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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:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,811 miles

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2002 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #22

May 102008

Civic

  • 67,000 miles

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

Transmission failed after some intermittent slippage. Would work in reverse not forward. Took to garage said transmission fried. Replaced tranny and now said the computer wasn't working correctly. 67,000 miles on car. Go figure.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #21

May 112008

Civic

  • 100,900 miles
Transmission failure.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #20

May 082008

Civic 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
After 10 minutes of driving the auto transmission in my 2002 Honda Civic completely stopped working. I was driving on the highway and had a very difficult time reaching a safe place. The only warning was when I first started driving the transmission shifted poorly from 2nd to 3rd gear. I noticed that shifting problem several times as I proceeded toward the highway and then suddenly the transmission stopped working. I had the car towed to a transmission repair shop and they told me it was a complete transmission failure and would cost $2,400 to fix.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #19

Oct 132007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,681 miles

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

I was on my way to de from NJ and I started to drive up the hill of the Delaware memorial bridge...I put my foot on the gas but my car stopped accelerating, the check engine light came on and my speedometer started to decline! I was in the middle lane on the bridge so I tried my best to get over to the far right lane while I was afraid the car would stop on the bridge and someone would hit me.. I got to the top of the hill and then I was able to coast down the hill towards the toll booth where my car stopped and had to be pushed to the shoulder. I was relieved to not have stopped on the bridge where there is no shoulder. It turns out to be the transmission failed. There was no warning. No leaks, no unusual behavior. I was just driving along as normal and the transmission failed. The check engine light didn't even come on until after it happened. It was very scary B/C I T happened out of no where. Something like this is a scary and unsafe type of failure B/C it could have been potentially even more dangerous if I had not been able to get to a shoulder since I was on a bridge. My car was well maintained, had its oil changes and had been serviced with Honda transmission fuel at the appropriate times. After having it towed to my mechanic's shop, it needs a new transmission torque converter went bad according to my mechanic. The complete randomness and no warning is what has upset me the most.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jun 102007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The current and failure mileage were 116000. While driving 30 mph the vehicle turned completely off. The vehicle was moved to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the transmission was bad.

- Mt Airy, MD, USA

problem #17

Apr 262007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission shifts hard and sometimes slips between the first and second gear. Took it to the Honda dealership for checkup. They charged a fee and said there is no problem. The problem still persists and sometimes it jerks hard when I slow down due to traffic and try to accelerate.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Mar 092006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Transmission failed and was replaced by dealer at 50000 miles. That put 2 more in it and the one that is currently in it has leaked ever since it was installed. I have kept fluid in it at the correct level and now it is slipping at 92000.

- Barboursville, WV, USA

problem #15

Oct 092006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,485 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitated before shifting gears. The vehicle was driven to an independent repair shop where a cracked drum in the transmission was replaced.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 272006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles
Transmission first started to shift hard, than car would remain at same speed without giving any gas and would not slow down when brakes were applied. Within the same week the transmission started slipping and on the way home from having the repair estimated the transmission completely went, almost causing a very serious accident as my car would not change into gear leaving me in the middle of oncoming traffic. Repairs were estimated at over $2,000 plus labor and no guarantees that another transmission for my vehicle would not have the same problems.

- Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #13

Sep 302006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,091 miles
2002 Honda Civic the transmission comes out of gear while driving, the indicator on the dash goes off, and the motor revs up or down depending ifi was accelerating or decelerating. Honda has replaced my transmission 3 times already and im having the problem again. It becomes dangerous to me when it comes out of gear and I cant get out of harms way of other cars.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 062005

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

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

The automatic transmission is not operating properly. At times it is hard to change gears from first to second gear. This happens in any road condition. The speed when this problem happened was 10-20 mph. The car was taken to the dealer May 4, 2005. The problem has not been fixed. When the car was taken to the dealer, they were able to reproduce the problem.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #11

