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Honda Civic 2006-2007 Issues

riclynriclyn Posts: 1
2006 Civic sedan has had a pull to right from first day we brought it home - most noticeable on straight sections of freeway at fwy speed. Salesman said bring it in for alignment so I assumed it was a minor issue. 1st service adventure: service rep identifies tech bulletin on right pull. Alignment helps somewhat but still noticeable pull to right. 2nd service trip: tires rotated, another alignment, still pulls to right. Service rep says because the way the roads are "crowned" (not flat) the car naturally steers toward the slope, which happens to be right. Doesn't explain why it still pulls right on a flat section of freeway, or even when the road is banked left on a left curve. Another poster noted here extreme pull to right on purchase.Still another post on #4835 describing electric power assist as being a contributor to the problem. A co-worker bought a 2006 Si with the same problem. Anyone else had this issue resolved? I like the car (mostly), but quite honestly I miss my 2002 Civic - less things to go wrong. The steering just feels squirrely and I feel like I am constantly over controlling, adding minor inputs - it doesn't track straight and true.
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  • I purchased my 2006 Honda Civic Sedan LX this past Friday...and I'm sorry to say that I am feeling regrets! I traded in a 2004 Honda Accord LX after putting 24,000 miles on it in 14 months. Since it was leased...I felt pressure to either re-finance...or trade it in on a 2006 Honda Civic Sedan LX which intrigued me because of the re-design and increased fuel economy. Overall, I find the 2006 Civic Sedan a good vehicle but after driving it this past weekend I noticed (more than I anticipated) that the vehicle is a LOT less comfortable than my Accord, the ride is a lot rougher, and there is a LOT more road noise. Additionally, I didn't realize until this weekend that there are no cup-holders in the back seat (which REALLY annoyed my daughter), and I miss the trunk release on the key fob. But...the BIGGEST annoyance that I have found is the HEADRESTS! I just CANNOT get comfortable driving this car because the headrest forces my head forward...what's up with that? I don't know what to do???
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Picked up my LX 2 weeks ago and instead of re-aligning the car as I requested after the test drive, they just played with the tire locations...said it was a tire pull. Was back 2 days later for a full 4 wheel alignment. Helped a bit, but car still wants to pull to the right. Small corrections are always needed. I personally like my steering wheel dead on straight, but it's cocked about 2 degrees to the left.
    Any help would be appreciated. I always buy an additional alighnment policy (3 year) for our cars and I'm looking now to see what Tires Plus has. My only real complaint with this car so far!

    The Sandman :(
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    My car went from near perfect to flawed.

    My dealer and Honda have been nothing short of wonderful to work with.

    All the parts are in to replace the power steering pump, drivers door window switch, drivers side rear spring and trunk liner side panels.

    I have some tire wear on the rear tires. Honda is going to replace the rear tires and do a aligment on the car. I figure the sagging spring has more to do with the tire issue than alignment over all.

    Funny thing. Ive owned many a car in the last 20 years or so. I havent had to get a car aligined since 1993 or so. And that car was a 1992 Tracer. Wife went curb hopping in it.

    So Im going to let the dealer and Honda work there magic and continue to enjoy my Civic. We took it to my brothers wedding yesterday and over to a daughters home to pick up a grandchild of ours. Logged 250 miles or better in it yesterday. Used the Navi, got in many a near redline shift. Had the A/C on, did city and hwy driving and still turned in 39 mpg. We took the Civic over our 05 Accord EX Sedan. Yes it rivals our Accord in driving and rideing pleasure.

    Even with its teething problems its a fine little auto.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Mine has this same problem also. A 4-wheel alignment corrected it about 75%, so I'll be hitting the service department when my 5k service comes due.
    Other than that, really love the car.

    The Sandman :)
  • cmruffcmruff Posts: 15
    My almost 2K Civic EX 5 sp has a subtle but distinct whistling or humming sound at 70 mph. The sound stops if I remove my foot from the gas pedal. Car runs great with or without the sound. It seems to come from somewhere under the right side of the hood. Any ideas? Should I be concerned?
    Thanks!
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    Ask them if caster can be adjusted on this car [probably not, but ask anyway]; if so, a slight change in the right side [dial in a bit more caster] might cure the problem.

    Our last Mercedes had a persistent pull that was only cured when the tech went with slightly different caster settings for the left vs right front - this cured the problem, even though all of the original settings were theoretically within factory spec.

