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.
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There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Front bumper too low an caught on parking stop pulled off. Side trim out of alignment stopping door from closing"

Stuart F., CO (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Honda extended the warranty on the paint for many models known to have a clear coat failure, however ours failed after the warranty extension. Even though it's a known problem and I spent 2 months appealing the issue with Honda, they refused to pay to fix the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad chalking and peeling of paint. This model year was not included in a paint-defect recall. Bummer."

Van T., TX (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It was cracking and peeling in various places. I was told that was a common problem with certain Hondas of that era. I had it repainted."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint failing - clear coat oxidizing.."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Majority of the car has faded and needs to be painted."

Travis H., CA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My car has never been garaged, and it shows. My goal is to keep the car on the road for six more months, so I just hope the body doesn't break down before I'm done with the car."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic)

"The paint has been chalking and peeling for many years, and it has only gotten worse. Honda refuses to acknowledge the problem. The car was in the garage almost every night, and was parked on a downtown street on work days, so it's not like there were extreme environmental circumstances at work here. It has made the car virtually unsellable."

Van T., TX (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint clear coat is failing. This is a known problem and Honda extended the warranty on the paint, but by the time we noticed it the warranty ended. We appealed and lost."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor After market paint"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat and paint peeling on roof."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"The car sits in the sun and the paint on the hood and the side facing south got very weathered looking and the rest of the car was fine. I had a touch up paint job and it looks good. The black trip paint around the windows is looking weathered but i"

Theresa W., NM (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"large area on the hood, trunk and roof peeled and was repainted, not under warranty, by an independent shop"

Charles H., WV (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading really bad on the top of the vehicle"

Jay O., UT (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood, roof and trunk had to be repainted due to extreme fading"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Blue paint faded to white"

Michael C., NM (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint began fading on the roof around 3 years ago and on the trunk area about a year ago. Other areas are beginning to fade, as well. Car is in great shape, but it looks awful"

SUSn H., FL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car looks horrible. The clear coat did noting to protect the paint from fading, and the clear coat has oxidized and peeled from the center on all surfaces. The paint job on this car should have been included in the recall that was released for"

Denise F., WA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint Peeling away on top of roof"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paints have been gradually peeling off on the roof area for the last five years or so"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Honda Civic 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"car paint fades bad.. had a repaint"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX)

"Blue metallic paint first began peeling about 4-5 years after it was new. Honda paid half the cost of a new paint job for 3/4 of the car. Now some of that paint is coming off, as well as on the parts that were not repainted"

George J., CA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat is disintegrating and peeling off along door edges, truck lid and roof"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat started eroding several years ago. It has gotten progressively worse. There was a recall from Honda for failing paint, but it did not extend to the 2004 model year. For a car in otherwise very good condition, the failure of the paint (and the expense to repaint) has rendered the condition "poor.""

Van T., TX (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The area around the gas tank is rusting badly. Also rust around all of the door sills."

Maureen H., MI (2004 Honda Civic)

"The floor had a spot that rusted through behind the drivers seat."

Anonymous, NB (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical corrosion and rust expected of a 16 year old vehicle."

Anonymous, NH (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Started about 5 years ago. No resolution."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"rust becoming mor common over wheel wells, door frames"

Robert I., MA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Area of rust above door. Really not repariable"

Donald W., NY (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Used car had rusted exterior due to accident by previous owner"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust from the inside out on the passenger rear panel just above the bumper cover. When new the trunk leaked and had to be resealed. I attribute the issues to poor body prep at the factory"

Bill W., DE (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear wheel well edges have required repair due to rust"

Eric S., NY (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Covered under extended rust warranty - rear quarter wheel wells had rust, also around brake lights"

Tom G., ON (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust from the inside of the hood is about to get trough the metal. Some rust around the rear wells"

Marc B., QC (2004 Honda Civic LX 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

"Found water in the trunk, but not too bad for a car that was 14 years old. Turned out to be a pinched gasket."

