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2009 Honda Civic repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (21%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 143 repairs.

2009 Honda Civic repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (28%)

Chart based on 29 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Honda Civic

Engine not specified

Honda Civic in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2015
Dec 2013

68000 mi
left front strut replaced due to clicking noise when driving over speed bump at approx. 4 mph. 
May 2014

74000 mi
-Key Fobs would work intermittently, even with new fob batteries. Both right and left Sun Visor split. Earlier workdone to replaace driver side visor done by dealer under special program from Honda but was told on this occasion Honda would not cover item. Faulty design. Paint and primer compatability issues. Dealer sent vehicle to paint shop for roof and deck lid. Dealer would not paint hood. 
Dec 2014

83000 mi
Passenger side strut assembly replaced. Clicking/thumping noise when in reverse with steering wheel turned to right. 
Mar 2015

83000 mi
I noticed the engine idle at stop light would cycle/slighty rev up and down when the turn signal lamp was also activated. Dealer said this was normal however, this did not occur when new. 
Honda Civic in Utah, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

78000 mi

US $110
car was sputtering. had them replace the low pressure natural gas filter and it started working fine. Should have replaced it earlier. 

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2009 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

197-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Honda Civic in Illinois, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

72300 mi
Replaced clutch master cylinder 
Honda Civic in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2011 - Nov 2012
Sep 2012

51000 mi
AC/vent fan working intermittently. 
Nov 2012

51000 mi
AC/vent fan still only working intermittently when traded. 
Honda Civic in Georgia, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2016
Nov 2013

38000 mi

US $60
The TPMS sensors are bad on at least 2 wheels; the TPMS light (not low tire pressure light) stays on. 
Mar 2016

82000 mi

US $2600
Replaced transmission due to ISB noise concern 
Honda Civic in Mississippi, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2015
Feb 2009

14000 mi
Strange rattling noise that occurred at low rpm and on startup once 18 mph was reached.  
Nov 2010

57500 mi
Loud rattling noise from plastic moulding when engine revd from 6000 to 8000 
Dec 2012

98000 mi
AC fan stopped functioning. Fixed under extended warranty. 
Honda Civic in Maryland, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2016
Oct 2009

9000 mi
clunking noise from steering gear when turning sharply and accelerating from a stop. shop re-torqued steering gear bolts. 
Jan 2010

13000 mi
left front suspension strut bad. makes clunking and squeaking noises. replacing the strut cured the problem. 
Honda Civic in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2015
May 2015

61300 mi

US $45
Had a misfire on cylinder 2. Diagnosed with a bad spark plug. Changed all four spark plugs with OEM plugs. 
Honda Civic in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2014
Mar 2011

32000 mi
Back screen on radio LED was peeling off 

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2009 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

40920 mi
Rear shock absorber leaking. Replaced both rear shock absorber 
Honda Civic in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Feb 2016
May 2013

67700 mi

US $1750
engine rebuild to repair a scoring of the front crankshaft bearing 
Jul 2014

82000 mi

US $800
compressor system needed repair but compressor did not fail. 
Aug 2014

83500 mi

US $812
replace clutch and field coil for a/c compressor 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Sep 2014
Apr 2009

10000 mi

US $269
Car began to emit squealing noises, whether rolling forward or back. Could be heard even if brakes were not applied. Brakes felt weak. 
May 2013

53000 mi

US $300
When I was swapping the snow tires to summer, the technician noted flat spots on the rear tires. This led to me taking the car to Costco where I bought the tires and he said it is due to a defect in the Civic's rear A-arms 
Sep 2014

63000 mi

US $250
new pads and rotors. This was a frequent issue with the Civic. 
Honda Civic in Washington, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
May 2013

69700 mi

US $250
Right rear wheel bearing started grinding so I replaced both rear bearings 
Jul 2015

