Notes: The last model year of the 6th generation Civic (1996-2000) and, subsequently, the last model year before the popular car was overrun with transmission problems.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
118,000 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (4 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. had the crack welded (1 reports)
2000 Honda Civic exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2000 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 302011

Civic SE 1.6L 4 Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 241,713 miles


A crack in the exhaust manifold was reported by the dealership when this car had about 270,000 kms under the hood. Given my previous experience with them, I wasn't convinced and didn't think this was likely to occur; however, the OEM heat shield prevented me from visually inspecting it myself....until now. The car has about 389,000 kms on it.

While working on a separate maintenance item, with time the exhaust manifold heat shield corroded to the point where I would be able to remove it without disconnecting the O2 sensor upstream of the catalytic converter. With a quick look, I found a sizable crack. Looking for ways to repair it, I went online and came across similar stories on Car Complaints - I couldn't believe that this is a repeat problem! Honda, please put out a TSB or recall on these! you are turning off a lot of previously loyal buyers.

I will consider a weld repair or aftermarket manifold...I can't believe the SE/LX models were designed with their catalytic integrated within the exhaust manifold. What a jump in price when it comes to replacing parts.

- , Deep River, ON, canada

problem #6

Mar 012011

Civic SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,284 miles

Just purchased used and after the safety inspection, was told the exhaust manifold was cracked. Offered to resolve the issue by welding the crack which was the most cost-effective solution albeit temporary. It will likely crack again, at which point I may choose to replace it at a cost of roughly $600.

- , East York, Ontario, Canada

problem #5

Jan 062011

Civic DX

  • Manual transmission
  • 159,000 miles

we definitely got stuck on the high end of the scale for repair $$--won't be making that mistake again.

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

May 102004

Civic DX

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Another exhaust manifold crack... It has been cracked for years ... I simply cant afford to replace it and install it yet.... I've gone through 2 O2 sensors now.

- , Walnut Creek, CA, US

problem #3

Jan 022010

Civic LX 1.6L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Check engine light came on with Oxygen Sensor problem, after mechanic open the car to replace OS, he found that Exhaust Manifold has 2 inch crack and he said you have to replace it. Honda should do something with their manufacturing defect in Exhaust manifold. No one willing to replace only Exhaust Manifold, everyone wants me to replace whole Catalytic converter assembly with Exhaust Manifold. What a rip off...

- , Nashua, NH, USA

problem #2

May 172009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

The engine light on the car lit up, took the car to the dealer and was told that the problem was a cracked exhaust manifold and defective oxygen sensor. Very expensive repair - $1200. Have serviced the car regularly at the dealership and maintained the car, but dealer said that these problems were due to the age of the car. Have never had these problems with any other car, despite owning them all for well over 10 years. Won't be buying another Honda!

- , Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082008

Civic LX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

Horrible defect. Can find OE replacements on the internet for not too bad. Dorman is what I used. Friend installed. Total cost was just over $200 instead of 900

- , Newcastle, WA, USA

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