really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,504 miles

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2004 Honda Civic steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 212017


  • 60,138 miles


My key would come out of the ignition while not in park, the vehicle sometimes does not fully go into park unless forcefully pulled back into park so sometimes the vehicle wouldn't be in park all night or while in public parking lots. My Honda made key had to go into the ignition facing perfectly one way to start the car then the ignition completely refused the key and wouldn't turn once it accepted it. While I was trying to get my key to turn the ignition the car, in a public gas station parking lot, was not even in park even though I was completely able to turn the car off and take the key out of the ignition. My ignition no longer turns at all, I've already checked that the chip in my key is still functioning properly. Police officers tried to help me correct the issue without any success. The electrical system is now also acting up since this incident the radio flashes instead of staying on, I am now unable to change the time on the radio clock and my interior lights had to be removed because they refused to shut off.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 052014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
When I took vehicle to regular fluid exchange for 80K mileage, Honda service experts said, compliance bush for the front wheel has been cracked. They also said it is pretty serious to drive and need to be replaced soon. The local mechanic shop are not aware of these repairs. None other vehicles has this kind of defects and it is never mentioned in Honda manual. Simple search in the internet resulted numerous complaint about this. Considering the pretty seriousness of this issue, consider safety fact on Honda vehicles based on this issue.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 272011


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph the steering wheel locked causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a ditch landing on its side. There were no injuries. The police were not notified. The vehicle was towed to her residence and will be driven to the dealer at a later date. The dealer and manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unknown. Updated 03/29/11 updated 05/26/11 updated 05/31/11 updated 1/4/11

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #2

Aug 062008


  • 60,380 miles
The first time during the 1st week of August 08, my wheel locked. I was in the process of turning into a parking lot and there was no oncoming traffic. Aaa tow truck guy found loose nut on power steering pump (right next to belt) right away and tightened it for me. It was a temp fix so I could drive to get service instead of tow. Unfortunately, I don't think my Honda service people didn't check it like I requested cause it came loose again (1 wk later)...locking my wheel. I thank god I wasn't on a freeway or making a sharp turn around other vehicles. Honda mechanics don't understand why this nut is coming loose. They claim they re-tightened ("torqued") it but I'm scared. It could come loose again!!!! still in process of having problem corrected.

- El Sobrante, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 162004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased 2004 Civic vp new (this is my 4th Honda Civic). From day 1, there has been a noticeable vibration/shimmy in steering wheel and front end. Upon visit to dealer, I was told that the vibration/shimmy could not be duplicated, but oem tires (dunlop SP20) could be separating. During a subsequent visit, vibration/shimmy was acknowledged. Dunlop dealer said that the tires are okay, but 2 front wheels were bent. Honda dealer replaced 2 front wheels and remounted/rebalanced the original tires. All tires were rebalanced and rotated. Vibration/shimmy persists and continues to be noticeable at all speeds. Steering wheel vibration/shimmy is observable and felt when turning the wheel, regardless of vehicle speed. Dealer suggested test drive of identical 2004 Civic vp; I, and the dealer service manager, noticed the same issues with this Civic. Problem remains unresolved.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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