On some models the hood release cable breaks at the hood release handle.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Honda Civic Hood Release Cable May Break at Handle
Honda Civic Problem
Average Mileage: 141,952 mi (12,000 mi - 248,000 mi)
Visitor, 1996 Honda Civic, 128,000 mi
The plastic part broke off the cable but the cable is intact. I now carry vise grip pliers in the car to open the hood. You will need to push the cable back in for the hood latch to catch.
Handle broke and I now use a vice grips to open the hood.
Visitor, 1997 Honda Civic, 125,000 mi
i went to pull the handle to open the hood and it broke now i have to use pliers to pull open the hood
Broken handle on hood release cable. Replaced with dealer part . Cost about $25.00 & 2 hours of my labor.
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 199,500 mi
HOOD RELEASE CABLE BROKE
Visitor, 1998 Honda Civic, 160,000 mi
use pliers to open hood
Hood release plastic handle broke off flush with cable end. Replaced it with home made metal tab. No more problem.
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 105,000 mi
I use a pair of pliers to pop the hood now. Would need to replace whole cable haven't gotten around to doing it.
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 100,000 mi
Handle broke off hood latch release
Visitor, 1997 Honda Civic, 220,000 mi
Hood release cable broke at handle