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Used Honda Civic Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Honda Civic faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Honda Civic fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

Select your Honda Civic fault guide:

Honda Civic (1991 - 2001) Fault Guide
Honda Civic (2001 - 2006) Fault Guide
Honda Civic (2007-) Fault Guide


Honda Civic (1991 - 2001) Fault Guide

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We know of 17 HONDA Civic (1991 - 2001) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 1 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 3 bodywork issues
  • 8 recalls

Here's an example fault on the HONDA Civic (1991 - 2001)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 8 years or 72,000 miles. (NB I-Vtec engines are chain driven, so this is not an issue.)

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £165.


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Honda Civic (2001 - 2006) Fault Guide

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We know of 14 HONDA Civic (2001 - 2006) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 2 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 5 recalls

Here's an example fault on the HONDA Civic (2001 - 2006)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 6 years or 75,000 miles.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £475 (as part of a 12,000 mile service).


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Honda Civic (2007-) Fault Guide

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We know of 13 HONDA Civic (2007-) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 1 engine faults
  • 3 suspension wear items or faults
  • 4 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 3 recalls

Here's an example fault on the HONDA Civic (2007-)

What to look for:

With the car at operating temperature (i.e. warm after a period of driving) open the bonnet and carefully check for excessive fumes from the back of the engine. Also be on the lookout for the smell of exhaust coming into the car through the ventilation system during the test drive.

What it means:

If you find this fault may be caused by a crack in the engine manifold which is situated at the back of the engine. The manifold is the means by which the engine’s waste gasses are transferred to the exhaust. When it cracks some of the gasses can be released into the engine bay.

What to do

If the car is within warranty (3 years/90,000 miles) then Honda may replace the part for free. Otherwise negotiate a discount of £650.00.


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