David D., CT (2004 Honda Civic 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water accumulates on the floor in the front passenger seat; I believe this is related to an internal problem, probably a/c, but Honda dealer says no, it's the windshield. But I disagree, and I've gone to a windshield specialist who agrees with me. Problem is ongoing and I just to want make the car usable for six more months, I rent cars to go away for long weekend trips."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic)

"In heavy rains, water comes in the car above the rear view mirror"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"water (rain) around seal on passenger side door"

Dick K., MA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak in truck"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Seal of trunk seems to have failed and allows water to seep into trunk"

Eric S., NY (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"water infiltration in trunk coming from under"

Ron S., QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal around one door was repaired"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"When idling car is so loud I can't talk to another person. Happens mostly when I'm stopped and the motor is running."

Maureen H., MI (2004 Honda Civic)

"finally had new struts and shocks replaced. moved to colorado from arizona and when its cold outside car makes moaning noises maybe because its an ariaona car?"

Joanne S., CO (2004 Honda Civic)

"Something, somewhere in the upper right dashboard rattles at highway speeds, a mid-to-high-frequency hard-plastic clatter. End of the world? No. Incredibly irritating and hard to find? Yes"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brakes squealing but no problem found"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is starting to get vibration noises that I can't pinpoint the problem with. Also getting noises from engine (pinging) and rear shocks that probably mean I need some service on those things"

Jason H., UT (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car grinds when turning in cold weather"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The belt makes a squeaky noise occasionally when I drive the car. I have not determine which belt makes that noise"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"As expected with older car rattles and mystery sounds have been growing since 2008"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Very annoying"

Sharon G., CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Since the car was 3 yrs old I get alot of road noise. Squeeks started this year with the poor road conditions due to snow plows and salt"

SUSn B., NJ (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant squeaking above 55 mph, dealerships have been unable to find a cause or solution"

Jonathan M., MD (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Belt on heating and air conditioning system squeaking when I turn on either heat or air"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The rubber has become hard and wind noise has increased in the car. I need to replace."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise since purchased"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"wind noise from the beginning"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Whistling noise from top of windshield fixed by removing an apparently unneeded strip of insulation"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"We've replaced the catalytic converter on the Civic and we're tired to continuing to slowly replace the entire exhaust system due to rust including the heat shield and exhaust pipes."

Anonymous, HI (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine manifold and catalytic converter needed to be replaced. Not too surprising for a 14 year old car."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as pipes"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The manifold and catalytic converter is one unit"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Civic DX)

"I had it replaced about 1 year ago. It was malfunctioning again however the dealer stated he would try to get it covered under a warranty and did just that"

Martha R., IL (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Supporting pipes were about to break"

Doris C., NY (2004 Honda Civic EX)
Exhaust leaks

"That could be very dangerous!"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My husband and his clothes smell strongly like exhaust fumes after driving the car. Something is leaking into the car. Electrical problem - the whole right side of the car does not work, door locks/windows"

Shannon B., IL (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust manifold cracked. Catalytic converter is integrated into manifold. Part alone is $500."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Manifold cracked"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"A crack/hole developed in the exhaust manifold and had to be repaired. The cart still functioned fine, just annoying sound during acceleration"

Jay O., UT (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"leak"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Muffler became detached from the exhaust system while just driving around. Replaced it with a new one with a lifetime warranty for about $300 total"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced it"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Airbag recall. Second one I've had for this vehicle, in the past 5 years."

Kelly T., VA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Just an air bag recall they have never deployed"

Mark M., PA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Takata airbags recall"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air bags were recalled."

Jason T., OK (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Apparently a recall item. It never affected me (other than the warning light coming on), because I never had an accident. But I've had the problem fixed via recall once, and my parents had it fixed a few times before I owned it."

David D., CT (2004 Honda Civic 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"seat belt light stayed on when in use. came under recall and was replaced"

Joanne S., CO (2004 Honda Civic)

"Honda recall on takata airbags."

