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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,115 miles

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1998 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 022008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 144,728 miles

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

The car stalled on the freeway, restarted the car and problem happened again. Problem then continued after getting off the freeway. It would restart each time. Was able to get the vehicle to a repair facilty.folsom car care diagnosed the problem as a defective ignition switch and advised me of a Honda recall campaign. I called the local dealer (mel rapton Honda, sacramento, ca. They advised me this vehicle by VIN was note included. I call folsom care back and they said they never had Honda deny a campaign so he call shingle springs Honda and got the same response. I then authorized folsom care care to repair the vehicle. They replace the ignition switch with P/N 35130-S04-305 (same one as in the recall)and the problem was repaired. This is a 1998 Civic that by model and year should be included in the recall but Honda has denied my claim for reimbursement symptoms, failure mode, and repairs are identical to the vehicles involved in the recall. This was a very unsafe failure (stalling on the freeway).

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 092004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Car stalled while driving under normal condition or highways.no warning, no engine light come on.I call american Honda they said my car does not on racall 02V120000.but it is doing that exact thing the recall said.

- Brookpark, OH, USA

problem #13

Mar 072004

Civic

  • 81,000 miles
Ignition key interlock malfunctioned. As a result, the keys were locked in the ignition.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #12

Aug 091998

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Car was in park, hand brake was up-limit, air conditioner and engine on, in a driveway with an incline. I was unloading three pet birds from car in over 90 degree weather, therefore left air conditioner on. When I was done unloading, I knelt on my knees on the front passenger seat and reached over to ignition, turned key and removed it. Car jumped gears to neutral and slid back down hill, into street, causing close to $2,000 damage to my car as well as damage to the car I was parked next to in driveway. I could easily have been severly hurt or killed had a car been coming up or down the street. I reported problem to american Honda. Sent numerous letters. Was initially just laughed at. Eventually they opened a case number but concluded it was "driver error". in light of the recent news releases about the prevelance of this defect on Honda and Acura, I am furious.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 042003

(reported on)

Civic

  • 1,000 miles
A faulty ignition caused the vehicle not to start. A recall (02V-120000) was issued for this problem but the consumer vehicle was not included due to VIN.

- Sacremental, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 262002

Civic

  • miles
Consumer states that it will be hard to start the vehicle and they will have to try numerous of time before the vehicle will start. Dealer notified

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 032002

Civic

  • miles

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

Consumer called complaining about having problem with the Honda dealer that will charge $45 for the non-factory alarm.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 302002

Civic

  • miles
While I was driving my kids to school the car suddenly lost power and stalled. I took it to my mechanic I spent $300 in parts bad igniter and coil a month later same problem. But only this time the car did not start in the morning was told maybe bad ignition switch or distributor.

- Sun City, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 122002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Dealer will not do ignition switch recall id: 02V120000 without charging $98 for reconnection of security system. Why should I be liable for the recall?

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 292002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumer states of receving a recall on the igniton switch. Dealer was contacted and there is no parts availible.

- Collge Park, MD, USA

problem #5

Oct 162002

Civic

  • miles

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

Consumer states recieve recall letter 02 V 120 000 for ignition parts are not available till December 20, 2002.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 022002

Civic

  • miles
The whole spark-plug, distributor system had to be replaced. My mechanic is very puzzled about the failure.

- Guilford, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 032002

Civic

  • miles
Vehicle was going 70mph on interstate and stalled in traffic. This has happened many other times over a 6 month period. There iwasno prior warning given before vehicle shutdown. Also, hesistant before starting. Vehicle will restart, and possibly stall out again. Dealer aware of problem.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #2

Oct 232001

Civic

  • miles
I was driving 55mph in congested traffic when my car started to stumble and immediately lost power forcing me to cross traffic. Car would not start and I was left on a busy expressway during rush hour.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 222000

Civic

  • miles
While driving at about 45mph ignitor failed, and the engine shut completely off. Also, power steering failed.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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