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104k miles, 4 years later....
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By por944t
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2008 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)


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I have just rolled over to 104k. This was a certified pre-owned 20k car from the dealership when I purchased it 4 years ago. Overall, this car has been reliable, affordable, and relatively roomy.
I've averaged 29-30mpg in the city/35 highway. This car is my daily driver. Longest drive was 16 hours one way (at 90k) and no problems.
Next service appointment is for the water pump/belt- hopefully this goes smoothly.


Best Features

I love the interior design, roomy, rear seats lay flat (headrests removed), huge trunk, flat floor across rear seat, peppy to drive, excellent gas mileage, fully adjustable front seat (great for shorties), seats four adults comfortably (lots of compliments), plenty of headspace, great efficient headlights, AC/heat work quickly, radio is decent... cannot say enough good things about this vehicle. 104k and still enjoy driving this car.


Worst Features

Other then the normal wear and tear items (oil changes, air filter changes, brakes/tires at 80K, wipers etc), the only "issue" I have had is with the driver sunvisor joint melting (dealer replaced free of charge). Gears have an awkward layout- only noticeable when going over large hills. Larger turn radius for a sedan and surprisingly large blind spots around vehicle.


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Expensive 2008 Civic
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By civic08owner
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2008 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A)


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I found my 2008 Honda Civic to be more expensive to maintain than my 2000 Chrysler Sebring.

Here are the part replacements that needed to be done on my Civic in between 60-80k miles:
1. Driver's side sun visor
2. Main upper engine mount
3. Ventilation fan motor
4. Middle brake light

At 84k miles, there is another rattle/grumble from the engine when idling. I suspect it may be the lower engine mount.

Also, I average 25-27 mpg during winter months and 29-30 mpg during summer months, with mixed back road and highway driving.

My Sebring only needed wheel bearings and tie rod ends to be replaced.

I'm not impressed with Honda quality.


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Over the Hill
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By ukyagr
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2008 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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The first year of ownership was great, but it has since been in steady decline. I bought this car based off of reputation, but unfortunately it will soon have to go. No longer can Honda claim reliability and high build quality with this vehicle. Problems include failing door locks, window motors, visors, blower fan electrical components, and A/C compressor failure. Honda has mailed extended warranties on paint and visors already. I expect eventual class action or warranty extension on the AC/blower issues - very common on this model. My dealer does not even charge me diagnostic fees on the AC or fan anymore. The car was babied and often garaged. All of these problems with only 62,000 miles.


Best Features

Digital Dashboard, FM Tuning Wheel (as opposed to rocker switch), Solid Transmission, Comfortable Seats


Worst Features

Improve electrical components and systems. Improve reliability. Many components, switches, knobs, and finishings are excessively budget and cheap.


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Minor issues
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By donjames150
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2008 Honda Civic LX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A)


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I bought this car in December of 2008, it now has 90,000 miles 8 years later. The only "repair" has been to add 2 strong clips to fix the broken sun visor hinges that melt in the southern sun here in NC. And the paint job is of poor quality, but still good enough after 5 years. I had to have the AC charged this year. And brakes after 60k miles. Normal maintenance really. The passenger side front electric window motor is wearing out but still working. The factory tires were loud and hard riding. Do yourself a favor (and this goes for any car), buy the best tires you can afford. I like Goodyear ComforTred. They are quiet and give a softer ride, worth the extra money. Drives like new. Update: The lights for the gas gauge don't always work. This year, 2016, I was told that the passenger front air bag was a factory recall. Still waiting for Honda to replace it.


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Disappointed
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By wak52
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2008 Honda Civic EX-L 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A)


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In November 2013 my 2008 Honda Civic experienced a motor mount failure.
The vehicle has been well maintained, driven easy and only has 57,000 miles on it.
Investigation on the internet shows this to be a very common problem.
Honda absolutely refuses to do anything about the problem, other than charging their customers a hefty fee for the repairs.

This generation of Civic has also had issues with the windshield visors failing after a few years.
Unfortunately the Civic has become an under engineered vehicle that Honda has cut too many corners with.


Worst Features

Quite simply I believe Honda should stand by it's products and take responsibility for obvious manufacturing defects in the same manner other responsible manufacturers do. The motor mount failure problem is widespread and should be the target of a recall.


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