really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,867 miles

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problem #18

Apr 182018


  • 150,000 miles
While driving out in indio on a main street the check engine light went on and within 5 minutes of that happening the car would start to drive very sluggishly and struggled while in drive. It behaved as if it was in neutral and would only go 20-30 mph even if the gas was pressed all the way. Eventually as we drove down the highway back home 3 days later it completely stopped moving in drive and would high rev as you pressed the gas. It would not drive normally and acted as if it was completely in neutral, not driving at all no matter what gear it was in.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 192018


  • 140,000 miles
Transmission - car died on the highway. Had it towed to the mechanic. Service code that appeared was P0730, and I need a new transmission. Car has 140K on it, is a 2002 Honda Civic, I'm the only owner, and I have serviced this car completely by the book. I just spent $1200 for the timing belt and water pump last month as a preventive measure, $150 on the battery in Jan 2017, tires <7K miles ago, brakes last Nov, and now a $5000 estimate given to me by the dealership in order for them to replace the transmission.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 112017


  • 55 miles
Driving home from long way in. Lake county illinios. Shift in gear and jump out of gear while driving and power N steering and engine shut down could of been an bad accident then car stuck in one gear and completely won't move. At all especially in winter

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #15

Mar 012014


  • 90,800 miles
In 2014, circa 90,800 miles, the clear coat started fading and peeling on my car: First the top, then hood, now the sides going from top down. Very embarrassing to drive car like this, and costs more to repaint the car than the car is worth.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #14

May 312017


  • 93,000 miles
"takata recall" I have a Honda and it has less than 100,000 miles on it and my transmission is not working. I have taken it to two different mechanics both say the same. To get in contact with Honda and to make a complaint that my car is low on miles to be giving me this kind of problems.I take really good care of my car and it is very disappointed to have this kind of a problem on a well taken car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Apr 182017


  • 175,000 miles
Vehicle stalls while driving (moving and at stops). Restarts are immediately possible however problem reoccurs and leaves motorists potentially stranded and impeding traffic. Vehicle has 175000 miles and has been meticulously maintained. Engine light is intermittent with the problem and has indicated that the catalytic converter has failed, code P0420. However the engine light clears with drive and start cycles. Online research points more directly at a worn ignition switch issue. Vehicle was purchased new in ca, relocated to AZ in 2003 and has been there ever since. Items that have been replaced are, timing belt, water pump, radiator, thermostat, A/C system, alternator, ignition coil and spark plugs, suspension bushings, front struts and coils, fuel pump, camshaft positioning sensor. All recalls have been complied with.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #12

Feb 082017


  • 240,000 miles
Transmission not going into gear. Slipping. Like a false neutral. Bought it used, and havent been able to drive it yet! other than driving it home the day of purchase. It broke down before I got it home!! poured money into engine repairs. But tranny still slipping. Didnt realize this is very common issue with these cars, until we began researching repair info! I was stuck, in the dark, on a busy highway...for hours, trying to get my "new car" home. Of course, there was no warranty. So, im broke and still on foot! very disappointing. This should definitly be a recall issue. With nationwide complaints of early and multiple tranny failures in 7th generation Civics...why is Honda not doing anything about it?? people like me can not afford tranny replacement costs. Plus, too many reports of the replaced trannys failing as well. The person I bought it from changed out the transmission twice already. This one was not old..by far!

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #11

Dec 212016


  • 128,000 miles
Cuts off when stopped idling, but will crank back

- Denton, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 202015


  • 119,000 miles
Transmission failure

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 102015


  • 230,000 miles
The acceleration is sticking and the speed will drop to 0 if climbing up a hill using cruise control.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #8

Nov 182014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
My daughter (18 yrs. Of age) recently purchased a 2002 Honda Civic and was involved in an automobile accident. In this accident the unfortunate thing was her air bag did not deploy and her chest hit the steering wheel. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. X-rays were done and she was just bruised and no broken bones. She may have not sustained any injuries if the air bag would have deployed. I know Honda has had law suits filed against them because of air bags deploying and causing injury, but in her case it caused injury that maybe could have been avoided if it had deployed. Thanks

