Automatic Transmission problems of the 2002 Honda Civic

34 problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 2002 Honda Civic. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2002 Honda Civic based on all problems reported for the 2002 Civic.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 06/25/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 to 40 mph the vehicle suddenly slowed down on it's own. He tried to accelerate, but the speed would not increase. The following day the vehicle was driven to a dealer who advised him that he needed a transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 02/06/2011

Owner of a 2002 Honda Civic with 57,471 miles on it. Maintenance schedule is followed regularly. The transmission went out with no prior warning on a busy boulevard. Stopped one lane of traffic until some citizens got out of their cars, ran across 4 lanes of traffic, and helped me push it to where it was safe. Refurbished the transmission and paid a total of $2,100. 00. Contacted Honda customer service and was told nothing would be done to fix it because I didn't have it diagnosed at the dealership.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated the vehicle would momentarily hesitate before jerking into gear when driving forward or in reverse. The contact also stated that the failure would occur when accelerating from a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 37,000.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 01/04/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic ex. The contact stated that the transmission was smoking. The dealership diagnosed the failure and told the contact that he needed to replace the transmission; the failure was not repaired. The failure mileage was 190,000 and the current mileage was 200,000.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 09/04/2010

My transmission went out of my 2002 Honda Civic with just 83,000 miles on it. I was pulling out of a gas station onto a busy street. Was held way out into the street and transmission just bound up stopping by car in the middle of traffic. A car had to slam on its brakes to avoid hitting me and honked excessively at me as if it were my fault.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 08/01/2010

I was driving down a busy, 6-lane road when my transmission went out on my 2002 Honda Civic. I slowed down as I was getting close to an intersection and when the light turned green and I went to accelerate, the engine revved up but the car didn't move. The cars behind me were anticipating my movement, but then had to hit the brakes and swerve around me so they wouldn't hit me.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 07/10/2010

Car was slow to shift gears for about a month. Had transmission flushed. 4 days prior car would accelerate when in third or fourth gear while I was driving. Car slowed while driving and engine light came on. Had car diagnosed at aamco and was told that the shift control is going bad causing me to lose 2nd and 3rd gear and since the shift control is in the transmission the transmission must be replaced. 2002 Honda Civic ex with 109,000 miles.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 01/22/2010

With no warning the transmission on my 2002 Honda Civic ex with less than 62000 miles failed while I was driving on the kennedy expressway in chicago. I was able to exit the expressway with the momentum of going 55 miles per hour prior to the failure. The car was towed to a local mechanic who had the transmission rebuilt.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 01/02/2010

The transmission in my 2002 Honda Civic started slipping and failed at 88,000 miles. I took it to a transmission mechanic and he said the transmission needed rebuilt. There were pieces of burned material stuck to the dipstick. He said it was the third 2001-2002 Civic transmission he fixed this week and they can fail early. Paid to have the transmission rebuilt for $2,500.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 11/19/2009

I know this is not something listed as a "safety" hazard, but just because a car doesn't explode, ignite, or shatter doesn't mean a defect cannot lead to safety hazards (I. E. , being stranded on highways, in traffic, or on rural backroads). I just purchased a used 2002 Honda Civic with just over 43,000 miles. I did notice when shifting gears, there was a tinny, buzzing sound. I reported it to the dealership (purchased from a Toyota dealership), and scheduled an appointment with them to look at it. Days before that appointment, I was heading up a steep and narrow gravel road to work, and the gears stopped engaging altogether. I had to put the car in neutral and back down the hill, hopeful that a car would not come around the blind corner I was backing toward. I had to call my boss to come and rescue me, and a tow truck to take the car back to the dealership. In the research I've done since, it appears Honda will not issue a recall because it's not a "safety" concern. And perhaps the many others who have experienced this same issue have been fortunate, but I'd say it's a matter of time before this happens to someone on a busy highway, and they're not so fortunate. Any consideration you could give this case would be appreciated, as I know I'm not the only person to have filed a complaint against Honda for faulty transmissions on the 02 Civic model. I would supply a VIN number but I am away from paperwork, and my car is in the shop (and has been for about two weeks now!).

