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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
189,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace head gasket (1 reports)
2002 Honda Civic cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 022016

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,000 miles


I have a 2002 Honda Civic EX with overheating problem. The car has 209,000 miles. My symptoms were radiator coolant bubbles and I' m unable to bleed the air out completely. Replacing the radiator and fan switch did not help. In two weeks the car would consume 1 gallon of coolant and needed to be refilled.

Visual inspection showed no external leaks but I can smell coolant evaporating from the engine area. No visible signs of a white gases coming from the tail pipe.

Finally I took it to the mechanic and they tested coolant in the exhaust and confirmed a leak in the head gasket. Total cost with timing belt change, water pump, new radiator, misc parts and labor $2400.

- , San Francisco, USA

problem #2

Sep 132012

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles

I thought this was a great car.....actually it can be a great car if I could figure out why it is overheating. I have been dealing with the overheating issues for almost 3 years now. When I first got the car I could go anywhere I wanted and not have it overheat on me. Now I can barely make it to my mailbox. I have replaced just about everything that has to do with the cooling system. I have replaced the radiator, radiator cap, reservoir cap, thermostat (4 times), water pump, timing belt, all hoses, all sensors, and I have spent endless amounts of money in draining the radiator and radiator fluid. I have had it block tested for head gaskets, which surprisingly not the cause of it overheating. I am at a lost here!

It doesn't overheat all the time, just whenever it feels like during the wintertime and almost every other week during the summertime. It does not smoke, it does not skip, hell, if it wasn't for me checking the damn temperature gauge every 2 minutes I wouldn't know it was overheating until the motor blew......that's if it would have ever blew!

I am tired of throwing away money on this car. As much as I love her and take pride in her 2 door stylish look, she is getting very, very expensive to keep, especially with two small children. Also, just one thing I could never figure out was the weird paint job my Civic had. It wasn't a dark some lights and at night it looked silver but during the day it looked tan. Why the paint job was like that, but I never understood it. lol.

- , Greenville, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 072013

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Its now about the 30th time overheating and still no identifiable solution once again. Most likely head gasket, which means, need another motor, again!!!!

- , Rowland Heights, CA, USA

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