Honda Civic - ENGINE BLOCK CRACK ISSUE

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I have a 2008 (mf date is Nov. 2007) Honda Civic with 156,000 miles. Engine block is cracked. I am just 3 months outside of the 10 year warranty on the engine block.

Dealership quoted me $6,500 for the repair. After some arguing they knocked it down to $4,300. Still not acceptable.

I opened a claim with Honda America and after sending them documentation of my oil change history they have decided they will cover all but $1,300.

While I am not happy to pay ANYTHING because of a known defect, $1,300 is A LOT better than $6,500.

(Sorry if this is a duplicate entry.)
 

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That's incredible service from Honda. That's really low mileage for a ten-year-old car; you must not drive very often!
 
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Hondas website notes that in 2015 Honda was offering a new engine block or new engine to owners of the 2006 to 2009 Civic that experienced problems. They also extended the warranty to 10 years from the original date of purchase.

https://honda.oemdtc.com/340/warranty-extension-engine-block-2006-2009-honda-civic

If your Honda had leaked only a few months earlier then you would've had a no cost replacement. So I understand your frustration.

You can try to appeal to Honda using our Company Contacts. Given that they have flexed a lot already, you may not be successful but if you don't ask you don't get.
 

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It sounds as if Honda gave the OP a very good deal. Unless a warranty if lifetime, it must, eventually, expire. Where should the manufacturer draw the line; 90, 120, 180 days? I’ve been through similar with a failure just out of warranty so I think covering most of the costs 90 day past warranty expiration shows excellent customer Service and should garner goodwill.
 
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I got engine block crack on my Honda civic 2008 – with only 78k miles on it, local dealer quoted $3500 for the repair (replacing the engine)..Worked with honda over past 3 weeks, they were of no help, refused to do anything..
Even after I asked them for consideration of my long standing Honda loyalty (i own 3 honda vehicles currently including a new 2018 cr-v which I recently purchased),and regular service history/oil changes etc.. but they just told this is outside of 10yr ext warranty and will stick with the dealer offer.

My car was in very good running condition until this problem just popped up..Had spent almost 1200k on various recommended maintenance work in the past 1 year, hoping i could keep it for couple more years given the low mileage..
no warnings whatsoever, until one day i had some coolant smell issues and next day it was towed and 3 weeks later I am looking for a scrap buyer.. :(

Anyone driving a Honda Civic out there from these defective VIN series, better get rid of your vehicle before this happens to you..while there are only a very low % cars with these defects, I was thinking the same until this all happened . Don’t expect any sort of help from Honda as it is way past 10yr ext warranty.

The way how their customer service treated the case was just unacceptable…that was my last Honda purchase!
 

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I got engine block crack on my Honda civic 2008 – with only 78k miles on it, local dealer quoted $3500 for the repair (replacing the engine)..Worked with honda over past 3 weeks, they were of no help, refused to do anything..
Even after I asked them for consideration of my long standing Honda loyalty (i own 3 honda vehicles currently including a new 2018 cr-v which I recently purchased),and regular service history/oil changes etc.. but they just told this is outside of 10yr ext warranty and will stick with the dealer offer.

My car was in very good running condition until this problem just popped up..Had spent almost 1200k on various recommended maintenance work in the past 1 year, hoping i could keep it for couple more years given the low mileage..
no warnings whatsoever, until one day i had some coolant smell issues and next day it was towed and 3 weeks later I am looking for a scrap buyer.. :(

Anyone driving a Honda Civic out there from these defective VIN series, better get rid of your vehicle before this happens to you..while there are only a very low % cars with these defects, I was thinking the same until this all happened. Don’t expect any sort of help from Honda as it is way past 10yr ext warranty.

The way how their customer service treated the case was just unacceptable…that was my last Honda purchase!
You drove your car for 11 years and had good service. Regardless of the mileage, it is still an 11-year-old car. KBB value is in the range of $3500-5000. It makes no sense for anyone (Honda or you), to spend $3500 in repairing a car worth $3500. If you were to replace the engine for $3500 you would still have an 11-year-old car worth $3500 and all the other systems ready to break. 11 years service for any car is good service. Good luck with your new Ford/GM/Chrysler/VW.
 
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You drove your car for 11 years and had good service. Regardless of the mileage, it is still an 11-year-old car. KBB value is in the range of $3500-5000. It makes no sense for anyone (Honda or you), to spend $3500 in repairing a car worth $3500. If you were to replace the engine for $3500 you would still have an 11-year-old car worth $3500 and all the other systems ready to break. 11 years service for any car is good service. Good luck with your new Ford/GM/Chrysler/VW.
Agree with all the numbers and logic in your Honda company style response :) That's the reason o decided to scrap the car, all that i said i don't treat Honda as the most reliable car out there when i had to send one to junk yard for a Honda manufacturing defect at 78k miles.. good luck with your Honda!
 

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Agree with all the numbers and logic in your Honda company style response :) That's the reason o decided to scrap the car, all that i said i don't treat Honda as the most reliable car out there when i had to send one to junk yard for a Honda manufacturing defect at 78k miles.. good luck with your Honda!
My 2002 Honda is going strong.
 
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