6th Gen (1996 – 2000) Honda Civic Problems

The 6th generation of the Civic has a cumulative PainRank™ of 10.25. That can be compared against other Honda generations. Shopping for a Honda? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1996–2000 Civic model years have sent in 241 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the body (14%) followed by the transmission (14%) and the engine (12%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2000 45
11.56
1999 41
11.47
1998 88
15.25
1997 46
9.66
1996 21
3.32

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