hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,616 miles

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 252012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Input shaft bearing failure...thought it was originally the clutch, release bearing and fork paid and replaced and problem still persisted...this is a common problem with this model and year and is a constant progression of noise and inhibits acceleration and smooth driving...I feel as if the car is ready to completely fail and I've driven manual transmissions all my life so user error is not the cause... I've always stood by Honda and there products all my life and hope there customer service and loyalty is still of highest value and the right actions on their part are done to rectify this recurring issue in there product. I drive over 100 miles a day and hope one day I am not stranded or worse in an accident due to my car suddenly halting due to misaligned gears on the freeway...

- White Lake , MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 102011


  • 117,695 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 45 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was inspected. The dealer informed the contact that where the timing belt tensioner was located, a spring was fractured and caused the timing belt to fail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, did not offer any assistance. No repairs were performed. The current and the failure mileages were 117,695.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012010


  • 94,000 miles
My wife was driving my Honda Civic LX, 2004. We have been using this car since last 6 year without any problem. On Nov. 1st we were driving this car to go to work; car was running perfect smooth with no indication of any problem. During evening hours when she was driving back to home after work. Car started fine as usual but she drove about 5 miles and as soon as she reached on the walt whitman bridge (NJ) smoke started to come out from the engine compartment, she pulled over car in the shoulder lane and got out of the car. She called the police for help, as soon as police officer arrived on the scene, car busted in the flames. Police called the fire department for help and soon whole car engulfed in flames and started to burn with high flames. By the time fire truck showed up whole car was destroyed by the fire. It was very unusual that the running car with no problem for 6 years and fine running car all of sudden caught in fire. It seems to me that there is some faulty electrical problem and may be due to manufacture defect. I am very fortunate that there was no injury or death in this incidence. However my car was completely burn down and destroyed. I will appreciate if you can help me with this. Did anyone before reported this kind of problem in this model of car which may suggest manufacture defect?

- Turnersville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 222005


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic-hybrid. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times and they found no failures; however, they reset the sensor. The contact stated that if the engine failed, he would be unaware because the indicator is constantly illuminated. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 147,000.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012007


  • miles
I drive a 2004 Honda Civic while coming out from work was at a stop light and when the light turned green push on the gas and notice my car had shut down, almost got into an accident just bought a used car in Jan this happened in the begin of March. This was not the only thing that happen my car would have this late crank when you start it. It happens occasionly took it to Honda dealer ship and they ran a test on it and the guy said that he could not duplicate what had happen.

- Lawarenceville, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 122005

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle purchased new Nov 2004 - three occurrences of engine stalling while in gear and car in motion - dealer says diagnostics do not show a problem - extreme safetey hazard - car is unsafe - dealer has not corrected problem.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

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