Notes: Yes, the Honda Civic receives a lot of complaints because so many were sold. And sure, car parts only last so long and things eventually break. But it's never good to see this many transmission complaints, especially when the average mileage at failure is just north of 100,000 miles.

Especially when you consider that it's predecessor also has a nasty history with transmission complaints.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,336 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.

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 132007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that when large amounts of morning dew were on the windshield and rear window, it was hard to remove. The failure only occurred on cold mornings. The contact used the windshield wipers, but the dew remained. The defroster would take a long time to activate and the interior glass would clear up, but the outside glass would remain fogged. The contact called Honda care and took the vehicle to the dealer, but neither could correct the failure. The current and failure mileages were 42,000. Updated 01-14-08. The brakes made a noise when the consumer applied the brakes, the suspension felt rough. The dealer was unable to duplicate the consumer concerns. Updated 12/12/07.

- Asbury, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 052003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Rodents are able to get into the ventilation system and plug up the defroster system. The faces are coming through the air vents when the air is turned on. This affects the capacity of the defroster system to function. Neither dealership nor the manufacturer are providing any solution to the problem.

- Paynesville, WV, USA

problem #1

May 312003


  • Manual transmission
  • 7 miles
The middle seatbelt in the back does not work. I have taken it to the dealership and they could not get it to come out. If it is against the law if you don't have your seatbelt on why isn't it mandatory that they fix this problem? also when you turn the rear defroster on and have the heater on the radio does not work.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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