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:
Average Mileage:
74,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 252014

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I bought this car 7 weeks ago, don't know what to do, don't even have the money to fix this problem which is the transmission, i'm getting the run around from the dealer who said that he was getting quotes so that he can get the problem fixed, and still I hear nothing, I have called and have stopped by the dealer's lot to speak with him, now I cannot even drive this car because it struggles to get above 30mph. what legally can I do without breaking the law. as of right now i'm out over $4000 and the quotes I've received so far are almost as much as what I've paid for the car.

Help what should I do??

- Luis A., Newburgh, NY, US

problem #3

Oct 262009

Civic EX 1.7lt Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I noticed a high pitched whining noise when accelerating. At first I thought it was the alternator/power steering belts, but new belts did not stop the noise. It wasn't overly loud so I let it go. 3 months later I took it into the honda dealer because the noise was getting louder and was told that the transmission was shot. Something about the torque converter and transmission fluid pump failing.

$3300 later (a little more than usual since they had to overnight the honda remanufactured part) the thing was fixed. Kills me to put that much money in it since the bb value of the vehicle with over 80,000 miles is only around $5,000. But what can you do.

- Brandon S., Acworth, GA, US

problem #2

Mar 232005

Civic SI 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles

What the f#@X Honda dealer:

1st, Texas Honda sold me my Honda"certified" Si hatchback. It had 42,000 miles on it. I figured that it was pretty low miles since you see a lot of hondas on the road with high miles. They tend to last a little longer than most cars. It was the certified portion that I later found out was a joke!! 150 point inspection...HA!?! The emergency brake wouldn't have stopped me if my life depended on it. So, I made them fix it. While I was working on my delivery route, I put on my emergency flashers on for about 5 minutes. When I got back to my car, it wouldn't start!?!? What the hey?!?! So then, they had to replace the battery. I also had to bring it back for a squeaky steering something or other. By this time, they where beginning to become annoyed with me. Then to top it all off, third gear was grinding. They told me that it had to do with the syncros in the gear box, but that wasn't the problem. The service writer, bless his heart, told me if they tore it down and found out its not defective, wink wink nod nod they would charge me 850 presidentes americanos to put it back or they keep the car and I never see it again. By that time, I was three payments and a down payment into it. The service writer said "Well, I have to pay my mechanic for his time." This $1500 warranty is a con game i got suckered into. They will say or do anything to get out of it. Certified is just another word for taken your money fool!! I got tricked I was ashamed. Don't get taken, they are the decepticons! They will transform on you!!!

- shepp7, Austin, TX, US

problem #1

Oct 152008

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Transmission is in the early stages of failure. Problem is common to this model/make/year - Honda is aware of the problem but will not rectify. I am willing to join a class action lawsuit to force Honda to fix this problem.

- Mark V., Metuchen, NJ, US

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