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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,134 miles
Total Complaints:
242 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (124 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission (52 reports)
  3. not sure (46 reports)
  4. replaced transmission, Honda covered cost of parts (9 reports)
  5. open a case with honda corporate (7 reports)
  6. donated the vehicle to a charity (1 reports)
2002 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 13)

problem #242

Jun 012005

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


We bought the Civic in 2004 as a Re-certified Honda. Less than a year later the transmission went completely out. Thankfully it WAS less than a year so it didn't cost us anything but time. Ever since then though the transmission clunks randomly when it shifts.

- , Douglas, GA, USA

problem #241

Jan 172014

Civic LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

Brought a 2002 Honda Civic at excellent KBB value, because of the Honda name.

In 3 months, I have replaced the transmission and cooling system, all cost me around $2000.

Never recommend used Honda Civic to anyone. I had 2003 Kia and 2006 Hyundai earlier, both were very good compared to this Civic

- , Doral, Florida, USA

problem #240

Nov 222013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,206 miles

It cost me $2000 to replace the timing belt and other things. This year, this is the another $2300. What about next year? I don't know if it is worth repairing, but I have no backup solution for now.

People say Civic is one of the most reliable car. So other cars are worse??

- , Montreal, Quebec, canada

problem #239

Aug 102011

Civic LX 1.7L I-4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,746 miles


Transmission failed in August 2011 while sitting at a red light. Luckily traffic was not bad and we were able to push the car out of the road and have it towed to a repair shop safely. The transmission had to be completely rebuilt for a cost of $1446.63. This vehicle was purchased new and maintained per manufacturer specifications.

- , Inman, SC, USA

problem #238

Oct 042013

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,300 miles

When my transmission died out of the blue last week, I called the 800 Honda number and they claimed to have no idea that transmission failure in 2002 Civics was a problem. So I'm adding my name to the list. It's a problem, Honda!

- , Amherst, MA, USA

problem #237

Sep 062013

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

don't know that griping will do any good. feel ripped off by a mfg that was supposed to be reputable for its cars! first and last time i ever buy foreign!

- , Vancleave, MS, USA

problem #236

Jul 012008

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Was so proud of my Honda....took care of her, regular check-ups, etc. Was out house shopping with my boyfriend one day and started having problems....couldn't accelerate, then finally just stopped, across town.... ugh. Got the car towed and almost immediately found out that the transmission was shot, $2200 and 2 weeks later I had her back. Now, with 80k miles on the new one, I'm starting to have problems again.

I'm sad to say that this faithful Honda owner will never purchase another Honda again. I'm not having the transmission replaced if it goes out, I will be buying a different brand, and I will encourage everyone I know to stay away from Honda as well.

- , Houstom, TX, USA

problem #235

Apr 092012

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

I wanted a Honda because they are known for their reliability. So I thought it would be a good idea to buy the newest Honda I could afford, the newer it is the longer it'll last right? wrong! This damn car has been nothing but trouble.

At first I noticed minor, insignificant problems like some of my interior accessory lights not working. Now after fixing a blown crank sensor (which no one but Honda could diagnose) that made my car sit for 9 months, my transmission has gone out. I'm in the same boat as you guys, we didn't do enough research to find out that this year and model was the biggest turd that Honda has ever put out. After doing a little more research and talking to a few mechanic buddies I've discovered that it could possibly be just a torque converter. I'm gonna try it because $160 is a hell of a lot better than $2500. Wish me luck and I'll keep you guys updated.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #234

Aug 302013

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 183,200 miles

Gee, imagine that: Another Civic with a sudden, complete transmission failure. Looks like I was extraordinarily lucky to have gotten a whole 183,250 miles out of my car before it died...

My story is the same as all the others posted here: Car with good, regular maintenance experiencing a sudden and complete automatic transmission failure, no warning, no idiot light until after the car had come to a complete and final stop. Within a < five minute period involving two stops, I had three hesitations on acceleration, one slip, then could go no more than maybe 5 MPH tops. Car was acting like it was in Neutral: Engine would rev quite high, but drive/reverse would not engage for movement.

