really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,990 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.

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2004 Honda Civic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 282005

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving in snow driver noticed on more than one occasion that when applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. Vehicle slid on its own, then stopped. Finally, the vehicle started, slowing down and coming to a complete stop. Driver took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Voorhees, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 112003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,969 miles
While driving 65M ph in 3rd lane of a 4 lane highway. Tapped brakes to reduce speed slightly, both wheels on right side of car locked up, sending car into a fish tail through both lanes on either side of the car, spun and hit the center guard rail of the highway facing back up the direction I came from. Side and front air bags did not deploy on passengar side where the most serve impact occurred. The accident caused $13,000 of damage including severe frame damage. Honda refused to inspect the brakes after the accident, instead claimed that the brake damage was caused by the accident, not the cause of the accident. Talking privately with a Honda certified mechanic, I was able to get the error codes on the computer: Inlet cylinoid failure (31.1 & 35.1) & passenger side front air bag censor failure (9.9.7). Honda refused to do anything about this, and I sold the car as I felt unsafe driving it. The car was still on warranty.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at low speeds vehicle surged forward. The vehicle suddenly accelerated, brakes failed and vehicle hit brick wall head on. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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