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5.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,790 miles

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1998 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jan 212009

Civic

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car wouldn't start, Jan 10, 2009 was taken to service station, battery ok engine ok, charging system ok, computer system ok they couldn't find anything wrong, car would start fine, nothing was done to it. 11 days later car wouldn't start, so ignition starter was replaced. Car was ok until Jan 26(5 days after new car ignition switch was replaced) car is still in repair shop. Just found out on internet about problems and recall of 98 Honda Civic ignition switch. Please advise as to what to do next, need car for work travel. I am afraid for my life to use this car now. I do not feel safe in it at all.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #28

Mar 042008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). He took the vehicle to the dealer and they attempted to charge him to remove and re-install his aftermarket alarm system, in order to perform the recall repair. The contact believed that he should not have to pay for the re-installation. There had been no failure to date. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 144,872.

- Plainfield , NJ, USA

problem #27

Jan 032008

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
On October 30, 2004, I had the ignition switch replaced on my 1998 Honda Civic per the recall. In late December of 2007, I began having trouble starting my car. On six occasions, my car completely shut down while driving -- once on the interstate (under construction -- with no shoulder). The dealership diagnosed the problem as a faulty ignition switch, but said that since it was previously taken care of per the recall, I had to pay to replace the 3 year old replacement ($364.). I saved the ignition that they replaced this time -- they did not allow me to save the ignition the first time (2004) (they said, because it was a recalled part). Note: This is a Honda Civic (this site will not allow me to choose the correct model from the pull-down menu).

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #26

Sep 172007

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • 124,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle shut off completely. The contact depressed the clutch pedal to restart the vehicle. The vehicle would not start unless the key was in the ignition for approximately one block. The dealer stated that the ignition switch failed. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The current mileage was 125,000 and failure mileage was 124,000. Updated 10/24/07.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #25

Nov 212006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. While in motion the vehicle would lose power sporadically and without warning. A recall was made, but the manufacturer stated that it did not include the contacts vehicle. The current and failure mileage were 118000. Consumer stated it was a recall on a faulty ignition switch but it does not pertain to his VIN number. Consumer also states that he has contacted the dealer to see if his vehicle can be fixed. Update/12tr

- Baker, LA, USA

problem #24

Jun 262006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,021 miles
Ignition switch caused car to stop running while on highway. Car was recalled several years ago to replace faulty switch. New one has same problem.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #23

Jul 042005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My Honda Civic 1998 engine stalled and I almost got into an accident. I took my car to the mechanic, after inspection he told me that the ignition switch has a flaw and Honda had a recall. I checked with Honda and they said my car was not included in the recall. The recall # is 97V193000. I believe my car has the problem and should be included in the recall.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #22

Jan 212005

Civic 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer received a recall notice(02V120000) ignition switch. The consumer had the work done at the dealer problem still there. Service manager ron hamilton. Please provide additional information.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #21

Nov 122002

Civic

  • 25,000 miles
Since the ignition switch recall 02V120000 was performed the consumer has been experiencing an on going problem with engine stalling that the dealership was unable to correct.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #20

Aug 162001

Civic

  • miles
Failure of ignition switch and coil. The vehicle stalled while driving. The consumer discovered that several 1997-2000 models were recalled for faulty ignition coils (recall number 02V-120000). The consumers vehicle did not fall within the scope of the recall however the vehicles ignition switch and coil failed which in turn shorted out the igniter. The consumer requested reimbursement. The distributor cap cracked and the rotors failed.

- East Dundee, IL, USA

problem #19

Sep 222002

Civic

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Problems are the result of dealer repair, NHTSA recall 02vro (ignition switch). ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****770756***

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #18

Sep 182002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As part of a safety recall on ignition switches american Honda Motors co. Imposes a flat charge of $75 to reconnect "after market", non-Honda, car alarms. This charge is invalid because it should be considered as incidental to the recall and excessive. Both the service dealer and american Honda Motors have refused to change this policy after we complained to them.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 122003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Response to request for reimbursement from Honda for expenses incurred relating to reconnection of alarm system when dealership performed corrective action for ignition recall 02V120000.

- Royersford, PA, USA

problem #16

Feb 062003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumer received recall letter for ignition. Dealer was charging to put alarm back on vehicle. Consumer felt she should not be charged. Ph.

- Garde, NY, USA

problem #15

Aug 162001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car was repaired on 8/16/2001 for a faulty ignition switch and coil which caused the igniter to short out and my car to suddenly stall on the highway. My car is not listed as a recalled vechile, but other Honda Civics and model are. I would like a representative to review my case for a recall on 1998 Honda Civic ex models for this recall. I have contacted Honda with the same information.

- East Dundee, IL, USA

problem #14

Dec 312002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumer is requesting that vehicle alarm be disconnected free of charge in order to replace defective/recalled ignition switch.

- Demarest, NJ, USA

problem #13

Dec 302002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumer stated after having the recall work performed done on the ignition switch, the remote starter was no longer working, consumer was informed by the dealership that performed the recall, that they were not responsible if it did not work after fixing the vehicle, consumer was left without a vehicle for 4 hours to have the remote starter reconnected for at a cost of 60 dollars, because the dealership had destroyed all of the wires.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #12

Nov 272002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
The consumer recieved an ingnition switch recall; NHTSA# 02V120000. There was no charge in the replacement of the ingition switch, but due to the location of the ignition replacement the vehicles burglar alarm had to be disconnected and would have to take the vehicle back to the alarm company to have the alarm re-connected. The consumer had to pay $35 dollars to have the alarm reconnected and feels that Honda should be responsible for this amount, because the alarm was working when the vehicle was brought in. The consumer seeks to be reimbursed for this amount.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #11

Jun 012002

Civic

  • miles
No parts available:::::: the consumer receive a recall notice for a ignition switch pacific Honda 4697 convoy street san diego 858 694 1020 dealer is aware of the problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 102002

Civic

  • miles
The consumer recieve a recall for the ignition switch for her vehicle. There are no parts available: Lynch Honda I82 yakima ave yakima wahington 98901 the service manager is dennis 509 575 1090

- Yakima, WA, USA

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