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Jun 142012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
In June 2012 I experienced on my 2002 Honda Civic an odd behavior, ac stopped working (light would be on but no cold air), power locks also failed, door chime/key left in ignition switchreminder stopped working at the same time, remote entry via key fob was somehow disabled and the most important and somehow terrifying experience is that the windshield washer and wipers do not work properly, I was splashed some muddy water on the windshield and activated the windshield washer/wiper to clear the muddy water; the wipers failed and my vision was completely blurred so I had to look out the drivers window and safely stop. I'm aware of two recall notices for my vehicle model year, one of them involving the low beam lights (I experienced that as well and thought both bulbs, low beams had gone out at the same time) this particular recall is for the defective and/or low quality of the electrical contacts/circuitry of the headlight switch. For a couple of weeks the electrical issue was gone but came back and has stayed, same electrical issues that I think might have something to do with low quality materials (as the ones used on the headlight switch recall notice) at the fuse panel inside the cabin; I'm no expert but my family's safety and the safety of the people on the road is my concern, what if the materials used on this unit (fuse panel/multiplex connector?) overheat and start a fire in the cabin or what I've experienced, a sudden splash on the windshield that prompts a quick response to stop due to null vision? I've searched online and seems the culprit of the electrical issues all at once is a poorly designed/constructed fuse panel. I should feel safe when driving not "taking a risk" hoping nothing bad happens.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 122013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Entered only one date but has occurred at least 5 times over the last 6 years and had been so rare didn't believe it had happened. Just so happened it has occurred now 3 times in 6 week span and twice in one day. Motor revs up on it's on when sitting with foot on brake idling, most times I have stopped and getting ready to put in park and shut ignition off. I see other models are being recalled as of June 20, 2013 but no mention of my make/model.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #5

Oct 282010


  • 107,000 miles
Driving on freeway at approx. 50 mph and notice car accelerating on it's own. Attempt to pull over but notice not able to stop. Pushing down on brake all the way and car still going approx. 50 mph. Call 911 and was told to pull emergency brake. Get into shoulder lane and pull brake gradually as instructed. After doing so, car slows to approx. 10 mph. At this point shoulder lane turns into downhill off-ramp and car gains speed to approx. 15 mph. Traffic signal with red light and stopped cars directly in front of me so make decision to turn car into a pole on sidewalk. This ultimately stops car from moving. However, car RPM gauge still revving between 2.5 and 3.5 until car is turned off. File claim with my insurance, independent investigator checks car and finds that everything is in working condition and cannot find anything wrong with car to have caused the sudden unintended acceleration and inability to stop while utilizing brake pedal.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #4

May 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The car was purchased new on April 20, 2002. Since the very first day several problems were discovered which Honda has been unable to resolve. One ongoing problem is a vibration at 55 mph in the steering wheel, which Honda has attributed to a wheel balance problem and tire problem. The car has been serviced 14 times by Honda and Firestone (tire manufacturer) and merchant tire (balance). Honda tried to balance the wheels and after several failed attempts told me it was a problem with faulty tires (oem). Honda told me they could do nothing further about the problem and told me I had to take care of the problem on my own with the tire manufacturer despite the fact that the car was obviously still under Honda warranty. None of the balancing solved the problem and Honda told me it must be defective (original) tires. Firestone them replaced 3 tires under warranty and the problem still persisted. They attempted to balance the wheels 2 more times. I went back to Honda and they balanced the wheels again with no success and they would not investigate the problem further. There are several other problems. One is a problem with hissing and static in the radio reception when the rear window defogger is on (since new). Honda replaced the radio and defogger switch but the problem is still there. Another problem is a visibility problem in the rear window (since new). A hazy sticky film develops on the rear window. It is very difficult to clean with household glass cleaner. Another problem is that the original Honda floor mat wore right through when the car was not even a year old. I had to purchase a whole set for about $90. The drivers seat upholstery also began to wear prematurely. Another problem that developed over the past year is a damp moldy musty odor coming from the air conditioner/heater vents. The odor is sometimes strong and when I turn on the ac or heater it makes me cough and feel ill. I am very disappointed in the quality of this vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 032003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Multiple manufacturing defects in a car which was purchased new and about which Honda of America does not seem concerned.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,750 miles
Fuel gauge shows "empty" when there are 3+ gallons in the tank

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 302002


  • miles
While driving at 30 mph, battery and oil light illuminated. Then, engine died. Another driver almost rear ended consumer. Dealer has been contacted.

- Beaumont, TX, USA