101300 mi

US $200
AC compressor clutch went out. Garage fix where I replaced clutch and coil with aftermarket parts from Amazon. Compressor was still in good shape. 
Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jun 2015
Jun 2013

65100 mi
No repair made. Door checks are shot/not working. Doors close on me, will not stay open. All 4 doors do this. 
Sep 2013

68200 mi
AC compressor bracket bolts broken off. AC compressor was hanging, threw the acc. belt. Bolts were sheared (2 for sure). 
Feb 2015

90940 mi
Paint recall for fenders, hood, lower trunk lid. 
Honda Civic in North Carolina, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

84000 mi
Compressor was bad. Compressor replaced, but AC still very weak and hissing. 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2015
Jan 2011

10300 mi
rattle in door - panel replaced 
Nov 2011

16300 mi
rattling seat belt 
Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2010

10540 mi
Leaking oil - replaced some seals 
Mar 2013

34720 mi
trunk had rust on it, dealer repaired and repainted as part of a Honda recall. 
Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2009 - Apr 2011
Jun 2010

15000 mi
Front window rattle, Honda has TSB for it. Not a big deal, very minor. 
Honda Civic in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Oct 2009

4000 mi
Driver's B pillar trim would not stay in place. Dealer ordered replacement. The driver's side passenger door gasket (top) would not stay in place. The dealer crimped and reseated the gasket. 
Nov 2009

5000 mi
Dealer replaced driver's side b pillar trim. Installed it incorrectly. 
Mar 2010

9000 mi
Repaired pealing paint on the rear bumper. Repaired paint wear-through on the trunk where the chrome trim attaches. 
Feb 2011

17000 mi
Reseated driver side B-pillar trim that was replaced during a previous repair. This is the third trip for the problem, but it appears to be right this time. 
Jun 2012

35200 mi
The driver's side sun visor was splitting along the top/bottom half of the visor. Honda indicated this is a known problem and replaced under factory warranty. 

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2009 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Honda Civic in New Jersey, United States
May 2013 - Aug 2014
Jun 2013

46000 mi
Oil leak in timing chain cover 
Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2014
Dec 2008

500 mi
Rear door did not close tight. Had to be realigned. 
Honda Civic in Colorado, United States
Jan 2015 - Nov 2015
Nov 2015

129000 mi

US $125
Battery drained overnight due to AC relay stuck closed. 
Honda Civic in Washington, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

32000 mi
The check engine light was on. Usually that came from a loose gas cap but this time would not clear. Did not affect the decent price the dealer gave for it in trade. The Civis is 4 wheeled gold. 
Honda Civic in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2014 - Mar 2016
Dec 2015

115000 mi

US $78
Back left sensor was replaced. 
Honda Civic in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2016
May 2013

82000 mi

US $390
AC blowing warm air. Dealer understated condenser damage & refilled system. I inspected at home, found most fins gone. 2 wks later, small hole found in condenser as others noted on web. Honda covered 50%, I still paid 2x recharge. 
Dec 2015

133000 mi

US $25
replaced rear right rotor 
Honda Civic in New Brunswick, Canada
Aug 2009 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

25820 mi

C $400
Strut mount bearings seizing on both sides front. 
Honda Civic in Washington, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2016
Nov 2008

1000 mi
Intermittent rattle, probably in the exhaust system, that the dealer cannot replicate. 
Jun 2009

8000 mi
Rattle in exhaust system finally became constant and I took car to local Honda dealer who repaired it under warranty. Repair written up as "Repositioned exhaust center hanger." 
Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Aug 2015

89000 mi

US $699
compreesor and clutch replaced 
Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Feb 2015
Jun 2014

35960 mi
Replacement of keys required because originals were worn out 
Honda Civic in Maryland, United States
Jul 2015 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

57000 mi

US $450
Misassligned pully. Had waterpump, drive belt tensioner,power steering bearings, and new drive belt. Car was salvage. Also need to get new tires, rotors, and brakes. All are worn. 
Mar 2016

