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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
108,070 miles
Total Complaints:
270 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (137 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission (60 reports)
  3. not sure (51 reports)
  4. replaced transmission, Honda covered cost of parts (9 reports)
  5. open a case with honda corporate (7 reports)
  6. scrapped car (3 reports)
2002 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 13 of 14)

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problem #30

Oct 172008

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,200 miles


felt the gear slipping didn't thought it was a problem keep driving it until one day about a week later the transmission just died on me i reported it to NHTSA and its under investigating i recommend everyone that has this problem to report it ASAP

here is the website if needed:

- , Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #29

Oct 062008

Civic EX 1.7L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

I could feel the transmission slipping while driving around town - it continued to get worse and finally died on the interstate. Stay away from 2001 and 2002 Civics.

- , Trumann, AR, USA

problem #28

Sep 102008

Civic EX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,678 miles

We had so much pride, confidence and respect for our little Honda Civic. We used to hype it as one of the best cars our money could buy. This was until it left me stranded one half of a mile away from my home due to a transmission failure. That has got to be one of the worst feelings ever, to push the gas pedal down and receive only a revving engine. After it failed the Civic helpfully informed me that the car needed maintenance. We will be forced to purchase a new transmission, as much of a shame as it is to only have gotten less than 60,000 miles out of this one.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #27

Nov 072007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,931 miles


2002 Honda Civic LX...79,931 miles (out of warranty). TOTAL transmission many others on this site. Transmission repaired at local Honda dealer...cost $2,732.02. Honda of America and local dealer refused to help with any costs at all...even under "goodwill." This is clearly a case of manufacturer's defect. This is based on the number of identical problems identified on this and other web sites, to include the NHTSA site where there are 20+ complaints about Honda Civic transmissions. Bought Honda based on reliability record. Bought this car for my son to attend college. Now he has this expense on top of student loans...Thanks Honda.

I would be very interested in joining a group to:

(1) Bring a class action suit against Honda. It CAN be done. Honda has already been forced to settle lawsuits on Accord and Odyssey transmissions (this establishes precedence ). I also participated in a successful class action against VOLVO of North America for the electronic throttle module (ETM) and recovered $1,260.

(2) Bring this issue to the attention of the national media. There is strength in numbers. Honda will respond if this shows up in enough newspapers / news stations around the country.

- , Granbury, TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 272008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

During rush hour traffic, I had to get my car towed to my mechanic. I never wanted to to be one of those people whose car dies in the middle of a busy intersection. Well, it happened to me. The car was running fine, and suddenly the car died. I have never been late on a oil change or an expected maintenance.

My mechanic told me that it was the torque converter in my transmission that went bad. The bad torque converter caused transmission fluid to flood the inside of the transmission and burnt out the entire part. It cost me $3500 to get the transmission replaced because the damage was severe. My mechanic told me that this is common in late 1990 and early 2000 Honda's. This was the fifth Honda THIS MONTH alone that he had to send out to get the transmission replaced.

If I had known that this is a common problem with Honda's, I would never had bought it. I just finished paying off my car last year, and now I have to pay off $3500 of car expenses. I will never buy a Honda ever again. Honda HAD a reputation of being safe and reliable. Not anymore. When is Honda going to address this issue? Until someone seriously gets injured? This could be another Firestone catastrophe...

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 222008

Civic EX N/A

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

HI last night i went out came back to the car it started up fine i put the car in drive hit the gas and didn't go any where the put it in R still nothing rev the car and thats all it did can some one help me out i don't know what to do i really cant spend 2500 to fix it

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #24

Jul 232008

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I wanted a good car for my daughter, I was thinking of Toyota Celica . But she wanted a Honda Civic. I thought be a Master Automotive Tech for last 25 years it would be a good choice. We got it and I mean every 3000 miles I serviced this car at my own shop.

She got Married and now lives in Conn. with her new family. She called me to tell me that the transmission had left her husband out in rush hour traffic and had the car towed back home. I had just flushed that transmission with Honda fluid at 120,000 , major service when she cam down to visit. And now I here all these complaints about the transmissions.It is a great shame that Honda didn't recall everyone of these cars and fix what they right!!! And it always had Mobil 1 oil from the start doesn't seems right at all. She now got a Toyota Prius and I got the Civic needing a transmission, what next.

- , Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #23

Aug 132008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,600 miles

Another '02 Civic owner staring at a 3000 dollar repair bill for a rebuild transmission. Started out yesterday morning just fine. Wife noticed some slippage on the way to pick up the kids. Transmission totally failed on the way home -- left-hand lane at a buy intersection. Neither of us are ledfoots. No tickets in the household for over 8 years, never liable in any accident. I've driven two beaters (85' lebaron & '95 626 well past 100k without ever having a transmission problem.

Calling Honda America later today but I'm very pessimistic from what I've seen on the net.

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #22

Feb 142008

Civic LX 1.6L 4cyc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

My car broke down & towed it the nearest Honda dealership. Paid for the diagnostics and found out it was auto transmission failure. I was pissed since it was under still under 75K and I have been going in for regular oil change & tune ups, plus I used Mobil 1. I called American Honda(AH) & bitched about the problem. They denied there was any Service Bulletin (TSB-04036 ) about transmission problem. AH was willing to pay for more than half of the repair cost because I had good maintenance records with the Honda Dealership. I was OK with it but still that was a lot of money & major breakdown, and I thought Honda was reliable, now I think twice.

- , Market Street, CA, USA

problem #21

Jul 152008

Civic EX 1.7L V-Tec

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I drive a 2002 Honda civic EX with the 1.7L V-TEC engine. I purchased this car with 50,000 miles on it thinking that Honda was a good choice. It wasn't. They are full of it. I had to have the transmission over-hauled with only 78,000 miles on it!! This is reliable? It's crap. Im a graduate student and this is a lot of money to me, especially to repair the so called reliable Honda. By the way, the motor had to be replaced at 60,000 miles. What is up with Honda??????? I also own a 1986 toyota corolla, perfect, never had a problem....ever, since I was 16. Anyways don't buy a damn Honda, go for toyota I say

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #20

Jun 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


This car was given as a gift to my daughter by an aunt as a graduation gift. She has had the car for 1 month. She was traveling back to school recently, 2.5 hrs into a 5 hr trip. She stopped briefly to see a friend. When she restarted the car and began moving into traffic the gears began to slip. and finally gave completely away. Had to get the car towed to a dealership at night. She is trapped in a city she doesn't know. We are trying to take care of the repair by phone, 2.5 hrs away. This is going to run in the neighborhood of $2500 to repair with a used transmission. So much for Honda quality. I have seen enough on the internet to know this is a pervasive problem on this model.

- , Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #19

Jun 072008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I am really disappointed with the Honda Dealership, my Honda civic has only 68000 miles on it and the transmission broke down, i took it to the dealership and they told me i need to replace it, this will cost me $4000.00

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #18

May 022008

Civic LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,700 miles

This is my daughter's car. She noticed the rpm's went up to the number 3, stayed there for a few seconds while only driving 25 miles per hour. She didn't think it sounded right. Parked her car - and didn't drive it until I picked up her car. While her stepfather was driving it to a transmission place (with me following behind him), he pulled in to get some gas. At that point, the car's transmission totally went out. We towed it to the transmission shop where we got the car 2 days later and were out over $2000. Asked the mechanic why her transmission went out because she is not a hard driver (she's more like a little old lady). Were told that these cars had problems with their transmission, so I decided to see what I could find out. Too bad Honda's not doing anything about it. Unfortunately, I also bought my son his car - a 2001 Honda Civic. From the list on the 2001, it's just a matter of time before I'll be paying for another transmission.

- , Topeka, KS, USA

problem #17

Apr 222008

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,500 miles

We bought this 2002 Honda Civic LX, 4 door from CarMax after looking for a very long time in the private sector. We found lots of junk in the private sector and thought we would pay more, like $2000 more because of CarMax reputation of taking the cream of the crop trade in's and checking the cars out. We only had the car 45 days and put on 500 miles when the transmission left me stranded on a country road. We didn't get the CarMax warranty, why should we? We've owned Honda's for over 20 years and never had a problem.

We got the car towed to the Auburn Honda Dealership and they confirmed the transmission failed. We were so discussed. I asked the Honda Service Assistant what he or Honda could do for us. He contacted the Honda Rep and they agreed to pay for 75% of the $3,500 estimate to replace! We were very pleased, but then I decided to check the internet for any Honda Civic Transmission problems, and I found this site. After we paid Honda and was surprise the bill was only $680 we sent the invoice to CarMax along with our $70 towing bill. CarMax agreed to pay 50% which left us with a total bill of $375. We were very pleased by both businesses and so glad we just kept asking for help. We do feel it is a blessing from the Lord and give him the glory!

- , Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 182008

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I purchased Honda civic after reading consumer report because I wanted a quality vehicle that would last. I purchased the car new from a Honda dealership and had just paid it off when the transmission went out. It wouldn't shift into 2nd gear. It cost me $2,800 to replace the transmission. I have had several cars in my lifetime and this is the first transmission I had to replace and this was the newest car I owned. I was very upset that the Honda civic didn't live up to my expectations!!

- , East Freedom, PA, USA

problem #15

Mar 212008

Civic EX 1.7L V-Tech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

Bought a 2002 Honda Civic Ex Coupe about 6 months ago from a used car dealer. The car came with a crystal clear carfax report and only had 55,000 miles, so I thought it was a perfect deal. A great car with low miles that would run forever. Boy was I wrong!!! At only 63,000 miles the transmission failed and required replacement. I wasted an hour on the phone with Honda Corporate and got nowhere. Since I bought the car used and don't have complete service records, they will do nothing to stand by there product. I got them to admit they have a major issue with the '01-'04 model Honda transmissions, as has been stated in their service bulletins, but they refuse to stand by there product and make good what their customers have paid for and assumed would last least past 63,000 miles, at least. There are tons of cars on the market right now that have standard warranties that last much longer then 63,000 miles. Needless to say, unless something major happens I will never own another Honda and definitely would never recommend one!!!

- , Durham, NC, US

problem #14

Mar 112008

Civic EXI 1.5L Sohc D15y2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,274 miles

i bought the car used with for a great price since it was a Honda i didn't even checked it and it is my first,but after 6 months of usage i started to find out that it was build worse than Chinese cars,my list started with power steering which is hard to turn then power steering fluid leakage then weak alternator which need to be replaced then the drum and shock absorber and my story with the tranny that it started to burn fluid fast around 4000km first then 500km after 2 months then after they gear started to slip while shifting or take to much shift after few days the car wouldn't shift at all and my tranny got burned but lucky for me i can fix it for 800$,but after am gonna fix it i will sell and buy an older Honda or even a kia @ least Kia tranny only costs 200$

the 2001-2005 civic =good engine in a sh*tty car!

- , None, None, USA

problem #13

Mar 022008

Civic SI 2.0L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,992 miles

i brought a Honda because i thought they made good quality cars.....some of there models are made with great detail to quality...but the 2002 civic model is very poor internal design

......i heard most newer civic models have major tranny problems

- , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

problem #12

Feb 292008

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

One day on my way home from work my transmission started slipping from 2nd to 3rd gear. So the next day I went to take it to the mechanic and on the way it started again but it got progressively worse. It began to have slipping problems in every gear and eventually it just revved in every gear and all I had was neutral. Luckily, I was able to make it crawl out of traffic and into a AAA parking lot. I had it towed to a transmission place over the weekend, and on Monday they called me at work and said it was the transmission, along with the torque converter, solenoid, and cooler. They quoted me $1900 dollars. I had then found out about American Honda and called them to first see if there was a recall on my vin number about this transmission issue which they are aware about, but act like they're not. They told me I first had to take it to a Honda dealership to diagnose what I already found out. So when I told the transmission place I went to that I was gonna have it towed to the dealership, they then told me that I would have to pay $592.00 for labor! I only asked them to do a diagnosis to tell me if it was the transmission or not, and apparently they took the transmission out along with other parts, so I was very mad with them for not contacting me and letting me know they would be taking anything out. So instead of me paying for labor there and then towing it to a dealer and having them diagnose it, then calling American Honda and not knowing how much help they would give me with this matter, I just figured I would be better off just paying the $1900, other places had quoted me $3000 to fix these parts, so I kinda came off alright. I thought Hondas were very reliable! I guess those were the earlier 90's Hondas. This is the first and last time I will buy a Honda!

- , Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 172008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Since I bought the car in May the transmission has seemed a little funny. Over the past month or so its been slipping a little and just yesterday the transmission completely failed and I was stuck in the middle of an intersection. I had it towed to the Honda dealer and i will probably have to buy a new transmission for $2500. Im trying to find any recalls or tsbs on this problem so if anyone has any help it would be appreciated.

- , Rochester, NY, USA

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