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2002 Honda Civic repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

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

Other (1%)

Chart based on 287 repairs.
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2002 Honda Civic engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (31%)

Chart based on 98 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

188000 mi Low coolant caused engine stumble. Top off with water. Now car runs fine. 
183000 mi

US $100
Misfire in all cylinders. Checked injector resistance & fuel pump op. - all ok. Removed intake manifold and cleaned EGR passages. After cleaning, only cylinder 1 misfires. Repair still in progress. Next will send injector out for cleaning. 
188000 mi

US $140
1. Sent injectors to cleaning service. 2. Reinstalled injectors. Mis-fire in cylinder 4 only. 3. Swapping spark plug with cylinder 1. Mis-fire followed swapped spark plug. 4. Replaced all plugs. Now runs normal. 
253000 mi

US $672
clutch replaced. not transmission. part was still under warranty from 2009 but labor not and labor most of the cost 

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2002 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

283200 mi

US $1
Oil pump o-ring hardened and began weeping. Cheap part to replace ($1.25) but required dropping the oil pan 
322000 mi

US $56
Crank position sensor failed 
327000 mi

US $22
Crank position sensor code showed up again. Found to be the sensor connector had intermittent fault 
125000 mi

US $680
replace water pump, timing belt and tensioner 
135200 mi

US $35
replace fuel cap that was not sealing properly which caused car to fail smog test 
154000 mi

US $1500
Car overheated. Radiator cap tested bad. Overheat eventually caused blown head gasket with coolant slowly leaking into 2 cylinders- caused rough idle at start up for ~30 sec. Water pump leaking slightly so also replaced. 
158300 mi

US $690
Replaced one bad ignition coil 
168000 mi

US $785
Engine warning light on. Identified and replaced Purge Valve Solenoid Cracked Exhaust manifold/catalytic converter combination (functions combined to one part on Civic). Manifold/cat was removed, crack was welded and re-installed with new gaskets. 
183000 mi

US $150
Overheat in stopped traffic after long driving on Freeway. Mechanic couldn't recreate problem. Had them replace radiator fan relay based on my opinion that an old relay might cause this intermittent. Not successful. 
183500 mi Based on online research, I put the car on a hill with the front end at the higher point and ran the engine for about 30 minutes with the radiator cap off and the heater on. Air was trapped in the coolant. I repeated this 3 more times, no more bubbles. 
203000 mi

US $1800
Overheating from a blown head gasket presumably from the exhaust to the coolant. Replaced head gasket, resurfaced head, replaced radiator and cap, water pump, alternator, and timing belt (while they were in there). 
71162 mi

US $520
Timing belt, pump, and belts replaced. Parking brake felt loose, brakes shuddered. Rear drums were cleaned of brake dust and adjusted; problem fixed. 
141000 mi

US $300
Engine light on, indicated issue with vapor recovery system, but system was tested and no leaks found. Part of fuse system replaced. Engine light turned off, but came back on 2 weeks later. Unresolved. 
155000 mi

US $250
Exhaust system - flange between catalytic converter and tail pipe leaking, catalytic converter leaking. Replaced catalytic converter and flange. 
109000 mi

US $100
Vibration coming from transmission due to bad motor mount Mounting bolts tightened, solved problem 
181000 mi

US $800
Replaced water pump and timing belt 
190000 mi

US $648
Radiator cracked; was replaced with new unit. 
146700 mi

US $1200
Head Gasket and valve job 
169000 mi

US $315
Engine light came on (Emissions) brought the car to independent garage that works on Honda and the canister was replaced per read out code. Light off for three days light is back on. Repair did not fix problem. Bringing car back. 
170000 mi Four days after replacing the canister the check engine light came on again for emissions. This time a smoker test was done and a valve and tubing were replaced per Honda TSB. Code disappeared but a new emissions code is showing a new problem. After spending $700. on Emissions Repairs the check engine goes on again and indicates another emission code. Took the car for Emissions test it failed, but I now have another 60 days to get it fixed. Tackling this problem again in Feb. 
175000 mi

