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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,609 miles
Total Complaints:
30 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (21 reports)
  2. not sure (5 reports)
  3. transmission overhaul (3 reports)
  4. shift cables changed (1 reports)
2003 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Jan 272008

Civic Coupe EX 1.7L Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


Tranny started slipping, next it was dead on the highway. 56,000 miles and a new transmission is rediculous. a year later that one went at 89,000 miles. lets see if this one goes again this winter.. its rediculous. ill probably never buy a honda again..

- , Barrington, RI, USA

problem #9

Mar 122009

Civic EX 1.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I bought this car new and have taken extremely good care of it.I've had no major problems with it until now. The automatic transmission started slipping when shifting to 3rd and 4th gear. My mechanic said that it will require a transmission overhaul to fix the problem. It is completely ridiculous to have to overhaul the transmission when the car only has 78k miles on it. I bought a Honda because they are renown for their reliability. I can not believe this!!!

- , Minnapolis, MN, USA

problem #8

May 182007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My girlfriend bought this car used for her brother for school since Hondas were thought of as reliable cars.

The car needed the trans replaced and Honda dealership quoted $2k for the trans alone not including labor. It was experiencing issues where it was hesitating and would work fine again after it cooled down but was certainly not safe to drive.

Went to an independent mechanic who was familiar with this issue cause he had the same car and fixed it with a rebuilt one for $1600.

- , Florham Park, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jan 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,360 miles


Drive the car causally, never go on long trips or anything, one day got into it and BAM

the gears started shifting weird. Now I hear that i have to get a new tranny from what I've read on the internet. Great, thanks a lot Honda.... next time I'll go with Toyota.

- , Coquitlam, BC, Canada

problem #6

Dec 072007

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

WTF, Honda has issues that needs to be resolved. This is the 5th freakin transmission in this freakin car. I think its a Honda issue and they should cover all cost of repairs due to transmission

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

May 012004

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

Had to replace transmission after 40k miles. This is ridiculous

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 062006

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles


WTF, one transmission after the other. Can they ever get the problems fixed.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

May 092006

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

This is the 3rd freakin transmission in this car. WTF

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 282007

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

During normal driving the transmission started to make random shifts, made some noises, and at stop the car did not want to go. When shifting into other gears there was hard resistance and noise.

Took to transmission shop which drained the fluid and found all kinds and sizes of metal pieces in the fluid. They tell me I've got transmission problems, but since I'm out of town I told them to drain the fluid and refill it and see if that would get me home.

It is now unpredictable. Sometimes at low speeds it does ok. But at highway speeds it won't perform. Random downshifts, difficulty at maintaining speed, lots of weird stuff.

Now I guess I'll have to deal with Honda and let them screw me out of two or three thousand to rebuild it. That's the way it seems to go based on similar complaints.

Honda has become like just about everything else. A pig in a poke.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 242005

(reported on)


  • 39,767 miles

I'm just shocked... brought my 2003 Honda Civic for the regular maitenance -- mentioned that I thought it was hesitating a bit -- got a call.... I need a new transmission... thankfully it is still covered under warranty, but I'm shocked. I thought Honda wasn't supposed to have this problem with this low mileage (64000 km's). I'm just terrified this is a sign of bigger problems to come? anyone else heard about this?

- , Ottawa, ON, Canada

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