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2.4

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,517 miles

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1998 Honda Civic exhaust system problems

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #13

May 072011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles

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

I took my car in for service and they told me the exhaust manifold was cracked. This is the third time this part has cracked. I had it replaced twice already at the dealership- they did not cover the part under warranty and I paid $1000 each time to have it replaced. I tried to contact american Honda and they refused to compensate me for it.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 152008

Civic

  • 90,891 miles
When my 1998 Honda Civic was at 90,891 miles, the Honda dealer service department told me the exhaust manifold was cracked and needed to be replaced. The repair was about $1000. Only 2 years later, they told me the new exhaust manifold was cracked and needed to be replaced again. The service manager told me that this replacement part should last much longer but he was unwilling to stand behind this repair and charged me another $1000 to repair it again.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 142010

Civic

  • 180,000 miles
I have a 98 Honda Civic LX, it seems the exhaust manifold on these cars are defective they crack and the gas emissions are circulated to the cabin of the automobile. The exhaust manifold should not crack on normal use. Carbon monoxide co could leak to the cabin of the car, and is poisonous to humans and children. There are a lot of Honda Civics out here with crack exhaust manifold, it is hard to find the culprit, because the exhaust manifold is covered with a metal cover, but you will notice the smell inside the cabin of the car, when the car is at running. The NHTSA should investigate on this defective.

- Pacoima, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 242007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

Exhaust manifold have a big crack causing a check engine light and exhaust fumes to migrate to the cabin since it is in front of the car. Honda have an existing service bulletin 98-081 that only covers 96-97 Civics and not 1998 models but they did not do the re-design until 99. It is a well known flaw but Honda does not have a recall for it.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 012007

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles
Year 2003: 1 O2 sensor replaced year 2007: Engine light on. Was informed due to oxygen O2 sensor bad and also a cracked exhaust manifold. Car acts like it will stall when stopped at a light. I am very concerned. According to the dealership, only some Honda Civics with a particular VIN # qualify for replacement of oxygen/O2 sensor and exhaust manifold. They stated that mine did not (only up to 1997 qualify) and there is no recall for 1998. According to the internet, there are other complaints for this problem for 1998 Honda Civics. Please investigate.

- Nellysford, VA, USA

problem #8

Oct 012006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,827 miles
Had taken car to get inspection. Would not pass due to the exhaust manifold having a crack in. This car had 59827 miles on it! naturally I was very upset. This car was only used minimally as witnessed by the year vs miles. Hardly any hwy use. Contacted the dealership and they put up their hands. Can't fix because I don't have $ 2,000. Car will not pass insp. Due to strict codes in Texas. I now have my fifth Honda. Honda just dropped the big one on a loyal cust.!!!!!!!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 172006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Cracked exhaust manifold which leads to exhaust gases being blown into the car when in traffic or at idle. These gases create a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

- Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 032003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
10 months ago I became aware of exhaust smell inside my 98 Honda Civic LX VIN-[xxx]. the problem was worse when I idled the car for a quick warm up before driving. The problem got worse and I was getting headaches each day after my commute to work. Complained of I removed the heat shield from the engine to investigate the source of the exhaust leak. I found the exhaust manifold had split approx. On each side of the "Y" for a total crack of 6 inches. This was allowing large amounts of exhaust gas to enter the cabin when using the heater or A/C. I was informed by four Honda dealers locally that the problem was well known and all 7 local dealers had many manifolds in stock in their parts department. This was an indication to me that many of these were breaking and I was far from alone on this issue. The replacement manifold part number is- 18160-P2E-A12. At ken garff Honda in ogden Utah, I was told that an extended warranty was in effect for the problem for 8 years or 80K miles. (my Civic has 93,000 miles) they stated this was a very common problem for 96,97 and 98 Honda Civics to have. My concern is if I had sufficient exhaust gas in my cabin to make me ill and the problem was widespread that this could be a serious safety / health issue. A person sitting in their closed, idling car with the ac/heater on they could potentially succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning. With the above in mind, I contacted american Honda motor co. Customer service at 800-999-1009 to relay my information and discuss the issue. I spoke with a woman named [xxx] who told me she would record my concern. I am also concerned that were no symptoms to alert me to the problem other than odor. A non "auto savvy" person could easily overlook the gradually worsening problem just like I did until they died. Please investigate the scope of this issue further and I am convinced that this is a widespread issue due to the feedback I got. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #5

Aug 192003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer replaced the ignition switch under recall. Also the alternator replaced. But the intermittent problem to start the vehicle continued. There was intermittent grinding noise when the vehicle was started. Since the noise didn't occur when the consumer bought it to the dealer, they refused to do anything about it. Also the oxygen sensor was replaced.

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 182003

(reported on)

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Possible problems with exhaust system.. the exhaust system made a loud noise.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Exhaust manifold/catalytic converter assy. Is badly cracked. Manifold/converter makes noise and exhaust can be smelled in passenger compartment. Manifold/converter assy. Was already replaced once at approx. 50,000 miles for the same problem. The problem was noticed again at approx. 100,000 miles.

- Campell, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
My car has been stalling our for a period of over two months almost every time I drive it. I recently took it into Honda and they said it had something to do with my O2 sensor. Why didn't they notify me when I was in the office that there was a recall notice for my faulty ignition switch and that was the problem" they told me nothing about the problems with my car, never offering the information about my ignition switch. I even went over with the Honda service department that my car kept stalling out while driving. When I would sit a stop sigh it would cut off as soon as I attempted to pull out. I feel these people were rude to me because I am a girl and do not know much about cars, but they should have told me the truth no matter what gender. Does Honda not know about their recall notices" **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**770818

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Exhaust system failure

- San Marcos , CA, USA

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