5th Generation (1992—1995) Civic Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (36%), transmission (11%), and the cooling system (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Head Gasket Failure 5 complaints at an average of 203,000 miles in the 1995 Honda Civic.
  2. Trouble Starting When Cold 2 complaints at an average of 153,000 miles in the 1993 Honda Civic.
  3. Problems Shifting 1 complaints at an average of 116,000 miles in the 1994 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 1995 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1995 20 12 13 4.0
1994 12 14 15 2.34
1993 12 13 16 1.86
1992 8 13 16 1.49

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