58000 mi

US $155
Brake pads and Rotors replace. OEM pads, Napa ultra premium rotors. 
Honda Civic in Michigan, United States
Jul 2014 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

57000 mi

US $1600
A/C compressor, dryer and associated parts replacement 
Oct 2015

68700 mi

US $500
Occasional scratching and humming noise when driving due to wear of the brake pads; Fix: replacement of brake pads and brake fluids, etc. Duration: couple of hours for the repair. 
Honda Civic in Texas, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

81000 mi
Not sure if it was a drive train issue.It would shudder very badly in first gear to second.Dealer at first reported they could find no issue.Returned a second time. they stated it needed a update.Its smoother,still detect faint vibration. 
Jan 2015

81700 mi
returning home, started to hear loud metallic grinding somewhere from in engine compartment.Upon inspection at dealership they reported again they could find nothing wrong.I believe something came loose, was caught in the engine/fan belt. 
Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2015
Jun 2014

64000 mi

US $70
Fine starting in winter and in high heat. Occasionally will not crank or do anything, only dash lights flickering. No other vehicles work as jumpers, only AAA. Happened randomly last year also although battery tested fine and was 5yrs old. 
Honda Civic in Arizona, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

50000 mi
Both driveshafts replaced under warranty due to noise when turning right. 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2012

41700 mi
Replaced worn-out brake pads and rotors 
Honda Civic in Kuwait
Jul 2011 - Aug 2014
Oct 2012

35920 mi

$230
Replaced pulley and timing belt 
Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
Jan 2012

27300 mi
battery failed at 31 months 26000 miles. Battery replaced under warranty 
Honda Civic in Iowa, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Aug 2011

20000 mi
Something came loose in driver's door, could not open from inside. While repair being done, discovered that a connector in door had not been replaced during repair from deer strike in December 2009, so door never locked using key. 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2016
Sep 2010

13000 mi
Intermittent rattle in right dashboard area traced to passenger airbag fasteners not torqued correctly during vehicle build. Dealer corrected problem N/C. 
Honda Civic in Texas, United States
Nov 2009 - Apr 2016
Sep 2010

20000 mi
Window seal came lose right rear door. 
Apr 2013

42000 mi
Drivers side sun visor broke. 
Apr 2016

85000 mi

US $237
Brakes, Front 
Honda Civic in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2010 - Apr 2013
Sep 2012

40000 mi

US $200
Brake pads replaced 
Honda Civic in Georgia, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2015
Dec 2011

20000 mi
The car would not start for my wife, nor my son, nor the tow truck driver 1 hour later. The battery was good and the engine turned but no ignition. The dealer said it was flooded. Flooded for over an hour does not seem credible. 
Jun 2012

24000 mi
There was a loud rattle from the back dash or trunk. 
Jun 2015

53000 mi

US $250
The rotors had a bad surface that was discolored and rough and was causing uneven and noisy breaking. 
Dec 2015

56000 mi
The paint was starting to fail on the roof at to spot just above the rear window to the right and left of center. It looked to me like the car was going to develop the typical paint failure stripes down the roof. 

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2009 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Honda Civic in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Mar 2016
Jan 2011

36000 mi
Just shy of 36,000 miles I had the window, window motor & tracks replaced for the driver and front passenger. Unfortunately, I was not reimbursed for the previously installed tint. 
Honda Civic in Wyoming, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2014
Oct 2012

47000 mi

US $110
IMA light (hybrid) & check engine light came on. System needed software upgrade. Problem fixed. 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2012
Sep 2011

32000 mi
Hybrid IMA battery pack replaced. Driver's window became misaligned w/track and would not close. Window glass, track, and mechanisms were all replaced. 
Jan 2012

35000 mi
Dash trim under speedo (upper tier) fit improperly, needed to be clipped back into place. 
Honda Civic in Missouri, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2015
May 2012

23500 mi
The batteries in the trunk were replaced. 
Honda Civic in Missouri, United States
Jan 2012 - Apr 2013
Feb 2013

