Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.
Alerts
There are 24 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"The problem with these was related to the rack and pinion issue. They were wearing out and needed replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"wear"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor ride"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"one ball joint was old and at 160000 miles it needed replaced, the passenger side ball joint was damaged with a torch when a technician was working on another part of the steering knuckle and will need replaced"

Matthew A., OH (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had them and associated suspension parts replaced when we purchased the car in 2012 and then again earlier this year. I don't drive that hard so something on the car does not hold up well"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement mileage and 15 years"

M Q., NJ (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire front suspension had to be rebuilt. It has 176,000 miles so that's not out of the ordinary. The scary part was that there was just a small noise that led to the discovery of the problem. It could have been dangerous if the problem hadn't been found"

Daniel C., KY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"The compliance bushings needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The wear was premature and dangerous"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The front end was loose and car would shimy while driving a straight line"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the lower control arm bushing need to be replaced on both front wheels and its causing the wheels to go out of alignment causing premature wear on the tires"

Anonymous, AK (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Brushings needed to be replaced, March 2015"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Lower Control Arm (LCA) bushings 3 years ago with Honda rubber ones and they already needed replacing (cracked and chunks missing). Original ones last 2002-2012. Replaced with aftermarket urethane bushings"

David G., VA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"wear"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Technician discovered compliance bushings were torn while car was in for recall work. Bushings were replaced and 4 wheel alignment was performed"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"the power steering leaks need to replace the tank and hose"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of power steering pump"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"I had to have both front and rear shocks and struts replaced at 74,300 miles.Previously had front struts replaced at 62750 miles and front bushings replaced at 63,900. Latest set of tires replaced after 11,600"

Robert N., MO (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts and ball joints replaced 7/2014"

Elizabeth B., NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front shocks wore out and leaking oil at 81,000"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"most likely die to damage from potholes in the NY area where I live"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Originals wore out so I had front end replaced"

John B., SK (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front strut failed"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Experiencing rough ride. Mechanic diagnosed leaking struts, replace them"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I will be spending $1068 to replace the struts and get it aligned"

Jan L., OR (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is bangs down hard when going over bumps the suspension has been repaired once but it has failed again. I believe this is a design fault"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"1 strut replaced 2002 under warranty cost of 2nd strut replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"First time to replace shocks. Very few repairs needed on this vehicle. Great car. Reliable"

Anonymous, MB (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer said they needed replacing"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"While my car was being repaired for another issue, one of my struts was found leaking. For proper balance, it was recommended that I replace both at the same time"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"All struts need to be replaced, very rough ride. Looks like the cost will be close to $800, probably not worth it for this old of a car"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the rear shocks are old and may need replaced soon as they are "lazy" but still technically not blown yet"

Matthew A., OH (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They wear out"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all 4 wheels sustention"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking front strut"

Douglas F., CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"It is not a problem which cannot be fixed. The rack and pinion was making noise and steering feels loose but it was fixed for less than $400. After getting fixed, I still don't have the confidence that the same problem will recur soon but so far it h"

Art P., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It just got loose over time and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering linkage had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Experiencing clunking noise on uneven surfaces. Dealer replaced tie rod linkages. Car is fine now"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"mileage and time"

M Q., NJ (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Oklahoma roads are so badly maintained. I think that may be a factor in wear and tear on the suspension system"

Anonymous, OK (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Latest set of tires replaced after only 11,600 miles"

Robert N., MO (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Bearing was making noise/howling"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"bad wheel bearing sound like when your driving"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"A piece of plastic or rubber which runs inside the bottom edge of the front bumper. It keeps getting hit and hanging down. I think it's been recalled once or maybe twice"

Sarah W., OR (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side sun visor is falling apart. Currently held together with duct tape"

James H., TX (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"trim pieces crack easily, but is an older car"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim at front and back windows pulling away"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Very noticeable fading on hood, trunk and top of car. Interior liner on door is coming loose, the mirror on visor fell off"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is deteriorating. Exterior plastic trim is deteriorating. Car is black and is not garaged"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is fading. Trim pealing"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Severe paint fading on roof, hood and trunk"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had to have parts of the car repainted and now other sections are bad"

