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2008 Honda Civic repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (15%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (7%)

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2008 Honda Civic transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 15 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

197-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

9500 mi driving home heard a loud pop noise. while getting off e-way. went to shift gears and nothing. Towed to dealer. found faulty clutch. after fighting and talking to honda rep. honda finally repaired free of charge 
31000 mi Sometimes hard to shift transmission into third. Dealer tested a few times, smooth as silk each time. 
41000 mi Had intermittent problems shifting into third gear... seemed to stick and had to be pushed or depress the clutch again. Finally happened at the dealership! Recall for popping out of third but mine was not doing that. 
12500 mi Gear shifter kicks me out of third gear when going from second to third gear shifts in cold weather. Problem disappears after car has warmed up. Haven't taken it in for repair yet. 
96000 mi

US $1200
Clutch noise/preventative mechanical failure/found play in throwout bearing and odd wear in clutch/ and odd wear on pressure plate. Cause from hard driving. Parts would have gone easily another 50-100k 
28000 mi gear grind in second. supposedly performed TSB under warranty. 

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2008 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

37200 mi

C $60
Clutch keeps squeaking, squeak comes back after lubing. Fix is new clutch master cylinder which is not covered by powertrain warranty. 2nd civic which does this. 60 dollars for diagnosis which was completely unnecessary, google it. 
22000 mi Clutch resistance and squeek when released slowly. 

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2008 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

151000 mi

US $180
Left front axle replaced. 
31700 mi Clicking noise back again from 2011. Had to prove to them it clicks when it's cold and has a slight vibration each morning. They finally opted to replace the the drivers side axle shaft. Had to be ordered. 
56000 mi Replaced axle due to clicing noise on extreme turns. Dealership folks said this is a common issue. Powertrain was under warranty. 

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2008 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

128000 mi

US $445
Transmission flush 
94860 mi

C $100
Transmission slipping and difficulty maintaining speed on the highway. Impact on fuel economy was noticable over a 700 km trip. Only fix was to change the transmission fluid, but posting this here so that CVT Civic owners are aware of issue. 

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2008 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

197-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

6000 mi The car was popping out of 3rd gear randomly. 
9000 mi Car is still randomly popping out of 3rd gear when shifting into it. Problem is happens more than before but not all the time. 
100440 mi

C $1400
The clutch disc was chewed up. The shop thought it was metal failure. I have never had a clutch go bad on me. No idea why this one went. 

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2008 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

79000 mi

US $400
Left CV joint failed, resulting in clunking noises after driving long enough to get things hot. This was preceded by a few months of occasional "groaning" when turning the steering at a standstill. 

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2008 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

140-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

79000 mi

US $275
Replaced Driver's side axle. 

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2008 Honda Civic Transmission Problems

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