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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,763 miles

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1998 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Jan 312001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle has experienced major transmission problems.

- Gainesvill, FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 012000

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Clutch in automatic transmission burnt out and transmission needs to be completely replaced.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #18

May 012000

Civic

  • miles
Due to a defective transmission system, vehicle slips while driving which causes rpms to go up. This may cause a crash. Dealer said they need to replace transmission.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 222000

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had problems with my vehicle rolling back on inclines. Now my transmission must be replaced.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 172000

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Transmission intermittently slips, in motion and idle position--idle speed is erratic--in reverse, car makes a whining noise-windows don't always work

- Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 152000

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #14

Feb 152000

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #13

Feb 152000

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #12

Oct 201999

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission continually experiences slippage when trying to accelerate, unable to be fixed by dealership at this time until Honda can find resolution. Mjs

- Huntington, CA, USA

problem #11

May 181999

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In the first incident the steering hose and rack were leaking (at 10,000 miles). I was told at my appt. For an oil change and steering inspection that they didn't have time to do both, so they wanted to change the oil and look at the steering later. I insisted they do the opposite and half an hour later I was told that I could not safely drive my car home. Currently, my transmission computer was found to be faulty after I reported a severe vibration accompanied by a constant sound. This too was shrugged off over the phone as being typical of the cvt automobiles. Twenty minutes after I had picked the car up after it was "repaired" I returned it to the dealer as it was shuddering and idling down to 0 RPM's, almost dying at stoplights. This has yet to be resolved as they don't seem to know what to do in regard to these transmissions.

- Stanford, IL, USA

problem #10

Mar 041999

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving the vehicle at 60mph in March, the vehicle would not decelerate after brakes were applied. Checked cruise control which was not on. Checked gas pedal to see if stuck. Had guided vehicle to off ramp & manged to turn it off. Shifted into neutral & nothing worked. Took vehicle to dealer & mechanic could not duplicate problem. Vehicle is now jerking also, 6 months later.

- Oaklawn, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 051998

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Elecrical transmission connector failed.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #8

May 011999

Civic

  • miles
Intermittent problems, with centeral computer contorl, battery sometimes completely drains, sometimes does not, transmission does not engage sometimes, dealer uncooperative.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

May 011999

Civic

  • miles
Intermittent problems, with centeral computer contorl, battery sometimes completely drains, sometimes does not, transmission does not engage sometimes, dealer uncooperative.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Aug 301998

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed causing vehicle to surge.

- Monticello, MN, USA

problem #5

Jan 071999

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Owners inspection of disassembled transmissin reveals that reverse shift fork had been riding on reverse gear, apparently causing partial engagement during vehicle operation in any mode. Metallic particles from disintegrating gear damaged stub axle at outer bearing area. Dealer and manufacturer's representatives dispute this.

- Enon, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 101998

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Automatic transmission slips backward while in drive at idle.

- Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 271998

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since the day we bought it, the transmission intermittently jerked (sometimes violently) when downshifting, especially around 40 mph. It also downshifted at odd times, like going down hills. I took the car to the dealer on 12/12 & they reported "no problem found." On Dec 27 the engine made lots of noise but had little speed & my family had to drive the handicapped car the short distance home. The dealer said the computer reported that the transmission ration was wrong. They said the more they worked on it, the worse it became. They couldn't fix it even with the help of Honda experts, so they intended to replaced the transmission. Unfortunately, the dealer wrecked the car & they have had the car a month. We want a new car because we don't trust the reliability of the car but Honda & the dealer aren't cooperating.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 031998

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is intermittently not changing gears. When it reaches high gear transmission would stay in low gear. Dealer notified, and condition has been resolved.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 211998

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Design of transmission allows engine to downshift, when this happens it feels as if the brakes and engaging.

- Cambridge, PA, USA

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