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
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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.

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 062002

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


While making a turn on highway, the vehicle will shutdown without prior warning. The dealership is aware of the problem. The consumer states that the engine stalls after making turns and pushing in clutch to downshift. The only way to recover the operation of the power brakes and the power steering is to allow the vehicle to stall completely and then popping the clutch or cranking with the key. If the clutch is allowed out when a stall starts, then the vehicle will lurch and shutter until it recovers well after a corner. The dealership states that this is a problem with all the 1.7 L 5 speed Civic line. American Honda is working on the problem and think it is in the programming of fuel injection.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 302002


  • miles
While driving at 30 mph, battery and oil light illuminated. Then, engine died. Another driver almost rear ended consumer. Dealer has been contacted.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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