2006 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 3 of 16

2006 Honda Civic from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

The best drive on a budget!

Faults:

My Civic, also known as bubble, was a complete dream!! Absolutely nothing was wrong with it! Unfortunately it got smashed and is now totaled. But I will be buying a new bubble soon.

General Comments:

It was a little on the smaller side, but that was fine with me, since I don't have kids, or drive many people around.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2010

2006 Honda Civic EX from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

This is a great little car all round!

Faults:

Nothing at all has gone mechanically wrong.

Paint is chipping, and a ding in the door has started to rust.

Civic emblem has come off.

General Comments:

I have owned my Civic since they first were released in Sept of '05.

This car has been a excellent car. Mechanically I have had no problems at all; no major breaks, repairs, nothing has gone wrong with the engine or tranny, it still runs as good today as it did the day I got it, with just routine oil changes and care.

The only issue I seem to have with the car, is the exterior. The paint started chipping the 2nd year I owned this car, and has since continued to slowly chip here and there. I also got a small dent below the passenger door that has started rusting, but we get snow 4-6 months of the year, and it sits very low, so I guess that is to be expected.

Another issue I seem to have is with tires. I go through tires very fast; about every 1 1/2 yrs, and no I don't drive like a hot rod. Put Pirelli on last Sept, and so far so good.

For it being a small car with low profile tires, I think it handles exceptionally well in snowy conditions, given the low pro tires. Rainy conditions is another matter; it has a tendency to hydroplane, even in small puddles it seems, but other than that, I think it handles very well.

The inside is kinda cozy for a family of four, but works. Not very spacious, but then again, you figure that out before you buy, right.

I can honestly say I love this car, and I hope it lasts. 88,000 miles and going very strong.

Oh yes, and I can't complain about the gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

2006 Honda Civic EX 1.8L from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Awesome car until the engine block cracks... then you are screwed

Faults:

Block cracked due to manufacturer design flaw TSB #08-044, yet Honda will ask for 25-50% of replacement cost if out of warranty.

General Comments:

If your 2006-2008 Civic overheated, or if you notice coolant smell or leaks, you may have a cracked engine block. Honda has admitted to having casting problems, creating a porous block that is prone to coolant leaks in the front, underneath the heat shield.

They will NOT pay 100% to fix it, unless you are in warranty, despite it being a manufacturing defect. It happens at around 60-75K usually, and you will either have to pay $1000-$4000, depending on your situation and dealership.

Besides that ticking time bomb, the car is very nice with a cool interior, beautiful exterior and tight suspension. Gas mileage is great, and power is good enough to get around.

I have also had a 2004 Civic who's transmission failed at 58K, so I'm beginning to have my doubts in Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th March, 2010

25th Apr 2010, 18:29

I have heard about the engine block defect and about the transmission failure, both seem to occur at 50 to 60K. Not paying for this is wrong if it is a known defect the owner has no way to prevent. I wonder about all those certified Civics with the 100K powertrain warranty.

11th Apr 2011, 20:05

If I had a trans blow at 58K in ANY car, I'd have never bought another from that manufacturer... huh?

13th Apr 2011, 16:53

Our Civic started self-destructing shortly after the (then) 36,000 mile warranty expired. The CV joints were hammering at 45,000 miles, it was using a quart of oil every three weeks at 50,000 miles, and it ate brake pads like candy. The engine blew at just under 100,000 miles. We will never buy another Japanese import. Our GM just had an 8-year, 100,000 mile check-up. Absolutely ZERO problems. It has not even had the original brake pads replaced yet. Just a battery and a set of tires.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 46 reviews