The Least Reliable Honda Models
Some models just can't seem to get out of their own way. We've created a list of the least reliable Honda models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency. Here's the worst of the bunch.
What Owners Complain About the Most
Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.
- 2008 Accord premature brake wear 1094 (100%)
- 2001 Civic transmission failure 681 (62%)
- 2003 Accord transmission failure 502 (46%)
- 2008 Accord excessive oil consumption 390 (36%)
- 2002 Accord transmission slipping and jerking 353 (32%)
- 2002 Civic transmission failure 278 (25%)
- 2009 Accord premature brake wear 266 (24%)
Recent Honda News
Honda wants to settle up a decade-old lawsuit about downshifting transmissions with an offer so low it's borderline insulting. A 2009 lawsuit says 5-speed automatic transmissoons in some 2002-2004 Honda and Acura vehicles have a defect in the 3rd clutch. That defect can cause the transmission to suddenly downshift from 5th to 2nd gear. That's one way to reach your heart rate goal on your FitBit.
Honda would like a do-over on a previous CR-V recall that was supposed to prevent the power window switches from melting and starting fires. Reports of fires and thermal events, such as melted switches, have actually surged since the vehicles were "fixed" following a 2012 recall. Honda now admits the repairs were probably insuffcient. 😳
Software mistakes in over 770,000 Honda cars can suddenly disable the power windows, turn signals, windshield wipers, defroster, and rearview cameras. That's a lot of very important things. Honda has issued a recall after discovering electrical disruptions in the body control module's controller area network or CAN. Although I guess in this case it's more like a CAN'T, amirite?
Honda has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the Honda Sensing safety suite is really quite dangerous. The consolidated lawsuit says warning messages appear for no reason and that the vehicles can suddenly change speeds while driving. Honda lawyers have come up with a list of technicalities on why the case should be tossed.
A Honda owner has petitioned the government to look into some bizarre and dangerous power steering issues in the 2013 Accord. The owner claims the car suddenly pulls to the side without any warning. And he's not alone. There are hundreds of steering complaints about wonky steering behavior, particularly in the the 2013 model year.
By the Numbers
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