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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,653 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

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 182011


  • 117,306 miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the dealer sold the vehicle with the SRS warning light illuminated, which remained illuminated for an extended period of time. The dealer was notified of the failure and they replaced the driver side seat belt latch, but the failure recurred with the SRS warning light illuminating again after the repair. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The contact was also waiting for an extended period of time to receive the recall repairs that were not completed before the vehicle was owned. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V370000 (air bags), 15V320000 (air bags), and 12V136000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,306. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #1

Dec 152009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The SRS (secondary restraint system) light in our 2002 Honda Civic has come on. This is at least the third time this has occurred. The first time before we owned the vehicle at about 30,000 miles. The second some time in between. This last time at about 70,000 miles. The Honda dealership said the computer tells them the light comes on because of the buckle on the passenger side sea belt is defective. They have replaced the buckle at least twice. They refuse to replace it again because they claim that is not the problem, the seat buckle warning light does not come on when a passenger is sitting in the passenger seat, without the seat belt being latched. I believe this means the airbags are not operational. The Honda dealership does not know what the problem is. They claim that the problem is either in the wiring harness or the computer. One fix would cost $400, the other $600. They refuse to do anything further, although they offered to split the cost of replacing the harness or computer. They claim a lifetime warranty on the seat belts but are not honoring it in this case.

- Farmington, NM, USA

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