really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
107,304 miles
Total Complaints:
265 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace transmission (135 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission (58 reports)
  3. not sure (51 reports)
  4. replaced transmission, Honda covered cost of parts (9 reports)
  5. open a case with honda corporate (7 reports)
  6. scrapped car (2 reports)
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problem #225

Mar 272013

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

My 2002 Honda Civic EX was purchased brand new and has been lovingly cared for. Transmission failed at 124,000 miles. I've been quoted $2200 for a used transmission and $3200 for a new one. Debating whether to shell out this kind of money for an 11-year-old car or just get a new one.

So very disappointed, because I expected Hondas to last much longer. :(

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #224

May 012010

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Had transmission re-built by certified mechanic failed again. Driving normal begun to slip. Engine revs up but car does not move.

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #223

Jun 152011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles

We purchased our 2002 Civic it had 36,000 miles. Sadly at 76,000 miles the transmission went out. We were surprised that Kelly blue book, Edmunds and others never mention the problem. It was when I was looking for a transmission I discovered many problems with the 2002 Civic transmissions. I was not the only one. This was my fourth Honda. We complained to the dealer and Honda in Torrance with no luck. Spending over $80,00.00 on Hondas they could have taken care of my 1300.00 tranny

- , San Fernando, CA, USA

problem #222

May 252013

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


- , Salt Lake, UT, USA

problem #221

Feb 012013

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,228 miles

Manual transmission makes a very loud noise when clutch is released. When the clutch is depressed the sound goes away. This was diagnosed as a faulty internal shaft bearing, which Honda calls a clutch release bearing. An independent shop quoted me $1,500 to fix this, it requires a full rebuild of the transmission. A local Honda dealer quoted me $2,000.

This bearing also causes a strange grinding/knocking noise when accelerating in 1st and reverse.This bearing is causing undue wear to the transmission, and will eventually cause a full transmission failure. It could cause me injury if it fails at high speed on a roadway. I will be contacting Honda Corporate to ask for a goodwill repair. A transmission should not be experiencing problems at only 42 thousand miles.

My family has bought more than ten Honda vehicles in the last 20 years, but if this problem is not fixed I will be seriously considering purchasing from a different brand. We had many problems with our latest Element and Accord, and it seems that Honda quality is not what it used to be.

- , Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #220

Mar 022013

Civic EX 4 Ltr

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I have a 2002 Honda Civic EX that I bought new and has had excellent care. I am the original owner and this car only has 55,000 miles on it. I got stranded just before (fortunately) I was about to get on an on ramp on one of the busiest freeways in the country. The car began to stall with no warning, no indication lights of any kind and would not go forward into gear. I had to get the car towed 16 miles to my house. After exhaustive testing, my mechanic told me the transmission was bad and I have opted to have it rebuilt. The transmission specialist said that it was a known Honda defect, but Honda never did a recall on my model and loads of customers have had the same problem.

I can't believe that a car with this little mileage is dead in the water like this. I have properly cared for this car over the years and followed the recommended maintenance schedule. It is used primarily as a city car and goes on short commutes within a radius of about 50 miles. Seriously, I thought Hondas were supposed to be reliable and last forever. That's why I bought this car in the first place. But, it hasn't turned out to be anywhere near as reliable as my previous car, which was a 1986 Oldsmobile Calais. It lasted 16 years and had 114,000 miles on it before the repair bills got to be such that I sold it for junk. I don't think I will buy another Honda after this experience. I fully expected much better reliability and a superior product which obviously is not the case. Honda should have recalled this model year and replaced the transmission at their own cost since they know thier transmissions were defective.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #219

Feb 012013

Civic EX 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 206,000 miles

The transmission has slipped out of gear, day one of purchase. I had it to the dealer and the responds, they do that, do not know why. Dealer has record. I like the car, I take care of it, one day it just stopped moving. Retired and can not afford it. Its like a my buddy just died.

- , Byron, MI, USA

problem #218

Feb 072013

Civic EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Seriously this is getting ridiculous...here is a car with only 85K miles, never in a collision, completely tuned up every 30K miles, and then out of no where the car wont shift out of first gear while on a major highway...I pulled over to the shoulder with my hazard lights and then the car basically sits as if in neutral. No gears become engaged and I'm stuck. There was no engine light or anything, I had enough transmission fluid in it. The mechanic says your transmission is blown and needs to be replaced....thank God I wasnt rear-ended...thats the only positive here...I'm going to call Honda but previous posts suggest they wont do anything...Think I'll be leaving Honda now (after owning 3 previous ones)..

- , Edison, NJ, USA

problem #217

Dec 222012

Civic DX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

Really ridiculous that this problem occurred in a car with 80k miles especially as I had always had required maintenance done and never abused my car - it abuses me!

- , Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #216

Mar 062012

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Transmission failure happened suddenly. I was just leaving the freeway and managed to get it back home when the transmission failed. I had to push it up into my driveway. I called AAA and had them tow me to my local Honda mechanic. I usually drive from Boulder Colorado to San Diego, so I was lucky that this happened before my trip.

Unfortunately, the same thing happened to my other 2002 Civic a few months earlier. At least I knew the symptoms and was able to get off the road quickly before it died. As for Honda, I don't know what has happened to them. I had a 1998 model, my brother had a 1995 model and both of them are still running at 250,000 miles. I don't think I'll ever buy another one at least until I know they are more reliable. I do warn people I know to be wary of the 2002 and other year Civics. These 2 cars have been the worst cars I have ever owned, and I've owned a lot in the last 50 years.

