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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,249 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. fuel cap replaced (1 reports)
  2. Honda has to replace the sensor which will cost over $300 (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 042012

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,222 miles


Was driving long distance when this occurred and it coincided with the D light flashing (whole other problem) so I had no idea if the car was going to break down or if continuing on home would cause even more damage. Very stressful. Lost hours of work to deal with when I did make it safely home.

Update from Jun 20, 2014: Turned out the light went on because gas cap blew out and then all the drive lights went out.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 102010

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,925 miles

The check engine light and security light (green key) came on, no tachometer and coolant reading, car won't go over 2500RPM, burning twice the fuel.

- , Victoria, BC, Canada

problem #1

Mar 062010

Civic EX V-Tech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,600 miles

47,600 miles and the engine light comes on. The Honda repair said the emission sensor went out and will cost $225 to repair it will carry a year warranty. This car was bought new in 2002 with only 9 miles on it and I am the only owner. It is now 8 years old with only 47,600 miles on it, I kept loyal to having every single scheduled maintenance preformed as dictated by both the dealer and the manual. I only put Shell unleaded gas in it never ethanol gas and refuse to go to another gas station but Shell for the cleaning agent that is also recommended by the manual. This car has been taken care of as if a human being. I am highly disappointed in Honda's now and worry when the next thing will go out.

- , Lincoln, NE, USA

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