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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,750 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.

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2004 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 172011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the ignition lock was inoperative, making it difficult for the contact to insert the key to turn the vehicle on. The dealer denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 125,000. Updated 12/16/11 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired at a cost of $ 722. Updated 12/21/11

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152009


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact stated that when the vehicle was in park he was not able to take the keys out of the ignition. The contact had to move the gear shift around in order to remove the keys from the ignition. The dealer was contacted via email and they have not responded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 45000 and the current mileage was 65000.

- Avenel, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 052009


  • 117,000 miles
Had to get a boost off and a couple hours later the ignition switch completely stopped working.

- Chatttanooga, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 192005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I bought my 2004 Civic LX 2 door, thinking that I would not have the problems of a used car I was certainly wrong. The first problem was that I never received a copy of or signed the pre delivery inspection check list. I had my car up to the dealership at just over 3,000 miles for its first alignment. Then, I had problems with the car not starting. Sometimes it would start and sometimes it wouldn't. it didn't depend on the temperature outside or the amount of gas in the car. Sometimes when it would start, it would crank out as if I was letting out the clutch too fast. But on many attempts to restart the vehicle it would crank, but would never turn over or fire. Had the car up to the dealership once again for the starting problem, but they said since there weren't any error codes, there was nothing that they could do the car seemed fine. My latest problem; at just over 9,000 miles, I just had my front left wheel bearing replaced.! once again my alignment was done. Everything has been covered under warranty. But what is going to go wrong next"?" I certainly wouldn't recommend a Honda to anyone I know.

- Erie, PA, USA

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