Anonymous, QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light caused by defective driver side seat belt buckle - repair was not covered by manufacturers warranty - cost for part and labor to repair was $685"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Rusting causing sudden extremely loud noise"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"well, unfortunately the car is old so rusting has set in"

Nancy N., NY (2004 Honda Civic LX)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Belts were frayed and needed replaced. Belts last replaced 7 years ago"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Crank pulley had loosened and key hole had elongated as a result of movement. Mechanic had to rebuild keyhole using JB weld (value of car not enough to warranty new parts)"

Naomi T., BC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Engine light won't go out and the computer chip to replace it is $500"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the timing belt replaced, and they didn't tighten all of the bolts on the alternator, which caused the alternator to lose ground, which completely fried the computer. NOT A MINOR PROBLEM! Had to go to 3 different shops, and finally the dealer fixed it for $1,100.00"

Jackson H., OR (2004 Honda Civic DX)
Engine knock or ping

"Had a build up within the engine that caused it not to breathe properly. After service engine has been running just fine."

Anonymous, IN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure of four ignition coils"

Matt B., TN (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"While taking care of an air bag recall. The dealer noticed that 2 of the engine mounts were cracked or broken. We took the vehicle to our regular mechanic, and the 4 engine mounts were replaced for less than the dealer wanted to charge to replace only 2 of them"

C D., CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"rear seat needed to be removed as gas was leaking and head of tank replaced"

Joanne S., CO (2004 Honda Civic)
Oil leaks

"Oil is burning more than leaking, so I wasn't sure if should have checked this box. It is happening in the seals in the engine. We have to add a quart of oil about every 2nd gas tank fillup."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hose had pinholes."

S F., MD (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to change the timing belt and oil pan. Also gasket to converter. I should have changed at 125000 miles"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine oil leak from manifold plug, according to mechanic. Is scheduled to be repaired."

Anonymous, NH (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Pinholes in hose"

S F., MD (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear cam shaft seal was the primary source of the leaks. The valve cover gasket contributed a little. A relatively easy repair."

Thomas L., TN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It was leaking oil in several areas, so the costs added up, although we shouldn't complain because we had no problems with the car until it was 12 years old."

Joanne M., CO (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed a recurring stain in the driveway. Replaced oil pan gasket and valve cover gasket. That solved the problem."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine had a leak"

Michael L., IL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"valve cover seals failed"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The seals are worn and oil leaks as a result. The mechanic told us that it is a common problem with worn out seals in Honda's. The worn out seals will leak oil into the engine and damage the engine. It is a big job to take out the engine just to r"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had oil leaks near where the timing belt was. It was a less than $10 part that cost me $1700 because was hard to get to. Ended up replacing timing belt for 2nd time just so wouldn't have to pay for the labor again"

Anonymous, TN (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Slight engine seal leaks"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"At 120,000 miles, we noticed lots of oil on the garage floor. The dealer diagnosed as major leaks in the main gaskets and heads"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak around the distributor Engine oil carter is seeping oil (no major leak yet)"

Marc B., QC (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"oil pan was leaking but even after it was replaced, oil continues to leak from a seal near the front of the engine"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX)

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

Clock

"Doesn't work as well now. I set it and it gradually gets slower and slower. I have to reset about once a month"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"The cruise control stopped working several years ago"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Short to tail lights mounted on the trunk lid"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"A short in one of the tail lights shorted out the entire fuse box which had to be replaced at a cost of ~$700"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"Temperature gauge not working correctly."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Dashboard gauges and dials failed completely. Car still ran fine but impossible to know speed, fuel levels, etc. Two attempts at repair were temporarily successful but problem returned. Currently working but reserving judgement on whether it's a permanent fix or not."

