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2008 Honda Civic



  • I'm also having trouble with my Honda Civic 2007 handling in snow. If there is any ice or slick roads the back end goes back and forth. Even at 25 mph. My car has 40,000 miles on it. I have had to replace the tires and have upgraded but it still does it. I was told by the dealership said it is with the new design. And that the car is light that is why it does it. Told me to buy snow tires. I just bought radials snow/ice tires.
    I believe there is something wrong with the car. I need something safe living in WI. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    What brand and model of tire do you used as replacement?
  • nsteevonsteevo Posts: 18
    I used my 2007 Civic to drive to Seymour yesterday........the roads had some slick spots on them. I was going about 40mph and it did exactly what you said yours did.
    I had zero control over that car and then I slowed to about 30mph and it was the same thing. Every time I hit some slippery roadway the car (front and back) would move from side to side like the wind was blowing it and it was going to fishtail and then go in circles. I was scared to death. The same thing happened to me last summer in Florida when it rained hard. I love the car and don't want to part with it but if it means being safe and not scared to drive it then i will have to trade it in I guess. I thought the new tired would help.
    I have a friend who owned a 2008 Civic and he just traded it a few weeks ago for a Jetta wagon. What a great little car with lots of room. It does'nt slide all over when it snows. I am going to test drive one and then buy it.
  • Between snow plows and trucks dropping blocks of packed snow and ice on the Interstate, I avoid driving the Civic during periods of significant snow. The front end on the Civic is low and is subject to damage if a solid block of snow or ice hits it.

    I once had an old Chevy Vega (ugh!) that was low to the ground. I remember having to navigate some deeper snow that the plows left by driveway. Embedded in that snow was a packed block of ice which promptly tore off a stainless steel pipe that went from my muffler to the catalytic converter.

    Now if it looks like we are getting more than 4 inches of snow, I'll opt to drive our CRV and leave the Civic in the drive.

  • I have had the same problem with my 2007 Honda Civic. I have gone round and round with the dealers in the area and the Honda consumer hotline. They refuse to believe there is a problem with the car. When it snows the snow accumulates in the wheel well and causes extreme vibration and handling problems simular to how a flat tire would cause the car to act. It is very dangerous to drive and I know it is a design flaw. I have owned several cars in my life and have always lived in snow country and I have never come across a car that handles like this thing in the winter. I will never buy a Honda again. I suggest Toyota, Ford, or VW. My Audi handles the winter weather great but it is exspensive to work on. What we need is a class action lawsuit to get Honda to take care of this problem. In the mean time I truly believe there will be several major accidents because of this problem. Drive safe and leave your honda at home in he snow or heavy rain!!
  • I have owned a 2006 Civic LX and now have a 2008 Civic SI. I had the problem with my 2006 and found the vehicle to be dangerous on Icy roads. I took it back to the dealership and they checked the rear allignment which was out my 2.5 mil. This fixed the problem. The 2008 models were to have been fixed but I had the same problem with poor handling. I took it back and they realligned the rear wheels and the car handles perfect now. I live in Edmonton where we have extreme winter conditions with temperatures hitting minus 37 f. Tell your dealership to check the rear camber and allign the wheels. The problem is only noted on snow and Icy roads but this will even cause poor handling on dry conditions. Rear tires will wear faster. A fellow worker just had the same problem I had and had it fixed yesterday. He had the 08 EXL Civic and hated the car because of the poor handling on Icy roads. Honda will fix the problem. You just may have to educate the service rep.
  • zoozeekzoozeek Posts: 32

    My 2008 Civic LX four-door has much too much wind (and/or road) noise with the front windows rolled down (and I enjoy driving with the windows down quite a bit, here in San Diego). Has anyone had experience with side window deflectors? If yes:

    1. Do they reduce wind noise? Significantly?
    2. Do they also reduce wind noise when the window is closed (rolled up)?
    3. Do they have any drawbacks? (Do they come off? Do they inhibit the view?...)
    4. What brand(s) are best?

    Thanks greatly for your advice.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I have them on my Toyota truck, so the issues should be the same.

    1. No, not at all, in fact I'd say they increase wind noise.
    2. Noisier with the window down slightly.
    3. Mine have come off in one of those automatic car washes and I had to reinstall them. They have not inhibited the view at all.
    4. Not sure what brands are best as I bought them on ebay.
  • nsteevonsteevo Posts: 18
    The service bulletin number for the alignment problem is 08-011.
    I went to the dealer as a result of a discussion in another blog about handling problems on slippery pavement. Mine was so bad I had started looking at buying a new//different car.
    The dealer will replace the rear upper control arms which (originally) were designed to "tilt" the wheels allowing for better handling. Only problem with this great idea is that it causes uneven tire wear (a prerequisite to having the dealer replace the parts and to do an alignment on Honda) and lack of control on slippery pavement.
    Mine was fixed yesterday. My fingers and toes are crossed cause I love this little car and want to keep it.
  • zoozeekzoozeek Posts: 32
    I can't believe it: I just took my 2008 Civic with 12,000 miles on the odo to the dealership for vibration in the steering wheel at highway speeds and they found that my front brake pads are down to 20%!!! After 12,000 miles!!! I've never replaced brake pads before 40,000+ miles on any other car I've owned. So, my questions:

    1. Has anyone had such excessive brake pad wear in a Civic? At what mileage do front brake pads usually need to be replaced in the new Civics?
    2. I'd like to upgrade: What brake pads do you recommend? What rotors?