US $200
The emissions saga continues; I brought the car to another shop. An emission valve was replaced and after one day the light came back on. The shop replaced a part that the Honda shop replaced in December. Passed Emissions Test. 
177000 mi

US $400
There is still a problem with the emissions. Finally passed the state test and a day later the light came back on. Spent nearly $800 so far and the car is currently in the shop. Called Honda for help said to replace another part. 
177300 mi

US $500
The saga of the emissions light has finally ended. After replacing a lot parts some which I bet I did not need, the car was finally fixed by an authorized Honda Dealer. What finally fixed it was a valve adjustment. 
179000 mi

US $473
The radiator sprung a leak, lost all coolant. Replaced radiator. 
198000 mi

US $500
Catalytic Converter failed. This was the second time I have replaced the catalytic converter. 
174000 mi

US $250
valve cover gasket replacement 
67000 mi

US $2150
Upper & lower radiator hoses replaced. Serpentine belts replaced.  
72300 mi

US $1000
Replaced engine mount, timing belt, water pump, compressor belt 

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2002 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

117-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

141000 mi

US $880
Crack in exhaust manifold. Manifold, with integrated catalytic converter, replaced. 
76260 mi

C $600
Leaking seal on fuel injector.  leaking fuel around injectors, replaced all injector seals and replaced timing belt at the same time 

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2002 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

63000 mi

US $955
Car died completely while driving to work one morning. Dealer said failed crankcase position sensor caused the computer to fry. They replaced both for $955. The same dealer replaced the timing belt and water pump only 4 months earlier! 
215500 mi

US $120
Head gasket - very minor break. Reported as minor hydrocarbons in the emmisions. Cooling system repairs last October. Still overheating afterwards. Update: never repaired. 
216000 mi Head gasket causing coolant leak. Tried Blue Devil head gasket sealer. Keeps overheating when come off freeway. 
148800 mi

C $1500
Oil pan 
148000 mi

US $400
Tensioner spring broke free and was pinched between timing belt and shroud. Needed to replace timing belt, tensioner, and spring. We suspect previous mechanic overtightened the tensioner causing the spring to fail. 

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2002 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

123380 mi coolant leaks seal on top of the radiator. oil leaks on rocker arm cover gasket. wear front engine mount. 
124000 mi

C $300
replaced o-ring oil pump, timing belt, rocker arm gasket, oil pan gasket, water pump o-ring/gasket and timing belt. 
140000 mi

US $850
Water pump had leak, Serpentine Belt & Timing belt were old, and radiator had leak. Spark plug replacement and fuel system cleaning 
142000 mi

US $150
Replaced the water pump and belts, spark plugs Replaced the radiator due to a leak 
228000 mi

US $150
Timing belt failed and repaired oil leak, replaced valve cover gasket 
194000 mi

US $700
Coolant Sensor, Coolant Thermometer after overheating driving hard up a gravel hill in high mountains 1 hour uphill after 5 hours of up/down mountain driving. Caliper stuck so new brakes/pads/rotors/R caliper 
112840 mi

C $262
E-Vap valve was leaking 
118000 mi

C $450
Water pump replacement - had a leak 
145000 mi

US $50
Camshaft sensor began intermittently to stop working, resulting in engine failure. 
157000 mi Engine stopped compressing, resulting in dead engine. Radiator cracked, car overheated. 
110000 mi

US $500
Camshaft position sensor needed replacing. 
152000 mi Exhaust smell. 
153200 mi

US $900
cracked exhaust manifold 
166000 mi

US $450
O2 sensor replaced to pass smog. Replaced catalytic converter in order to pass smog. 
201000 mi Car overheated on trip to las vegas. Replaced radiator but car still overheated every 75-100 miles. When back home, had car checked by mechanic was told car needed a whole new engine, water pump, catalytic converter. 
80600 mi

C $1500
Front engine mount replaced. 
186000 mi Oil leak. Cannot determine where it is leaking from. Originally they replaced a seal, but this did not correct the problem. 
68820 mi New filter housing because bolts stripped. 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

