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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
100,211 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

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2003 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012007

Civic EX 1.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Bought this car new in 2003 and transmission has always had issues starting around 45,000 miles with reving RPMS and issues shifting from 2nd to 3rd. Dealership has always said "it's fine" or "it's not a problem". Now my transmission has problems shifting from 3rd to 4th and it loses acceleration when driving which really is NOT safe. The check engine light is always coming on when you're driving the car for 30 min or more at a time at speeds over 55 mph. My mechanic says the engine light is coming on as a default because the transmission is failing. I'm really pissed because this transmission has been an issue since I bought the car and I've gotten the run around from Honda for years. Now the car is becoming too unsafe to drive. Unfortunately the value of the car is less than the cost to replace the transmission.

- , Minnapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Feb 062016

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

The vehicle stopped on freeway and I had to call cops as I had a baby with me. Had to tow the vehicle to home and its not working since then.

- , Hayward, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,633 miles

This is the second transmission that fails on my HONDA civic 2003. The first one literally fell out ( casing and all) when we were driving on a major expressway. Now of course, Honda will not hear about the problem. The first time they gave me ( presumably) a new transmission which lasted a bit over the original one. The problem started in February this year and just got worse as summer wore on. Right now i can't drive it. A new transmission from Honda would cost me upwards of 4,500 and it has a very limited, (rather ludicrous for the money they want), warranty. I'm stuck with the lemon. This is my second new Honda with a problem. the first one from 1999 had its engine die.....oh well. I'm done with HONDA forever....

- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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