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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • i love my civic...
    but its too slow...
    and they use cheap quality fabric on seats...
    but still love my civic
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    But it's your money.
  • Hi everyone,

    I bought an used Civic (98) a months ago. Every morning when I start and warmup the car, I smell the gas (quite strong). But after I drove out to work, I didn't smell any for the rest of the day during I start the car again. It seemed that I only smell it first time during I start the car everyday. Does anyone know what would be the problem? Is it common to used cars?

    Thanks for your help!

  • Last Friday I was just involved in an accident where the car behind me rolled forward and impacted mine, i have damage to the lid and the bumper, the lady have progressive and they cut me a check today Monday for 500. to start the repairs, QUESTION Do I have to be aware for the depreciation factor? I live in Florida, usa.
    Greetings from sunny and warm Miami.
  • I just bought a new 2003 Honda Civic, drove 150 miles from dealership to home, then next day when I started the car, none of the gauges on the front dash were working. It was Sunday, drove around a little (with no speedometer). Then, when I started the car on Monday, all of the gauges were working again. Dealership service guy says he's never heard of that happening, and I expect they won't fix anything unless the gauges stop working again when I take it in. Has anyone heard of that happening, and does anyone know what causes it?
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    On many electrical circuits. A contact didn't contact or relay didn't relay. Note the temp if it happens again. I know one time I had a Celica that had a bad solder joint that didn't work at certain temperatures.
  • srockrsrockr Posts: 79
    This also happened to my '03 Civic EX when it was only about a week old. I was driving along and noticed no gauges were working so pulled over and restarted car. All was and has been fine w/ this ever since. Dealership told me that outside electrical interferences can cause this and nothing to worry about. Felt like I was driving a big cell phone! If this happens again will take it to them for a hopeful fix.

    Sometimes when I start up I have to try once or twice. Hasn't really been a big problem though.

    Otherwise love the car.. Fun to drive but try to park it away from other vehicles due to sensitivity of black paint..
  • bjk2001bjk2001 Posts: 358

    For a minor dent on trunk and bumper, I won't worry about depreciation factor. You are not going to sell your 02 Civic in a near future.


  • Hi everyone! I have a few questions for anyone who owns this model or a similar one. I have found I am having some problems with my car. The first one is every once in a while (prob every 3 weeks) my car just dosent want to start. After this happened a few times I called my local dealership and they said a guy was in with the same prob. They said they couldnt find a prob. with it and to just pump the gas pedal before I start it! Wont that flood my engine??? Also it seems that my car squeaks and clangs alot in the front end! Any suggestions on what could be the prob.
  • I have a 02 civic lx and had what I think is the same problem you might be having. I had a medium "tic/tac" coming from the front kind of between or around the fire wall the dealer claim the noise was coming from the struts, they put a small piece of gasket and some silicon grease. which do not make sense to me cus if the strut is bolted to the frame there should be no play/. It took them three tries to go ahead and replaced both of the struts(of course that happen after I told the manager that I did reported the problem to the national safety highway also that it was the third try "lemon law ").
    Greetings from sunny Miami
  • srockrsrockr Posts: 79
    Anyone tried to Ding remover they sell in stores now for about $19.95? Am afraid to try it was just wondering if it works and if safe for Civics
  • Thanks! I will have to call the dealership and ask them about that. Have you ever had problems with the car not starting. That seems to be my biggest problem. I talked to the dealership and they said they arent sure what is causing the problem but they said that they have been getting a lot of complaints about that. I should hear from them tomorrow! I'll keep you posted. Thanks again about the front end squeak!!!
  • srockrsrockr Posts: 79
    Has your Civic left you stranded by not starting?
  • It hasn't left me stranded (yet). Some times though it will take up to 45 minutes to start. I know this sounds crazy but it sounds more like an electrical problem then a gas problem. (that is what they said it might be either the 3rd or 4th time i called). It is getting very frustrating. This has been happening since about 1 month after I had the car.
  • srockrsrockr Posts: 79
    Try eliminating as much metal as possible from your key chain. Also try starting next with one of your extra keys. Have heard that a lot of stops and gos can cause hard starts.

    Do you notice this when moisture is in the air?
  • bjk2001bjk2001 Posts: 358
    Do you mean no cranking from starter or what?
  • It keeps cranking and cranking but it won't turn over. I tried taking the keys off the key ring but it didnt do any good.
  • srockrsrockr Posts: 79
    A few times my '03 Civic did not start at first try. I switched keys (used my other car key) and started ok. Don't know if this helped or will help you or not but it's worth a try. Just carry a second key with you. Make sure the keys are from Honda not aftermarket copies as they don't work well in the Hondas from what I have been told.

    Also try turning the key to the notch right before the start position and let it sit for a few seconds before trying to crank the engine in the start position. I have read that it gets things going ...
  • rivertownrivertown Posts: 928
    I saw it in the manual, I think. There's a microchip in the keys of later model Hondas (that's why they're so fat) which is sensed by the ignition switch and which is required for the fuel pump to function. It sounds like the sensing is a bit tricky, and my guess is that you might need to take the key off your ring or clean it gently with alcohol or perhaps get a replacement. My salesman told me replacement keys cost $50.00. That barcoded slip of paper which should have come with your keys is the combination for your lock/key microchip. It's an anti-theft feature; car won't start without a legit key.

    I haven't had a prob with my new Si.
  • I never thought I'd say this (at least not so soon), but my 2-month old 2002 Civic EX Sedan got rear-ended today.

    I just moved to MA (Middlesex County) and I'm wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for auto body shops. I'm at a loss for what to do. The bumper is going to need to be completely replaced as well as the taillights, and POSSIBLY the quarterpanel.

    First new car, first accident. What a bummer.
    Also, anything particular I should know about Mass. auto insurance and such would be great.

    Thanks in advance.
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