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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
14 of 14 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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Problems Since Day 1
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By shanetd6
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2008 Honda Civic LX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A)


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I bought this car new. 1 a half years in the block leaked all the coolant out and my car overheated. Luckily no damage to the engine. They replaced the block under warranty.

Shortly after a clicking sound when I turned sharply. Dealership diagnosed it and could not figure out what it was. Finally after a few years they replaced the right front axle. Seemed fine for about six months and has progressively gotten worse.

Brake pads replaced after 3 years and 60K miles. Now brakes make a horrible noise. Rotors resurfaced, bearing replaced and no change.

The visibility sucks There is a huge blind spot on the edge of the windshield. Can't see people in crosswalk. Scary! Be careful.


Best Features

The oil change indicator light. The auxiliary plug


Worst Features

Improve drive-train, seats, brakes and visibility.


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Mugen SI
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By jordan231479
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2008 Honda Civic MUGEN Si 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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With just only 2 weeks with the Mugen SI I'm completely in love with this car. Not only does it get attention from everyone but it's a blast to drive. If your a Honda enthusiast, this is definitely the car to own. It drives like a dream with a stiff cornering when you want it but comfortable enough to drive in long trips.


Best Features

Redline at 8,000 rpm, Mugen Accessories everywhere around car, Styling, Suspension, Color


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