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2002 Honda Civic (Page 1 of 15)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.
CarComplaints.com 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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 110,700 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 281 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- replace transmission (139 reports)
- rebuild transmission (64 reports)
- not sure (53 reports)
- replaced transmission, Honda covered cost of parts (9 reports)
- open a case with honda corporate (7 reports)
- scrapped car (4 reports)
- Honda Owner Link - Go here, type in your vin #, see if its been recalled for this. Even if you haven't purchased it yet. If no report has been made, call American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Honda Automobile Customer Service 1919 Torrance Blvd. Mail Stop 500-2N-7A Torrance, CA 90501-2746 Phone: 800-999-1009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590 Auto Safety Hotline 888.327.4236 Especially the National Hotline. That's how recalls are created for ALL cars. If Honda doesn't hear from you this way, Honda can't recall it. There has to be complaints made to them directly.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
I bought the car used with really shady deal from Ken's Auto Body, in Spanish Fork, Ut. The car ran okay overall but one day I decided to put the car in D1 or the Drive 1. The car went into a limp mode and started to act really strange then it gave me blinking drive light (The "D" on my dash was blinking). It threw a code that I don't recall. I put the car back into normal drive but the problem did not go away. I found a way to reset the blinking D light with a YouTube video. It wasn't super hard. Decided to try and figure out why the transmission went haywire and put it into D1 again (it was the same thing for D2 just to be clear). Sure enough it went into limp mode and started blinking the "D" on my dash. I started digging and found a mechanic who told me a little story:
He said that there are 2 types of transmissions built for Honda's; one for Japan and one for USA. There is a code stamped on the side of the transmission housing = BMXA or SMAX. NOW here where it gets weird Japan Honda's transmissions only have lower D1 but American Honda transmissions have D1 and D2. Both transmissions list themselves as compatible to the car (technically they are) but if you get the Japan transmission put on your American Honda, or vice versa, and you try and use your lower D1 or D2 the computer gets "lost" because it is only looking for only "D1" but now there is also a "D2"... So it throws code saying "I don't know where I'm at".
Okay, so why would my 2002 Civic end up with a transmission that doesn't belong to it? Shady deal Ken's Auto Body had put a "new or used" transmission in the car prior to selling it to me. Well, when you order a new transmission (or pull a used one out of a junkyard car) it can come from USA or Japan depending on what warehouse its shipped from; REMEMBER that both are listed as good, compatible transmissions for your Honda, technically. So you need to match up your transmission code to your engine code - a Japan transmission for a Japan engine and USA for USA.... You could have either engine in your car as well! I had a Japan Trans on my USA car.
My solution was 2 parts: 1.) I just stopped putting the car in to the lower D's and the was problem solved (who uses them anyway really?). 2.) I pulled the center console and put a nut and bolt through the shifter handle so it hits a stopper before it can shift down into the lower D's. I don't recommend doing that if you're not a mechanic. Just stick with number one and you're all good to go.
And don't ever buy a used car from Ken's Auto Body in Spanish Fork, Utah.
- Lance K., Logan, UT, US