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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    It recommends first oil chnge at 10000 miles. They have a new engine type now.
  • I guess I should have mentioned I have a 2002 Civic EX. Where did you hear about the 2002s having their oil changed at 10K? The Owners manual doesn't say that...

  • I've had my 2002 EX auto for about 7 weeks now, and here's what I've noticed so far.

    1. The stock firestone tires suck big time in new england weather.

    2. flat plastic panel under dash, just behind and above hood release latch keeps "unhooking itself" and causing a rattle that sounds like the left rear door is still open.

    3. This is more of a nitpicky "I wish I had" kinda thing, but I find myself longing for a remote trunk release on the keyfob. That would be SO convenient.

    4. Random faint-sounding "buzzing" rattles in the front dash that I've yet to localize. Only happens occasionally.

    other than that I've been extraordinarily pleased with the car - even on my 3rd tank of gas I got 37mpg (on a long road trip). Gas mileage has consistently been 33 mpg+. I do a lot of city stop-and-go short driving, so I especially take note on the long distance stuff.

    I'm quite concerned about the stock tires that came with the car - it pains me to think of replacing brand new tires, but I have no faith in them. They slip and slide like it's nobodys business.

    QUESTION: (not sure if this is the right place) - I want to get a honda civic cargo net for the trunk - i thought the installation would be pretty easy but the dealers all want to charge me like, an HOUR of labor to install it. The total cost with net would be like over $110. That's hard to stomach for a little cargo net. Anyone been able to install one of these on their own??
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    It's interval is 10,000 miles.
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    I did install one in a 2001 EX sedan. If I remember, it did take some time, maybe an hour, as it may have required drilling some holes to mount the anchors, and 4 small cuts in the trunk-floor-carpet. Not hard, just time consuming. Instructions were explicit and easy to follow. The results are fine, and the net is far more versitile that the one that came with my wife's Camry. It can be used in several different positions.
  • redsirredsir Posts: 34
    My 2001 civic LX came with four net mounting anchors already installed on the floor.

    I didn't care for that, so I installed the cargo net from my 1997 civic. It mounts with four anchors by removing the plastic hole plugs on the sides of the trunk. You have to pull back the trunk liner to tighten the nuts from behind.

    This is pretty easy. It all goes back like new and looks original. Install time was about an hour.

    Hope this helps.
  • We got our cargo net online from and the dealer installed it for $30.

    We also had a rattle which sounded like it was coming from the steering column but it was actually the wires underneath. We used a zip-tie to cinch them down and haven't heard a creak or rattle since.
  • bjk2001bjk2001 Posts: 358
    I took my daughters 02 EX to my local Honda dealer for 1st oil change @ 5000 miles two weeks ago. My service writer told me it's too early to change oil at 5000 miles. According to service writer he says Honda put in synthetic blend oil now. Owner manaul says to change oil at 5000 for severe and 10,000 miles for normal driving.
    They suggest to change oil and rotate tires at 7,500 miles interval. I was 2500 miles too early.
    But my Honda dealer also mails me 3750 miles service reminder for my 01 Odyssey. Since 01 Ody owner manual says to change oil at 3750 for severe and 7500 miles for normal driving conditions. Maybe Ody is much heavier than Civic so dealer suggests to follow severe driving for Ody and inbetween for Civic?
  • y dont we just change oil every 3,000 miles,\
    and u wanna put 5w-20 type oil on civic

    anyone put nitro on new civic?? tell me how fast it goes from 0-60?
    my stock civic , i got 11.6 seconds .mine is automatic.
    y civic is so slow/?
    needs nitro...
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    You are wasting natural resources and why would you want to do that in a car that is sold on its "green" characteristics.
  • 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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