Dec 262004

Civic

  • miles
When we purchased our 2002 Honda Odyssey new, it started smoking like it was going to catch on fire. I pulled it out of the garage, because there was so much smoke. It was leaking transmission fluid all over. It was also making a clunking sound coming from the transmission when we drove it. This happened during the first week. Richfield/bloomington Honda had it towed at no expense. They finally replaced a head gasket and did some other repairs. We also told them that it was having trouble starting. We now have 43,000 miles, and have brought the car in for the recall, and they installed the oil kit. Shortly after they put in the oil kit, we noticed a sweet smell coming from the engine. While in Chicago over christmas, we were on a busy interstate, and we switched lanes and I tried to accelerate. The rpms shot up four times, and the car acted like it was in neutral. We had 5 young children in the car and almost were in a bad accident. Cars were honking at us and one car just missed us. It was a very dangerous situation. Since then, this slippage at around 30-45 miles per hours has happened around 5 more times. After researching this on the internet and your complaint site, I have found that this problem is happening way too much to just be an isolated incident. We are contacting Honda, and then will contact our local dealership. I am wondering if Honda has done anything to fix the problem" with 43,000 miles on the vehicle, will Honda take care of this problem" please notify me if you have any addition information that would help us. Thanks in advance, brent bovitz.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #10

Dec 102004

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
We have a Honda odyessey 2002, it was subject to a recall for possible transmission problem, the dealer determined there was no wear to the gears and installed a oil kit. This was done at 52000 miles(mainly highway miles). Soon after we noticed some revving of engine when we try to accelarate off and on. On 12/10/04 while driving my wife suddenly could not go beyond 20-30 miles after stopping at a traffic light. We have had it towed to the dealer who now says the transmission needs to be replaced. He is not attributing it to the reason for the initial recall. We have contacted Honda customer service who will get back to us in 1-2 days after talking to our dealer if they would cover the cost of rreplacing the transmission. There are 100's of reports which sound identical on the internet. Honda has extended warranty on Honda odyessey vans for 2000 and 2001 to 100000miles. We were lucky that this did not happen onthe highway, my wife could have got seriously hurt.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #9

Nov 122002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,200 miles
I was driving up an incline at about 35 mph on the parkway, and needed to accelerate up the hill. I pressed on the gas pedal, and it hardly moved and I got no response. All of a sudden, the pedal pulled away from my foot downward towards the floor, and the car accelerated uncontrollably. With the possibility that cruise control was accidentally put on (which I hardly ever use), I immediately stepped on the brake to stop the acceleration, and there was no response. I was still accelerating, so I put the car into neutral, and it was still revving out of control. (the RPM was in the red zone) I finally put the toe of my boot under the gas pedal to try to lift it up off the floor, and it finally gave, and went back to normal. I then proceeded toward home, at a voluntary 20 mph. I am taking it to the Honda service center for evaluation.

- Bronxville, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 102004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that engine and transmission needed to be replaced.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 102004

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,300 miles
Vehicle started making a whining noise and eventually would not accelerate. Vehicle coasted to a stop on the side of the road where it had to be towed. It was checked by computer and the code P0173 came up (transmission failure).

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 152003

(reported on)

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with 2002 Honda Civic transmission. When the vehicle was on a small slop, it moved forward all the way with the gear shift in reverse. When the vehicle was faced uphill, the vehicle roll back all the way with the gear shift in drive, the consumer believed the vehicle should stay still if the gas was not being applied.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Vehicle will down shift without warning causing the car to grab.

- Collinsville, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 022003

Civic

  • miles
Consumer was approaching an intersection while applying the gas and the vehicle wouldn't move. Then the vehicle went into reverse. Please fill in additional information, dealer is aware of the problem.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 032002

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was attempting to park vehicle and shifted from reverse to drive, but vehicle kept moving in reverse when gas was applied. Vehicle finally moved forward after several attempts of shifting gear. Vehicle was checked by dealer who could not determine any problem.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

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