really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,400 miles

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problem #5

Sep 132007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that when large amounts of morning dew were on the windshield and rear window, it was hard to remove. The failure only occurred on cold mornings. The contact used the windshield wipers, but the dew remained. The defroster would take a long time to activate and the interior glass would clear up, but the outside glass would remain fogged. The contact called Honda care and took the vehicle to the dealer, but neither could correct the failure. The current and failure mileages were 42,000. Updated 01-14-08. The brakes made a noise when the consumer applied the brakes, the suspension felt rough. The dealer was unable to duplicate the consumer concerns. Updated 12/12/07.

- Asbury, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I bought the 2002 Honda Civic new in October. The first week I had it they had to replace the power steering rack as the car was making a horrible noise and was hard to turn. Then, on three different occasions the car simply would not start. It was parked all three times, I would get into the car and it would turn but not start. After sitting idle for about 30 minutes, it would finally start. The dealership could never duplicate the problem, so consequently it was not diagnosed or repaired. Then the car starting having problems with what I thought were the brakes. When I would slow down, the brakes would grab and I could feel a jolt. The brakes also felt spongy. I took the car in, and again, the dealership said they could not duplicate the problem. I finally insisted the dealership keep the car for a few days and drive it. As they were driving it out of their garage, the brakes totally failed. They replaced the master cylinder 2 times. The brakes still grabbed, so hard in fact, that both my husband and I have had drinks in our hands while driving and the drinks spilled on us. The dealership decided the grabbing was an erratic downshift of the transmission. Honda said and I quote: This is a normal problem with the Honda 2002 Civics. The dealership would not fix the car since it was a normal problem. I still don't know what a normal problem is! during this time, I began pursing the Oklahoma lemon law. I tried to have the dealership buy my car back and they said they couldn't because it had so many problems and they couldn't sell it as a certified used Honda. So, I have a new car that was a lemon from the day I bought it and the dealership nor Honda will buy it back!!!!!!!! Honda did give me their 100,000 mile warranty for free. Today, I took the car back in to the dealership as the brakes are grabbing harder. Tonda L. ames, Apr bartlesville public schools community relations supervisor 1100 S. jennings bartlesville, ok 74003 918-336-8600

- Collinsville, OK, USA

problem #3

May 222003


  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the pedal traveled to the floor and a noise was heard.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 012003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Windshield is cracked with no evident of debris from hwy. Dealer would not fix per the warranty! this is a 4 months old car. Also when apply brake. Loud noise from some kind of brake linkage system underneath the car. Dealer said it is normal for Honda..."?"

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112002


  • miles
Consumer states that when applying the brakes the vehicle brakes will skid when wet causing the vehicle accident. Dealer notified.

- Austin, TX, USA