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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
149,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012011

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


I'm not a car buff, so I don't know what the problem is except for what the dealer told me. In 2004 I purchased a used 2002 Honda LX with 57000 miles on it. In 2010 while driving city streets at normal speed, the steering wheel would seize up. I couldn't turn the wheel or accelerate. I would have to pull over, turn off the engine and wait 15 minutes. When I started the car, it worked fine. The engine light didn't come on at all during this time. Now in 2014 the engine light comes on. I thought the car was overheated b/c it sat in a south facing parking lot of my workplace for 8 hours a day. This type of event kept happening every time I drove it. I stopped driving it and the Honda sat for 2 years in my garage. A shade tree mechanic got it running in 2013 but the problems didn't happen when he test drove the car. I did replace the battery on his recommendation. Dealer recommends replacing timing belt, water pump and drive belts. Total: $5,000. The cost is prohibitive, which is why I put off bringing it to the shop. If I do the repairs piecemeal, how much should it cost approximately? Thanks for any feedback.

- Thea G., Saint Paul, MN, US

problem #1

Nov 232012

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 210,000 miles

Honda knows there is a ploblem with their Manual transmission so why dont they recall and fix the problem

- jltersini, Mesa, AZ, US

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