Karla B., TN (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is peeling off around the doors you can just pull it off"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Faded, cracked,pealed"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof & trunk are awful. Fading, chalking, and peeling. Waiting for hood to follow suit"

Doug-Kristin S., NJ (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on the rear portion plastic bumper and spoiler"

Rick W., NV (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started fading and chalking a long time ago"

Anonymous, NM (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Peeling paint"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof paint is blistering and fading in large patches, in some places paint is gone, looks like it has been worn off. Paint under the windows is flaking"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof paint is oxidizing and the black paint over the chrome just below the drivers side windows (both front and back) is peeling off. The blue paint just below that on the car door is peeling as well (not oxidizing...actually chunks of paint flaked off). Also, the Silver coating on the interior door handle started peeling years ago and was shape enough to cut my finger"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Black trim paint peeling revealing chrome underneath. Appearance issue"

William S., OH (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading all over roof"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the hood is blistering and showing rust"

Jerome S., VA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust around wheel wells and door bottoms due to salt. Have had extensive preventative painting done to keep it looking nice. also had to have a rear passenger door replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Well it's old. If it were just the body panels rusting I'd be happy 'cause I'd just replace them from the junkyard. Problem is the rear fender is rusting out which is part of the frame. Alas; will have to save up to replace it. Shame they don't"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Light rust on body area near tires. We live in an area with HUGE road salt USge so this is not surprising for a 13-year old vehicle"

Robert R., NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Believe the car was in a flood but I was not told this by the Honda dealership when I purchased it. They replaced the small block while it was under warranty when it had cylinder issues. Said it was an engine fault. Back panels by back doors and fro"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is rusting out over the rear wheels and at the bottom of the doors. Car is washed including the undercarriage regularly. I blame the rust on the liquid crap that Connecticut uses on its roads in the winter"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"alarm would activate for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Cruise all of sudden not working"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The cruise control does not work consistently. Usually will start, but will shut off after a while"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"The gauges have back lights. The lights are flickering and then burning out. Have to take full dash off to replace"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"All gauges on power panel do not function"

Annette K., OH (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace whole gauge panel. Was surprised when it was installed that my car's km reading was that of the used gauge panel bought from wrecker. New reading higher than my old gauge. But scammer could buy used gauge with lower kms and pass off"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They were cloudy so had them buffed"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights failed to turn on. This was the subject of a previous recall and the car was repaired but Honda refused to repair it this time under the recall. I fixed it myself by replacing the headlight switch"

Daniel C., KY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight are cloudy. I have had them treated several times but still get cloudy"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight relay/sensor stopped working, it made a loud buzzing sound when the day light running lights were on"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"High beams stayed on continuously. Had them fixed but now drivings lights don't work"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"tail-lights and horn together failed, was not just a blown fuse, Had to replace entire fuse/relay box"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front turn signals failed when rainy/humid. Saw several dealers over years. One ID'd the bulb holders as aftermarket and poor fit. I bought the car new. Those aftermarket items could only have been added by the mfr or a Honda dealer circa 2002"

John N., MA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"We've replaced the interior lights a few times, but they stop working almost immediately"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clicked by mistake. No problems"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Quit working recently; not yet repaired"

John B., SK (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The remote did not open the door. This was particurlarly the case in cold weather. It seems that when it is warmer the remote works, although it was not been warm enough here (Toronto) for me to say that definitely. I have luckily a key to open the d"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"within 5 years of purchase the keyless entry stopped working on drivers side. key fob is fine but the mechanism in the door is faulty. I expected honda to last longer on items like this"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The light on indicator no longer works, which is very frustrating"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air sensor failed"

Anonymous, QC (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"wiper on passenger side was slapping. replaced wiper motor"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Cylinder head gasket coolant leak"

S T., TN (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Luckily my Honda just shut down when the overheating started. My mechanic replaced the cylinder head gasket set, the spark plugs, thermostat, and thermostat gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They told me that the casting cracked, broke off & the engine died. I had just over 103000 miles on it. Was going to buy another civic but won't because of that. My mechanic told me well after I replaced the engine that Honda was aware of the prob"

