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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 302004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle in front suddenly stopped consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, and it crashed into a concrete barrier. The vehicle bounced off the barrier. Driver's side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger's side air bag did deploy. Driver sustained head and back injuries, and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. Vehicle was towed and totaled by the insurance company. This caused the vehicle to turned backwards facing traffic in the opposite direction, and was hit twice head on. The driver side air bag did not deploy, but the passenger side did deploy. The driver sustained head and back injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The vehicle was towed and totaled out by the insurance company. Please fill in additional information.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 302004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The ABS light has been coming on in my car for a couple of months. I have taken my car to the dealer (its still under warranty) 4 times. The last time which was this week they told me that there was a code in the system and they cleared it out so the light would go off because if they take the whole system out and replace what the code says the problem is and the light comes back on it will end up costing them about $500 to replace the part. This morning I was coming to work and the light came back on and I called Honda and again he talked about it may cost them $500 if they replace the wrong part but to bring my car in and they will look at it, I told him that I could not leave my car running because I had to come to work this morning so the light will probably be off when I get back in it because when the light comes on if you turn the car off and back on it goes out. I asked him if I could drop it off and they could take it for a test drive to see if it comes back on so they can get the code out of it and he told me to drive it around and I told him that it was impossible because I have to work, so again I am driving with partial brakes.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 052002

(reported on)


  • miles
Traveling about 35-40 mph on highway ramp, hit brakes to enter curve, felt traction slipping, car loss control & slid all over road. Hit side concrete barrier at about 20-25 mph, air bags did not deploy, my husband smashed the windshield with his head and got a concussion. Road was wet but had no standing water, outside temp mid to upper 40's. this appears unexplainable based on conditions- we feel there must have been a mechanical failure, otherwise something wasn't designed properly. No car, especially with anti-lock brakes, should've reacted this way under the circumstances. We have no confidence in the vehicle and plan to get rid of it immediately. ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****769310

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 092002

(reported on)


  • miles


While applying lit pursuer to brake pedal broke/ grabbed hard, then released. Dealer has been contacted, and replaced brakes five times, but problem returned. Please provide furthr information.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 262002


  • miles
While braking vehicle will slowly accelerate, and it will be hard to stop. Dealer notified.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Mar 122002


  • miles
While approaching intersection another vehicle made a sudden stop in front of consumer's vehicle. Consumer applied brakes, and brakes locked up, and vehicle skidded into another vehicle. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Davis, CA, USA

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