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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • birdsibirdsi Posts: 6
    When I picked up my new 2002 Civic on 10/31/01, I didn't realize it was haunted. Quite a few times during the first week I had it, it acted like your are describing. When you put the key in and went to start, it wouldn't turn over or anything. The dash lights would come on but no juice to the starter. If I tried it again, it would usually start right up although sometimes you had to try several times to get it to turn over. I guessed it was something to do with the antitheft stuff in it but the manual says that the antitheft would allow the motor to turn over but not to start. About a week later, I had to go back to the dealer about some paperwork and I mentioned this problem to the sales rep. He of course didn't believe me. When I went out to leave, it acted up. I went and got the sales rep and knew that it would work fine but it wouldn't start for him either. He went and got a service tech who came out and of course it started right up several times. In fact, he was so goooood with the key, that it has never acted up since. In fact I had forgotton about it until I saw your post. I don't know what was wrong but since that first week, It hasn't done it again and I now have almost 10K miles on it.
    Good luck.
  • Does anyone here owns a '99 Civic Si? If so, I recently bought my '99 Si, and noticed that the RPM is around 3500 while going 60 mph on freeway. I took it to the dealership and they said that it's normal... somehow I doubt it. Can anyone help me with this? Is it really normal for the RPM to be that high while going 60 mph? The technician also told me that the 99 Si doesn't have overdrive. That's why the RPM is that high. Is that true? Thanks for those who will respond.
  • 5spd15spd1 Posts: 2
    civic_rcr, I happened to test drive a 2000si yesterday and absolutely loved the car. I noticed that as I approached 75mph that RPMs were well over 4000 but dont remember the exact number. Based on that 3500 at 60 sounds in line. I know these cars are designed to run high RPMs but I plan on putting on 200k plus (65 mile RT commute, all highway) and it does make me wonder about engine wear. Does 15k for a car with 24k miles sound reasonable? Dealer is sitting tight on this number as I am sure there is lots of interest.
  • Looking at buying a 1996 Civic LX that has 160,000 miles on it. Body integrity and interior is very good. Mechanically seems good except owner says we need to check idle when car heats up a little; tach registers a little low when at a stop. Could this be just a minor timing adjustment needed or could this be an indicator the timing belt is about to break? Owner doesn't think timing belt has ever been replaced, only a "major" tune-up about 70,000 miles ago. Owner asking price is $3,995 which is great price considering KBB pricing for "fair" ($4,805) or "good" ($5,525) condition. Comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Especially from Honda-lover mechanic(s).
  • cookstercookster Posts: 10
    I have a 97 Civic EX with the 14" steel rims. The rims seems to have accumulated a noticable amount of surface corrosion over the past six months.
    Is there any product out there that will remove this? Would a rust paint stand up on these rims?
    Or would I be better of just to get new rims?

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,150
    The idle has nothing to do with the timing belt. If you buy this car, have it replaced's long overdue!

    That is a TON of miles but the price is excellent.

