really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1996 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1996 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 042014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


8/4/2014 dear american Honda motor company, Inc. I am a proud Honda owner, and I chose Honda as my auto of choice for its compact size, its known reliability as well as great gas mileage. I have been holding on your customer service line @ 1-800-999-1009 for quite a while and a few days, and I have been unable to speak to a customer service representative, so I am in this letter corresponding my concerns to you. I own a 1997 Honda Civic LX which I purchase in 6/12/2006 new. My Honda has just legitimately clocked 90 thousand miles as of 8/4/2014, so I am queried I would be having problems. I was recently informed by a Honda dealer as well as I checked and read on line that Honda issued a recall on these models for transmission problems as well as the paint chipping off in several areas. I never received any kind of notification from Honda nor had an opportunity to have my Honda checked for these problems, although I had my Honda serviced in 3 major Pennsylvania Honda dealership service departments on a regular basis. It was never reported as a major concern to me, my auto check engine light is on and off and the car stutters and jerks while accelerating indicating problems, I can drive without a major incident doing neighborhood chores or physicians office visits if the auto is going 40 mph or under, and when taken to be serviced by me and checked, it is not showing up. Recently my auto bogged down on the highway only going 50 mph while the speed limit is 70, I was frightened by this occurrence and I felt the auto was going to stop and I would be unable to get out of harms way! I am a senior citizen on a fixed income and I am asking for goodwill repairs concerning these problem as well as a repair for the chipping paint. Would you please get in touch with me so these can be resolved?

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172003

(reported on)


  • miles
Belts came of pulleys, vehicle lost control resulting in acollision. Also, replaced throttle cable/emissions/ignition/cv boots and windshield wipers.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 211999

(reported on)


  • miles
Passenger side floor mat pushes under the dash, causing air coditioner drain hose to disconnect and leak ont interior carpet, consumer does not have Civic original mats which is under recall at this time recall # 99-E-015-000. ----------------please add VIN.#-----------------

- Witchataw, KS, USA

problem #1

Aug 141997

(reported on)


  • miles
The design of the vehicle allows water to block driver's view on outside mirrors as well as windows. The consumer feels this is a serious visibility hazard.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

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