Anonymous, BC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Speedometer stopped working, or worked intermittently. Replaced with a used instrument cluster"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"gauge panel was replaced at no cost. The car was still under warranty"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Unreliable odometer. Just ceased working for a couple days -- pegged at 70 when the car wasn't moving faster than 5mph, that kind of thing. Started in hot weather. Resumed working after a few days and has been fine since then. But... ???"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel gauge becomes stuck either on full or empty"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Daytime Running Light (DRL) module issue caused the daytime running lights to work intermittently when starting vehicle which could be fixed by turning headlights on and off. This is a known quality issue with the DRL module that Honda has not accepted. I ended up fixing my own by re-soldering the bad solder joints on DRL module circuit board and the unit has now been functioning proper for months. Known quality problem with many instructions on internet to fix. Easy to fix if you know how to solder."

Andrew D., QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic headlight lenses became hazed and dimmed due to aging, causing a serious safety hazard for night driving as well as safety inspection failure. I have now replaced both headlight lenses with new aftermarket parts."

Ted J., VA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Annoying haze on the headlights"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Getting cloudy"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Very cloudy. Even when cleared, only last 6 monnths and cloudy again"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"High beams and daylight running lights do not function"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"I had to turn off the interior light manually. The light did not go out automatically after shutting the door."

William S., MO (2004 Honda Civic)

"open driver door switch needed to be replaced; affected not only interior lights, but also warning bell when headlights left on, etc"

Robert O., CA (2004 Honda Civic EX)
Keyless entry

"The keyless entry does not work on all doors...one door must be locked manually"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Warning lights

"Check engine light. Two sensors required replacement."

William S., MO (2004 Honda Civic)

"Check engine light appears to be associated with the gas cap seal. Had the light turned off once, but it has since returned with no apparent issue with regard to engine performance."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"SRS warning light trigerred by a faulty driver side belt buckle sensor. 500$ repair and not a real safety issue according to the dealer"

Marc B., QC (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Windshield washer pump stopped working and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic 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

A/C compressor

"Compressor died"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It does not push air into the car till you start driving"

Jason T., OK (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning compressor locked up. Car had to be towed. Repairs cost about $1000 but this is (knock on wood) the only major problem thus far."

S F., MD (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hot air coming out"

Debbie S., NY (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor and clutch failed."

Yvan G., QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C does not blow cold when the engine is idling/car is stopped but running. It is probably a basic fix but may take car out of commission for at least 2 days"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the air conditioning in this honda is worthless. Never really cooled and now just blows out hot air. It would cost over $2000.00 to repair and the car is not worth that much"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the a/c has stopped working. several parts needing replacement. costly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The ac stopped working years ago and it would cost a fortune to replace it. More than the car is worth."

J G., CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate control is slow to cool or heat car and does not reach and maintain a balanced temperature. You're either freezing or boiling if you don't make constant adjustments."

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower fan stopped right when the father started getting hot. It has not been fixed yet, so I do not know what it will cost to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"this part has stopped working and will need replacement along with other parts. costly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evap sensor was rusted, check engine light came on. Change sensor"

St-Amand R., QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Defrost, heat and A/C stopped working all together. Was pretty pricey to get fixed."

Kelly T., VA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated issues with the car overheating due to the heating system"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater stopped working. Leaked Fluids. Engine replaced. Problem returned in a couple weeks. Engine replaced again. Problem reappeared. Head gasket replaced"

Sara H., MD (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"This was the first time the refrigerant was checked since we bought the car, 15 years ago. One of the fill valves had a slight leak and was replaced."

Frederick N., KS (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Evaporator has a small leak."