37300 mi
IMA battery failure and replacement 
Honda Civic in Oregon, United States
Sep 2008 - Jan 2012
Oct 2009

9000 mi
Apparently my IMA Battery (which controls the hybrid feature) started going bad and gave a IMA warning light. After the dealer tried fixing, redoing the computer settings, they decided it was a faulty battery. They then replace the very expensive battery. 
Dec 2011

24000 mi
IMA Software updated 
Jan 2012

24000 mi
IMA Battery (Hybrid battery) replaced. After battery replaced we were still not getting prior mileage. The city mileage had dropped from 40 MPG to under 30 MPG. Traded car. 
Honda Civic in Arizona, United States
Aug 2009 - Apr 2011
Nov 2009

11000 mi
needs a new hybrid battery pack, was told it sat too long in the hot AZ sun on the dealer lot. 09/08 build date, purchased 08/09 
Honda Civic in Arkansas, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2011
Dec 2009

13000 mi
Computer update to the hybrid system needed to increase charging rate/performance. 
Jul 2010

24000 mi
Hybrid powertrain was eratic following recent software update. Software fix "fixed" problem but still not up to original performance. 
Honda Civic in Nova Scotia, Canada
Aug 2011 - Mar 2016
Sep 2011

34100 mi
EGR Faulty and replaced by dealer. 
Apr 2012

53940 mi

C $40
Both low beam headlights. Approx 10 mins to change left, 25 for right. Have to remove part of bumper and wheel well liner, as well as coolant resevoir. 
Oct 2012

75020 mi
New IMA battery required. Cost covered by warranty approx $7900 
May 2013

97340 mi

C $100
Rear sway bar bushing and end-links replacement required. 
Jun 2013

100440 mi
First noticed rust on trunk two weeks out of warranty. Coverage denied. Over a year later received letter about warranty extension. Dealer fixed two large (2 sq in ea) spots below chrome strip, refused to fix two eraser-sized spots near spoiler. 
Mar 2014

126480 mi

C $9
Windshield wiper arm hinges seized. Wiper arm could not pivot. Removed arm, disassembled, cleaned and lubricated, reassembled. 
Nov 2014

146320 mi

C $90
Both rear sway bar links required replacement. 
Sep 2015

170500 mi

C $350
Rear calipers seized, were replaced. 
Honda Civic in Manitoba, Canada
Dec 2011 - Sep 2015
Jan 2012

15680 mi
Hybrid Battery Pack was replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2013

26500 mi
Rust on rear and trunk of vehicle. Dealership will fix rust. There is supposed to be a TSB from Honda regarding an incorrect bold causing rust. Warranty extended from 3yrs to 7yrs (surface rust). 
Feb 2014

43400 mi

C $350
Car not heating properly.... dealer replaced thermostat. Only item not covered under extended warranty. Complained to dealer and Honda Canada that Kia and other manufacturers cover this component. Dealer covered 1/2 the repair cost. 
Jun 2015

55800 mi

C $1
needed new pads & rotors 
Honda Civic in Maryland, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

110000 mi
Engine cylinder pressure 0; needed new engine cylinder Honda refused to pay for fix, so sold car. Hybrid (IMA) battery ineffective - almost dead. Honda refused to pay fix; I sold car. 