I finally managed to coast onto a side street and off of a busy main road with what little forward momentum that I had, before ceasing all motion. After I put the vehicle in park and looked at my dash in disbelief, THEN the damned transmission idiot light came on. It was at that point that I "lost it", and began screaming at the dashboard: "Really, car...? Thank you ever so much for that hint because I NEVER would have figured out that my transmission was in need of service without your help."

As I was almost 200 miles from where I live, while visiting my parents, I had the vehicle towed to a local repair shop where I was told that the torque converter had gone on it, and I needed another transmission. Cost: $2,350, plus an additional $250 for unrelated, but needed brake repairs. That's more than the car is worth.

As it was Friday evening on a holiday weekend, I told them that I needed to think about it. But after running across this site, and other ones similar to it, and noting all the hundreds of identical complaints with failures reoccurring upon replacement or repair of the transmission I figure: the Hell with it. I'm not throwing good money away on a repair that may not even last. And since Honda will not stand behind their products and issue a recall on what seems to be an obviously flawed design, you can bet that I will never purchase another vehicle from them again.

The car will be sold for scrap, and I'll have to get something else. I've told my sister who also has a 2002 Civic, and who saw the entire above escapade occur, to get rid of the car while it's still running. If/when her transmission goes, it will happen without warning, and render the car as worthless.

- , North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #233

Dec 192012

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,865 miles

I am sooooo frustrated that Honda did not tell me this was a problem because when someone hit and rammed me at a red light, I had to pay $5000+ out of pocket to fix the body damage but I felt it was worth it because I bought this car NEW and have gotten EVERY Honda manufacturer recommended maintenance at HOLMAN HONDA and now I have a lemon!!, When I moved here from up N, my dentist told me to buy a Honda Civic and follow EVERY Honda manufacturer recommended maintenance and you can teach your 1 year old to drive on it in 15 years!! I expected my transmission to be up to Honda's reputation and was so happy until this happened. There were a few kinks previously-a/c not too terrific, a strange switch issue when the car runs a lot in the heat and is turned on and off often in one day (it stopped happening and it was a problem hard to replicate at Honda, but they were familiar with it.).

I hope to get a voucher to fix the transmission ASAP.

- , Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #232

Dec 012012

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Without any warning, at all, my car just stopped moving forward after coming off New Jersey's Pkwy. I had just completed a 100 mile round trip and came off the exit onto busy Rt. 9, at nite. Luckily I was not rear ended as I managed to glide to the side of the road and waited to be towed.I was without my car for 17 days at the busiest time of year.....just before Christmas. Since, I have found out about all the transmission problems and recalls with Honda, I think all Honda owners, who bought cars between 1999 and 2004, should have been notified and offers made to cover the repair. My car is a 2002 Civic with 82,000 miles and I've been the only gentle owner. Having to swallow a repair cost of over $1500.00, is huge to this retiree' at any time of year, but really hard at this time of year. I have owned 2 Honda's before this, without any problems but do not plan on making it a 4th.......my confidence is shattered.

- , Bayville, New Jersey, USA

problem #231

Mar 102011

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Same as everyone else... 2002 Honda Civic Ex Auto transmission, complete transmission failure at 100,000 miles, replacement cost for rebuild = $1800, failed again a year later and am looking at another $2000 to get it repaired again. Like many others who have posted here, the transmission did not fail gracefully, but failed suddenly while my daughter was driving home on the freeway in the middle of the night. The failure mode is very dangerous, almost appearing as though the car were put into neutral. If you are driving up a hill, it will stop moving in short order with little time to get the car safely off the road. These cars should definitely be recalled for safety reason.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #230

Jan 252013

Civic LX 1.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

Bought this car practically brand new 5 yrs ago with 35,000 miles on it. Everything seemed great with the car, just your normal wear and tear (brakes, suspension, oil changes). But last friday, the worst thing that could ever happen to a car other then the engine blowing up, the transmission totally gave out. This was a really cold day so I think that egged it on to fail on me. It was a all of a sudden thing, it at first had a hard time engaging into drive, then when it did the car would shift to second and it felt like I was in neutral, I had to rev it all the way up to 5000 rpm just for it to get into 2nd and 3rd. After it started doing that it was a quick downward slope, the cars check engine turned on and the car stopped shifting/engaging gears at all. At this point I was on the side of the road thinking what my next option is. I turned off my car and turned it back, it started shifting again but really roughly. But the damn thing would keep messing up after I stop at a light and go again. I did the stop/start thing until I got to my mechanics shop. I really thought at the time I was buying one of the most reliable cars outside of toyota. But this thing ended up being a nightmare, as I speak it's in the shop getting fixed. No more honda's/acura's or anything that's made in the honda plants for me. I'm done with anything this brand has to offer. PLUS I'm going to spread the word via social networks that no one should ever buy a honda/acura, if they already have one, trade it in and get something else!!!!

