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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,414 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.

2002 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Apr 232009


  • miles


I was driving from san diego to my house in riverside in rush hour traffic and with no warning all power shut down. There was nothing except other cars going at least 70 on the 15 freeway. Luckily I was in the lane next to the slow lane and made it to the shoulder without incident. My mechanic did process of elimination and he said it was the ECU. We towed it to the shop where repairs were going to be made and the shop said maybe before you put that much money into it I'll have my auto electrical mechanic look at it first. So come to find out the main wire that leads off of the engine block snapped right off. May car had to be re-wired! talk about a pretty penny. $900 bucks.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. While driving 3 mph in reverse, the contact was able to pull the key from the ignition. The failure occurred three times. The contact called the dealer who stated that there were no related recalls and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000 and the current mileage was 119,554.

- Odell, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 112010


  • 80,000 miles
Low beam terminal on head light wire harness overheated causing smoke in the interior of the vehicle. Low beams lights not functioning which may cause an accident.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 152009


  • 75,000 miles


I am having the same issue related to Honda recall bulletin[04-015]. my headlight switch and harness is overheating and smoking. This can result in a loss of headlights and fire in the cockpit. Honda says my vehicle was not part of the recall. However, I am experiencing the same issues as on recalled vehicles. Dealers will inspect the head light switch and coupler for signs of heat damage. If heat damage is present, the dealer will replace the switch and coupler. If no heat damage is present, the dealer will replace the head light switch and one mating pin in the coupler. My issue is that the dealer and Honda Motors America state my vehicle was not under recall and will not replace the part under the recall. However the part and issue are the exact same attached to the recall.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 112007


  • 100,000 miles
Whenever the contact drives the vehicle she noticed that the interior lights and air conditioner had stopped working, also the contact noticed that all of the electrical features in the vehicle had began to malfunction. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership and the contact noticed beforehand that the door locks rear defroster had stop working. The current mileage is 131000, failure mileage was at 100000. Bml

- Chester, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 022009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the ABS light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle suddenly stalled and shivered before shutting off. The contact had to wait a couple of minutes before the vehicle would restart. The failure occurred intermittently. The dealer stated that a diagnostic would cost $100. The manufacturer stated that the cause of the failure may have been due to the internal capacitors, but offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were approximately 75,000.

- New York City, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 202009


  • miles
The SRS light came on recently and did not go off. The diagnosis by Honda costs $90 if the problem is not cover by the extended warranty, which deters people to take the risk to check the problem. Honda should cover the whole diagnosis cost because it is related to safety issue.

- Gainesville, FL, 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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