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight leak occurred after last year. Required extensive testing to detect where leak was"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"one pipe was leaking"

St-Amand R., QC (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Recurrent problem with refrigerant, replaced this two years ago and again this spring. Dealer could not determine source of leak.Not good in hot weather at cooling car or driver"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Was not as cold as it should be. Top up refridgerant and could not find any leaks. This is the first time had to do anything with aircoditioner. Very happy with air conditioner"

Anonymous, ON (2004 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light is on and can't be diagnosed....has new fuel cap but light remains on"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Crankshaft positioning sensor......alternator....car was jumpy and stalled occasionally"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I took it to an independent mechanic who told me that it was an emissions problem -- perhaps I needed a new gas tank. On another visit, they were able to locate the problem: several emissions parts were worn out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Gas tank sensor"

Marc B., QC (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Other sensors, not sure of names, and also catalytic converter and manifold that are combined in this model (Canadian Si). Paid about $450 for partial repair in order to get a conditional emissions system pass (for 2 years)"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost over $1000 to replace the fuel tank vent valve, because replacing it required removing the fuel tank etc"

George J., CA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"I walked in to the garage one day and the smell of fuel was overwhelming. The mechanic found out that the fuel pump was leaking and the gas was pooling onto a pan below."

Mari S., CA (2004 Honda Civic)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The check engine light comes on occasionally, but goes out on its own without my needing to clear the codes. They come back as an issue either with an O2 sensor or a problem with the catalytic converter (P0138 or 0420), but the car continues to run as normal."

Todd H., MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"c converter sensor"

Joseph F., ON (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light went on. No effect on driving. Needed to replace the sensor that measured oxygen/gas mix ? (not a car person) + drive at least 100 or so miles after replacement to pass emissions test at annual inspection. Cost was approximately $570. Prefer cars without all the gobbeldy gook technology. Expenses like these ensure my status as card carrying Luddtite."

D O., NY (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Orange/yellow Engine light kept coming on."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensors triggered a CEL and the code indicated a problem with the oxygen sensor. My mechanic discovered that both sensors were bad and once he replaced them everything was fine and there was no apparent damage to the catalytic converter."

Anonymous, MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace sensor car had 156000 miles on it at time"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"On-board sensor for catylitic converter stopped working"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I think the dealer messed up something when performing a recall. call went to dealer with no issue and came out with a check engine light and a sensor problem"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Check Engine light was on and had to replace oxygen sensors according to Firestone - $700"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"use moor gas"

Joseph F., ON (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"dash light"

Frank M., ON (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on; brought it to a mechanic who said it was the O2 sensor. It was a somewhat expensive to fix at about $500"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on. Diagnosed as sensors needed replacing. Replaced both O2 and Fuel tank pressure sensor costing $1000"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alignment

"Uneven tire wear due to rear axles being out of alignment"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Normal wear and tear. Best vehicle I have ever owned!!"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear suspension bushing needed to be replaced"

Larry L., OH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Trusted mechanic found that bushings in lower control arms were broken. Replacement and alignment made car run like new"

Tom F., AZ (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"75% worn after 12 years"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering fluid leaking. Not sure why"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"After having filled reservoir I had to refill it after about 5 months"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump simply died. May it rest in peace."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump failed and then extremely hard to turn the wheels."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering cuts out especially at lower temperatures and when turning sharply. I have not had it fixed, and live with the problem"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering pump needed replacement; part cost was over $500 for Honda part; new pump worked fine, but steering is still a bit resistant; no more leaks; still hear very faint noise on turns"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced the original Honda struts with Monroe aftermarket complete strut assembly.. This was a big mistake. Should have stayed with Honda original equipment struts. These Monroe struts have been replaced under warranty after only 8000 klm. Very disappointing."

Paul D., ON (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear"

Larry L., OH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Just due to be changed due to normal wear and tear and mileage. Installed Monroe Quik Struts which I am sorry I went with. Terrible in cold weather . They Kline , thump and bottom out only when it's cold. The colder it gets the worst it gets. Should have when with original equipment.. Very low kilometres on replacement Monroes"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Replaced front and rear stabilizer bushings and links . Normal and reasonable wear and tear . Car had 92000 klm."