    Caster is the amount of angle on the front strut as viewed from the side and measured from the top to bottom. More caster causes the car to resist changes in direction...less has the opposite effect.

    On most front drive cars with struts, it can't be easily adjusted - but it is worth asking about, anyway.
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    Hi,

    I have read two things thus far for noise at highway speeds.

    #1. if you have bridgestone tires, they are some problems with internal belts slipping

    #2. It's could possible be the front black cover right under the front of the hood inbetween the two fron lights. Some people have mentioned they were not installed correctly.

    #3 Possible alightment and incorrect worn tire due to the bad alignment.

    My car even after a fixed alignment still pulls to the right but no noise yet at over 2000 miles.

    Take it to the dealer and get on the highway if possible so they can't say you are imagining it.
  • pattie_tpattie_t Posts: 1
    Civic 2006 Headrest very uncomfortable. The foam padding is too rigid. If the seat is in the upright position, the headrest pushes my head forward. To correct, the manual says use the seat in a recline position and raise the height of the seat. I did this and it is marginally more comfortable. I am distressed about this, having driven Hondas for 20 years. I called Honda 800 Customer Service in Torrance and they said "NO ONE ELSE HAS COMPLAINED ABOUT THIS SO WE CAN DO NOTHING." I believe this is a recall matter. I am writing to Honda and encourage everyone with a back and neckache due to these seats to do the same. I do not find the seat itself to be too bad, it is the angle and the stiffness of the padding on the head rest. I am trying to make a custom fitted pillow to go over the seat rest. Please write to Honda if you are experiencing this problem. Otherwise I like the car. I drove an Accord for 14 years, but the new Accord is just too big.
  • "A recall matter" Are you serious???
    Actually, I much prefer the headrest over the one in my old 2000 Civic...noticed it the first time I test drove one and liked it.

    Did you not test drive your car?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    This may be nothing but a matter of semantics, but they are head restraints and they are a safety feature. They are not for resting one's head.

    That said, if a head restraint doesn't allow a comfortable neck position while driving, I can imagine that would make driving the car pretty unbearable. :sick:

    Maybe a cushion in the back of the seat to push the body forward a little?
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    Just got back from the dealer. Everything was fixed on my Civic.

    They replaced:
    power steering pump
    drivers window switch
    trunk liner sides
    drivers side rear spring
    two new tires
    aligenment front/rear
    fiddled with something concerning the faint miss I was feeling
    Check the A/C and a bunch of other stuff

    They worked there rear ends off on the car and bent over backwards to please me. The Civic drives better than it did new! Im very impressed with my dealer's service dept. They are every bit as good as the sales dept.

    Honda Automoblies of Bartelsville ROCKS!!! :thmsup:
  • psypsy Posts: 122
    As a owner of a 05 Accord EX Sedan and a 06 Civic Sedan EX I can tell a road noise diff. It does ride a bit firmer.

    As far as over all comfort? We feel the Civic is just as good as the Accord. So much so we took it on a 3k mile road trip over Easter and left the Accord at home.

    As for cup holders. I think the Accord has eight total and the Civic has for. I dont know if the LX has the fold down arm rest in the back. I know my EX does and there's two cup holders in it.

    We have no headrestaint issues at all with the Accord or Civic. At one year old our Accord had 30k miles on it and the Civic at 7 months old has 15k miles. We drive alot. And have never had comfort issues with these cars.

    Ive heard of some folks that found the head restraints in backwards or have turned them backwards to help with issues like these.

    Good luck
  • tjs01tjs01 Posts: 34
    I just passed the 3,000 mile mark with my EX automatic. The mileage has been a major disappointment. The best mileage I have recorded is 33 mpg. This was about 90% highway driving going 65-75mph. Overall mileage is about 30.5 mpg with about a 60/40 mix highway/city. I expected the average to be 33-35. Is there a chance this will improve as time progresses or could there be some problem with the car? I am really envious of those of you that are getting 40 mpg on the highway!

    A few other things. There is a recurring rattle from the glove compartment/passenger side front door area. Not all the time. Will likely be difficult for the dealer service to replicate. Has anyone had this diagnosed and corrected?

    The AC seems to be inconsistent. Sometimes it is frigid and other times it blows warm air. Seems to turn itself on and off. Again, hit or miss on a service tech reproducing on a test drive. Has anyone had this diagnosed and corrected?