- , Bronx, NY, USA

problem #229

Jun 302013

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

We bought the Honda due to the good name of Honda for a family car. We have taken care of this car and all of a sudden today the car would not move. After reading about the number of complaints... it seems like Honda did not due their due diligence in correcting the problem. I have read several posts and believe that Honda knew of the problem but never thought about their customers who bought for the Honda name. I will be contacting them tomorrow and will likely hear the same thing everyone else has heard. But at least they will have to hear it from me and I will never purchase another HONDA vehicle and will elay the information to everyone

- , Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #228

Jun 052013

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,600 miles

Have been a loyal Honda/Acura owner - Over the years, have purchased a new 1987 Honda Accord, a new 1992 Honda Accord & a new 2004 Acura TL. Needed a vehicle for my son, so purchased a used 2002 Honda Civic LX from the original owner who had all service records for the vehicle. 10 days later my wife and son were driving the vehicle and while in drive, the vehicle decided to make all gears neutral. Vehicle needs a new transmission. It is an 11 year old car, but there is no reason a car that has been maintained should experience a transmission failure with only 97,600 miles on it.

Guess the days of Honda reliability are gone.

Based on this experience and that of many others with the same problem which fall on deaf ears at Honda, will not purchase another Honda ever, ever again.

Sayonara Honda.

- , Auburn, WA, USA

problem #227

May 292013

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

Same problem as everyone else. Transmission was maintained and went out at 138,000 miles. Didn't know about this being a problem until I talked to my transmission guy. He said he sees it all the time.

Update from Jun 18, 2013: Took the car to transmission experts in el cajon,ca. He put in a rebuilt with remanufactured torque converter, an external filter and a tranny cooler. Total cost, $1950. First day, solonoid went out and he replaced it for free. Also, I had a broken tranny mount and he replaced that too. Freddy (the owner) ,is a great guy and.very fair.

- , Alpine, CA, USA

problem #226

Mar 172013

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

short and sweet is the way to go. 2002 honda civic lx. auto transmission crapped out at a little under 100k miles at major intersection, bought new transmission and i kid you not the second one went out within 7k miles with not even the courtesy of an maintenance light. at $2200 a pop for tranny i would not recommend this vehicle to anybody. simply, crap. what the hell happened honda. You were better than this. now, i would feel guilty giving it away. oh but the engine hasn't stopped running( always a silver lining right?) knowing all this i'd rather buy an early kia and worry about the interior falling apart before i got it home, at the very least the vehicle runs right?

- , Ruralville, CT, USA

problem #225

Mar 272013

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

My 2002 Honda Civic EX was purchased brand new and has been lovingly cared for. Transmission failed at 124,000 miles. I've been quoted $2200 for a used transmission and $3200 for a new one. Debating whether to shell out this kind of money for an 11-year-old car or just get a new one.

So very disappointed, because I expected Hondas to last much longer. :(

- , Sacramento, California, USA

problem #224

May 012010

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Had transmission re-built by certified mechanic failed again. Driving normal begun to slip. Engine revs up but car does not move.

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #223

Jun 152011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles

We purchased our 2002 Civic it had 36,000 miles. Sadly at 76,000 miles the transmission went out. We were surprised that Kelly blue book, Edmunds and others never mention the problem. It was when I was looking for a transmission I discovered many problems with the 2002 Civic transmissions. I was not the only one. This was my fourth Honda. We complained to the dealer and Honda in Torrance with no luck. Spending over $80,00.00 on Hondas they could have taken care of my 1300.00 tranny

- , San Fernando, California, USA

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