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.

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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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,209 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 272008

Civic

  • 85,000 miles

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

Routine inspection by service personnel revealed both front struts were leaking and required replacement. Honda Civic had approximately 85,000 miles, technician stated that it is rare to have both go bad at the same time.

- Espanola, NM, USA

problem #10

Nov 112007

Civic

  • 130,301 miles
I bought a 2002 Honda Civic ex in 2002. The car always sort of jumped when the automatic transmission changed gears. I did tell the service people about this at the first few required services. They made off like it was just normal so I dropped complaining. The car now has 130K miles and 4 days ago the transmission broke down. I found that this could have been from a number of issues from your site. I spoke with the service mgr at leith Honda in raleigh where my car was towed. He emphatically states that there is no service issue with the 2002 Honda Civic transmissions. My car was serviced as required in fact since I use synthetic oil more than required. I has been taken to Honda dealerships for big mile check ups or other reputable service places for normal oil changes. I have had 3 other Honda cars over the past 30 years and they all got way over 130K miles before I traded or sold them and none had transmission problems. There is also a problem with the compliance bushings in the front. This is very early for something of this nature.

- Raleigh , NC, USA

problem #9

Aug 142007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 156,000 miles
Honda Civic 2002 manual trans to mckeever auto bradenton, fl check rattling sound in engine area, maybe ac" mckeever could not find problem with ac, took to bradenton Honda told coming from trans, Honda mech no idea why. Had a trans fluid change using Honda fluid. No sign of deterioration fluid, trans worked fine, but still noise. Now humming under hood, took to tires plus got axle. Drove 1200 miles trans starts popping out of 5 gear. Took to mckeever, usa trans said needed trans. Could rebuild for $2500 no guarantee.Honda said no warranty extension, bulletin, out of warranty; new trans 6000 tech can not open trans must go to factory no one would fix problem, options rebuild, get another. Got used trans low miles mckeever installed replaced Honda seals and fluid, drove 400 miles like new suddenly at high speed engine raced trans popped out 5 gear.returned mckeever?S. found numerous bulletins, complaints Honda trans, including same for 01. Mckeever"S put original trans in Civic, took to Honda contacted to report case #N012007-10-1601112, told no bulletins on trans for my car. Told Honda bulletin 01-081 for the 01 Civic same problem.Honda told me car not part of that. Told only 01, drive from mckeever found the trans same as before popping out of gear quickly got worse unable to hold. Honda inspected vehicle found axle slipped out, trans fluid leaked, took pictures Honda told me axle wrong, did not fit, drove in 4th gear to tires plus who talked to Honda, then put axle in showed me it fit.ordered another axle installed it showed me it fit. Do not know if aftermarket axles for this vehicle are safety issue or if it caused damage to trans requested another used trans. From mckeever auto waiting to confirm axle holding.contacted Honda back, Honda lied there R issues with these trans. Honda lied that tech's can not open trans had to go to factory. Original trans, new axle in Honda old axle tires plus, first used trans mckeevers.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 292006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

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

(1) crunching sound with any bumps in the road (2) the damage to right front tire, the cv boot & shaft, was due to defective strut coming loose. (3) all parts were replaced under warranty that was within the 1st year of ownership, with 3,000 miles on the car. This again happened again in 2006 on the left side, with 25,000 miles on the car, this time they said it had a defective cv joint shaft & boot was twisting with left side shock being defective & damaged also. Honda dealer paid for all but $300 to replace & repair all that they found. This 2002 Honda Civic LX still has a crunching sound in the front end with bumps & turns after repair 6 weeks ago.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #7

Jun 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle has been taken to the dealership 6 times to determine what is causing a loud clicking noise at 5mph in the front suspension. The dealership is unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer has been alerted. However, no repairs have been made.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 152003

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
The suspension of this vehicle had been lowered by dealership, resulting in steering problems. The ability to make turns were more difficult than normal. Tires squealed when turning corners. Also, altered headlights, which caused bulbs to break.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #5

Apr 032003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles

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

Front left strut failure.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 152003

Civic

  • miles
While driving the vehicles front suspension failed. The dealer was notified.

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 112003

Civic 16-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Loss of steering and control while driving due to defective struts. Dealer and manufacturer both aware of problem, however nation-wide back order on parts. No idea when parts will be shipped. Vehicles ability to drive safely diminishing each day. Honda does not seem to care.

- Graniteville, VT, USA

problem #2

Aug 252002

Civic

  • miles
There is a rattling noise coming from or between the driver and the front suspecion. Took it to the dealer they installed a small piece of gasket between the vehicle frame and the front shocks, the problem was back as I was leaving the dealer.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 042002

Civic

  • miles
While I rode the motorcycle's front end (steering & tire/wheel) vibrated with extreme vigor, pulled me down to the side, and forced me to lose control of the bike which resulted in a crash.

- O'fallon, IL, USA

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