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:
25,450 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 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 292006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,900 miles


: the contact stated while driving 10 mph on normal road conditions an unusual noise was heard derived from the engine however at higher speeds was not noticeable. The vehicle was taken to an independent Honda certified mechanic who determined the exhaust manifold was cracked and the catalytic converter damaged. The contact expressed the warranty should cover the parts. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealership.

- Manalapan, NJ, 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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