Anonymous, NH (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership mechanic did not put the timing belt on correctly therefore the engine was broken"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"engine had to be replaced due to a crack in a head"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"head gasket needed replacing, 2nd time in the last few years. when head was checked, needed a new valve"

David S., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Repair shop didn't replace water pump when replacing timing belt-this resulted in overheating a few years later which lead to the problems with the head gasket"

Jim K., TX (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Traveled from NY to CA with an overheated engine ONLY when during stop/go traffic. Didi not loose ANY coolant. Honda Dealer replaced gasket and re-milled the head during my stay in California"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Blown Head Gasket"

Thomas D., NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket leaked and needed replacement"

Robert S., BC (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Overheating, loss of coolant"

John S., CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket deterioration affected heater operation"

Charles A., MI (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leak allowed coolant to leak into two cylinders. Problem originated as engine skipping"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I was having trouble with my AC under 35mph. Turned out I had a cracked head gasket and needed timing belt and all kinds of other things replaced due to coolant spraying in engine via the cracked gasket. It was expensive,but it's a great car overall"

Mary M., WI (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan failed leading to overheating, warped head gasket and silicone glides"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Symptoms from exhaust gases leaking into coolant is engine temp gauge indicates intermittent overheating"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failed crossing Mohave desert, possibly bad thermostat"

Rick L., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt broke while driving on highway. Had to have car towed to garage. Fortunately, it did not damage the valves"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"I have had to put 4 A/C compresses in this car. Only the first was covered by warranty. There was a crimp in the pipe leading from the freon to the compresser. I do not believe that it came from the factory this way. i believe that Round Rock Honda d"

Janelle E., TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor clutch has seized. Likely will not fix due to age of vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is old, the air conditioning has stopped, but it is expensive to replace in a car this old"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the source of the AC leak. Leak seems to have stopped after replacing"

T L., ON (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing(s) locked up and froze belt drive input shaft"

Forrest M., IA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C no longer worked. We spent about $1,000 getting it repaired. It was however, a 14 year old car at the time, so it wasn't surprising. Never had trouble with it before"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Bad location rock from construction cause it to fail"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner stop working. It was the condenser that went bad and the coolant also had a leek"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The temp. gauge repeatedly spiked to hot. They replaced the thermostat and finally the water pump? One of those things. It;s fine now"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater doesn't really get warm unless I go fast on the highway. I'm told it needs flushing out, but I haven't wanted to spend the money"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"water pump leaked. replaced it"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"no heat; the fan blows but only cold air"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"No heat in freezing weather. It took a couple trips. They also broke the hood release cable while making repairs"

Douglas W., MD (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer repair shop fixed the issue"

John A., CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to recharge coolant and fix leak in AC"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak through the loading port, cleaned out valve, reloaded with Freon, seems fine now, but not sure, its with son while he is at a university"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC had a slow leak that the dealer said was due to the AC compressor. Replaced the compressor two weeks ago and all is good for now (odd that the same problem occurred to our other car!)"

T L., ON (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Leaked around the windshield. Original windshield was replaced in 2003. The replacement windshield was under warranty and was replaced. Windshield no longer leaks"

Michael S., NC (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump needed to be replaced. Mechanic recommended replacing timing belt at the same time--not sure if it had been done before (purchased used)"

Anonymous, AR (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water puddles in the floorboard of driver side and there is no visible trail or path of water to indicate where it is coming in"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear window (back, not side) leaked rain water into trunk. We sealed it with a tube of sealant"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant body leaks on passenger side front seat"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"all my exteriror stripping is peeling off"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Moisture is getting into the car, which fogs up the windows. It's an annoying problem in the rainy season. The car heat and fan must be run for 10-15 minutes to unfog the windows. It's hard to pinpoint the moisture source, but my guess is it from"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of oil pan gasket"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"A weather strip came loose"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"water coming in front passenger side from gap in window seal"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Buzzing noise under drivers side dash board. Dealer repair shop could not determine cause. as a result the issue was never resolved"

