4th May 2004, 18:44

I have had no problem with the seats at all. I drove from Dallas and back from Houston in about a day total, and I was fine. Same with the passengers. I also found it to be a very smooth ride. The handling took me a while to get used to, I went from a rear wheel drive old Porsche to a front wheel drive Civic. But other than what I would expect from a FWD car I have absolutely no complaints.

6th Aug 2004, 23:27

OK. Let's forget the seats. Look at the rest of the review. The cars are horrible. I also have an EX and I had to use the Lemon Law rule to take Honda to court (although we didn't get all the way to court). The cars that I heard so much about are gone. I bought the car for all of the reliability and performance that I had always heard about, but the new Civics are junk.

-Paint Defect

-Problem with key that causes engine not to start

-Interior fit and finish horrendous

-Floor mats fell apart

-Passenger side door lock ceased opertion after about 1.5 years

-Rubber molding around passenger side window had defect

-Rubber molding at base of driver side window doesn't even touch the window (and I've had them replace it)

After all of those years of hearing how great and reliable these cars were, the manufacturer has really allowed the production to drop off a cliff. And I wish I could drop my Civic off a cliff right now.

6th Apr 2005, 16:18

I bought Mine In Feb of 02. Other that the fact the trunk latch broke I have had no problems. It is small cars so don't expect a luxury ride. I did not buy this to transport a lot of people so for now it juts my wife an myself and it great.

9th Jun 2005, 14:06

Nothing has gone wrong with my brother's Civic EX. The one thing I really like about the vehicle was how firm the seats were. True, the suspension is a bit harder than others, but some people like a harder suspension. Some don't. That's why you test drive cars, to see if you like the feel.

8th Dec 2005, 16:05

I've been driving my '02 Civic LS for 3 years without a single problem. It is my 2nd one... I drove the last one for 10 years without any problems, either. I guess sometimes it's possible to get a lemon, no matter WHAT car you buy, but you really can count on a Honda!

19th Dec 2005, 17:39

I bought my 2002 Civic as a new car, and it has been very disappointing. The power train has been reliable, but the car is low quality otherwise.

Problems include poor fender fit, defective light switches, interior cloth door lining delaminating, rapid tire wear, etc.

In cold weather, numerous rattles appear from throughout the car and suspension. Most recently, I have had to replace the front windshield due to a stress crack that appeared in cold weather.

15th Mar 2006, 01:54

I bought my civic April 2002, and yes I do agree about it being less than perfect built civics compared to previous models, and yes you can find that out when your reading any forum across the board. One more thing, how does most of your guys civic start breaking here and there?... when I never had any problems with mine, I mean do you not take care of your car? Anyway pretty good gas mileage, but not much power.

21st May 2006, 19:27

I have 58,000 miles on my Honda Civic, and it is the best car ever. I had a Bonneville, Volvo, Ford Probe & TBird, Olds Cutlass, and every single one of them the engine or tranny went after 90-120K miles.

Complainers should read the Consumer Reports that showed that on average, Japanese cars have about the same amount of total defects after 7 years, that American cars have after 3.

And finally, my Civic was built in the USA. Many American cars are now built in Canada, Mexico and Brazil (and elsewhere!!!)

I get great mileage, got it new for $13,500 (it was a year end closeout), got 1.9% financing and side airbags - my #1 wish).

It gets great mileage, has a lower death rate than the Ford Taurus (VERY safe), has been a top 10 car for 2 decades, is way reliable (again, Consumer Reports and other mags), etc. etc. The best car I ever had.

13th Aug 2006, 23:40

To the person that posted on 20th Mar 2006, 17:37, you caused $8000 worth of damage and you're complaining that your car is not right now?! That's not Honda's fault it's yours. You broke the car. Yes you should replace the car, and next time try not to total it.

My 2002 Civic LX has got a little over 64000 miles and the only mechanical problem I have had the entire time is the idle bar broke at ~50000 miles. Honda fixed it and provided me with a rental car for the day at no charge. I fully expect this car to do at least another 64000 with little to no repairs as long as I continue to keep up with regular maintenance.

I agree yes you will feel all the bumps on the road, but I'm used to that. That’s the trade off for responsive handling.

Speaking of handling this car is really light and does get blown around in the crosswinds winds. Keep that in mind if you speed because the faster you go the worse it will get and the car has small tires with too little grip for faster speeds.

The car is not by any means fast off the line, but it's not meant to be. It does however get 30mpg and go ~300 miles with 8 gallons of gas.

If you have a long commute to work this is the car to get. You don't have to worry about it breaking and it sips the gas.

21st Aug 2006, 04:05

Mine has about 53K on it, it is an 02 LX, Honda is telling me the power steering rack is going out ($1,200 for repairs), it makes a weird popping noise when I turn the wheel. The front engine mount broke, probably my fault though!