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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
130,488 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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1996 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 232015

(reported on)

Civic DX 1.6L L4 Sohc

  • Manual transmission
  • 130,488 miles


I bought the car with 201,995 km on it, was working just fine. But when I hit 210k I started to hear barely noticeable grinding noise from the transmission. When I was depressing the clutch the noise would go away. By 216k the noise became so loud and annoying that it became insufferable.

I'm at 227k now, still didn't have it fixed, but at least I got used to the noise. When you go downhill is when you hear the loudest noise, I know it's a common problem on Civics of that year. Obviously replacing the transmission would cure the disease, but I was told by an old technician that there's one little and cheap bearing inside the transmission which is easy to replace. He said it was the transmission input shaft bearing, the closest one to the flywheel. But you need to pull out the transmission anyway (which is possible for a DIY guy like me who has the right tools), take it apart to "easy" fix the problem (which I don't think is a great idea for a DIY guy like me, no matter what tools you have).

Since considering the price of the car ($1500 CAD) it isn't worth spending the time and money to fix it (in my opinion), I just try to relax and enjoy the annoying stupid noise.

- , Burnaby, BC, Canada

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