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2008 Honda Civic Warranty – What’s Covered & What’s Not

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What Your 2008 Honda Civic Warranty Covers

The 2008 Honda Civic warranty offered years of protection on a variety of aspects when the car was new, but since the longest warranty coverage was five years, all of the factory warranties are expired on this car.

Basic and powertrain warranties are fairly common, but how far do these extend, and who provides the warranty? What about paint, tires, emissions, and other Civic parts that might need repairs as time goes on? Find out what your 2008 Honda Civic warranty covered, and discover answers to additional questions in our FAQ section at the bottom.

Basic warranty:3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty:5 years or 60,000 miles
Emissions warranty:3 years or 36,000 miles (Federal)
3 years or 50,000 miles (California)
Corrosion perforation warranty:5 years and unlimited miles

2008 Honda Civic Warranty Extensions Available Upon Car Purchase

An extended warranty  is available upon purchasing a 2008 Civic, but the details will vary based on several factors including where you buy the extended warranty and what type of coverages you desire. 

Generally speaking, an available extended warranty extends general coverage to eight years and 120,000 miles, though it’s only available upon purchase.

2008 Honda Civic Extended Warranties Available Now

Because of engine block leaks in 2008 models, Honda offers a free warranty extension for engine block coverage to 10 years from the original date of purchase with an unlimited mileage limit.

This doesn’t apply to vehicles deemed total losses or given salvage titles.

Recalls

Last updated: 11/04/2022. See NHTSA.gov for up-to-date information on recalls.

June 27, 2019 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode

May 16, 2019 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag Inflator

April 26, 2018 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag

August 31, 2017 – Incorrectly Installed Replacement Air Bag

January 10. 2017 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

May 24, 2016 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

October 14, 2008 – FUEL HOSE CONNECTOR BRACKET

June 27, 2019 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

May 16, 2019 – Improperly Installed Air Bag Inflator

April 26, 2018 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag

August 31, 2007 – Incorrectly Installed Replacement Air Bag

January 10, 2017 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

May 24, 2016 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

October 14, 2008 – FUEL HOSE CONNECTOR BRACKET

June 27, 2019 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

May 16, 2019 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag Inflator

April 26, 2018 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag

August 31, 2017 – Incorrectly Installed Replacement Air Bag

January 10, 2017 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator

May 24, 2016 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

October 14, 2008 – FUEL HOSE CONNECTOR BRACKET

June 27, 2019 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode

May 16, 2019 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag Inflator

April 26, 2018 – Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag 

August 31, 2007 – Incorrectly Installed Replacement Air Bag

January 10, 2017 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

May 24, 2016 – Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

October 14, 2008 – FUEL HOSE CONNECTOR BRACKET

2008 Honda Civic Basic Warranty

The basic warranty on the 2008 Civic covers 3 years or 36,000 miles. 

Sometimes referred to as a bumper-to-bumper warranty, a basic warranty covers any defects from the factory, but it does not cover wear items such as brakes, tires, or windshield wipers.

2008 Honda Civic Powertrain Warranty

The 2008 Civic is equipped with a powertrain warranty that lasts five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

This includes coverage for the engine, the transmission and transaxle, and the drive system, regardless of whether you have front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.

Corrosion Warranty

The 2008 Civic is equipped with a corrosion perforation warranty that lasts five years with no limits on mileage.

This covered corrosion damage to body panels, but it only applied to certain parts of the car.

Air Conditioning Warranty

With the 2008 Civic, you get air conditioner coverage for a year before it expires. 

While more recent Civics have extended warranties on AC condensers, the 2008 model does not. In fact, several warranties on the 2008 Civic list AC changes after the first year as an exception for coverage.

Paint Warranty

Honda has extended the paint warranty on 2008 Civic models as well as several other model years to seven years from the original manufacturer date. 

The warranty, however, doesn’t cover the entire paint job, being restricted to the roof, front fenders, trunk, quarter panel, and upper doors.

Battery Warranty

The original battery in the 2008 Civic is covered for three years, while a replacement battery is covered by a 100-month limited warranty. 