Paul D., ON (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"replaced for 2nd time"

Frank M., ON (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"alignment problems"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The bearings went bad in the passenger side front wheel as evidenced by the noise they made as I increased my speed"

Todd H., MN (2004 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

"It is burning oil and that is because of leaks somewhere in valves in the engine. This box seemed the closest (but Im not sure the perfect match) to check. We have to add a quart about every 2nd gas tank fillup."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder #3 losing pressure; noticed within the last four to five months; problem first presented when engine started overheating; radiator, hoses, and thermostat were replaced; sensors tested okay, but still leaked coolant; mechanic shop tested and found cylinder #3 losing pressure/compression; diagnosed as need engine rebuild, cylinder head and gasket, and loss of gas mileage; car only had about 144,000 miles on diagnosis of this problem; car was not driven roughly or in a high-dust area (i.e"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"valve job required at 80000 miles...Dealer said it was common with v-tech engine"

Jon P., CT (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Was disappointed that I needed to have this work done"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"I am told I need a new head gasket on my Honda Civic AGAIN when we also already replaced the head gasket on the vehicle when it was only 4 years old."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the head gasket broke an we had to rebuilt engine"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed it May 2019 when engine started overheating. It was diagnosed that the head gasket needed replacing. I was able to drive it short distances without it over heating, but chose not to to avoid further damage. We did not get it fixed until about March of 2020, and have not had any issues with it so far."

Anonymous, MT (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle started intermittently overheating, which I discovered was caused by a low coolant level. Since no leaks were found, it was determined that coolant was leaking into the oil. Some research in online forums showed this was a common fault"

Todd H., MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car overheated on a regular basis. At first I was told the radiator had a leak and so that was replaced. The problem persisted until I finally took it to a service station that determined it was the head gasket. Once fixed the overheating stopped"

David R., NY (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car overheated, replaced thermostat. Still ran hot at times. Finally overheated badly enough, had to be towed in. Head gasket replaced. and radiator. Car still gets 8-10 mpg less than it did...no explanation from dealer. Burns or leaks oil in varying"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Blew Head Gasket, but the car is 11-12 years old. Car has been VERY reliable for me for the last 11-12 years, & I continue to drive it every day"

Christopher R., TN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior of cabin would not warm, replaced many parts in process identifying that head gasket replacement was required. System did not consistently fail pressure test so was difficult to identify"

Stephen B., MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked head gasket lead to a $1600 repair which was noticed because we saw that the engine was overheating"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Honda Civic)

"Head gasket went around 200,000km. $1,500 repair bill on that"

Anonymous, SK (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacing head gasket. Engine looses power even after repairs performed. There should be an engine recall from Honda"

C D., CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had a blown head gasket. I noticed the engining heating up before there was major engine damage"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing belt broke engine stalled and had to redo valves because they bent when the belt went. I had the head gasket done at the same time do to convenience."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt failed and engine was ruined. Not worth fixing"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Started slipping, suspect previous owner learned to drive a manual transmission with it"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the clutch stated slipping and had to be replaced"

F M., VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"first clutch work at 140,000 miles. Tolerated hard usage for much of 140,000 miles."

Randal S., VA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The clutch was slipping as we approached 125K miles. Replaced it."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch repaired per recall after 50000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Routine replacement of the oem clutch"

Jerome K., ON (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was not working well...we had it replaced"

Frank M., VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The transmission needs full replacement, but we aren't going to invest any more money in this car. I have been entirely disappointed with Honda. This vehicle has caused us nothing but problems from the beginning."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"after clutch replacement, the transmission developed a bad bearing and had to dismantled and repaired"

F M., VA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Previous seller stated that transmission had been overhauled. This was not a true statement. We had to have it rebuilt."