    Pay the money for a used car inspection at your Honda dealer.
  • bostontbostont Posts: 37
    I've just developed a rattle in what sounds like the passenger door of my new 2002 Civic EX with barely 1,000 miles on it. Someone else was talking about a problem like that but I can't remember which discussion. Has anyone else had this and is it something the dealer should be able to cure? I wanted to ask before calling the dealer and going over there since it's about 50 miles away. Thanks.
  • The Si is geared for performance, and as such, is matched up to the higher reving Si engine. I noticed this right away, as my son had a 97 Civic EX when I purchased my '99 Si. As an older driver, (over 50) I preferred the gearing in the EX, but I wanted the "limited edition" model for resale purposes. I commute on the freeway 62 miles everyday at normal speeds of 75+, and get 27-29 mpg on premium fuel. This could vary depending on your gasoline. Several years ago when CA changed their fuel formulation, mileage on my Harley dropped considerably. I used to go 150 miles before I hit reserve; now I only get to about 120 miles. My Si now has 15K miles on it, and I use a synthetic oil in the engine and the transmission. The tranny shifts better when cold, and I believe the synthetic oil is superior when it comes to engine longevity also. Regular oil changes also help. We had 280K miles on our '85 Buick Century, and it still used less than a quart of oil between changes at about every 4K miles. We never used synthetic oil in it either. '99 Si's in my area of CA are advertised at $18K+ at the dealers, even with more than 24K miles on them. I have mine on the market for $16.5K, so I think that $15K sounds reasonable for one with 24K miles in excellent condition.
  • tco2634tco2634 Posts: 1
    On cold days when using the clutch the first time and pulling out the car jerks. Mileage is 63,000 and looking at the fluid in the clutch reservoir looks dirty. This has been coming on very slowly for the last couple of years and has got to a point where now it is time to do something about it. When it warms up the problem goes away. Does anyone have a answer ?
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Fluid does absorb moisture over time. There is a replacement interval on it. I don't know right off hand though. Drain and flush the system. Might wanna do the brakes too while you're at it.
  • pvillapvilla Posts: 12
    Hey Sgrd0q,post#1158, i put up a post about the very same problem,in early Jan
    I took my 2001civic ex to the dealer when the car had 10000 miles and they performed
    the 7.5k service check for [email protected] Paragon Honda in NYC. It turns out my struts were leaking.
    They have changed the passengers side strut and i still have to go back to put the other one in since they had to order it, but the knock is gone. The service guy told me that it had been a common problem with the new civic. I'm not sure if its because of the redesign or because
    i drive on real NYC crap roads,but in any case i was surprised they went that early.Other than that the car is great....
    I blew away a Toyota Matrix on the Grand central Pkwy, Poor guy can't handle the 180HP
    i killed w/my 127HP ex...ha
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Is at the top of the tach above 6000rpm. Otherwise it's just a big ole slow box. I don't know what they were thinkin when they put a sports car engine in what is essentially a station wagon with attitude.
  • ronin_88ronin_88 Posts: 18
    I've got a leaking strut too, on my 01 EX coupe... front driver's side, after 9000 miles. Part is on backorder, and I've been waiting 3 weeks now. Starting to get annoyed... but except for some knocking and gurgling sounds, the car still drives pretty well. I can be thankful for that at least.
  • pvillapvilla Posts: 12
    hey Ronin_88, check w/the parts dept, I was waiting for them to call me too, i fiqured
    that wasn't happening after 2wks. They should'n take that long to get it. The Matrix looks like a fun car to drive but really didn't feel confortable with the way Toyota does business. Before i got my 01 civic i was really interested in getting Tacoma Double cab pick-up. But they force u to get
    the options which IMHO, should be on a car. All of a sudden, a $17000 truck becomes $24500
    , this is BS man! I realized they do this with all Toyota, anyway I prefer Honda's.At least the engines&tranny's are still built in japan.
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    Don't they build the engines in Ohio? At least for the domestic Accord and Civic.
  • ronin_88ronin_88 Posts: 18
    I've been calling my dealer each week to check on that part. I finally called Honda Canada Customer Services and they started a file for me. That part is on back order cuz so many people have had problems with it. Apparently, all dealerships are waiting for that part (in Canada at least).
  • ronin_88ronin_88 Posts: 18
    I'm pretty sure all North American Civic engines are built at the Ohio plants, like Carguy said.
  • Honda had my 2002 Civic EX for a week. Finally,
    after a few days they got it to not start. The bottom line is they discovered a "bad immobilizer
    receiver" which they replaced and now things are
    OK. During this time, I received a rental car
    (no charge). If more details are desired by
    anyone, I will can provide them. Thanks for
    replies I have received!
  • Honda had my car for a week and after a few days got it to not start. The bottom line is that it was a "bad immobilizer receiver" which they replaced and now things are OK. I received a rental car (no chg) during this time.
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    pvilla - thanks. I will check the struts with the dealer. The car started handling a little weird lately. I posted in the RSX topic.
  • hmpowerhmpower Posts: 20
    I have a really annoying rattle in my 99 Ex coupe that seems to come from the point where the seatback and the lower cushion come together - it only shows up when the seat is empty, and I cannot track the source down - it sounds like a loose bracket of some type, but I can't find anything loose or hanging off underneath or around the hinges on the seat - anyone else ever have this problem?
  • bostontbostont Posts: 37
    hmpower, I had a rattle/vibration in my 2002 EX that sounded like it was coming from the passenger DOOR that lasted less than a day and went away. Have no idea what it was. For all I know the door will fall off in the future or the window will stop working.
  • zoomzoom79zoomzoom79 Posts: 272
    I just bought a 96 Civic EX. I have the remote that came with the car but it's not working. I replaced the battery in the remote and it still doesn't work. I happen to have the remote off of my 2001 Accord EX V6 which I sold ... so my question is can the Accord remote be programmed to work with the Civic? If not, what could be preventin the Civic remote from working?
  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    "I just bought a 96 Civic EX"
    Did they replace the car battery? Anything goes in a used car.

    "I replaced the battery"
    There's the key - lost program.

    "can the Accord remote be programmed"
    Do you know how to program the remote, why don't you try it?
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    Any links? I have some from an Accord that I would give to my brother to use on his Civic. Thanks.
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    My brother is a technophobe though, it will take some convincing to get him to use it.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    I am not for sure off hand if the remotes are the same or not I will try and check tomorrow as for the remote not working I have seen them go bad to the point they cant be reprogramed. The above link is a good programing mode so give it a try to see if it lost its program..
  • mgreene8mgreene8 Posts: 8
    Hello to all and thanks for any/all help/suggestions. And my apologies for the length of the post. I've got a `98 Civic LE. Almost 46k miles. NO major problems or issues until March25. All scheduled maint. and oil changes have been done by the Dealer, I haven't missed a one. Car is not abused, no harsh or crazy driving. There are no stains or leaks showing up on the pavement underneath and I check on a regular basis. He's got great get-up-and-go when I need it on the interstate, but I don't drive there every day. Of late, he's parked more than he's going as I am not going as much.

    On March25, 1st and 2nd gear start changing VERY harshly. This was after driving for about 30-45 minutes. 3rd gear was almost normal. I was out of town and checked with the H dealer there and they suggested a 'trans' flush or replacement of a solenoid valve. Either way, travel was finished and had to return home. On March26, took car to my dealer (no appt available on 25th), and problem still existed. They flushed and refilled 'trans' fluid, didn't help. They made other adjustments, didn't help. They called Honda proper, and they suggested what had already been done. The final analysis and diagnosis was to replace the 'trans',,,,,,which, at this point, is scheduled for next week. HOWEVER, on March27, I had errands to do and the 'trans' shifted SO smoothly that I had to watch my tach to make sure it was shifting. I know from experience - toyota and chevy - that transmissions do not heal themselves. Has anybody had this problem before and what did you do?? Thanks!!

    p.s. I'm the 2nd owner and March25 was his 2yr 'anniversary.' He had just a little over 20k miles when purchased.
  • mgreene8mgreene8 Posts: 8
    Hello to all!! And thanks in advance. To avoid repetition of my original post, I have outlined my transmission problem over on the ""Honda Civic Problems"" board. Post #1189. If this has happened to anyone else, I'd greatly appreciate knowing how you and your mechanic/Dealer solved the problem. I'm almost to the point of thinking that there is some unseen force involved. Again, thanks for your help!!
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