The replacement battery warranty only applies to replacement batteries purchased from your Honda dealer.

Tire Warranty

Tires are warrantied by their manufacturer rather than Honda, so you’ll need to reference the separate warranty statement to discover your exact coverage. 

A Honda representative can help you get in touch with the tire’s manufacturer.

Emissions Warranty

The federal emissions warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles, while the California emissions warranty lasts for three years or 50,000 miles. 

It covers many aspects of the Civic’s emissions systems, and any authorized Honda dealer must perform service within 30 days of you contacting them. You might still have to pay for parts and labor, but if the dealership fails to meet the 30-day time frame, the repair is free.

2008 Honda Civic Warranty Brochure/Booklet

Explore the details of all 2008 Honda warranty coverages by downloading and browsing this handy warranty booklet.

2008 Honda Civic Warranty Brochure

FAQs

Here are some helpful questions and answers about the 2008 Honda Civic warranty:

What’s the Seat Belt Warranty on the 2008 Honda Civic?

On a new 2008 Honda Civic, the seat belt warranty lasts 15 years or 150,000 miles. The warranty covers not only repairs but also parts and labor charges. It only applies to repairs and alterations for the sake of function, not comfort or cosmetics.

What Is the 2008 Honda Civic Rust Perforation Limited Warranty?

The rust perforation limited warranty on the 2008 Civic is only available to the vehicle’s original owner and covers body panels rusted through corrosion for five years. This warranty cannot be transferred to any other person or institution.

Is There Warranty Coverage for Accessories?

Warranty coverage for accessories is available for some 2008 Civic models, but it depends on what the dealership included with your purchase. The audio or video components, for example, must be installed by the dealer to qualify for a warranty.

Are Replacement Parts Covered on 2008 Civics?

Replacement parts installed by a Honda dealer are covered for a year or 12,000 miles, depending on which comes first. If the parts are purchased from a Honda dealer but installed by someone else, they’re covered for a year. For remanufactured parts, the warranty extends to three years.

What Does Honda Consider Proper Operation and Maintenance?

Most warranty coverage depends on proper operation and maintenance of your Civic, which means driving it safely and abiding by the recommended maintenance schedule. If parts fail because you neglected to provide preventive maintenance, the warranty probably won’t cover their replacement or repair.

Does Improper Maintenance Void Warranty Claims?

Neglecting your maintenance can be problematic if it causes a parts issue, but proper maintenance is not a requirement for a warranty claim. For example, if a part fails because of defective workmanship, and you haven’t been getting proper maintenance, you can still use the warranty to replace the defective part.

Track Your 2008 Honda Civic With FIXD

With information about the 2008 Honda Civic warranty in mind, you’re better equipped to find savings on your repairs that qualify for coverage. Plus, getting your Civic fixed at a Honda dealership ensures the certified Honda technicians working on your vehicle are intimately familiar with its operation. No matter what kind of maintenance you need, FIXD can provide you with information to get the most out of warranties, loans, insurance, and car buying.

The FIXD scanner is particularly useful, helping you determine what’s wrong with your car and how much you should expect to pay for repairs before going to a mechanic. Enjoy detailed diagnostics from a state-of-the-art OBD2 sensor that provides easy-to-understand information to help you avoid costly repairs and keep your maintenance on track. Don’t let the check engine light leave you wondering again. The scanner and app are compatible with all iOS and Android devices and all gas vehicles dating back to 1996, including your 2008 Honda Civic.

Sources

“Warranty Information.” DriverSide, https://www.driverside.com/car-warranty/honda-civic_sdn-2008-5590-13138-0?style_id=38150.

Service Bulletin 10-048 – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2017/MC-10115157-9999.pdf.

HoosierHybrid. “Extended Warranty or Not?” 8th Generation Honda Civic Forum, 12 Dec. 2008, https://www.8thcivic.com/threads/extended-warranty-or-not.128858/.

“Honda Owners Site: Tips, Tools & Benefits for Honda Owners.” Honda Owners Site | Tips, Tools & Benefits for Honda Owners, https://owners.honda.com/.

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