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would "grind" when starting from a complete stop"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Transmission was making unusual noise. Found that tranny mount was broken and clutch was replaced. Car runs like new"

Tom F., AZ (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The hybrid batteries stopped holding a charge. The dealer told us we could continue driving it as a non-hybrid. It ruined the transmission"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The CVT is crazy expensive, even as reman units. From 45k onward, the slippage and noise was a constant annoying companion. The IMA battery was not a possible selection on survey, though it had to be replaced in the last year, too"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Needed to replace piece of first gear"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Though auto trans replacement, I think it was the brakes. When car stopped, hub took car to auto trans shop & they replaced. Still didn't feel right. 3 days later brakes locked & wouldnt go. After brakes fixed car ran perfectly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"The transmission is currently out the fifth gear synchro is broke and will not shift into this gear. I have not removed this to check because both the engine and tranny has to come out together. Syncro's is $400 for the good ones, but a rebuilt tranny is $750 with a warranty"

Lee F., TN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The bearings for the fourth and fifth gear have gone out a second time. The dealer did not do the work and the repair lasted beyond the warranty. The gears are just fine; it shifts smoothly; but it whines. It needs rebuilding again but it may not be worth it due to its mileage"

Thomas L., TN (2004 Honda Civic EX 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

Doors or sliding doors

"interior panels separated apart"

Martin F., NY (2004 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"One door handle sticks and then the lock stays shut and can't open if for weeks at a time"

Donald W., NY (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Drivers side locking mechanism wore out. Replaced defective part ourselves."

Anonymous, NB (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"drivers side door lock cylinder had to be rebuilt for the second time in 4 years. First time was covered under warrants and this time I had to pay out of pocket. Mechanic tells me this is a common problem with these civics"

David J., CO (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side and rear trunk lock have failed"

Charles H., UT (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers door lock quit working with key. $800.00 to replace. Not done because of cost"

Roland K., AB (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear door auto lock is not functional, and needs replacing. Over the last 5 years, auto lock replaced in both rear right and passenger side doors"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"the driver side mirror has fallen off. unsure why"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"Air bag light on, drivers seatbelt required replacing"

Tom G., ON (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Trunk would not latch consistently. I solved the problem by adjusting the latch plate. Seems like anything with a key has problems on this car"

David J., CO (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Rear power windows not operable"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear window intermittently fails to open or close."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Passenger front window doesn't go down all the way. Dealer said it would be $400 to fix it. So we didn't. This is a great car and I don't care that much about the window!"

Theresa W., NM (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed new window motors"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX)

"Window came out of track and freeze in down position"

Anonymous, IL (2004 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

"The alternator seized up and snapped the alternator belts in the car. We were able to drive the car to the mechanic a few blocks away, but it made a loud noise and had a burning smell. We had to replace the alternator, belts and battery to get it in driving shape again. The car had been sitting for almost five months without being driven, which could have caused the problem, but the mechanic said it also could have been due to the age of the alternator."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Original alternator seized up. Replaced with a rebuilt one."

Anonymous, NH (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator alsohad issues which caused significant downstream effects. All is fixed now and working fine since replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"dead battery"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery died after 2 years due to AAA putting in the wrong style of battery which caused it to short out against the hood. Burned the cables and battery."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Original battery from 2004 finally had to be replaced. But again, this has been a VERY reliable car for the last 11-12 years, & continue to drive it every day"

Christopher R., TN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Auto stop failed to engage. Mileage dropped from 47 to 37mpg"

Jared G., CA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Had to replace the hybird battery. Bought an aftermarket battery from bumblebee batteries and installed in my self for $2100"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Battery is failing and need replacement. Mileage is dropping"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Ignition switch

"The key switch often does not engage the starter. Tapping the brake pedal often helps as their is a switch that senses when the brake pedal is pressed and relays that to the ignition system"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter failure. needed replacement"

Rose C., TN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My vehicle was hesitating when starting. I changed the battery a few months ago. The starter cylinoid/ bendix was not engaging to turn the flywheel in starting my engine. Purchased a starter from Auto Zone, installed it and all was fine. At approximately 180k miles this issue was understandable. Easy fix"

James C., MD (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"sticking caliper"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front caliper froze and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"had pads put on"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed pads and rotors"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Civic purchased used, 6/1/14, Lompoc Honda, "as is." Civic abused by previous owner. Car cosmetically challenged, engine/transmission oils & air fliltration systems not serviced, rear brake drums warped. All systems serviced & repaired by self"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"brake leakage, worn disks"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Premature brake wear

"The right front brake pads wear out twice as fast as the left side"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"I had pads put on and they only replaced one brake line. awhile later another line blew so had them all replaced...very rusty"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"purchased higher quality rotors and brake pads and the performance is excellent."

