2002 Honda Civic EX from North America
I had so much hope for this car... and was disappointed
Steering mechanism failed after a few weeks of buying the car. It was fixed after 2 visits and so far so good.
SRS indicator light was always going on. They said that they have fixed it now.
Engine light indicator was a constant problem. They were resetting it until the warranty ran out, and then they said it was valves, sensors and who knows what else. They said they have fixed it now.
The passenger front seat was not anchored properly, and the seat would move forward when I stopped. They fixed it.
The cassette players - I am on my third one now. The first two garbled sound and wouldn't advance.
The struts are leaking and must be replaced. Of course this occurred as soon as the warranty ran out. I don't know if it is true, as I don't go under the car and peer up at the struts. Honda refuses to fix the struts.
The lights for the heater and air conditioner do not illuminate any more.
The air filter housing is a flimsy plastic box, held together with nuts that cannot be opened with an ordinary wrench. Trying to change the filter will cause you to break the plastic housing. The manual doesn't tell you that the nuts are not openable with an ordinary wrench, and looking from at it, you couldn't tell that something is going on with the nuts and bolts.
Honda refused to replace the housing and put ordinary nuts and bolts on the airfilter housing.
This car doesn't live up to Honda's reputation as a well made car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th July, 2006
The lights are easy to replace, just simple bulbs that are 2-6 dollars depending on how big they are. You should not have any problems getting the dash apart, since Hondas are easy to work on.
Why would you be interested to modify air filter packaging? You only need to replace them 50K km. Not that you would need to change it every week or so.
Did you follow the recommended maintenance schedule? I did and I had no problems with my 2002 Civic EX!