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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
113,578 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced oxygen sensor (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1998 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 122011

Civic DX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,313 miles


don't make any exhaust mods on this vehicle, they are very sensitive to the check engine light, ex replacing the header with an aftermarket/performance one and for that reason you will fail the great emissions test in Ontario. On my previous 98 Civic with no mods I had the 02 sensors replaced however, the problem remained with the check engine light. Usually a sign of a failed catalytic converter and unlike the Civic SI, the CX DX AND LX models have a header and catalytic converter all in one and they are expensive to replace, and you are taking a gamble again by buying a used one which of course is always cheaper to do.

- , Niagara Falls, Ontario, canada

problem #3

Apr 152008

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 134,000 miles

Okay this is the second time I've had to replace my O2 sensor and catalytic converter. My Honda is becoming a real pain in the ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone PLEASE help!!!!

- , Calabash, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 012007

Civic DX

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The check engine light comes on then goes off! It's on for a week then goes off, but now its on all the time! It never goes off. had a friend take a look at it, he said it was the o2 sensor and that it is like $400 to get fixed.

- , Stow, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 032007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.6L VTEC

  • Manual transmission
  • 124,000 miles

The other night I was on the way home from work in my 1998 Honda Civic Coupe EX (124000 mi and i bought it used from the dealership about a month ago), and the check engine light came on. Me being 16 almost 17 i took this seriously and the next morning i got up early so i could have it looked at before work and my dad and i went over to the dealership(in separate cars cuz i knew it would take a while and i needed to get to work). they inspected it and said it was the oxygen sensor that was dead(o2 sensor). well the total cost of fixing it was 370$. there went my two paychecks for the last two weeks. But wait theres more! Today i was on my way over to the gas station, and the check engine light was back! Before i take this car back to the dealership to have it looked at again and possibly another ass load of a money payment, please help me!!!!

So you can understand my frustration, i haven't even had the car back a whole day from the dealership and the check engine light came back on. After i spent 370$ to have myself some confidence in my car and to make the light go away, its back. If you know ANYTHING PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!

- , Winston Salem, NC, USA

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