Honda Civic - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Honda Civic owners have reported a total of 11,601 problems for their cars built in the 24 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Honda Civic. The 2006 Honda Civic cars have the most problems reported (1,398 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Honda Civic

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Civic
25
  2018 Civic
77
  2017 Civic
176
  2016 Civic
442
  2015 Civic
172
  2014 Civic
201
  2013 Civic
274
  2012 Civic
464
  2011 Civic
183
  2010 Civic
430
  2009 Civic
409
  2008 Civic
881
  2007 Civic
1,238
  2006 Civic
1,398
  2005 Civic
317
  2004 Civic
346
  2003 Civic
459
  2002 Civic
809
  2001 Civic
1,300
  2000 Civic
319
  1999 Civic
365
  1998 Civic
471
  1997 Civic
442
  1996 Civic
378

  Common problems of Honda Civic

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Honda Civic cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (2,245 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,224 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Honda Civic

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
2,245
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,224
  Power Train
1,152
  Visibility
881
  Electrical System
814
  Equipment
714
  Suspension
688
  Service Brakes
658
  Structure
552
  Vehicle Speed Control
437
   
  Steering
345
  Tire
328
  Exterior Lighting
283
  Seat Belt
260
  Wheel
240
  Unknown Or Other
192
  Other Fuel System
151
  Seats
144
  Gasoline Fuel System
104
  Electronic Stability Control
78
  Latches/locks/linkage
51
  Parking Brake
27
  Interior Lighting
12
  Air Brake
10
  Hybrid Propulsion System
4
  Child Seat
4
  Traction Control System
3

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Honda Civic of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Civic model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Honda Civic model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Civic Model Years

Civic
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 77337,8671    
0.23
  2017 176379,6682    
0.23
  2016 442351,5223    
0.42
  2015 172349,5254    
0.12
  2014 201260,7315    
0.15
  2013 274354,2276    
0.13
  2012 464442,4747    
0.15
  2011 183134,2478    
0.17
  2010 430251,0939    
0.19
  2009 409257,80510    
0.16
  2008 881322,62311    
0.25
  2007 1,238299,16012    
0.34
  2006 1,398295,32313    
0.36
  2005 317289,22514    
0.08
  2004 346291,01915    
0.08
  2003 459300,68616    
0.10
  2002 809330,64017    
0.14
  2001 1,300343,37818    
0.21
  2000 319341,32119    
0.05

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Honda Civic is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Civic
24
  2018 Civic
36
  2017 Civic
39
  2016 Civic
185
  2015 Civic
47
  2014 Civic
60
  2013 Civic
51
  2012 Civic
98
  2011 Civic
35
  2010 Civic
51
  2009 Civic
54
  2008 Civic
67
  2007 Civic
143
  2006 Civic
133
  2005 Civic
48
  2004 Civic
36
  2003 Civic
61
  2002 Civic
81
  2001 Civic
165
  2000 Civic
38
  1999 Civic
34
  1998 Civic
69
  1997 Civic
26
  1996 Civic
97


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