173000 mi

US $10
Oil leak from crankshaft oil seal. 
98000 mi

US $50
Oxygen sensor went out causing check engine light and surges in engine performance. 
107500 mi

US $130
VTEC Solenoid had a problem where it wouldn't work when cold, so item was replaced. 
83000 mi

US $250
check engine light 
104000 mi

US $800
catalytic converter failed 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

158600 mi

US $2800
Timing belt tensioner broke, destroyed the top end. Had to have engine completely rebuilt. 
166100 mi

US $1380
Thermostat and coolant temp sensors failed 
18000 mi Replace Vtec computer 
179000 mi

US $3000
Blown head gasket. Replaced engine and transmission. The estimate for the repairs was $3000. The dealer offered to buy the car from me so I sold it to him instead of paying for the repairs. I was planning to get a newer and bigger vehicle. 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

140000 mi

US $50
Replaced exhaust manifold due to the noise 
174000 mi Replaced water passage gasket 
123300 mi

US $95
Leaking exhaust gasket 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

117-horsepower 1.7L I4 CVT FWD

155000 mi

US $2300
leaks replaced oil pan and also valve covers 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

117-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

129900 mi

US $1200
Front motor mount replaced. Replaced Clutch after the lining wore out. Removal of transmission and subframe brought some of other problems to light. 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 5-speed manual FWD

138000 mi However, the shop did notice a small leak in the catalytic converter, not affecting the car. 
117800 mi

C $1700
Water Pump, front oil seal, left front drive axle 

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2002 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

189400 mi

C $200
No heat when idling. Replaced thermostat and changed coolant, was told it could be the head gasket. 
190960 mi I just kept topping up the coolant in order to keep getting heat. Eventually I never lost heat, and the issue literally disappeared. 
147000 mi

US $500
Alternator replaced 
125600 mi CEL P1457. Replaced several evap two way valves and finally gas cap. Problem did not return. 
125000 mi

US $120
Replaced exhaust tail pipe from catalytic converter to muffler due to high pitch rattle noise at 2500-3000 rpm. Internal pipe was rattling with outside pipe. 
127000 mi

US $100
CEL came on with EVAP problems in emissions. Recommended changing several evap canister at gas tank and fuel system. Final changes involved gas cap that removed CEL! 
121800 mi

US $100
Replaced valve cover due to damage to valve cover at spark plug opening. The OEM cover has a heat crack damage resulting in engine oil mitigating into the spark plug sleeve and saturating spark plug in Cylinder #4. Misfire and CEL. 
153300 mi

US $110
Replaced fuel pump. Prior to replacement, engine would seem to stutter at high speeds like lacking fuel. So far, the replacement has eliminated this problem. Need to wait and see if a more empty gas tank could duplicate the problem. 
167000 mi

US $60
CEL on Cylinder #2 misfire.Purchase set of 4 ignition coils and replaced #2 first. Engine started to operate normally and so I cleared CEL. Replaced remaining 3 ignition coils. Operating smoothly. 
84940 mi

C $100
Noted rough idle and poor fuel economy. Replaced spark plugs. 
86580 mi Noted belt squeal in morning and when cold. Squeal was particularly noticeable when turning sharply shortly after start up in morning. Tightened loose power steering belt. 
157000 mi

US $3
Slowly leaking radiator 
157000 mi Blown Head Gasket 
40500 mi

US $800
Main Rear Engine Seal Replaced Rear Oil Seal 
41000 mi

US $100
Also replaced leaking engine seal from last repair visit (no charge for replacing seal) 
78000 mi

US $243
Oil change and replaced oil pan gasket, exhaust gasket. Showing signs that was starting to go. 
83000 mi

US $236
oil pan replaced. wrong size used during earlier repair. 
89900 mi

US $1700
Replaced corroded radiator. 

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2002 Honda Civic 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

85000 mi

US $3000
Timing Belt Tensioner Broke. The Whole Bottom of my engine needed to be rebuilt. Bent Cylinders.  

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