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#329 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [camble94]
Dec 28, 2008 (12:06 pm)
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.
#330 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [summer24]
Dec 28, 2008 (5:30 pm)
What brand and model of tire do you used as replacement?
#331 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [summer24]
Jan 01, 2009 (9:31 pm)
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.
#332 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [camble94]
Jan 02, 2009 (9:44 am)
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.
#333 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [summer24]
Jan 03, 2009 (12:33 pm)
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!!
#334 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [summer24]
Jan 06, 2009 (3:58 pm)
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.
#335 of 350 DO SIDE WINDOW DEFLECTORS REDUCE WIND NOISE?
Jan 07, 2009 (8:59 am)
DO SIDE WINDOW DEFLECTORS REDUCE WIND NOISE?
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.
#336 of 350 Re: DO SIDE WINDOW DEFLECTORS REDUCE WIND NOISE? [zoozeek]
Jan 07, 2009 (9:49 am)
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.
#337 of 350 Re: Handling in Snow [summer24]
Jan 16, 2009 (3:09 am)
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.
#338 of 350 OUTRAGEOUS! WORN-OUT BRAKE PADS @ 12K MILES?!?
Jan 27, 2009 (10:48 am)
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.