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:
No data
Average Mileage:
188,727 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 062015

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 237,454 miles


Just wanted to point out the transmission may break down over time. According to many forums, this is not a rare thing to occur.

I just want to avoid spending lots of money on something that Honda knows for certain.

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 132014

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Although since receiving the car (140,000 miles), I had to manually put a key into the gear box to get it out of park. A month later when trying to reverse, the gearbox stuck. I pulled. The shifter moved up and down unable to catch into any gear. The car was towed.

- , Clementon, NJ, USA

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