Honda Cars Ten common problems you should know

Base on reported complains, Honda now seems to be one of the leading cars with mechanical problems.

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It is a thing of wisdom to know the common problems of Honda cars before buying one.

Ordinarily, it is believed that the Honda car is one of the most beloved cars ever. As a matter of fact, it is ranked amongst the coolest. Excellent engineering and comfort are the two major reasons Honda owners often go for the same model over again.

However, it is true that every other vehicles develop mechanical problems at some point in time. But based on reported complains, Honda now seems to be one of the leading cars in matters of mechanical issues.

With this in mind, the decision was made to point out some mechanical problems that are common with most Honda cars.

What are the most common Honda car problems?

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A product of Honda


1. Vibration when braking: It is believed that warped front brake rotors is the major cause of this Honda car problem. It can be rattling, shaking or a rubbing kind of sensation. In some cases, the Honda car rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will have to require replacement. Sadly, Honda cars with over 98,000 mileage are likely to have this issues.

2. Oil and coolant leaks: Certain models of Honda car can leak oil externally or allow coolant into the combustion chamber due to a faulty head gasket. In other to correct this Honda car problem, The head gasket should be replaced.

3. Transmission failure: Usually over 70,000 miles, transmission spillage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Honda cars. And the repair to this problem might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement.

4. Power door lock failure: This Honda car problem is one problem that can be very very frustrating because the power door lock usually activates on their own. And this happens with Honda cars that travel over 105,000 miles. Also, the Honda car remote door lock control will refuse to function properly.

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A Honda car with door lock issue


5. Dashboard display dark: For Honda Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This Honda car problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced.

6. Cracked Exhaust: Cracked exhaust is common on both exhaust manifolds and manifold/converter combination. The Honda car problem will be fixed by replacing the cracked component.

7. Air conditioner blowing hot air: The Honda car AC condenser  fail due to contact with road debris and a lack of protection for the condenser

8. Compliance Bushing Cracking: A part of your Honda car steering/suspension mechanism is broken the moment you start hearing squealing or feel shuddering when turning. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more.

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Honda crv



9. Hood Release Cable may break at handle: This is not a general problem; it is only confine to some models of Honda car, and this we have come to know based on observation. Here the hood release cable breaks at the hood release handle.

10. Failure of Power Window Switch:  On Certain Honda car models, a faulty power window switch can cause the power windows to work or not work periodically.

Furthermore, alongside these common Honda car problems, we shall also brief on the 2008 model of Honda Accord. And this is because based on reported complaints and investigation, the 2008 Honda Accord model has been deemed as the most problematic of all Honda cars.

Indeed, the 2008 Honda Accord has several serious defects such as poor brakes, excessive oil consumption, and uncomfortable seats. Also included among the defects of the 2008 Honda Accord are listed below.

What are the most common problems associated with the 2008 Honda Accord model?

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Honda 2008 model


  1. No start due to ignition  failure

  2. Body/Paint problem

  3. Engine problem

  4. Interior accessories problem

  5. Exterior accessories problem

  6. Seat belts and airbag problem

  7. Electrical problem

  8. Light problem

  9. Problem shifting into 3rd gear

  10. Fuel system problem

  11. Wheels/hubs problem

  12. Poor brakes

  13. Excessive oil consumption

  14. AC/heater problem

  15. Steering problem

Concluding with two of the top 773 complains of Honda car owners, is to me- not a bad idea at all.

(complains were gotten from

1.  Sarah of Farmville, VA on Feb. 28, 2017

Purchased a new Honda HRV. Vehicle continuously would not start for no reason leading me stranded. Vehicle had to be towed to the dealership multiple times and all they could tell me "was it had to happen with them". Battery was never the issue. Honda replaced the battery and still same issue over and over again. Had to trade the car with less than 32,000 miles on it as I could not get the issue resolved and car was nothing but a nightmare with this issue.

2. Steven of Naugatuck, CT on Feb. 12, 2017

Don't buy a Honda Pilot. I have a 2015 it was a certified vehicle that had 29k on it. I had a vibration and after several attempts to fix it. The dealer replaced the driveshaft. It did help but now when the temps are below 35 degrees it shakes and vibrates till it gets warm. I've had a lot of Honda and this is the first one with problems. The dealer has been great and it's not their fault I have a lemon. Honda is aware of the problems with these vehicles and they need to step up and fix them. I'm going to fight this, but if they don't find a fix I'm done with Honda and I will warn others about the problems with the Pilot.

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