car   Automatic Transmission problem 11
Failure Date: 06/21/2009

Was reentering highway 5 north in orange county CA and the car would not pick up power as I attempted to merge into traffic, then the car started losing what little power that it had and I was able to very slowly re-exit the freeway and take side streets attempting to return to the gas station I had left. In the middle of the busy road the car completely lost power in a turn lane.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 12
Failure Date: 06/16/2009

My daughter was driving her 2002 Honda Civic and the transmission basically quit working to where the vehicle could not go forward. This occurred on a very busy highway and she was barely able to cross lanes of traffic and come to a stop on the shoulder. Upon searching the internet, this is an extremely common problem for the 2001/2002 Honda Civics where the transmission quits working when it is warmed up. I am just amazed that this hasn't caught the attention of anyone as being a safety issue. In my daughter's situation, there was a very high likelihood that she could have been stranded in one of the lanes of the highway and an inattentive driver could have rear-ended her vehicle causing life-threatening injuries. I realize that having an accident occur due to this would gain more attention, but I am thankful that was not the case in my daughter's situation. I understand that a transmission is a mechanical piece of hardware and over time it will fail, but in this situation there were no warning signs. Based upon comments posted on the internet in reference to this topic, this is a common thing. The root cause points to faulty design/workmanship and someone needs to check into it. Thank you for your time.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 13
Failure Date: 03/03/2009

My transmission blew on my 2002 Honda Civic. It only has 80k miles. I went to step on the gas when it stayed at 0 mph, while the rpms went up. I was stuck in the middle of a busy intersection and I had to be pushed to the side of the road, I almost got hit by 2 cars. I read on a forum to make a complaint to this website. My warranty ran out 6 months ago and I still have a year and a half to pay on the car. I don't have the money to fix it so I contacted America Honda for some good will assistance. I had my car towed to a Honda dealership like they requested, and I am awaiting to hear back.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 14
Failure Date: 02/25/2009

The transmission in my 2002 Honda Civic lx sedan went out at 112,300 miles on freeway with no warning.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 15
Failure Date: 02/19/2009

2002 Honda Civic is the car I own, and from reading other reports I'm not the only one lately to have this issue. The transmission was not showing any problems no problems at all until this morning, suddenly starting to slip on the way to work. Upon leaving earlier today my car wasn't going into gear at all, transmission is shot! was wondering if there is a product recall in the works for this. . . Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 16
Failure Date: 01/15/2009

I own 20002 Honda Civic auto transmission. I started driving home from work when I noticed that transmission was having problems shifting. It start revving harder and harder. I'm lucky I made it home. I checked the transmission fluid and it was full, clean and correct color. I deceived to take it to a shop. I was horrified to found out it had failed. I bought this car new and took very good care of it. I have to buy a new transmission after having it paid off less then a year. I will never buy Honda again.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 17
Failure Date: 01/15/2009

Started out as a whining coming from transmission then month later transmission when out.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 18
Failure Date: 10/28/2008

Transmission. It makes no sense how a transmission on a 2002 Honda Civic goes up. I take good care of my car and it's in great shape. I have read so much on the transmission issues that the Hondas' have and yet nothing is being done. It's an expense and they won't recall because they claim it's not a safety issue. Well it is because my transmission died. The car left me stranded. I never got a warning stating that something was wrong with my car. I don't have the kind of money to be replacing transmissions. Now I am without a car.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 19
Failure Date: 10/01/2008

Transmission revs high during shifting and you have to let off the gas in order for it to go into gear and car wont always go into gear. Took it to a repair shop and they said nothing was wrong, it was just a slow shift. It seems to happen more when its cold outside.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 20
Failure Date: 06/13/2008

Car was driving fine, then started shifting hard from 2nd to 3rd. Lost all power and would not shift into any gear. Check engine light came on code p0730 "incorrect gear ratio" called Honda repairs will cost $1,700. I searched the net and found that this problem is very common with Civics 01-03. I feel Honda should goodwill atleast the tranny. . . . .

