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7.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,293 miles

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2003 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 302007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles

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

Grinding when shifting into 3rd gear upshift or downshift esp when rpms when going into 3rd gear are over 3,000 RPM car now has 47K miles has been doing this for over 15K miles is getting progressively worse.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 162004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,200 miles
1) purchased the car 2) within the one year that I have owned the car, I have experienced gears grinding when shifting from 1st to 2nd with the manual transmission on numerous occasions. I do not think it is a problem with my technique as I have owned manual transmission cars for approximately 18 years and and never previously had a similar problem. 3) nothing done as of yet to correct the problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Dec 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
After a few months of driving my brand new 2003 Honda Civic si. I started to experience a very "notchy" and rough feeling in my manual transmission. Occasionally it will also grind gears, and I am more than definite that I am shifting properly. It gets worse in the winter because the car will hesitate a lot when trying to go in any gear. I brought my vehicle into Honda North of danvers, MA for them to inspect the problem, yet they found nothing to be wrong. Therefore, no attempts to were made to repair the problem. This isn't a problem in which they can try to simulate after 5 minutes of driving. I feel that if this problem remains, it will be increasingly difficult to drive and is decreasing the chances of driving safely. The car's second winter is coming and I do not feel safe driving my car with this particular problem. I am a member of www.ephatch.com, a online forum community of 2002-2005 Honda Civic si owners, and many of the members have had similar problems, yet the dealer they went to could never help them. Only a rare few have had there transmission problem fixed, but only through a lot of arguing and persuading.

- Sunderland, MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 252004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,200 miles

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

Consistently grinds transmission when going into 2nd gear (manual transmission). Dealership says its ok and normal, but I know it is damaging my transmission. Even with perfect shifting at a high RPM shift, it will grind every time.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 102004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Manual transmission clutch depressed all the way to the floor but shifting is not smooth and lots of times even "grind" into 2nd gear at low speed(disengage at about 3000rpm then shift into 2nd). Feels like the shifter tires to push back to neutral. Also clutch pedal does not release so smooth after a long period of driving, making noise when pushing down and "clicks" when engaging.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 232003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Drivers side seat rocks back and forth, first gear lunges out to neutral, shifting gears is not smooth and has rough grinding feel, clutch doesnt engage and disc engage properly.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 082003

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • 240 miles

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

Gear shift failed to shift into first gear. There was also a loud ticking coming from the engine.

- South Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #2

May 192003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The engine shut of when the vehicle stopped or slowed down at 10 mph. Engine will not restart unless clutch is depressed all the way to the floor.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 022003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Transmission failure.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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