    Thanks greatly for the advice.
  • ken2116ken2116 Posts: 2
    We have a 2006 LX (same car) that was helpless in the slightest snow, absolutely no traction when cornering or accelerating. None. In our case the problem was solved by replacing the tires with Michelin Pilot Exalto AS (chosen after reviewing Consumers Reports tire test results) made a great improvement in both snow/ice on our last trip to the Sierra. Good snow tires should be even better, but there's lots of variation between brands and models. The Pilot Exaltos also are good in rain - on roads with a small amount of standing water the car stops almost as fast as on dry pavement, much better than the OEM Bridgestones.
  • ken2116ken2116 Posts: 2
    As a point of reference, I just checked my 2006 Civic LX pads at 31,000mi and they have about 1/3inch of lining remaining and almost no wear on the discs. I do drive very smoothly and mostly on level roads and have a manual transmission, so the brakes lead an easy life. Sometimes a cylinder problem will cause brakes to drag and wear pads, but with this one would expect wear to be different at each wheel.

    The high carbon content OEM pads on our 1994 Volvo wear out in ~ 10,000 mi - we've replaced them with Raybestos pads and do much better.
  • nsteevonsteevo Posts: 18
    Just a quick follow up to having the dealer replace the upper handling bars on the rear tires to slolve the handling problem on slippery pavement...............PROBLEM SOLVED !!!
    I had the parts replaced about 2 months ago and we've had lots of snow since then and the car handles perfectly every time now. (same tires, they did an all wheel alignment but the alignment wasn't far off at all either).
    I highly recommend the procedure and Honda pays for it if the service department determines excessive tire wear due to the original parts that were tilting the wheels inard.
  • bearcrkrdbearcrkrd Posts: 167
    We had a lot of snow for this neck of the woods (Seattle) this winter. I had a build up in the wheel wells and the car vibrated really bad. After the build up cleared, I noticed a slight vibration. Also didn't like the handling in wet grooves at hiway speeds, so at 24,000 miles bought new tires. Expensive tires, Goodyear Eagle ResponsEdge. For handling, and hoped to get a little less road noise. Probably a lot more tire than the car will ever need, but what the heck. Helped, but still felt a vibration. Finally today went back and got the tires re-balanced. Helped some, but no miracle fix. Went to the delaer where I bought it and got a 4 wheel alignment. It was out. Funny thing is the Right Rear was the one out-of-spec. The others were just tweaked to a finer adjustment when finished. Feels better.
  • stupid question here, but my wife ran over a nail I think and I am wondering if that is covered under warranty? I think they are goodyear tires, so i imagine the warranty is through them. do you know how i would go about getting this fixed under warranty, if thats even covered? also, she had the flat on the highway, she pulled over immediately and noticed some smoke coming from the flat, is that normal or no good? thanks
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The tire manufacturer isn't at fault that you ran over a nail, so no, the warranty wouldn't cover it. Just like the bumper-to-bumper warranty from Honda won't cover you in a hailstorm.
  • I also have had spoiler issues. i have an 07 civic coupe with 40,000 miles. The dealer has replaced 4 spoilers and the ends keep getting loose. The 5th time they decided to take it to a local body shop who placed extra double sided tape on the sides, and again it started coming loose after ~2000 miles. This is so annoying. It doesn't look as streamlined as the car should look while decent sized gaps being noticed

    What ever happened to your civic, was your dealer ever able to resolve the issue or did you just let it be and deal with it. I wish they could put some heavy duty cement on the edges to hold it down :) The manager at my dealership said if this didn't work then he would get me in-touch with the regional service manager which im thinking they might try to offer me a cash settlement, but honestly I just want if fixed. Any luck with yours??

    thanks, Bobby
  • bim29bim29 Posts: 1
    I had some problems with my front bumper such as it wasn't stable and falls off on the right side of the bumper. I tried to stick it in somehow but it happens again sometime. Then earlier today I accidentally crushed my front bumper on the left side. Does Honda Guarantee program going to cover that for me or not??
  • I am wondering if anyone else has this problem and if there is a solution.
    The position of the wiper blades when shut off is below the area on the windshield that heats up from the defroster blowing. When there has been ice and/or snow and the car has been shut off. The only way to get the wiper blades free is to "chisel" them loose. There I am chopping at the delicate rubber with a giant, hard ice scrapper. There is no way for the car to heat them up so they just come loose by themselves without suffering any damage.
    I cannot believe that someone who has been designing and manufacturing cars for as many years as Honda has would create such a huge problem and be o.k. with it.
    These are basics people. As they say, "not rocket science".
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    They sit where they do so as to be below the air-stream over the vehicle, increasing fuel economy due to lower aerodynamic drag. I've always heard of people up north (I live in Birmingham, AL) leaving their wipers up after you arrive at home as if you were cleaning the windshield to prevent this from happening. Simply put them down when you're done scraping the next morning.

    It's not rocket science. :) Hope this solution works for you.
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