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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,000 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.

2002 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 012010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


The hood prop rod's locking mechanism became faulty. The hood prop rod would no longer stay in place. While accelerating, decelerating, or making turns, the hood prop rod would come into contact with the battery. This would cause huge sparks, and sometimes, would cause my car to stall if I accelerated or decelerated too fast. There was one fender bender as a result of this at a traffic light, but there was no damage. Also, when I would do heavy deceleration, my car's braking power was significantly decreased. Fortunately, I never crashed into anyone as a result (but had to drive into the shoulder to avoid an accident) the solution to this was a very simple quick fix after my mechanic identified the problem - just keep the hood rod in the trunk. However, the locking mechanism should not fail after 8 years.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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