A quick guide on how you can easily fix a 1996-2000 Honda Civic broken hood release latch for about $7 at the hardware store and 5 minutes of work. You'll need to buy a set of drill bit stops, which are steel donuts with an inset screw. You'll need an allen wrench set, a chisel and hammer. Beats the $27 OEM hood release cable assembly and $140 labor at the Honda dealer. If you want to go cheaper, like $2, just get a pair of mini vice grips.