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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • Thanks to both of you for your input. I may let it go a while longer since the car seems to be performing good and the problem is not happening all the time. I don't think testing for a faulty VSS will rule it in or out because the problem is not continuous and probably won't occur while performing the test.

    Anyway, thanks again.
  • daveyddaveyd Posts: 14
    Just do it yourself. It really isnt that hard. There are great instructions on

    They also have instructions on door and rear deck speaker installs.
  • What "gen" Civic do I have? Its a 94?

  • Yours is a 5th generation Civic.

    5th: 92-95
    6th: 96-00
    7th: 01 +
  • eusnlleusnll Posts: 10

    Anyone tried AEN cold air intake as a performance upgrade on 98/99 civic? Is it too noisy ? Does it worth the expense ?

    Any comments will be appreciated
  • HI,I have a similar problem. Firstly when i start the car, the ABS pump kicks off and makes a vague sound. The dealeship tells me its a hyperactive ABS. Secondly when the car goes over bumps or dips it makes a really annoying sound. Any inputs? I guess you have a similar problem to mine. Mine is a 2000 civic wiht 11k miles on it.
    My civic otherwise drives well and gives me excellent milage.
  • Don't know about your ABS sound... As for the suspension sounds, for the new '01 Civics I have heard lots of minor complaints about various sounds coming from the suspension when going over speed bumps (shocks or springs maybe)... although I don't have this prob on my '01 EX.
  • I just got a quote from my local Honda dealer for a tune up and replacement oxygen sensor for my '96 Civic - $350 for the sensor plus $300 for the tune up. This seems outrageous. Any comments about charges you've experienced for similar work would be appreciated.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    I don't know if you fall into the criteria but there is a emissions extension warranty available for 96-97 Honda's upto 150,000 miles. The first part of this extension is just an inspection for codes and if any are found the repair would be warranty, this is done bettween 50,000-75,000. From 75,000-150,000 you can get oil change,plugs,cap,rotor,and plug wires all for free. Therefore if you have a check engine light and have less than 150,000 miles then it should be covered under the extension. I don't know much of the price end of things but it does seem to be a bit expensive, call around to a few other Honda shops and price it.
  • I've run into a small dealer service issue over time that refuses to go away, so I will instead.
    My original dealer's service department can't seem to get straight on the service intervals on the 2001 Civic. I was originally told to expect more than an oil change when making my 15,000 mile appointment. When I picked up the car, was informed that this interval was only an oil change (air filter should also have been checked or replaced) and to expect a major service at 20,000 miles. When I called about the 20,000 service, I was informed that it was only an oil change, didn't I mean the 15,000 interval that they had no record of! Well, outcome was that the service was brought up to date.
    Now I'm at the 30,000 mile interval. Called about it yesterday, asked what to expect, was quoted numerous items, among them a sparkplug change. Was quoted $290 and informed that it was a major service interval. Knew that was wrong (change of plugs at 30K is recommended for 2000 model). Checked back in my owner's manual and this site and both agreed on the service items, Edmunds for my area estimated $154.
    Thought about it overnight, was going to enter a dialog with my dealer this morning. First thing, I made a blind call to another dealer in town only mentioned the car, model, etc. and was immediately quoted the items mentioned in the owner's manual at a cost of $165. They now have my business.
    It just wasn't worth the hassle of "negotiating" the items to be serviced each time with the original dealer. I believe they are operating with information on the previous generation Civic and haven't bothered updating to the new maintenance schedule.
    I did follow this up with written correspondence to the dealer, but don't expect drastic action as this is not the first time that I've expressed service interval problems. It is really a shame, especially if it is only a training or documentation issue on their part. Price may make the sale, but Service keeps the customer!
    Lesson learned, if you are not happy with one dealer, try another if you have that luxury.
  • Hi, I'm new to the town hall, but just wanted to ask...........I'm thinking of buying my son a 94 Civic,our first Honda. Is there anything that that is "known" to be a common problem that I should look for? I've heard nothing but good things about them! Any info would be a great help! thanks!
  • I just recently purchased a 94 Civic EX coupe, 93K on it, its perfect. You just have to make sure that the timing belt has been changed, the manual calls for this at 90K but I know the prev. owner broke hers at 78K. Thats all I know of. The only other thing I know the prev. owners changed were the clutch master and slave cylinders, they were leaking.
  • Don't know how far back Consumer Reports auto issue goes when rating used cars. But they list all the different areas and where there may be trouble (i.e, electrical, brakes, transmission, etc.). The auto issue is due fairly soon I think. Last years (April I think) should probably have the info.

    FWIW that's my favorite generation (believe it was '92-'95). Love the styling, the most sporty looking of the last few gens in my opinion. Prior to purchase run the VIN through one of those services (or have the dealer do it if you are buying from them) to make sure nothing funny happened to it.
  • I bought a 94 sedan at a wholesale lot in 1998 and it had 124,000 miles on it. I commute almost 100 miles/day, so was looking for something to help me out.

