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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,850 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 miscellaneous problems

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 042006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,700 miles


On November 4, 2006, I was turning the corner going up a ramp when my 2002 Honda Civic ex steering wheel locked up in the right turn position. I was heading off of the ramp to the right when I jerked the steering wheel back straight to find that the key in the ignition and my other car key on the same ring were bent terribly and unusable. It appeared to me that the other car key had somehow gotten lodged in the steering column causing the wheel to lock up and, after a jerk from me, bent and freed the wheel. Upon looking at the column, there are 2 holes in the column itself, and 2 holes in the cruise control console on the steering wheel that it appeared to me the key could have gotten lodged in. I started thinking of the more serious consequences such as if I had hit someone or my wife or daughter were traveling with me. So I called american Honda and spoke with kenitra. She suggested that I take the vehicle to a local Honda dealer, which I did, and she would follow up. We then spoke again and she said there was no record of anything like this ever happening to this vehicle. She said she herself went out and looked at her friends 2002 Civic to try and understand where the key could have gotten lodged and couldn't find any conceivable place. She said that the best she could figure is that my knee either bumped the key or that I had too long of a keychain, or too many keys on the ring. I told her that my knee did not bump the key and that the keyring was an average length and I had owned and used it for a very long time without incident. I didn't feel that Honda took my concern seriously or really checked into this. It really happened and was terrifying. I am afraid it may happen again.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 122005

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Civic involved in vehicle accident.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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