John A., CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"car makes a rattling noise and the mechanic cannot figure it out"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Belts squeaking loudly after being replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There has ALWAYS been an engine squeak that no one can seem to find and fix, even the dealer. It sounds like a belt rubbing but upon inspection none of the belts rub"

Tiffany G., UT (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Just gotten louder as it has gotten older"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It happens at slow speeds"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"after 180000 mile the car needed a new clutch. Which is a good lifetime for a clutch"

Pat C., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear and tear of the clutch"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the clutch required replacement due to normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission slipping. Brought to Honda just this week. who said it requires new transmission for $4.8K. Opted not to get it fixed. Car retired 4/30/15"

Elizabeth B., NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission started making noise from a 1st gear bearing and at the output shaft"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to get the entire transmission replaced at 86,000 miles!"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Just suddenly gave out when put car in reverse and car wouldn't run,"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission failed completely while driving. Had to be towed to shop.. We had it rebuilt at local AMCO for $2400"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"CVT Drive Belt broke at 289k miles on original CVT transmission. Purchased used JDM Transmission (40-50k miles) for $500.00 and replaced following factory maintenance manual. Additional parts/supplies cost about $200.00"

David D., FL (2002 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is failing. Seals probably leaking. Needs to be replaced, but driving until it breaks completely"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Total transmission failure. Towed to Honda for replacement of transmission"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Main bearing went out and needed a total rebuild"

Rick W., NV (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission stopped working around 83000 miles. Had to replace with a rebuilt one from a private mechanic, less expensive than at the dealership about 1/2 the cost. Honda wanted about $3,500 for a rebuilt transmission"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission needed to be replaced; did not replace it due to age of car. But unusual to see failure at 89K miles"

Brian M., CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I may have messed up the transmission myself. When I backed out of the garage, I developed a bad habit of shifting into drive while the car was still rolling backwards. Probably not good for the transmission. Otherwise, the car is good"

Anonymous, OK (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Squeaky sound coming from the engine - Replaced, Serpentine Belt (5040398) and Serpentine Belt (5060388), Alternator Drive Belt, and Power Steering Power Pump Drive Belt"

Juan V., NC (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Check engine light comes on when nothing is wrong with the way car is running. Dealer can't reboot or reprogram computer"

Richard S., MT (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaced the front engine mount about 35k miles ago, now it's again making noise. Honda has a rubbery ring within the mount... this shrinks, causing slack in the mount. Frenquently when breaking or taking off from stop, you can hear a loud click noise from it. Feels like engine is shifting from torque"

Rick L., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Gasket head leaked oil and had light oil leak from unknown place in engine. Instead of paying hundreds just to find out source of engine leak, and with transmission just dying, I bought new car"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started burning oil over the winter. Seals replaced and no issues since"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Gaskets in several areas seem to have failed. Uses about a quart a month"

Anonymous, KY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Several oil leaks, rocker cover, oil pan, oil pump. During this service I also replaced the water pump and timing belt"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking from cylinder head plug, cylinder head gasket cover, and oil pan. Once replaced, appears ok"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket failure, resulting in oil and coolant leaks. One quart of oil must be added 1-2 times per month, based on driving frequency"

Chris B., OH (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer reports many seals drying out, leaks are small now but need to replace seals at high cost. No alternative or preventative offered, car mostly maintained by honda"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"there are too many to repair; other problems with car may be caused by oil leaks"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The pistons are leaking oil, all of them!"

Tiffany G., UT (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Oil Pan, then had additional leaks due to age. Less expensive to fix then to replace the vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"so many oil leaks"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor leak, but attempts to seal have failed. Oh well"

William S., MI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"MIL P1457 has been an on-and off problem since I bought the car. This past year the engine light stayed on. Anyone can replace parts. A mechanic is supposed to be able to DIAGNOSE a problem. I spent $350 in December to replace the evap canister an"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Idiot light was always on due to my fouling the evaporative emissions canister by overfilling"

Jim K., TX (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Problem diagnosed as faulty canister that collects gasoline vapors. Canister had to be replaced to resolve the problem"

