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: 142,419 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.
Broken handle on hood release cable. Replaced with dealer part . Cost about $25.00 & 2 hours of my labor.
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
Handle broke and I now use a vice grips to open the hood.
Visitor, 1999 Honda Civic, 199,500 mi
HOOD RELEASE CABLE BROKE
Visitor, 1998 Honda Civic, 160,000 mi
use pliers to open hood
Visitor, 2005 Honda Civic, 157,000 mi
I pulled the cable release handle and it snapped off at the base of the handle.
After reading that the part costs $25.00, I'll be using pliers from now on.
Visitor, 2002 Honda Civic, 150,000 mi
Handle broke off inside of car. Deciding whether to pay $100-$125 quoted to have it fixed, do it myself for $25 plus time, or just put some vice grips in the car. I'm guessing I'll end up fixing it myself.
Visitor, 1998 Honda Civic, 100,000 mi
hood release handle broke
Visitor, 2004 Honda Civic, 45,000 mi
Handle broke off. I use pliers now.