really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
164,935 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. head gasket replaced (2 reports)
1998 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202015

Civic EX 1.6L 4-cyl 16-Valve Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 248,270 miles


================================================= Most likely has blown head gasket. $1120 to replace head gasket.

I did not replace it. Sold car in January 2015.

I bought this car brand new in 1998, and it's probably the most reliable car I ever owned. But with 248,270 miles and regular maintenance, it may just be on it's way out. The car's coolant temperature started to raise up near overheating for the first time in 17 years. So I turned on the heat and drove it to the dealer. I thought it was odd to overheat since I just replaced the radiator in September 2014.

This is what I reported to the dealer and their response: Customer states that when vehicle is moving, the heat works, but when coming to a stop and sitting the heat will start to cool down. This started in December 2014. Radiator was replaced in Sept. 2014. Also customer can hear fluid moving around in the front end when accelerating. Unsure if the sound is related . Verified concern. Found vehicle was low on coolant. topped off and bled coolant. coolant reservoir was coated in oil and tube was swollen due to oil. cleaned out reservoir and cut swollen tubing off. test drove and verified heat is working properly.

- , Naperville, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 272008

Civic DX 1.6L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,600 miles

Generally my 1998 Honda Civic DX 2dr. hatchback has been a good car. However, the head gasket issue was definitely annoying and costly. I tried to see if there was some kind of secret warranty on it but didn't get anywhere. There have been a few other issues too. The car seems to like to eat tires. Using H rated tires might have exacerbated the issue. I have a feeling there is too much camber since the inside shoulders of the tires wear excessively when they are on the front wheels. I haven't had this issue as much using the winter tires.

Is there a solution to this issue that anyone is aware of? Then the light for the transmission indicator has gone out on me twice. Thankfully since I have the service manual I was able to correct the problem myself in about 20 minutes. It was just a loose bulb. I have had the "check engine" light come on a few times. The first time at about 34,000 miles it was the oxygen sensor. Then at about 76,000 miles I had a wiring harness issue. This last time at about 89,000 miles it was the bypass solenoid valve. The last set of front brake pads only lasted 16,000 miles. Living in an area with hills doesn't help matters any. Thankfully, the pads only costed me about $100 parts and labor. The dipstick for checking the automatic transmission fluid was not designed very well. It merely sits on the opening. It isn't in firmly enough so that there are increased chances of it falling out of place. Is there a remedy for this? I had put duct tape on the transmission fluid dipstick to help keep it in place.

- , Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, USA

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