Honda Civic (2012–2017)

What's good

  • Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES won Green Award at the 2013 Tow Car Awards and was crowned the most fuel efficient model in this year’s judging.The Green Award is based on a combination  of fuel efficiency, low emissions and towing ability. The Civic was independently tested towing a Swift caravan - weighted to 85 per cent of its kerbweight - the maximum weight recommended for secure and stable towing. The no-compromise frugal Civic capably carried out its duties pulling its caravan from 30-60mph in a very respectable 18.7 seconds.
  • Civic 1.6 i-DTEC achieved 84.87mpg in 367 mile 2013 'MPG Marathon' organised by Fleet World. Involved strong winds, long hill climbs and heavy traffic.

What to watch out for

27-9-2012: One case so far of the DPF of a 2.2 i-DTEC failing to regenerate and extra fuel to regenerate it sinking into the sump, contaminating the engine oil.

8-10-2012: Nut holding rear wiper onto spindle may come loose. Just needs tightening up.

26-7-2013: Report of clutch judder in 1st and 2nd in 6,500 mile 1.8i ES. Clutch and flywheel replaced under warranty.

31-12-2015: Report of Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC stopping completely in traffic. All electrics dead, including hazards. Then, after 15 minutes, okay again. Fault has repeated. I suspected the battery earth strap may have come loose.

18-7-2016: Report of failure of parking brake callipers on 2012 Honda Civic at 24,000 miles. Quoted £1000 to replace.

22-11-2016: Report of 25k miles 2012 Honda Civic parking brake giving way and car rolling into owner's garage door. Honda dealer diagnosed that rear calipers needed replacing at a cost of £859. Owner complained and Honda paid for the parts, leaving the owner to pay £150.

18-4-2017: Complaint of TPMS warnings on a 19k mile Honda Civic 1.4 i-VTEC constantly going off. System is very sensitive and a small disparity between two tyres can set off the warning once the tyres heat up on a motorway run.

28-6-2017: Report of 2013 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC, never driven long distances, having DPF problems and, despite effots to clear it, needing a new DPF costing £997.

22-2-2018: Report of three clutches in 35,000 miles in 2014 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC. All replaced FoC.

23-2-2018: Report of judder from clutch of July 2016 Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus at 8500 miles. (Owner bought it 2nd hand at 4500 miles). Owner previously had no problems with the clutch of a Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE plus Diesel.

29-5-2018: High oil consumption reported of 1.8 i-VTEC engine of 2012 Honda Civic at 18,000 miles.

15-12-2018: Honda dealer told owner of 2015 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Tourer that it needed a new DMF and clutch at 38,000 miles.

3-5-2019: Report of Honda dealer quoting £1400 for replacement Air Conditioning Compressor on a 2013 Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ar 88,000 miles.

29-7-2019: Report of spurious rear seat belt warning display in 2012 Honda Civic. Honda dealer charged £100 for 'diagnostics' that failed to pinpoint the fault and prescribed a new dashboard head display at £1150.

15-9-2019: Report of faulty oil level sensor in 2014 Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC sending spurious warning message as the oil level was fine.

9-12-2019: Report of clutch judder first thing in the morning from Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC because moisture gets onto the flywheel. Once dried out, no further problem.

9-1-2020: Repeated failure of mounting for reversing camera of 2013 Honda Civic. Honda dealer tried bonding it back in place but this failed and is now quoting £1000 to replace it.


November 2014: Honda TSB on 1.6 i-DTEC engine. In cold, damp air, a silver part of mass airflow pressure sensor can be affected by moisture and gives false readings to the ECU, putting the engine into limp home mode. Cars recalled for swap to a mdified sensor.

22-7-2016 R/2016/165: Honda Civic. VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL MAY NOT OPERATE CORRECTLY. A filter in the Vehicle Stability Assist / Anti lock braking modulator may break and foul one of the one-way check valves in the modulator. If the check valve does not operate correctly, the vehicle stability control (using brake pressure) will not operate correctly. In some driving conditions the vehicle stability system may not be able to control the vehicle as intended and this may result in a skid or loss of vehicle control. The braking system does not lose function. Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and replace the VSA modulator. VINS: SHHFK3**0FU612264 to SHHFK3**0FU612550; SHHFK2**0FU017562 to SHHFK2**0FU017562 and SHHFK1**0FU008502 to SHHFK1**0FU008675. Build dates 12-4-2016 to 18-4-2016.

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