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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,633 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

May 202010


  • 98,000 miles


2002 Honda Civic ex 4 door the indoor door handles are peeling very sharp metal that cuts your hand when you try to open the door. I have cut my hand several times. Once almost needing stitches. Honda informed me that there were recalls for other models for this problem, but not this year/make/model. This is surely a safety defect, though not life threatening.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
On the morning of March 1, 2005 I attempted to fill my gas tank. I pushed the fuel access door release lever and nothing happened. I attempted this several times without success. I contacted a Honda dealer later in the day and explained the problem to him. He suggested I get another person to jiggle the door while I pressed the lever as Honda had a know fuel access door alignment problem. This did not solve the problem. I had to break the door open so that I could add fuel to the vehicle. After breaking open the door I noticed that pressing the release lever did not retract what was left of the post which would allow the fuel access door to open.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
Electronic doors automatically locked by themselves within 5 to 10 seconds. This could cause a problem when getting out of the vehicle with the key still in the vehicle. Consumer contacted the dealer, who stated there was no solution for this problem. When the key was in the ignition, the doors locked by themselves.

- Ocean City, NJ, USA

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