Hello! I have an 08 HCH and
Hello! I have an 08 HCH and I am experiencing the same problem. At about 30,000 miles, I was told that my tires were wearing unevenly and to get my alignment checked. I did so, and the guys at Honda told me that they "fixed" it and there was nothing wrong with my tires. 20,000 miles later, and my tires were making an awful noise. Took it to the dealer again, who told me I needed new tires, and an alignment done again. I did this. Then I look it up on the internet and I find all these other people who have the same problem. Imagine! There is a Honda service bulletin out there, its called 08-001, (google TSB 08-001) and it covers this exact problem. You need to have your rear control arms replaced, although - the dealer told me that this is not the problem with my car and this does not need to be done. I disagree. I think I do have this problem with my car and I think Honda doesn't want to fix it. Now - I love this car and I get 50 mpg with it which is fantastic but I do not want to have to buy new tires every 30,000 miles! And yes I got my tires rotated regularly as the tire manufacture recommended. I am calling my lawyer. I dislike being lied too and Honda has NOT fixed the problem on all their models.
I had this issue at 27,000.
I had this issue at 27,000. I that the car was driving funny and checked out the tired, they were bald.... I had to get teh replaced asap since I drive an hour to college everyday. I have no contacted Honda yet but plan to do so soon... It is crazy that tires would go bald after only 27,000 miles
and now I get worse gas mileage with the new tires... 33 mpg instead of 41
Like others I too decided to
Like others I too decided to do some research after my "Free Oil Change" and finding out my 08 with 34,000 miles needs new tires. They are not marginal, the rears are in definite need of replacement. The wear pattern is the same is mentioned in previous posts. Up to this point I've really like my mileage and the car in general but if I have to replace the tires every 30,000 then the mileage benifit has been comprimised. I was quoted $675 plus $150 for alignment for exact replacement tires by the Honda dealer. So approximately $1000/30,000 miles equals 3 cents per mile. If I average 45 mpg (in summer) and gas is $3/gal then excluding the tires stuff it cost 6 cents per mile to fuel my Civic. If I was able to put 50,000 miles (I usually get 60,000 on other vehicles) on my Civic then sell it without ever replacing the tires I would not have to figure in the cost of replacing them. So if it cost me 9 cents instead of 6 cents then I might as well be driving a less expensive non-hybrid that gets 33mpg instead of 45mpg. Looks like it time to dump my Honda Civic Hybrid. I'm depressed...
Just wondering of any of you
Just wondering of any of you who've mentioned lemon laws have had any satisfaction?
I bought a used 2006 Civic
I bought a used 2006 Civic Hybrid that has the rear alignment problem. Basically, I am stuck with fixing the problem or trading the car. This is my first Honda and I must say I am greatly disappointed in Honda, even though I like the car. The negative rear camber is a design error that Honda fixed in the 2008 models and offered a kit to 06/07 owners that complained during the warranty period. I think the extra hybrid battery weight exacerbated the problem. If you rotated tires diligently and seldom carried rear passengers or extra weight in the truck, it could take a while before you would be aware of the problem. That happened to me because when I bought the car it had a new set of tires. This is a design goof by Honda, but since there was no recall, there is not much anyone outside of the warranty period can do unless they want to take legal action which may or may not get results. It is interesting to note that Honda not only changed the upper control arm to lessen the negative camber--they changed the original design spec by several degrees for the rear camber. It was a total design goof and they got off lightly considering the impact that it had to owners trying to save on energy costs.
I've had the same problem
I've had the same problem with premature wear on my 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. The issue first occured around 30,000 miles and I took my car into Hardin Honda who told me the premature wear was caused by improper tire rotation. They stated I would have to buy 4 new tires from them. I took my car to an Independent mechanic who evaluated the wear and advised the problem was due to improper Camber alignment. he said even if he made an adjustment the toe/camber would not be within the Honda specifications without buying an after market part to correct the issue. He was unaware of any after-market part that was unavailable. My Honda is now at 72,000 miles and I am having the same issue with OEM Bridgestone Tires after only 2 years of use.