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Total Complaints:
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2003 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 272015

Civic DX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


My issue is that Honda of America has not done anything about a known problem with the transmissions in this model vehicle during the 03-04 years. They are expecting owners to just shell out $3,800 dollars at the drop of dime. This isn't the reliable Honda that many of us have grown up use to. Until this point my daughter was on board to follow this car with a newer Honda, however we more than likely will look at other models first. I even gave Honda the opportunity to do what's right and they couldn't find it in them to even provide any assistance other than the canned comments that the customer service rep is required to read from in order to remain professional and not be confrontational.

- , Barksdale AFB, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 192014

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

slipping when shifting from 1st to 2nd I bought the car 3 months ago. It's clean and rust free (pretty significant for Northeastern Ohio) and has all the papers from PA inspections. CarFax was clean. I paid more than I should have but it seemed like a gem of a car, especially for a Honda.

Was preparing to take the car in to have the timing belt changed per the 105K manufacturer recommendation and noticed it was shifting funny from gear to gear. It also held in gear on cruise control just a little too long when trying to go up a hill.

Mentioned it to the dealer BEFORE they did any work on the timing belt and they confirmed that it is slipping from 1st gear to 2nd.

Granted, the car is 11 years old. But it's a Honda - I bought it because of that fact. But 104,000 miles? Then I did the research and discovered Honda's transmission issues.

I will be replacing it with a new 'used' transmission as I still owe another 33 months on it but I am done with Honda. My a** is chapped that badly by this. I will not even consider looking at another Honda. Their handling and denial of the issue smells like the American manufacturers of old, where 100,000 was expected to be the time when they car would just die.

So it will be fixed and hopefully it will never give me another issue but be warned about these transmission problems from Hondas and avoid the models and years that are plastered all over the Internet.

- , Youngstown, OH, USA

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