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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,235 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. buy motors that are available aftermarket (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace motor (1 reports)
1998 Honda Civic windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 282011

Civic EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,705 miles


Not long after I bought this car used, the driver's window motor started to go out right away. The passenger side is also slow and probably doesn't have much life left to it.

- , Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #2

May 022008

Civic LX 1.6L Non Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

these power windows worked great for years,even in the earliest models,then they went to a cable drive system,like domestic cars. what a mistake. this car is only ten years old,yet every window motor is failing. the cables start to fray,then it destroys the pulleys on the window regulators, then you have to buy a regulator and a motor assembly. this seems to be a common problem on the cars. DO NOT buy a replacement regulator from the dealer, you can buy a motor for 62 bucks from nappa,and the regulator assembly with motor is available online, usually from doorman products,for around a hundred bucks. quality can't be worse then OEM,nothing could be worse then OEM. if you have mechanical skills, you can do this pretty easy. if you hear a grinding and scraping,when the window is going up and down,thats the cables self destructing. i will post pics when i get my replacement motor in. right now i need to cut some cardboard to jam in the window to keep it up.

- , Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 262003

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • 50,000 miles

I have automatic windows. I rolled the window down with the auto button, and it got stuck half way down. I was coming home from a trip, and it was 35 degrees outside. I had to drive 1.5 hours with the window almost completely down. I was on the interstate going about 75 MPH. Combine that with the fact that it was 35 degrees outside, and it got cold quick. It cost about $350 to get it fixed. You can't have a window that doesn't close. Thanksfully, it did not rain....nor did I get frostbite.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

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