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6.9

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,994 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 012003

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Distributor failed while driving on freeway causing the vehicle to lose engine power. I coasted to a stop in the middle of traffic, unable to restart the engine.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 202004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The driver tried to restart the vehicle and was able to do so. The vehicle was taken to a body shop for inspection. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem at this time.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 132004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,940 miles
Consumer stated that granddaughter bought a certified Honda Civic and had nothing but trouble since she purchased the vehicle. One month after the vehicle was purchased the head gasket blew out, and needed to be replaced. This was done by the dealer that sold her the vehicle. Then, power steering pump leaked, and it was repaired 2 months later. In may of this year the same thing happened power steering pump leaked again. The engine had to be replaced again at 89440 miles. The transmission was replaced due to shifting problems at 90552 miles.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #7

May 102004

Civic

  • miles

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

While driving 65 mph, without warning the vehicle stalled. The driver tried to restart the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the timing belt needed replacing which was not mounted properly. Please fill in additional information.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #6

May 122003

Civic

  • miles
When the consumer started the vehicle it made a clank noise, which was due to a piston slap.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 162003

Civic

  • miles
The check engine light keeps coming on in my 1998 Honda Civic. The dealer has already replaced the oxygen sensor once under warranty but now claims that the warranty period is over. The car only has 34,000 miles on it, and the oxygen sensor was replaced about 13,000 miles ago. I have found many other similar complaints on internet bulletin boards.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 262001

Civic

  • miles

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

A carbon buildup causes valves to stick and makes vehicle inoperable. Vehicle will not start. This happens intermittently. This problem happened first time in May 2000. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated there were no updates or recalls. They do expect recall between now and next year.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 282001

Civic

  • miles
Electical problem not fixed yet, engine timing prob caused valve damage, head work required...paid by owner, Honda notified.

- Hanscom Afb, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 282001

Civic

  • miles
Electical problem not fixed yet, engine timing prob caused valve damage, head work required...paid by owner, Honda notified.

- Hanscom Afb, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 211997

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrates due to main bearing failure.

- Napa, CA, USA

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