Randal S., VA (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needed to get front brakes replaced. Could be just routine maintenance"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaking

"The brake pads needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Smell coolant difficult to pin exact location"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Cooling fan

"This car has a separate fan for the A/C condenser which stopped functioning. It's only an issue if you leave the system on when idling"

Todd H., MN (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Air condition doesn't work not worth repairing Waiting for new TOYOTA PRIUS PRIME PREMIUM"

David C., FL (2004 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"Level good then Pow! overheats on highway in the fucking winter in Wi.!!"

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I explained it earlier"

David R., NY (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Radiator developed a leak which left me high and dry 4 miles from home and fan was replaced at the same time that the radiator was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Honda Civic LX)

"radiator blew out in fast lane of 91 freeway, total shutdown"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic EX)
Thermostat

"My vehicle was losing coolant. The thermometer housing had a hole and was replaced. I also replaced the thermostat since I was changing the housing. There was nothing wrong with the previous thermostat"

James C., MD (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Water pump

"It was expensive to replace: $545.79."

Joanne M., CO (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump went bad, leading to overheating and head gasket replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump broke and coolant was lost. Engine overheated. Had water pump replaced"

Bruce S., MI (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Made a lot of loud noise"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Civic LX)
Gear selector or linkage

"Gear shifter's connection to the linkage broke completely apart"

Michael L., IL (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on the linkage caused it to become increasingly more difficult to change gears, ultimately leading to a 'Check Engine' indicator. However, the mechanic was able to remove the rust rather than having to replace any parts"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Rough shifting

"The car vibrates excessively when excelerating due to the cvt transmission"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Slipping transmission

"CVT judder. Chronic and known problem with this year/model"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Gear box making noises. Occasionally car drops out of 4th gear usually while driving on the highway"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was the car's original and began to slip once it became very worn"

Jerome K., ON (2004 Honda Civic 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"I had the Transmission rebuilt for a bearing around 200,000 miles. The front seal leaked and ruined the new clutch. I repaired it myself with a transmission shop installing the seals for me."

Thomas L., TN (2004 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 cds cannot be read and as such it doesn't play"

Anonymous, DE (2004 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"CD will not eject CD's, therefore CD cannot be played"

William R., PA (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player no longer works. Wont accept a cd"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio reception, particularly AM, gradually got worse and worse, until it seemed like there was no antenna. Took it to a car stereo specialist. Found that replacing the rear window, where the antenna is embedded would cost too much, so they installed a new one that attaches to the inside of the windshield at the top. It's crap, not much better than before, varies at different times, different weather, etc, so I have to go back and get them to try something else. Not happy"

Philip C., ON (2004 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Speakers on the driver side stopped working. Have not had it looked at. Don't want to spend the money."

Anonymous, IL (2004 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

Electrical failure

"An electrical connection was fixed in the 'on' position, and the system would not turn off."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner will not operate when headlights and/or windshield wipers are operating. A prior owner had work done improperly & having the car re-wired would be prohibitively expensive."

Anonymous, (2004 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"On only two occasions, completely out of the blue, the engine failed to start immediately on keying the ignition. Afterwards, the hybrid drive system did not function until I pulled and reinstalled a fuse. Initially puzzling, but easily fixed thanks"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"IMA (Hybrid) battery failure, required replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The hybrid batteries failed at about 165,000 miles"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)