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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,088 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 #7

Jan 012016

Civic

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Defective car.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Aug 152015

Civic

  • miles
Headers are cracked car lost power, suspension is not durable. Steering components not durable

- Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 052014

Civic

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and unknown warning lights flickered. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the relay switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 072012

Civic

  • 220,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The first thing was I noticed the temp starting to rise, immediately was shut off and radiator replaced. Few months later November of 2013, temp started to rise, didn't even get hot. Blown head gasket. It sat till July 2014, when a new motor was installed. Drove good until October 2014 when out of no where my transmission quit working!

- Seymour, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 262009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 69,085 miles
During schedule maintenance on March 26, 2009, a Honda service technician detected an oil leak. The head cover gasket was replaced. During schedule maintenance on January 24, 2013, a Honda service technician detected an oil leak. The head cover gasket was replaced. During schedule maintenance on April 19, 2014, a Honda service technician detected an oil leak. The recommendation was to replace head cover gasket.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 022014

Civic

  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the engine rpms increased over 3000 until the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Loranger, LA, USA

problem #1

Feb 112010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 78,530 miles
My cars transmission if failing again, back in 2010 is when it first started, I was on my way to work, then all of a sudden my car wouldn't move and I was pressing down on the gas pedal, only the acceleration gauge was moving. I called my dad and told him what had happened, so he took it to a mechanic and he said I needed a new transmission, so I had it replaced and the cost came out of my own pocket, and now two years later the same thing is happening again, the car jerks when shifting gears and the check engine light is on again....

- Mission Hills, CA, USA

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