2008 Honda Civic Type-S 2.2 CDTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Economical, reliable, spacious, spaceship!! :)


The bluetooth has stopped connecting with my phone. Going to speak to the dealer on the next service to get this sorted.

Wing mirror got smashed by oncoming car (who wouldn't simply wait to let me pass). Not the manufacturers fault, but costs £300+ to replace the cover, indicator and mirror glass!!!

General Comments:

It is extremely comfortable, relaxing to drive and has plenty of grunt to pull away if in the wrong gear. Motorway cruising is easy, as 70mph seems more like 40mph...

The car is extremely economical. I get over 50mpg if driving Miss Daisy, or lowest is about 45mpg when pushing it...

Looks like a spaceship inside, which always puts a smile on my face!!

Mine is fitted with all the luxuries (i.e. sat nav, bluetooth, bumper protectors etc). All have been an absolute delight!! The bumper protectors have saved me scuffing the bumper, much cheaper to fix. The sat nav is so simple, I use it almost daily!! The bluetooth has gone wrong, but when it's working it is brilliant, and again, very easy to use!!

The handling of the car is extremely good in the dry. It glides over bumps, but really digs in when cornering hard. It slightly loses this feeling when the road is wet, because the car tends to under steer slightly...

All in all, I couldn't be happier!!! I do over 20,000 miles a year, so needed something reliable, economical, but nice to drive also!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2009

18th Jun 2010, 18:09

What! no slipping clutch?

Don't worry, that's still to come, and Honda will not want to know.

19th Jun 2010, 13:55

"What! no slipping clutch?

Don't worry, that's still to come, and Honda will not want to know."

Almost all the problems one could encounter with a clutch in any vehicle are caused by poor driving skill.

19th Mar 2011, 20:13

Sorry, but the clutch slips because it's smaller than needed for this kind of torque engine. I drove a 2.2 for 2 years, fantastic car, sold with 79000 kms, and replaced a faulty clutch, replaced a faulty transmission, and an undersized shattered turbo charger. Thanks God it was still under warranty, and they never understood what happened.

2008 Honda Civic from North America


I'm disturbed about the light colored seat fabric that leaves dark marks when I sit on it.


The car is only 2 months old and has the Ivory fabric car seat material. The fabric has an outline in a dark color on the seat, lower back area, and left and right side of seat. Auto detailers can't get the dark color out by using their stronger products. Has anyone else had this problem with this light colored fabric? I think it is a warranty defect in the fabric.

I have taken it back to the Honda Dealer and have spoken to their Sales & Service Managers. They say it must be a dye from my dress clothes, but nothing comes out on the white cloths when they try to clean it. I have never sat on the seats with wet clothes; the color from my clothes doesn't come off on my office chair seat fabric or livingroom sofa at home. They said I should wear light colored clothing when I sit on the seats. I told them it shouldn't make any difference what I wear when I get into my car. A car seat fabric should be able to withstand dress clothing when a person is sitting on it. I told them it is ridiculous that I have to now worry about whom rides in my car for fear the color on their clothing might come off onto the fabric. Thoughts or suggestions anyone?

I haven't even taken my car in for its first 3 month checkup. I've been going round and round with Honda over this. I noticed Honda no longer offers the Ivory colored cloth seats in their 2009 model. I would never buy this color again. How can this be solved?

General Comments:

The ride is fine. It's fairly economical on gas. The stereo is fine.

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

Review Date: 9th November, 2008

10th Nov 2008, 01:41

There are a few things you can do. I had the same problem with the charcoal colored fabric in my Nissan Sentra. When I applied stain removers, the spotting was only worse so I do not recommend doing that. If your Civic does not have side-impact airbags, you can put a seat cover on the front seats that matches the interior of the vehicle. If it does have the side airbags do not do this as it could affect this safety feature in the event of a side-impact crash. Also, you could put a matching seat cover over the backseat of the car. One other option would be to read the owner's manual and see what the manufacturer recommends as far as cleaning the fabric is concerned. I understand your concern that the material is so easy to stain that you always worry what will stain it. Good luck in solving the problem.

8th Sep 2009, 20:18

Seat fabric color should be the worst problem you will have with this car... You will be happy 15 years from now when in retrospect, it was the only problem you've had :)