2016 Honda Civic Touring Update 2: Growing Pains?

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Although we’ve enjoyed our 2016 Honda Civic Touring during our daily commute and various road trips (look for more on that in a future update), we also get to take care of our long-term loaners as if they are our own. With nearly 18,000 miles on the clock, our Civic Touring has had two scheduled service visits and one surprise visit to the dealer.

After scouring our owner’s manual and the automaker’s website, we determined that Honda doesn’t have a recommended mileage oil change interval. Rather, Honda recommends taking the vehicle in for service when the Maintenance Minder system reads 15 percent of oil life. Our first scheduled service visit was done with 7,039 miles on the odometer (admittedly long after 15 percent was displayed on the instrument cluster-mounted Driver Information Interface [DII] screen). The total cost of our first service, which included an oil change, tire rotation, inspection, and fluid top off, came to $86.86 including tax.

Our surprise dealer visit came with just 10,764 miles on the odometer. Leaving the market late one Friday evening, our 2016 Honda Civic Touring would not start; instead several error messages appeared on the DII screen. The error messages included:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • Emissions System
  • Brake System
  • Brake Hold System
  • Power Steering System (SPS)
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Collision Mitigation System
  • Road Departure Mitigation System

This was the second time our Civic Touring has experienced the issue. The first time it happened, our RealMPG team solved the issue by disconnecting the battery to reset the computers, but the repeat offense prompted us to have the issue addressed by the dealer.

Three days after the tow truck picked up our car, the dealer told us that our Civic Touring needed a new Transmission Control Module. The dealer also cleared the Diagnostic Trouble Codes, and reinitialized the sensors, the updated the software in the VSA modulator. The dealer said this was only the second time they have had a new Civic come in for the issue. After picking up the car, we haven’t had any starting issues since.

With the Maintenance Minder system at just 15 percent of oil life at 12,309 miles, we took the Civic Touring in for its second scheduled service. That oil change, tire rotation, and inspection/fluid top off cost $96.07.

Although our Rally Red sedan is approaching 18,000 miles, the Maintenance Minder still reads 50 percent oil life. We attribute that to the two 1,500-plus-mile road trips and several 80-100-mile one way weekend excursions, which are less stressful on an engine than our daily stop-and-go commute. We’ll have more on those trips and fuel mileage in the next update.

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