4th Generation (1990—1991) Civic Problems

This generations ranks 24th out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (37%), electrical (24%), and the transmission (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Car Will Not Crank 1 complaints at an average of 177,908 miles in the 1991 Honda Civic.
  2. Engine Turns but Won\'t Start in Hot Weather. 5 complaints at an average of 123,988 miles in the 1990 Honda Civic.
  3. Overheating 1 complaints at an average of 260,000 miles in the 1991 Honda Civic.

What Civic Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 1991 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 16 8 7 3.41
1990 13 10 7 1.78
1989 3 6 4 0.45
1988 2 8 4 0.42

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