car   Automatic Transmission problem 21
Failure Date: 11/11/2007

I bought a 2002 Honda Civic ex in 2002. The car always sort of jumped when the automatic transmission changed gears. I did tell the service people about this at the first few required services. They made off like it was just normal so I dropped complaining. The car now has 130k miles and 4 days ago the transmission broke down. I found that this could have been from a number of issues from your site. I spoke with the service mgr at leith Honda in raleigh where my car was towed. He emphatically states that there is no service issue with the 2002 Honda Civic transmissions. My car was serviced as required in fact since I use synthetic oil more than required. I has been taken to Honda dealerships for big mile check ups or other reputable service places for normal oil changes. I have had 3 other Honda cars over the past 30 years and they all got way over 130k miles before I traded or sold them and none had transmission problems. There is also a problem with the compliance bushings in the front. This is very early for something of this nature.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 22
Failure Date: 06/10/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The current and failure mileage were 116000. While driving 30 mph the vehicle turned completely off. The vehicle was moved to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the transmission was bad.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 23
Failure Date: 04/26/2007

Transmission shifts hard and sometimes slips between the first and second gear. Took it to the Honda dealership for checkup. They charged a fee and said there is no problem. The problem still persists and sometimes it jerks hard when I slow down due to traffic and try to accelerate.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 24
Failure Date: 10/09/2006

: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitated before shifting gears. The vehicle was driven to an independent repair shop where a cracked drum in the transmission was replaced.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 25
Failure Date: 09/30/2006

2002 Honda Civic the transmission comes out of gear while driving, the indicator on the dash goes off, and the motor revs up or down depending ifi was accelerating or decelerating. Honda has replaced my transmission 3 times already and im having the problem again. It becomes dangerous to me when it comes out of gear and I cant get out of harms way of other cars.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 26
Failure Date: 09/10/2004

While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that engine and transmission needed to be replaced.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 27
Failure Date: 01/02/2003

Consumer was approaching an intersection while applying the gas and the vehicle wouldn't move. Then the vehicle went into reverse. Please fill in additional information, dealer is aware of the problem. Ph.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 28
Failure Date: 11/12/2002

I was driving up an incline at about 35 mph on the parkway, and needed to accelerate up the hill. I pressed on the gas pedal, and it hardly moved and I got no response. All of a sudden, the pedal pulled away from my foot downward towards the floor, and the car accelerated uncontrollably. With the possibility that cruise control was accidentally put on (which I hardly ever use), I immediately stepped on the brake to stop the acceleration, and there was no response. I was still accelerating, so I put the car into neutral, and it was still revving out of control. (the rpm was in the red zone) I finally put the toe of my boot under the gas pedal to try to lift it up off the floor, and it finally gave, and went back to normal . I then proceeded toward home, at a voluntary 20 mph. I am taking it to the Honda service center for evaluation.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 29
Failure Date: 11/01/2002

Vehicle will down shift without warning causing the car to grab.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 30
Failure Date: 08/03/2002

Consumer was attempting to park vehicle and shifted from reverse to drive, but vehicle kept moving in reverse when gas was applied. Vehicle finally moved forward after several attempts of shifting gear. Vehicle was checked by dealer who could not determine any problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 31
Failure Date: 07/26/2002

On the way to work, my 2002 Honda Civic suddenly stopped shifting gears, then stopped running altogether without any warning. It stopped shifting while I was on the interstate and I had to pull onto the shoulder to keep from getting hit by other cars passing me as my car would not accelerate. I had never had any problems or engine damage to the car prior to this point and it was very sudden. When I towed it to the repair shop they told me I would need a whole new transmission and would cost me $4200!!! I am looking around to get a 2nd opinion and price as that seems awfully high for a transmission replacement.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 32
Failure Date: 04/01/2002

Intermittently vehicle will roll back on a incline or while in drive. Then vehicle will jump in reverse. Consumer operates vehicle as though it was a clutch. Dealer indicates there is no problem, and it is normal.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 33
Failure Date: 02/02/2002

Vheicle will downshift at any speed and without any warning. Vehicle will do it all the time. Contacted dealer.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 34

Problems with 2002 Honda Civic transmission. When the vehicle was on a small slop, it moved forward all the way with the gear shift in reverse. When the vehicle was faced uphill, the vehicle roll back all the way with the gear shift in drive, the consumer believed the vehicle should stay still if the gas was not being applied.

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