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:
70,000 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.

2002 Honda Civic steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 162006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


- the contact was driving at about 10 mph when she heard a loud noise and the steering failed. She was able to stop the car without incident. The contact had the car towed to the Honda dealer (South motors Honda), and they told her that she had a rack and pinion failure. The contact said that she can have dealer save the part with the repaid order. The contact said that she had taken the car to service the steering because she felt a lot of play in the steering; she will also try to get the repair order for that as well.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 242006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35 mph on normal road conditions, the steering totally went out. There were no warning signals prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who determine the rack and pinion bolts corroded due to the use of road salt in Wisconsin.

- Racine, WI, USA

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