
Thanks so much for all the advice!
Wendie
Posted by kagedude on 2010-12-30:
I also have the same exact problem with my recently purchased 2010 Honda Civic LX-S with Continental tires. Dealer said it sat on the lot for 109 days. I have this chassis vibration (feels like a leg massage) at around 53-60mph. It gets nauseating after a while. I did the same thing and brought it to the dealer 2x already. All they can do is rebalance the tires. I am going to an Authorized Continental tire dealer to get the tires checked out but its very frustrating because I'm sure they'll prob tell me its up to spec. New car and I made a few repair stops already. Sold a perfectly good '07 Honda Fit with 117k miles.
Posted by kagedude on 2010-12-30:
Just called Continental again and they said if the tires have flat spotting, they are not covered. No matter what, the consumer is the one that is screwed. I should just get new tires.
Posted by wsvoboda on 2011-01-01:
kagedude ~ We still had the problem with the Civic ~ not as bad but the change of tires to an entirely new brand did not stop it. How old is your vehicle? They did change us out to a fit and I love it. They also gave us it and reduced out the difference in price. We were fortunate that the owner was a good guy. Most places will leave you hanging....there is an issue with the integrity of the Civics.....It finally came down to them staying it was characteristic of the Civic. What State are you in? I have to say the Honda Cars of Columbia were execellent in making sure we were taken care of. I can't ask for more then that. I highly recommend that dealership...but do NOT recommend a Civic at this time!
Posted by wsvoboda on 2011-01-01:
kagedude ~ We still had the problem with the Civic even after they changed tires.

They changed them to an entirely new brand and it did not stop it.

It had a slight improvement.

How old is your vehicle?

The dealership changed us into a Fit and I love it.

They also gave us the reduced difference in price.

We were fortunate that the owner was a good guy.

Most places will leave you hanging.

There is an issue with the integrity of the Civics.

It finally came down to them saying it was characteristic of the Civic.

What State are you in?

I have to say the Honda Cars of Columbia were execellent in making sure we were taken care of.

I can't ask for more then that. I highly recommend that dealership...but do NOT recommend a Civic at this time!
Posted by kagedude on 2011-01-02:
My 2010 Civic LX-S is just one month old. Problem was noticeable from the get go. Didn't think much of it because it was a new car and a Honda. =( I drove my dad's 2009 Civic LX and the NJ dealership's loaner 2010 Civic EX to compare and it did not exhibit any vibrations in the 50mph range.

What model is your Civic and what type of vibration do you get? Originally, I was upgrading to the 2010 Fit Sport but thought, let me get the quieter and more comfortable ride this time. My mistake!
Posted by kagedude on 2011-01-26:
Just to close this with a happy ending, my dealer replaced all 4 tires with the same Continental tire model and my 2010 Honda Civic LX-S is now driving like new. So smooth now! Wow! Lesson learned is to just keep pushing the dealer.
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2007 Honda civic not a good investment
Posted by Nomorehonda on 07/21/2010
I bought my first Honda Civic coupe in 2007. I have regretted this buy ever since the day I drove off the lot. Right from the time I drove off with my Honda there was a problem. If I would have known, I would have brought it back in the first month and never looked back. There was a shake in the tire from the start and I went to the dealership and they tried to accommodate me by changing the tires. It still had a shake but I endured it. The alignment is very fragile, so they say, I lost a pair of new winter tires which were all worn in the inside due to alignment problem. They never admitted fault. Then it was my passenger seat, it was defective, they responded by making me pay for the labor and they would pay the part. Then my sun visor broke, the mechanism inside is no good, tow years later it broke again and they refused to replace it now because it is past warranty. I have to say that my first Honda experience has been the worst experience ever, I was better off with my Pontiac - at least the sun visor never broke. I will never buy a Honda again. I believe that they were made better when they were being made abroad and imported to Canada. Never again.
     
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Problem with continuous blowing of Horn automatically in Honda Civic 1.8
Posted by Sehgal on 10/24/2009
I Purchased my Honda civic-1799cc from Prime Honda -Ghaziabad -India., manufactured in 2006 in India by Honda Seil. Within one year with 15000KM of operation, one fine day its horn started blowing automaticaly and which was not stoping even with the removal of starting key. It became nusance on the road. Poice man was up set. I drove the car to Honda Ace -Noida for rectification. After two days, they gave me my car back ensuring that the fuse box has been changed and now it wiil not give problem. Again I have faced the similar problem after 6-months and now they are again changing it. I have lost my confidence as it apears there is some design problem with the circuit in this car. It some time stop automatically and again you never know when it will again sart blowing of its own. No body in Honda service center in India is taking responsibility. I am fed up and don't know how to contact the revlevant authourity in Honda system who can help me. In India no body cares .
     
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Posted by GenuineNerd on 2009-10-24:
It could be a wiring problem, or a shorted connection inside the horn itself, that causes the continuous blowing. If the vehicle is still under warranty, have a Honda dealership look at it; otherwise have an independent mechanic, preferably one that specializes in automotive electrical systems, to check the horn and its wiring. Horns are usually a simple repair.
Posted by sehgal on 2009-10-25:
It is not a horn problem . Horn continuous blows because of it gets unwanted singnal from the central control unit continuously . Some time it gets ok automatically also. Honda dealer has changed this centeral control unit two times free of cost in my car within an operation of 38000KM. Even two japnese from Hond took my car for two days to discover design problem in this central unil six months' back.Despite that problem persists. According to Honda dealer , this problem is comming in a very few cars . Therefore reliability of Honda Civic launched in India is a question mark.
Posted by sehgal on 2009-10-26:
I am looking forward to the response against my narration of problem dated 25th Oct 2009 as stated above.
Posted by Blue on 2011-06-07:
I bought my car in Alabama, USA. My horn started blowing continuously last week. I had to disconnect the battery. After about 1 hour of trying to disconnect the wire to the horn, it stopped ... with the wire still connected. I drove the car 700 miles back to my dealer just to have them treat me like I was crazy. Both experiences are very humiliating. Along with this problem my air conditioning stops working unpredictably. My dealer has been servicing the AC since 20k miles ... several times. They told me coolant was leaking but they couldn't tell where. After I reminded them I had an extended warranty, they finally replaced the compressor and clutch
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