Joe B., NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"have to replace the fuel cap yearly and the check engine light appears several times a year. Just have to have it reset at the mechanics shop"

Josephine M., GA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel cap was found to not be sealing properly although it was not the cause of the "check engine light" issue. It was recommended that the cap be replaced to prevent a problem in the future"

Joe B., NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"tire pressure sensor failed"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"HESITATION"

A W., NJ (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"have to replace yearly gas cap yearly and sendor-check engine light appears often. Just have to have it reset at the mechanics shop"

Josephine M., GA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensors needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"I am on my third catalytic converter. Neither one of the replacements were Honda parts but aftermarket"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter developed leaks which prevented the car from passing inspection. Cost of the repair made me consider whether to keep the car on the road or not"

Anonymous, VT (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"several cracks caused exhaust leaks"

Paul J., NH (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to buy a new manifold"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"crack in the manifold"

David C., NY (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked exhaust manifold"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked exhaust manifold which results in a "clacking" sound when accelerating. Mechanic reports that this is not a safety issue, but that it could adversely affect future smog inspection results"

Douglas F., CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"muffler rusted"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Exhaust flange corroded and separated"

David C., NY (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Windshield cracked with no obvious chip"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear window motors had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"Drivers seat buckle failure causing SRS light to remain ON. Dealer replaced at no charge"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Spoke to dealership and took the car in. The seat belts were not replaced and they still do not retract properly. The dealership, Burne Honda in Scranton, Pa. say they are fixed. I do not agree"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"faulty drivers seat belt buckle switch, got seat belt buckle replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Passenger window mechanism over stressed near 2nd replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace automatic window controls on front left window and right rear window"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"developed leak coming through front windshield whenever it rained. Was told the glass was separating from the body. It was fixed but they couldn't guarantee it would hold for more than a year. At this point, it's been about 6 months and it's ok"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"Overflow tank leaks, so antifreeze gets low after a while. It not worth fixing, I just refill every other month or so"

William S., MI (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to blown head gasket"

Thomas D., NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"After replacing radiator, water pump, seal on radiator, finally stopped overheating. This car has been great, but it has 270,000! It's been a commuter workhorse, only requiring oil and timing belt changes"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"radiator had hairline crack, had to be replaced"

David S., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator developed a very slow leak that resulted in coolant in the transmission fluid and eventual failure of the transmission"

Robert S., BC (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car overheated, reserve tank and radiator cap were defective"

Douglas W., MD (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"The thermostat went bad when the car was around 7 years old. The engine went hot immediately. As a result the engine's cylinder head, pistons, and head gasket area was destroyed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"lack of heat during very cold weather. problem started 2 years ago"

Anonymous, MB (2002 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Needed new brakes to replace originals"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new front end rotors as part of the brake service, but this may be normal with 173k miles on the car"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new brakes after 180000 miles"

Pat C., CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Traveling from NY to California and back (10,6000 miles) incurred at least 12 panic stops (75+ to 0) on 35000 mile old rotors and pads which eventually caused grinding noise. Front pads and rotors replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil Pump O-Ring Replaced, Adjusted Belt (Car was making noise early morning due belt too loose/tight or need to be replaced. Also saw small leak on the ground)"

Juan V., NC (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking brakes when release brake"

Sara O., VA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Calipers were sticking, old , due to age of car"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The CD player has completely stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Left channel no sound in front or rear"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"poor reception"

Susan F., PA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"Clutch is not working so well. It's hard to shift gears"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission died. Honda service said I had to replace it for cost $3000 to $4500 (rebuilt 3nd party part with 1 year warranty or Honda part). With also gasket and light engine oil leaks, I instead bought new car"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had radiator leak - plastic radiator cracked and let coolant flow out when pressurized. Found out from research that these Honda Civics are know to overheat and a lot of times will blow the head gaskets. Multiple mechanics told me this"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator went a couple of years ago. Recently bracket holding alternator went and had to replace alternator because couldn't buy bracket without the alternator attached to it"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"replaced starter 3 times"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"car does not start or recognize key at times"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear windows do not always close so I just do not open them"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
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