6th Generation (1996—2000) Civic Problems

This generations ranks 40th out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the body (15%), transmission (14%), and the engine (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 12 complaints at an average of 121,176 miles in the 1998 Honda Civic.
  2. Paint Fading 9 complaints at an average of 103,289 miles in the 1997 Honda Civic.
  3. Car Accelerated While Pressing on Brake 2 complaints at an average of 105,000 miles in the 1999 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 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 46 16 136 11.82
1999 43 14 144 11.67
1998 88 17 140 15.21
1997 48 15 132 8.36
1996 21 16 125 3.31

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