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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,883 miles

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2004 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Aug 152007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2004 Honda Civic hybrid bucks and jolts at low speeds. At its 30K mile service, was told it is a second gear transmission problem that Honda would fix 'at no cost to me one time in good faith' the free fix happened B/C the service rep (at a Honda service center) said he sees a lot of these transmission issues and he called Honda (I assume Honda corporate) and they offered the (free to me) fix.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Transmission slippage sound, requires transmission changes every 3,000 miles and this still doesn't completely eliminate the sound. Honda won't do anything to actually fix the problem for good.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 112007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Transmission slips in 2004 Honda Civic hybrid and Honda refuses to repair the issue. Documentation of a foreign recall was found for the vehicle. Transmission failure will lead to a stranded situation which could lead to dangerous situations.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 072007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,899 miles


I was driving in the morning commute as usual, left lane, stop and go traffic. After, some slow down I accelerated but the car did not respond tried to shift to the lower gear did not work ether. I had to cut through two lanes of traffic (barely missed a car) to get to the shoulder. The transmission is out and doesn't respond to any gear (R, D, S, L). The engine revs when put on any gear, but the car won't move. The 2004 Honda Civic hybrid has around 20,000 miles. I have been browsing chat rooms and have feeling that the dealer would charge the full price for repair, unless there is a recall. According to the information that I gather, there is a large number of complaints about Honda hybrid cvt.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #4

Sep 022005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I parked my Honda Civic in my drive way; put the car in park and engaged the emergency break. 30 minutes later my son cam E home and discovered the car resting on a very large decorative boulder at the end of the drive way with the front bashed in - it rolled appx. 10 feet while in park with the break on. A tow truck was called, and when the driver went to secure the car on the trailer, it rolled again (in park with the break on). The Honda dealer, russell of sherwood - said that it was impossible and that it couldn't have happened - and still indicate that it didn't happen - which it did. The entire front of the car (bumper area) has to be replaced. We have contacted Honda Corp., and the complaint is being filed in arbitration with our insurance company. My next step is to contact the attorney generals office here in Arkansas.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #3

Jul 272004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since I bought this car all I have had were problems. The 1st problem was that the odometer was going more miles than I was driving. Sometimes it was even right on the dot. I tested it against my 00 Civic and 3 other cars. My Civic was consistently off on trips over 20 miles. The first dealer could not duplicate it just driving around the block. I took it there 4 times within the first couple of months. I also had to get an oil change every 3.5 weeks because I had gone 5000 miles supposedly. The last time it was at that dealer there was a new service manager who's excuse for what was wrong with it was that I had somehow switched it from mi to km and that I needed to get out the manual and figure out how to fix it. During this time I had written Honda customer service and they had all kinds of different ideas what was wrong with it and how it was my fault, not an actual problem. The next week I took it to another dealer who right away found there was a problem. When they called Honda to figure out what to do since they had never seen this they were told not to do anything. They advised I come back and meet with the Honda rep. I did and they tried running tests, checking tire pressure and everything came up ok. Someone had mentioned it could be an electrical problem. As time went on other things stopped working right in the car. The interior lights buzzed when they were on. The car has had trouble starting, temperature did not affect it. Turning the heat and A/C knob will change the station on the radio. The cigarette lighter will stop working for 5 minutes then come back on. More recently I've been having transmission problems(auto). The car won't shift, revs high, the jolts and w/cruise set it just accelerates for no reason. I will not buy another Honda.

- Ocean City, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 192005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Erratic transmission shifting. Possible lock-up concern. Also, while driving I heard a pop while shifting(automatic transmission). Left front squeaking, clunking sound.suspension"strut?bushing" was taken to Honda dealer in Maryland and left for a couple of days on two ocassions and sound was duplicated with a technician on board, but when I went to pick up the vehicle I was told that since it could not be duplicated again in the shop, nothing was done.

- Hidalgo, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 102004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles
Purchased new 2004 Honda Civic ex 2dr coupe - surges forward and jolts you at low speed (while slowing down). Happens mostly when descending down hills. Very extreme if under the load of the ac. The jolt is very distracting and scary. Dealership claims it is normal and part of the grade logic.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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