ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. Notes: Haven't we all owned one of these things at some point? Despite being a popular first car for teenage drivers and, as a result, being beat up like no other, the late 90's Civic is a true endurance car. And it still gets better gas mileage than more modern cars.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,962 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1999 Honda Civic windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1999 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,850 miles


While driving down the interstate window on the driver's side door exploded and shattered into millions of pieces of glass. Some of the glass cut my husband's (he was driving) face and arms. The temperature does not seem to have been a factor, as it was only 80F. Since purchasing the vehicle, the front windows have always had a problem with their seals. We have always experienced a whistling sound coming from the windows when we travel on the interstate. We think the poor seal construction may have been a factor.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #3

Feb 192003

(reported on)


  • miles
The drivers side window failed to go up and down.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 092000


  • miles
There appears to be a defect in the temperlite glass on four of the windows described. It is inside the two panes of glass with no apparant cracks in glass or molding. The inside of the glass, or the adhesive material used in between the glass is bubbling which causes poor vision. The vehicle is currently inoperable because of fear of poor visibility. I have notified Honda and am providing them with a letter of liability and informing them that I will be contacting several consumer safety administrations and commissions since they refuse to correct the problem under my extended warranty purchased for the vehicle. This is a severe problem which seems to be possibly caused by some type of contamination or vapors present when the glass was constructed, stored, or installed in the vehicle.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 031999

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle experiencing a creaking / groaning noise from the driver's side wheel well / driver's side window when driving at high speeds / the front headliner area. However, on five different occasions dealer to be fix, problem still exist, possible design flaw.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

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