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#1217 of 1262 2007 Civic Engine Failure
Mar 19, 2010 (6:37 am)
The engine in my Civic (~65,000km) failed unexpectedly this week while my daughter was driving it on the highway. There was absolutely no warning, no lights, no bells no whistles...nothing, just one dead Honda.
I had the car towed to a Honda dealer for diagnosis. After 3 days of radio silence they finally related to me there is serious engine damage and that Honda Canada will cover replacement of the short block but that they won't pay for damage caused by the engine being run after coolant loss. Coolant loss?
It wasn't until I started to do some research that I found a reference to Honda TSB 08-044 "Engine Overheats or Leaks Coolant" that details exactly the condition that my car experienced.
Needless to say that it is not in Honda's best interests for this information to become widely known and I'm curious why they have not yet issued a recall notice to deal with this catastrophic problem.
#1218 of 1262 Re: 2007 Civic Engine Failure [rnd121]
Mar 19, 2010 (7:45 am)
Sorry about your problem... but two questions... Didn't you have some warning on your temp gauge? If there was absolutely no warning, didn't some other system fail?
#1219 of 1262 Re: 2007 Civic Engine Failure [rnd121]
Mar 19, 2010 (9:23 am)
Sorry to hear of your situation. The same thing happened to my 2006 Civic. It only had 45,000 miles. It started like this:
In the summer of '09 my a/c suddenly stopped blowing cold air. I took it to my dealership and they found that there was no coolant whatsoever. They filled it up and said that should do it. One week later same thing happened. Radiator was bone dry and my temp gauge was maxed. Again, I took it to the dealership and they promptly notified me of a cracked block-and I would have to pay for it. After looking on the net, I stumbled across this site, found the TSB referring to cracked blocks and leaking coolant and took it to my dealership. Sure enough, they took care of everything at no cost.
My dealership's service department was great. The line that produced these faulty blocks-not so great.
In this case, with a cracked block, the coolant will escape very very fast. You won't realize how hot the engine is til' it's too late.
Your Honda Service Department should cover the whole repair.
#1220 of 1262 Re: 2007 Civic Engine Failure [nealm]
Mar 19, 2010 (10:57 am)
I wasn't driving the car at the time the engine failed but I'm told there was absolutely NO warning. The engine just stopped and and the power steering went away. Bear in mind this was while my daughter was driving at ~110 kms/hr on the highway.
As the poster behind you points out, it's not hard to figure out that if the block cracks it isn't going to take long for the coolant to escape.
#1221 of 1262 100% Covered
Jul 16, 2010 (4:47 pm)
Don't put up with any crap from the dealer or Honda regarding the engine problem or control arms or tires. It is amazing how reality changes once you make it known your not a sheep.
#1222 of 1262 TSB 08-044 Engine Block Cracking
Jul 17, 2010 (8:21 am)
Does anyone have the 2H VIN range for 2006 Civic EX's that are covered in this TSB? Thanks!!
#1223 of 1262 Re: TSB 08-044 Engine Block Cracking [skeeter11]
Jul 17, 2010 (11:00 am)
I didn't keep it, but doesn't your dealer have it?
#1224 of 1262 Hand brake handle paint
Sep 03, 2010 (11:09 am)
Has anyone else had the paint flake off on the hand brake handle top? This is the second time for me and I'm wondering if there might be a warranty extension with Honda to cover this.
Sep 03, 2010 (3:10 pm)
The exterior paint seems to be pretty thin, as certain areas of my car have paint chips gone...not a happy camper! Wished they'd have used a better grade of paint.
#1226 of 1262 I can't wait to be rid of my 2006 EX
Sep 13, 2010 (11:50 am)
I'm a high-mileage commuter that has driven a honda (accord or civic since the late 80's (I adored my 87 hatchback). Grew up with them and have driven within my family 7-8. For a few years switched away (VW Beetle TDI), but the maintenance grief versus Honda and need for more passenger space had me back for the 06 civic.
New tires put on at 60K and they're super loud, but I refuse to put any more $ into this . In the 4.5 years I've owned it I'd had no issues until at 81K (9 months ago). Overheat & cracked short block. Did the water pump at the same time, but was an act of god for honda corporate (I had to deal with corporate before they'd do anything) and showed what I found online regardin the numerous complaints of the known problem. Then, I still had to pay a $600 'deductable' and was without a vehicle for 2 weeks! Did all brakes at ~100K. A few weeks ago took it in for an oil change and they 'discovered' a leak in the transmission seal. Oh, and I have that annoying sometimes broken visor, but heck if I am doing anything with that. One should 'never' have to get a new engine and have transmission problems with a Honda!
My replacement vehicle is due in any day. For the 1st of my life, I'm going American...we'll see!
For family reasons, I need a larger vehicle and 'was' going to sell this to a family member (because seriously - what else could go wrong), but I won't put family in potential harms way. Talk about a lemon. If you need a car for 75K miles and that's it, go for it...but I expect my honda's to be out of date and me want a new one because I want a change, not because they're crap...