    The wind noise from the driver’s side door due to the window molding having a small gap. I talked with Honda and they have issued an advisory on this that involves removing the molding and inserting a piece of foam to plug the gap in the molding. The dealer offered to order a new molding to see if the replacement does not have the gap. I am going to take them up on this. Seems like Honda could get this corrected with their supplier.

    Finally, an annoyance. There is a dark spot on the speedometer when you wear polarized sunglasses. Both the dealer and Honda said no one else has brought this to their attention. Anyone else out there experience this?

    Any responses would be appreciated.
  • tjs01, Since the 40 MPG highway estimate is based on the government's test at about 50 miles per hour, it's no surprise you that you're not getting close to 40 miles per gallon. Doing 75 MPH means having much more force to drive into, and that burns more of your fossil type fuel.

    I'm getting about the same mileage numbers as you. I couldn't be happier.

    I'm also happy with the A/C performance, although it does seem to have better moments than others at times. I generally wonder how the heck they get so much cold air out of a compressor hooked up to such a small engine. Those engineers are pretty smart I suppose. :-)

    I also find the headrests a little bit annoying (for resting my head though, not for driving). In the way of speculation, I can't help wondering, Rossetter, if you might be sitting just a tad TOO upright when you drive. You come across as the kind of person who goes through life extremely uprightly. Lean that seat back a hair, relax, and enjoy the ride. Things might be ok after all.
  • Dear Rossetter,

    For the 2006 Civic LX Sedan, the cup-holders for the
    back seat passengers are bulit into the side pockets
    of the rear doors. If you look at these pockets, you
    should notice that at one end is bigger than the other
    end so that a cup (With a lid!) will fit in there. My
    daughters used this builtin cup holder feature without
    any issue.

    As for the arm rest of the rear seats, LX does not come
    with a fold down arm rest, only EX does i.e no cup-holders
    since no arm rest.

    As far as road noises and comfortable, they are a built
    in features of all the small cars i.e. light weight, used
    less gas leading to more plastic parts and less insulation!
    If you preferred quiet and comfortable ride then test drive
    a Lexus LS or Infiniti instead, but please remind yourself
    during the test drive that Gas Are Way Above $3.00 for
    premium unleaded gas that Lexus & Infiniti required and the
    price are also way above 20K range, think double at least!

    Hope my answers help.

    Regards,

    2006civiclx
  • travis77travis77 Posts: 63
    what happened with your power steering just out of curiousity? Mine makes a sound of an old door opening,,, kinda hard to explain
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    The "headrests" are actually called "Active head restraints" and are designed to move up and forward upon a sufficiently severe rear impact to prevent or lessen whiplash type neck injury. This is part of the safety package so please do NOT remove or reverse them as some other poster suggested. They are not a problem for me but I do not lounge back in the seat with my head but sit rather upright so I make no contact with them normally.
  • tobehumantobehuman Posts: 6
    I purchased a 2006 Honda Civic EX sedan in April. It has had it's share of problems since I got it. My biggest concern is that the car has yet to break 30MPG and I already have 3000+ miles n the car. Check out my forum profile to see all the problems I've been having.
  • outrideroutrider Posts: 4
    Hi [tjs01],

    Regarding the rattling noise from the glovebox area ...

    I've had a noise in that area that seems to be coming from the passenger front wheel area. The replication problem is *exactly* what I've experienced.

    My dealer first replaced the strut. The noise didn't go away a completely and came back quickly to the same level. The dealer then replace the whole strut assembly. The noise returned again after leaving the dealership.

    I tried to replicate it with the service manager. No luck. It seems that I have to hit just the right kind of bumps (not big ones) to hear the rattle. It's like something, perhaps a retainer of some sort, is loose.

    The care drives and functions just fine. So I'm banking that a dealer service tech will come across the problem in a future oil change or maintenance interval. That's all I see happening.

    Because the functioning of the car isn't affected, I'm hesitant to contact Honda field management on the problem. Also there might be a service advisory issued on this now or at some point.

    It's a little disappointing since this is my fourth Honda, but it'll get fixed, no doubt.
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    I too have the rattle noise somewhere near the front right of the globe box of front of the car area.

    With regards to the bump, if I hit certain bumps I have a large clunk in the front right of my LX auto which many others have reported.

    The dealer twice did not find anything wrong and like you say I do not feel an adverse affects on the car other than the noise so I am going to live with it for now.

    I am sure as our cars age in the next year or so honda will find out how to solve these problems so it;s probably better for us to wait a while then bring the cars in and the service areas will have much more info on what is causing the problems and how to correct them.
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