Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Yes, the Honda Civic receives a lot of complaints because so many were sold. And sure, car parts only last so long and things eventually break. But it's never good to see this many transmission complaints, especially when the average mileage at failure is just north of 100,000 miles.

Especially when you consider that it's predecessor also has a nasty history with transmission complaints.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,586 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace latch (1 reports)
  3. replaced the wiring (1 reports)
2002 Honda Civic accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

May 052010

Civic DX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles


Drove into a gas station tried to fill up but the latch wouldn't open. So I tried to tap it, tried to use objects to ply it open without damaging the paint but none of that worked. Then another driver there suggested to open the interior of the trunk and play with the wiring. Eventually we found the wire tha opened the latch. I was lucky because my gas was running really low and I didn't even know if I could even drive it to the dealership without running out!

It cost $200 to replace the wiring, just like the other commentators described.

- , Montreal, Quebec, Canada

problem #2

May 092009

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 76,546 miles

The cable release for the fuel door in my 2002 Honda Civic EX stopped working (naturally my gas gauge was on Empty when it happened). A mechanic friend of mine looked at it and after removing the cap from the release end of the cable (found inside the trunk, behind the carpeted paneling) he deduced that the cable didn't actually snap, but may have just been stretched causing it to cease working. (When we tested it by pressing the release without the cap on the mechanism worked fine, but ceased working when we placed the cap back on it). I'm working on getting a replacement installed now.

- , Belmont, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 062007

(reported on)

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,860 miles

Went to fill up my tank with gas, and was unable to open the cover to the gas tank. I have pulled back the trunk lining, and can see the mechanism, but have no idea how to remove it. After researching this online, I can see this is a common problem with Honda vehicles and am pissed that I will probably have to pay to have this fixed when it sounds like it a faulty design.

- , Coquitlam, BC, Canada

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