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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,000 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.

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 112012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 161,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the headlights failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V086000 (exterior lighting:headlights). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 161,000...updated 03/21/12 pictures received 03/29/12

- Aurora, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 052007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The low beam headlights are inoperative and the headlights will only operate if the high beams are activated. When the steering column cover was removed, it was discovered that the wire for the headlight switch was burned. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V086000 (exterior lighting:headlights). The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 73,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

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