Civic Si

Faulty head gasket may cause oil and coolant leaks on Honda Civic Si

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Certain models can leak oil externally or allow coolant into the combustion chamber due to a faulty head gasket. The head gasket needs to be replaced to correct this problem.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 152,500 (75,000–230,000)
Engine affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder
8 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 2007, 2008
11 people reported this problem
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I have a 2008 honda civic si. One day the car took a minute to start up. It has never done that before. So I turned it off because the car felt sluggish upon trying to turn it on. I turned the car on again and there was a lot of vibration in the vehicle and it felt like the car was forcing itself to work. The vehicle was still operational but still not a good sign. The car then overheated on my way to school and my engine and VSA light came on. After getting enough coolant from a nice stranger, I took it to the nearest mechanic and they said two cylinders had a misfire but they also put a camera into the engine and saw a coolent leak. Upon further review, they saw that the head gasket had a crack and coolent had been getting into the engine for some time. The repair cost is $2200 which is ridiculous, especially since my car has less than 100k. My warranty expired February 2014 so Honda wont touch it. It puts me between a rock and a hard place so I felt I needed to file a complaint to hopefully have my car fixed. I understand the model years between 2006-2008 have had a lot of issues in the past and now I see that there can be a crack with the engine block on certain models. I also just received notice that the electrical steering had a recall as well. There are too many problems with this car so please help Honda.
Just found out today my coolant is leaking into engine because of a bad head gasket.