9th Jul 2003, 10:51
I have a 2002 Civic LX Coupe and noticed a "clicking" sound coming from the front when I steered at low speeds, so I took it in to the dealer. Both front struts are leaking and need replacing, and this is at 35,000 miles. They are replacing them under warranty for free, but still... Besides this, the trunk cable has had to be replaced when the car was new for sticking and allowing the trunk lid to pop open at random, and the power window switch on the driver's side stopped performing the auto one touch down feature, and was stopping after rolling part way down. I will probably buy another Honda because mine is great on gas and is still a better car even with all these minor problems than most cars out there, but Honda needs to get its act together with its suppliers. The main things this brand has going for it are supposed to be reliability and durability. If they lose that they are in serious trouble.
19th Aug 2003, 07:23
I've had most of the above problems with my 2001 sedan for the past year, plus a few extras.
One other major problem I've been having for the past year has been with wheel allighnment. My car never seems to drive in a straight line and there's also a loud clunk while going over bumps. Honda seem to think it's fine, but a quality third party alignment garage seem to think that the strut tops are the cause of the problems.
What did Honda do with this 7th Gen Civic for it to be so bad I ask myself.
23rd Mar 2004, 14:46
I have a 2002 Honda Civic which I'm generaly happy with. I like many others had to replace the struts at about 90,000 km this was covered under warranty. I have just recently had to replace them again and this was not entirely covered. I had to pay for labor to replace them after putting only 25,000km on the new ones. The other problem that I've had with my car is my gas flap stopped working. That is being replaced and it will be covered under Honda plus extended warranty. As of right now I would not buy another Honda simply because of the suspension problems.
14th Sep 2004, 11:23
I have a 2002 Civic Coupe SI with 55,000 KM on it. Like everyone else I had to have the struts replaced under warranty. I also had problems with my front rotors which were covered under warranty. Ever since they replaced the struts and machined the rotors I've had a problem with front end vibration. I've had the tires balanced at least 4 times which has not corrected the problem. I'm wondering if the replacement struts are the cause of the vibration. Maybe they are faulty as well. However, the dealership says that they are fine.
I have owned many Honda's before and I will say that I will never buy one again based on the problems above. The car has been at the dealership 7 times now with various problems. This car has been terrible. In addition to these problems, I think the car does not drive smoothly and the noise from engine/tires/suspension is way too loud. My 2000 Civic Coupe SI was much better.
21st Sep 2004, 19:05
Wow can't believe all the strut problems. I thought I was crazy when I thought my struts were going bad at 50,000 miles. But obviously this is a common problem. 2001 civic lx sedan.
22nd Sep 2004, 12:07
I bought my 2001 Civic 2 1/2 years ago having 12000 miles on it. Now that I have around 50k miles, I notice a new problem every 1,000 miles.
Of course my front right strut is leaking. I had to replace the TRANSMISSION and tourque converter in April. My front brakes are grinding, though they have been replaced along with the rotors.
I am a faithful Honda man, but gosh!
27th Sep 2004, 14:01
My 01 civic ex has 83,000 miles, but the front strut were going at 78,000. I have older Civic that have more miles and the struts are still good. Now they're totally shot. Does anyone is this a recall item?
5th Dec 2004, 10:07
I know this is off the strut subject, but I was curious if anyone has experienced any transmission problems (manual transmission) possibly a pilot bearing. It usually acts up when engine and transmission are cool. Makes an obnoxious squeal when idling. Reason I feel it's something in the trans is it slightly goes away when clutch pedal is engaged. But I may be wrong. If anyone has had the same problem please let me know. Don't feel like dealing with my car dealer if you know what I mean. It's not under warranty anymore either. Go figure!
6th Dec 2004, 18:45
I have a 2001 Civic. Same problem as everyone else front strut blown out at 50K and blown out bad. I wish I would have found this site before I bought it.
Tranny grinds going into 3rd too. I spoke to a honda mechanic and asked him about it and he said "yeah, I know" Apparently another major problem. I'm really disapointed in Honda. My old Civic (a 95) had no problems. In fact the struts are original and has 175K miles on them.
11th Dec 2004, 21:05
What happened to the good old honda. These cars used to be top notch. Nothing else could compare. I owned a 92 civic that I miss to this day. I would still be driving it if an 80,000 lb. chip truck did not roll off and send it to the scrap pile. Needless to say my wife was not happy. First two weeks on the job. They would only hire professional drivers. Apprently this guy was not one of them. Anyway I now own a 2001 civic and I cannot wait to sell it! The only problem is I don't want someone else to have to deal with this piece of s--t. Although if you are interested in purchasing this beauty please give me a call, after all it still is a honda, right!
17th Feb 2005, 22:52
I have a 2001 Civic EX Coupe, and I, too, have experienced the "strut problem" after 49,000 miles. Is there any possibility that Honda will come to the rescue and compensate all of us whose struts failed? Especially b/c it seems like it was just a poor design flaw? I'm not banking on it, but it would be nice.
16th Mar 2005, 11:42
I live in Canada and have a 2001 Civic LX Coupe with 66000 km. Overall a very good car, but I have also had the strut problems. I am now on my 4th set (including originals) of front struts. At the time of the last replacement I was told that Honda had redesigned the strut themselves and therefor should have no further problems. It's been almost 2 years and about 20,000 km, but these are now also sounding very clunky over bumps and I'm taking it in soon. Also, at my last service, I was informed that the rear struts were leaking and had been replaced. I asked if this is a common problem, and was told that sadly it is. I'm in the process of writing Honda Canada regarding the issue and hope to get a technical explanation of the problem and what honda plans to do to remedy it. I've been assured by my dealer that Honda is aware of the problem and that I will not have to pay for new struts if they keep leaking, but then, I'm still on extended warranty, and I suspect this story will change when it expires. If so, the car will be sold and Honda will not get my business again!!
9th Apr 2005, 10:28
2001 Honda Civic SI
Standard transmission replaced at 40k and struts have now gone at 70K. I have spent quite a bit of time looking for recall information and have yet to find any. I'm unable to find any struts in Edmonton Alberta as everyone appears to be back ordered. This totally sucks.
13th Apr 2006, 07:59
I have a 2001 Civic EX Coupe, and I also have had the same strut problem. My dealer replaced the two front struts at 39,000 miles back in April 2003 for free. I assumed that I was getting a redesigned strut at the time, but they have failed again at about 93,000 miles. My dealer has confirmed that the replaced struts back in 03 were still of the same poor design, but that Honda had redesigned the strut 1 1/2 years ago (around the fall of 04), and that no complaints have come in yet. My dealer is willing to pay for the struts, but not the labor. I called Honda North America Customer Service to ask them if they would pay for the labor, and they basically wouldn't give me the time of day. They never admitted that there was a design flaw on the struts, and kept reminding me of the "goodwill" I received with the first set of struts replaced for free. It amazes me that they know they replaced Honda Civics with the same poorly designed strut, but they are not willing to pay for it now. I have been a repeat Honda customer, but I guess I know what Honda thinks of their loyal customers now!