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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,150 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 142004


  • Manual transmission
  • 42,300 miles


My complaint is with a 2002 Honda Civic ex model. I have taken my car into the dealership on 2 separate occasions to have an oil change and to have my car detailed within the past 2 months. On both occasions I asked them to check out my car because I smelled a burning plastic smell. On both occasions they said they found nothing. Well 2 weeks later I need a new alternator which surprised me considering the newness of the car. What I'm more surprised at is that the alternator is giving out too much power and is slowly melting out my battery, the burning plastic smell. I am filing a complaint because I believe an alternator should last more that 3 years on a new vehicle. I am very disappointed in this last Honda that I have leased, being my third Honda that I have had, and don't believe I will release a Honda. I feel the makers are using cheaper parts on theses cars and this 2002 doesn't have the stability and longevity of the ones I have owned and leased in the past. Consumers want a great product for the money that they spend and although I have been a big believer in Honda's, this occurrence, along with others that I have had with this car, have changed my mind about owning or leasing another Honda product.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 062002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the alternator light illuminated. Dealer stated motor needs replacing. Mr radiator leaked out coolant and engine locked up due to short block and head failure. Thermostat failed and was replaced. Check the engine light came on and dealer replaced converter as a cause.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

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