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2004 Honda Civic repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (4%)

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2004 Honda Civic electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (19%)

Chart based on 32 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Honda Civic

Engine not specified

220000 mi

US $140
Noticed the lights lightly pulsing a bit dimmer than normal, batt light cam on a few days later and alternator checked bad, replaced it and good to go. Spoke to the org. owner and as I suspected it was the original. 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

93-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

118000 mi

US $750
Also had a problem with a sensor in a seat belt. 
145000 mi Fan for interior air (heat, ac) stopped working. Have ordered parts and hoping to replace parts and get fixed. 
161000 mi

US $162
Fan motor burned out, replaced. $58 labor, $64 part. 
177000 mi

US $130
Starter Clutch has failed and Dealer says will cost $2,600 to replace.  A/C compressor has also failed. Car is being scrapped. 
176000 mi A/C dead,  
82500 mi AC compressor rattling and grinding - smoke coming from compressor area. 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

93-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid 5-speed manual FWD

72000 mi

US $300
SRS Light on Seat belt tensioner replaced twice before. Paid to have all connectors inspected and light reset 299.99 in labor. 
81000 mi Air bag light on dealer wants 1K to replace wiring harness hoping it will fix problem no garentee. Foget it air bag cause as may if not more injurys then the prevent just look up the stats. 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

144000 mi

US $750
When getting onto highway, noticed my speedometer was reading the wrong speed. As I slowed down the speed reading increased then stopped at 90 mph. Kept going after when driving. Result = faulty gauge cluster. Fuel gauge erratic also. $750 
81220 mi

C $35
Washer motor replacement 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

100000 mi Rear driver side automatic lock ceased to function unless set manually. 
99200 mi

C $600
Airbag light, due to seatbelt. 
80000 mi

US $95
Odometer not working properly in the cold. Dealer was going to charge $1000 for new part and repair, did not get work done. Paid for diagnostic only. 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

117-horsepower 1.7L I4 CVT FWD

37000 mi

US $360
My air-conditioning compressor was rattling itself apart. One of the parts needed was on backorder; so, my car was at the dealership for about a week. Honda assisted me with 75% the cost of the repair since my car had just barely over 36,000 miles. 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

69000 mi

US $95
Car failed to start. Replaced 8 year old battery. 
86000 mi

US $120
Driver side power door lock actuator failed 

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2004 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

73160 mi

C $15
Headlight replacement 
23000 mi CD player replaced under warranty 
148180 mi

C $180
door lock actuator, replaced. 
220000 mi Air wasn't working....had it recharged....lasted a day or 2. Probably am not going to fix it. 
104000 mi

US $15
headlights replaced 
129300 mi

US $250
unsure whether there is an AC coolant leak, recharge and observe 
82000 mi

US $600
AC COMPRESSOR GOT BROKEN. REPLACED IT. NOW NO MORE STRANGE CLUNK NOISE FROM THE NEW COMPRESSOR 
51000 mi

US $600
Blinkers and tail lights were behaving erratically. 
55000 mi

US $200
The turn indicators were not working - this was due to an electric circuit malfunction. 
63000 mi

US $500
The fuel door and trunk release key stopped working. The driver side door doesn't open with key. 
103000 mi

US $15
Right head light burned out. Replaced within 10 minutes as i waited. 
122000 mi

US $550
Alternator was not charging the battery. I had it replaced and got a new battery 
164700 mi

US $90
Brush disintegrated in the blower motor. Ended up with fine black dust all over inside of car. Replaced blower motor. 
176000 mi

US $25
Headlight (low beam) burned out. Replaced headlight bulb. 
180000 mi

US $135
Alternator (voltage regulator) intermittent failure. Replaced alternator.  
182000 mi Replaced alternator again. Replacement unit started having problems after 10 days though not as badly as original unit. 

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2004 Honda Civic 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

109000 mi

US $170
Starter had to be replaced. 

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2004 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

91000 mi Alternator was broken, battery would no longer charge. 
99000 mi

US $30
ELD in fuse box was replaced. 
104000 mi

US $20
Both headlights failed on separate occasions within a few weeks of each other. Replaced myself. Second headlight, as mentioned in entry for first. 

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2004 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

236561 mi

US $240
Aftermarket stereo and amplifier installed, needed HO alternator for peace of mind and better reliability for distance. 

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2004 Honda Civic Electrical Problems

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