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#1242 of 5207 Problems with 2002 Honda Civic EX
Apr 26, 2002 (8:36 am)
I purchased my 2002 Honda Civic EX Sedan (Blue) in January. Everything has been fine until the past two weeks when the back right passenger door would not open from either inside or out. Took it to the dealer and they said a part broke and instead of repairing it, they wanted to replace the part. So while waiting for the part to come in, they fixed it enough to atleast open it from the outside.
I pick up my car, go to put my daughter's booster seat in her spot (back right passenger side) and the seat belt is locked and won't give any slack. I'm in too much of a hurry to go back into the service area (hungry child) so I install her booster seat on the left side but I do call them when I get home.
Service says that it sounds serious, to not use the belt and when my door part comes in they will check it. Three days later the part is in, I get the call about my seat belt. The ball bearings in the seat belt broke and can not be repaired, again, the part has to be replaced which of course has to be ordered. I'm told that under no circumstances to use that belt b/c it will not hold my daughter (or any passenger for that matter) in an accident.
I'm still waiting for the part to come in but am a bit concerned over what has happened. Maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit but I sold my 1997 Ford Escort for the Honda Civic Sedan so that I wouldn't have to put up with repair problems again (My Escort had constant problems which became to costly after the warranty expired).
I'm hoping after this there won't be any more problems but my warranty does end at 12 months. Should I have gone with a 2003 Toyota Corolla or 2002 VW Jetta instead?
Also, has anyone else had any problems with chipping paint? Around the door handle (used and non used doors) and the gas cover is all chipped around the edges, it looks awful.
I love my Civic but am disappointed. I was hoping that other than normal maintence and the usual upkeep after so many miles, that my Civic would be problem-free...
#1243 of 5207 Civic EX Shifting WOES...An Update.
Apr 26, 2002 (3:24 pm)
Reference: #1189 and #1221
My dealer contacted American Honda and they have agreed to cover the cost of a new/rebuilt transmission if I cover labor. This is BIG news since a)I bought the car used through CarMax b)it is completely out of warranty. By the time the problem is solved, I will be out $450 for replacing a solenoid/tranny flush and now 7 hours labor for installation of the new tranny at roughly $700. It's expensive and shouldn't have been a problem but my kudos to Honda for fessing up to the problem and helping to cover what could have been a $4000 repair bill.
#1244 of 5207 "Creaking" struts.
May 01, 2002 (6:06 am)
I've seen a few posts here about Civic struts leaking/losing the gas inside them, and that they make a "clunking" noise when this happens.
I've noticed that my struts have started "creaking" when I push down on the rear or front right of the car. It's not a "clunk" and I don't hear anything when I drive, but it doesn't seem like the struts should be "squeaking" or "creaking" at this stage (23K miles). Has anyone else experienced this?
May 01, 2002 (12:01 pm)
Your paint should not be chipping so badly. But that should be covered by your warranty too. I have a 01 EX coupe and the paint is still fine even after a harsh winter up here.
And why is your warranty up after only 12 months? Your bumper to bumper warranty should be 36 months.
#1246 of 5207 struts on backorder
May 01, 2002 (12:04 pm)
Yes, the front struts for the 2001+ Civics are on backorder all over North America. My left front one was leaking, and I had to wait 6 weeks for the part to come in, but they finally fixed it.
May 01, 2002 (1:04 pm)
Thanks for the info - but were your struts "creaking" or "clunking"? I'm not sure if my problem is the same as the ones I've been hearing about. I don't hear any clunks, but when I press down on the car, it creaks and squeaks pretty loudly. It might just be a lubrication issue - I do wash my wheel wells pretty vigourously.
#1248 of 5207 95 civic cooling problems
May 01, 2002 (1:17 pm)
My civic (1995, 105K miles) is overheating.
Radiator cap and thermostat has been changed. No visible leaks. What I have noticed is the radiator seems to be pushing coolant into the overflow tank after the car has been driven for a while (~20miles). This should only happen when the pressure exceeds the rated pressure of the cap (16lbs). The odd thing is the system isn't pulling back the coolant from the overflow tank when the engine cools and the pressure reduces. Therefore, I'm "manually" doing this myself.
My theory is the head gasket is beginning to crack allowing combustion gases into the cooling system. This would raise the pressure thus "popping" the rad cap. But why wouldn't it pull the coolant back? Any theories?
May 01, 2002 (4:19 pm)
My one strut (front left) was making all sorts of sounds when going over bumps or potholes. Thuds, gurgles, squeaks, clunks... you name it.
A good way to tell is by going over a speed bump at very low speed. After the front end lands on the other side, if you feel the shock-absorber "bottoming-out" (i.e., a "thud" that you can actually feel), chances are you have a leaking strut.
Regardless of the sound, you should get it checked out, since it is covered by your warranty.
May 02, 2002 (5:48 am)
Thanks for posting Honda looked at the paint around the gas cover and door handles, buffed the paint chips off and did a bit touch up paint. Lo and behold the paint looks fantastic. They aren't sure why it started to chip since I have had it waxed once since I purchased my Civic in Jan. '02. Just like the door and buckle, no explanation could be given.
My Civic is once again back at Honda service because they had installed the belt buckle wrong. I just want my Civic back! :0) Despite my recent problems with it (which thankfully haven't been electrical or worse) I would definitely buy my 2002 Honda Civic again in a heartbeat- although maybe in green or silver
As for my warranty, where I had purchased my Civic just informed me incorrectly. My warranty IS the standard 3 years or 36,000 miles. Now I'm not sure WHAT 12 months/12,000 miles warranty he was talking about. Maybe parts and labor from the time of service?
Anyway, I just want my Civic back!
May 02, 2002 (7:03 am)
Glad to hear your paint is back to normal.
As for the 1 year/12,000 mi warranty, yes, that does sounds like warranty on new parts and service done on your car, but ONLY IF it extends past your original warranty period... meaning if you get some servicing work done after just 1 year of ownership, the warranty on that new servicing work should still last another 2 years under the original bumper-to-bumper warranty of your new car.