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2009 Honda Civic 4-door

4-cylinder diesel hybrid automatic 2WD

Honda Civic in Oklahoma, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
Feb 2013

51000 mi

US $54
Installed missing fasteners on wheel well liner. 
Apr 2015

105000 mi

US $400
Car wouldn't start & had to be towed in. They said CNG line had moisture in it & replaced both high & low pressure filters. Every thing else was routine maintenance. 
Oct 2015

115700 mi

US $185
replaced compressor relay & recharged freon & dye 

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2009 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

197-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Honda Civic in Alaska, United States
Feb 2009 - Feb 2013
Jan 2009

5100 mi

US $50
valve sticking, replace rear gas fumes colector, under warrantee. took 6 trips to dealer in oregon East of Portland. 
Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2011 - Nov 2012
Jan 2012

7220 mi
Both front struts failed 
Nov 2012

11160 mi
Both front shocks wore out after 27,000kms. Normal use, no racing just spirited driving and commuting. Both replaced under warranty and alignment performed. No charge. 
Honda Civic in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2015

99200 mi

C $47
new front pads-installed by owner 
Aug 2015

104520 mi

C $25
new slide in passenger side rear caliper 
Nov 2015

107220 mi

C $30
Change rear brake pads 
Honda Civic in Oregon, United States
Apr 2015 - Sep 2015
Apr 2015

54000 mi

US $350
Serpentine chain was misaligned and could have come off. Pulley system was replaced. 
Honda Civic in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2009 - Aug 2013
Aug 2012

36260 mi
Radio doing weird noises during insertion / removal of CDs. Radio would get stuck into eject mode and try to eject cd for 30 seconds even if cd was already removed. Knocking sound sometimes on moderate to hard acceleration / braking. Knocking would also occur when passing over bumps. Problem was hard to find, a lot on parts were changed: front/lef tab + shock, steering rack and finally subframe. 

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2009 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Honda Civic in Germany
Nov 2011 - Jun 2012
Dec 2011

20460 mi

€50
Driver door lock actuator whines when unlocked.  Also, starting at 12000 miles, the car idles rough when there's an electrical load. There is a belt or pulley related sound that sounds like... 
Jun 2012

25420 mi
Rough idle when there's an electrical load. 

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2009 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2009 - Sep 2011
Aug 2009

7440 mi

C $30
Tight fit of the front bumper, re-adjust needed. 
Mar 2010

21080 mi
Rattle near windshield 
Sep 2010

30380 mi
Power Lock Actuator mulfunctioning (makes squeaking noise when actuator is activated) 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

48000 mi

US $230
Upper strut mount replaced on driver's side 
Honda Civic in Guatemala
Nov 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

14260 mi

$400
Engine mount was faulty and needed to be replaced. 
Honda Civic in New York, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Sep 2014

66000 mi
noisy and rough idle. side engine mounts needed replacement. 
Sep 2015

79000 mi
TPMS unit in tire corroded and leaking -required rebuild. Discount Tire replaced part at no charge. 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Mar 2016
Mar 2011

32000 mi
little noise right/lower side of dashboard, lubed at dealer no more noise 
Oct 2012

56700 mi

US $200
rough idle at cold start, not fixed yet 
Nov 2012

57300 mi

US $400
defective, broken hydraulic engine mount 
Oct 2013

72300 mi
honda recall, paint cracked and fading 
Jun 2015

93000 mi
2nd recall from Honda to repaint(original paint defective) 
Honda Civic in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2016
Sep 2015

111000 mi

US $530
Lots of vibration at idle. Found hydraulic motor mount disintegrated, additional "dog bone" mount defective. Both replaced. 
Honda Civic in Illinois, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2016
Jun 2012

32000 mi
Clicking noise from front end when turning steering wheel at low speeds. 
Dec 2013

55000 mi
Rear center LED brake light not working. Entire unit must be replaced or repaired. Simple bulb change not an option. Some disassembly required to access - over 1 hour labor. Dealer quoted $160 for repair. Repair not done as yet. 
Nov 2014

71000 mi

US $160
Rear Center brake light not working. Replaced. 
Dec 2015

83000 mi

US $237
Replaced one motor/engine mount as it was worn. 
Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - Sep 2013
Jun 2013

45260 mi

C $530
Condenser behind front grill. Rocks and debris caused dents and eventually small hole which leaked coolant. Had to replace. Design issue with condenser placement. CAA replaced dead battery. Just 4 months shy of 4 yrs of ownership. 

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