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5.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,500 miles

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1998 Honda Civic exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #16

Aug 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Civic. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for regular maintenance and they noticed that the manifold exhaust cracked. The cause of the failure was unknown. The manifold exhaust was replaced before at 158,000. The current mileage was 198,000 and the failure mileage was 158,000. Updated 10/30/07

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 052004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer heard a loud noise coming from the rear. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that exhaust manifold pipe needed to be replaced. This vehicle was not on recall, and the warranty expired. Consumer had to pay for parts and labor. The consumer stated that he wanted to cancel his complaint. He was advised by Honda service manager to take his vehicle to any dealership for an inspection. Defective part immediately replaced free of charge.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Possible defective exhaust manifold. Has crack in manifold for unknow reason!.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #13

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Civic

  • 75,000 miles

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

While driving there was a loud noise like the muffler had gone bad. Upon inspection of the vehicle, the consumer noticed a large crack in the exhaust manifold. The dealership indicated this was a common problem on earlier model years, and the manufacturer extended the warranty on this part. The dealer replaced the manifold with a reinforced part.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 152003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Multiple cracks in exhaust manifold radiating from oxygen sensor.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 012001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I noticed a loud noise and odor, took car to Honda mechanic, manifold was cracked and had to pay $500+ to fix. My sister has the same vehicle and she had the same problem at about the same time. Inquired with Honda to see about recall...there wasn't one"? we both fixed the problem, which was over 1 year ago. The problem has recently recurred...now I am seeking answers?"

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 122003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

The cast iron exhaust manifold had a tendency to crack which caused carbon monoxide to migrate into the vehicle's passenger compartment.

- East Wareham, MA, USA

problem #9

Jan 172003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
While driving vehicle the check engine light illuminated. Consumer states there was the smell of the exhaust in the vehicle. The vehicle also was making a noise accompanied with a rattle.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #8

Sep 022002

Civic

  • miles
I have been driving for over 35 years and never had to replace an exhaust manifold on any of my vehicles. Today my mechanic told me that mine was the second one in less than a month that he has replaced on a Honda. There is obviously something wrong here.

- Kings Mountain, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 152002

Civic

  • miles
A crack in exhaust manifold leaked fumes into vehicle. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #6

May 102002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

In regards to the exhaust manifold crack--- I noticed an exhaust smell coming into passenger compartment and noticed that the engine compartment was slightly louder than usual. I got used to the smell but now I just get headaches. I figured it needed a new exhaust manifold gasket but upon further inspection before buying a gasket, I noticed a crack in the exhaust manifold where the pipes come together under the heat shield. The crack looks like it stems out in different ways from the oxygen sensor; it is probably due to poor design. I figure that it probably impairs the functionality of the oxygen sensor thus altering emmissions. I contacted Honda and found out that a new exhaust manifold costs over $700 dollars just in parts, which I cant afford. I found that Honda extended the warranties on the 1997 models due to the same problem and found that the 2002 Honda Civics' are equipped with stainless steel manifolds rather than the cast iron found on my car, therefore I know Honda is aware of the problems and they should fix the problems before the crack stems all around and my exhaust system falls off causing further damage or causes me to fail a smog check. In regards to the rear passenger windows, the buttons don't work thus not allowing rear windows to be rolled up or down.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 032001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There was a clicking sound coming from engine compartment. Consumer pulled off exhaust manifold cover and noticed two cracks.

- Woodbridge, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012001

Civic

  • miles
The exhaust manifold has a hole in it. Many 1998 Civics have had this problem, but it is not on a recall list yet.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 012000

Civic

  • miles
There is a crack inside of exhaust manifold. Consumer smelled exhaust fumes coming inside of vehicle. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152000

Civic

  • miles
I began the process of having the car repaired on August 14, 2000. By today, August 18th, the Honda dealer had mentioned to the repair shop that iam having the work done at that they had ordered 6 of these manifolds. On Monday when I had called the dealer for parts, they did not have the manifold in stock. I belive that this could be a sign of a major defect. Although it does not directly pose a threat to me physically, it could allow exhuaust fumes into the vehicle. I would like to presue the manufacture and attempt to have them replace the part.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 151998

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exhaust head pipe failed.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

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