- , Boulder, CO, USA

problem #215

Oct 132012

Civic EX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I own a 2002 Honda Civic which I purchased new. Although I’ve experienced a few problems with several oil leaks and calipers wearing out prematurely, I never imagined that at 110,000 miles my transmission would fail. My vehicle became inoperable without any warning as I attempted to merge on a major highway in Washington DC. I could not shift into gear when I pressed the accelerator; fortunately, I was able to drift to the shoulder on the highway without incident. I had the vehicle towed to a Honda dealership where it was diagnosed as an internal transmission issue and I was advised that it would have to be replaced for $4700.

The cost for the transmission replacement was outrageous and after researching possible reasons for the failure, I had my vehicle towed from the Honda dealership to an independent repair shop. My vehicle was diagnosed with torque converter failure which caused metal shavings to damage clutches in the transmission. During my research, I read numerous complaints by hundreds of others who own a 2001 to 2003 Honda Civic and stated that their transmission failed when their mileage ranged from 135K to as low as 65K. Although Honda issued a 2004 recall on transmissions, it excluded the Honda Civic; I am outraged that despite the hundreds of transmission complaints from Honda Civic owners that a recall has not been issued for these vehicles to ensure the safety and welfare of drivers and passengers.

The large number of complaints from Honda Civic owners about the lack of reliability of their Civic’s automatic transmission is demonstrative of a defect. I hope that some entity decides to help car owners affected by the transmission failure so that owners will be compensated for expensive repairs.

- , Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #214

Sep 092012

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

Could have caused a major accident, life threatening. Driving on local major highway 40mile+. Trans just failed, no warning, luckily no rear end collision. no shoulder just curb.

got lucky just coasted to next local street turn.

always did maintenance, just not have failed especially at 100k miles. Is this now going to occur to my Accord?? Always bought Hondas (6+) for reliability - now it is a question!!

This is not due to normal wear/tear.

- , Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #213

Jul 162012

Civic EX 3.72 4cycle

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

Transmission just stop working! With out any warning the transmission just stopped. was working fine until that day. Maintenance required light came on a few days before it stopped.

- , Winterville, NC, USA

problem #212

Aug 302012

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I own a 2002 Honda Civic LX and the transmission just failed at 135,000. A couple weeks prior it made a whining noise and I figured it may be the transmission. I couldn't believe this happened because I thought, as many others do, that HONDA was a really reliable car. This car lasted me 10 years with 135,000 with not too many problems or things needing to be fixed besides this major transmission problem. I thought for sure this car would last me much longer. Obviously I would have to get transmission replaced for amount that car is not worth. I am going to scrap my car, maybe get some money for parts and put down on a newer , more reliable car. I have already heard that many people tried to get results from Honda with not much success. Also, I have heard some people replaced transmission with newer or rebuilt and didnt last much longer. Don't think it would be worth time or money. Anyway, I am really upset that my HONDA did not last longer and will not be purchasing one in the future. IF HONDA REALLY CARED ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS THEY WOULD REPLACE ALL 2002 TRANSMISSIONS AS A RECALL.

- , Parma, OH, USA

problem #211

Feb 032012

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

Will not buy another Honda. A transmission should't die @57,000 miles. No recall was ever issued for the 2002 Civic trans or I would have gladly taken it in as I did for the airbag problem. It took Honda 9 years to inform us that if the airbag deployed we could be hit by SHRAPNEL to the chest. Not how I want to check out. Anyway, $2,500 later with a rebuilt trans, can't wait to trade it in.

- , Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #210

Aug 122012

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

I'm kicking myself for purchasing this vehicle. I thought I was buying a good brand name. I purchased the vehicle 3 months ago with 141,000 miles on it from the original owner. Less than 4k miles later, the transmission goes out on me, while turning onto incoming traffic. I am lucky I wasn't seriously injured or killed. The vehicle showed no signs of transmission problems and now I have a serious problem. I'm NEVER buying another foreign vehicle, luckily my 2001 Chevy s-10 is still running strong.

- , Estero, FL, USA

problem #209

Jul 162012

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

I am adding my 2002 Honda Civic EX to the ever growing list of failed transmissions. No warning signals occurred except it would not change from 2nd to 3rd gear. At that point it revved up the RPMs to 5 or 6 thousand. Then it started slipping and we had to push the car to the nearest parking lot from the main street. This will be our last Honda!! This is my 5th Honda and my last!!!

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #208

May 312012

Civic EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

WOOO HOOO!! I made this sorry club ($1,200.00 to get in)! mine did the same as everyone elses 50 mph - 0 mph in no time flat and all of a sudden. At least I made it to 180,000 better than most i guess? Still sad that my 1995 Civic surpassed an 2002. Well so long to the forever running Honda's!! its open game to anyone now....

- , San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #207

Jun 162012

Civic EX 1.7L V-Tech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

Driving along the highway and suddenly the automatic transmission disengages/slips into neutral without warning, causing the engine do nothing but rev when the accelerator is pressed. Luckily, I was traveling downhill and was able to coast off the main highway to a side road at the next intersection.

The car is able to get back into gear for short periods of time, but quickly (less than 5 minutes) disengages and slips back into neutral when it warms up, and whilst in gear the engine struggles to deliver power. Thought Hondas were supposed to be reliable.

- , Minneola, FL, USA

problem #206

Dec 302009

Civic EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A cold Wisconsin day in December 2009. Driving along the road, foot on the gas, and my car suddenly revved super high and when it went back down, it wouldn't accelerate past 30 mpr. Pulled into parking lot, got a ride home, towed car to shop. Verdict was complete transmission failure. Slapped a used Honda transmission in, while taking a very long time to complete.

- , Madison, WI, USA

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