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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,219 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 #9

Aug 052015


  • 25,600 miles


During last year NY state inspection, a technician said, the two front strut was leaked; later on when I am driving the car, I can hear a noise and feel it uncomfortable and unsafe. So this year inspection in pep boys (store id # 1072), I was asked to replace the two, by monroe part # 71433/71434, $204.39 per unit.

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 082003


  • 8,374 miles
I purchased my Honda Civic brand new in February of 2002. I had my right front strut replaced the first time on April 8, 2003. I had to have the same right front strut replaced again on February 22, 2004. My car went out of warranty in 2005, however I still noticed that the automobile did not seem to handle bumps/holes in the road very well, shaking and rattling with every one. Being a fairly young driver, and this being my very first car, I did not realize that this was an actual problem - I just thought that it was the way the car handled. I had the car looked at for another reason not too long ago and was informed by my mechanic that this was not normal and was due to yet again a suspension/strut problem. I have encountered several Honda Civic owners, especially within this particular generation of Civic that have had the same problem as I have. I believe the parts to be defective.

- Hanceville, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 132007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that when large amounts of morning dew were on the windshield and rear window, it was hard to remove. The failure only occurred on cold mornings. The contact used the windshield wipers, but the dew remained. The defroster would take a long time to activate and the interior glass would clear up, but the outside glass would remain fogged. The contact called Honda care and took the vehicle to the dealer, but neither could correct the failure. The current and failure mileages were 42,000. Updated 01-14-08. The brakes made a noise when the consumer applied the brakes, the suspension felt rough. The dealer was unable to duplicate the consumer concerns. Updated 12/12/07.

- Asbury, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The car was purchased new on April 20, 2002. Since the very first day several problems were discovered which Honda has been unable to resolve. One ongoing problem is a vibration at 55 mph in the steering wheel, which Honda has attributed to a wheel balance problem and tire problem. The car has been serviced 14 times by Honda and Firestone (tire manufacturer) and merchant tire (balance). Honda tried to balance the wheels and after several failed attempts told me it was a problem with faulty tires (oem). Honda told me they could do nothing further about the problem and told me I had to take care of the problem on my own with the tire manufacturer despite the fact that the car was obviously still under Honda warranty. None of the balancing solved the problem and Honda told me it must be defective (original) tires. Firestone them replaced 3 tires under warranty and the problem still persisted. They attempted to balance the wheels 2 more times. I went back to Honda and they balanced the wheels again with no success and they would not investigate the problem further. There are several other problems. One is a problem with hissing and static in the radio reception when the rear window defogger is on (since new). Honda replaced the radio and defogger switch but the problem is still there. Another problem is a visibility problem in the rear window (since new). A hazy sticky film develops on the rear window. It is very difficult to clean with household glass cleaner. Another problem is that the original Honda floor mat wore right through when the car was not even a year old. I had to purchase a whole set for about $90. The drivers seat upholstery also began to wear prematurely. Another problem that developed over the past year is a damp moldy musty odor coming from the air conditioner/heater vents. The odor is sometimes strong and when I turn on the ac or heater it makes me cough and feel ill. I am very disappointed in the quality of this vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 272004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
While driving at 30 mph on a smooth road the vehicle suddenly pulled to the right then to the left and struck a vehicle on the opposite lane. There was no warning. Everything was working until the time of the incident. The driver sustained broken ribs and the two children in the back seat sustained bruises and cuts. The vehicle was a totaled.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #4

Apr 092003

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle hit a bump in the road and the vehicle hopped to the right. When the driver applied the brakes forcefully the vehicle slid to the right instead of forward.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 282003


  • miles


The vehicle swayed from left to right.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #2

May 312002


  • miles
Consumer states that in a frontal left end collison, the impact was so severe it bent the main beam from the front to the rear of vehcile, and none of the air bags deployed on impact.

- Union Grove, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 142002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving and making a turn the vehicle was being pulled in the opposite direction at turn. 185/70R14, dot# W2rvs9H, original equipment, 622 miles, Honda, Civic 2002. Tires were very noisy. Dealer stated that the manufacturer changed the suspension and maybe this is causing the problem.

- Asberry, NJ, USA

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