    This car has been super. Other than scheduled maintenance and getting the timing belt replaced (no signs of problems, but better safe than sorry), I have had no problems. It runs excellent, doing almost my entire commute at 80-84mph.

    It shows no signs of dying, but I have already started looking for my next Civic....
  • Our 93 EX at 141,000 is great too. Excellent first car or commuter car if you ask me. Enough power, enough room, still looks good if clean, great gas mileage, and a comfortable ride. You can't ask for much more if you are looking for a cheap $4,000-$5,000 car.
  • How much does it cost for a new timing belt to be replaced (dealership w/ labor included)? I have a 98 Civic EX auto. I need to see in my owner's manual if it needs changed at 60K or 90K. Thanks in advance.
  • At my 15K checkup, I mentioned the problem with the fuel guage and low fuel warning light that others have mentioned. The service dept. ordered a new instrument cluster. After the replacement, the service rep said that they had to replace it as per Honda's instructions but that the problem might instead be a fuel sensor. They said to bring it back if the problem persisted.

    Not thinking this through, I found the new odometer was at 12 miles. My 15K were wiped away and I was starting over with a little sticker on the door jamb describing the odometer replacement and mileage.

    Naive question 1: couldn't they roll the odometer forward to match the old one?

    Naive question 2: despite the sticker, will the value of my car be knocked down at trade-in?
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Cost varies on the timing belt installation depending on where your from and where you get it done. Usally the timing belt is replaced in conjunction with the water pump and external belts which in NJ cost about $400.00 parts and labor. On the 98's I believe that it is recomended at 105,000.
  • Thanks for the heads-up, Auburn63.
  • the SRS airbag light on my 95 civic EX will not go out - started after i killed the battery and got a jump start
    does anyone know how to disable the light so I can pass inspection? i'm scared to take it to the dealer, i'm sure they are going to charge me a fortune to get it fixed, and I can't afford to put any money in the car
  • I have a 02 Civic 4dr. EX with about 3,000 miles. My first tank of gas gave me the best mileage at 34 mpg. Since then, it has steadily declined to about 29 mpg. I drive mostly highway miles and drive usually around 65 mph. I'm not thrilled about the mileage after hearing people getting about 38 to 40 mpg. Is it possible that there is a problem with the ignition system? Oxygen sensor? Anyone have similar problems?
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    pvilla wrote:

    I'm just curious to know if anybody with 2001ex is having a knocking noise
    coming from what I think is the front drivers side brake/suspension. I'm about to take it in to have it checked,it happens usually at low speeds when i'm coming to a stop going less than
    10MPH .Also, I hear almost the same sound except its louder, coming from the passengers side
    when I pass through a deep dip at speeds of 30-40MPH.

    Aha! I was checking this board because my girlfriend's RSX-S has a similar problem!

    It sounds like a clicking noise coming from the front left wheel. It's like something metallic is shifting. It's like it has two states - forward and backward, and clicks in the transition.

    For instance when braking - I get a click - it is now in its "forward" state. From this point brake as hard as you will - there is no click.

    Then accelerate, or go through a bump - I get a click - it is now in its "backward" state, and ready to click under braking.

    And yes - normally happens at slow speed during braking.

    Anyone have an idea what it might be?

    Acura couldn't fix the problem initially, but we'll bring the car in for service soon, and ask to look into this again...
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    your going to be told that what you are hearing is a normal shifting of the brake pads. This is a correct statement, however, if you do not like the sound and want it to go away for a while then what you can do or have done for you is apply a small amount of disc brake quiet to the back side of the pads. This will slow down the shift and eliminate the noise. Good luck
  • mikemw1mikemw1 Posts: 15
    this also can happen when you have an aftermarket brake pad
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    Thanks guys! Will inspect the brake pads on my next visit to the dealer!
  • I have a 2002 Civic that has trouble starting.
    This has happened on 3 different days in the past
    2 weeks. Have taken it to dealer twice with
    no results. No remarkable circumstances surround
    this--no extreme weather or conditions. Of course, car starts for dealer; they say nothing
    can be done until the car doesn't start for them.
    Any ideas? This is a brand new car--5000miles!
  • Three times in the past 2 weeks my new (5000mi)
    Civic failed to start until after several attempts were made. After about 10-20 minutes,
    it would start. Have had it to the dealership
    twice and they have found nothing. They say they
    can't do anything until it doesn't start for
    them! Does this make sense? What can I do?!!!
  • Hi raywicoff,
    I am having similar problem with my brand new car(2002 civic). If its get cold (15-20) then I have to try 3/4 times before it starts...I will contact the dealer today and let you know if they say anything different..
  • rfruthrfruth Posts: 630
    My 00 Civic won't start until the key is left in the run position (not running yet) until the check engine light goes out (a few seconds) then crank and the engine fires right up. If I try to hurry & jab the key in and go straight to crank the engine won't start right away (my owners manual doesn't explain this process very well at all but there are pages and pages on how to use the radio) if your lucky this will help.
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