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8.4

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$3,363.00
Average Mileage:
103,742 miles
Total Complaints:
18 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (11 reports)
  2. not sure (6 reports)
  3. replace part # 23451-pdm-a00 and also part # 23531-p24j00 (1 reports)
2004 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 222016

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,600 miles

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

After the car began to run hot - the needle would go to HIGH any time I had the heat on, the dashboard died while driving and I didn't know how fast I was going. I took it to a mechanic who charged me over $300 for a new thermostat, new cooling sensor and labor at over $100 per hour! I was told I had a motor oil leak and a power steering fluid leak.

I took it to my regular mechanic to fix the motor oil part. Buying parts at O'Reilly is more affordable as other mechanics "Pad" the cost of parts and usually charge double. They pay their mechanics about $15-$20 an hour but charge you over $100! My mechanic fixed this issue but said the Power Steering fluid wasn't leaking, just needed a new clamp. What was leaking had to do with the Transmission. I was without my car for almost 2 weeks.

After trying to rebuild it, the casing was so damaged I needed a whole new transmission! I was told that this model has some type of Inner Filter that cannot be gotten to. Once it clogs, it actually causes the heating that damages the transmission! What kind of design is this? After paying out an additional $2500, I did research to find out that this is a KNOWN problem and HONDA not only does nothing to fix it, will not pay for repairs, they continue to put the same faulty design in their vehicles. I saw that there had been some Class Action Lawsuits in the past and I hope I can join an open one. Any information on one would be welcome. I will never buy another Honda.

Following the repair, I took a trip farther away from my home - about 35 miles away only.

On the way back, on the Freeway where it connects with another freeway and I could not exit - the transmission started to fail!!! It began to Rev but did not accelerate - like I was in neutral. I was so scared.

It finally got up to 65 and I made it to my exit, but with traffic lights, stopping and decelerating the motor sounded like it was going to blow up. The Engine light came on and while I made it home, I had to take it back to the mechanic after having it back one day. I am waiting to hear what is wrong with it now.

- , Mesa, USA

problem #17

Jan 282016

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,551 miles

So disappointed in Honda, i have read all the complaints and Honda is not holding up their end of the deal on repairs of bad transmissions.. this is my 5th Honda and up until now i was happy but at 74,551 I need a new transmission, at least a $ 3,500.00 repair. My car is in excellent condition even the original car mats are still in

place and looking great....all this and the damn car wont move, all dressed up and no where to go just because Honda chose to install a cheep ass transmission to save them thousands of dollars but will charge the working gal thousands to repair their mistake and from what i have read the replacement is just as cheep and wont last.

My daughters now also own Honda's because that's what i owned while they were growing up, i always thought they were reliable, safe car's for me and my daughters to travel in but not anymore,...if Honda does not pay for my repair in full i will strongly encourage them, friends and family to sell or trade their vehicle's in.

I have been a dedicated customer to Honda for more that half my life, lets see how dedicated Honda is to the customer.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 082015

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Engine light went on on 6/8/15 and I noticed the engine roaring and sounding like it was unable to shift gears in the automatic transmission. Mechanic states a valve in the transmission is faulty and the whole transmission should be replaced as valves are not replaceable in Hondas. New one would cost approx $2500 and a rebuilt one would cost approx $1600. I don't have that kind of money so went online and found there was a transmission recall that included this make/model/year of Honda. Not sure where to go from here. This is my son's car which he needs to drive to/from work. Now he's using my car and I can't be without a car.

- , Spring, TX, USA

problem #15

May 022015

Civic DX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,673 miles

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

I was going across the the Harbour bridge in Saint John NB when my car, out of nowhere, the rpms went from 2500 right up to 6000. I dropped it down to d3 and still nothing. Then to 2nd gear with nothing, just high revs. This is a 70 km two lane bridge very dangerous place for this to happen. All I could do was coast. I put my 4way flashers on and stared to decelerate. Luckily, I coasted off the bridge with a few a-holes honking at me and flipping me off. When I had made it to the end, there was a long hill off ramp that I had got stuck on and almost rear ended. Thankfully the man helped me get the car off the road and I had it towed home. Haven't been able to get it fixed, as its a very complicated job to do at home and costs so much for a rebuild.

I can get a transmission for $300 used but $85 an hr to have it installed. Quoted a 6.5 hour job if all goes well, but still nothing I can afford to do at this moment. I need my car to get my daughter around I am hoping there is some way this could be covered by Honda, as its a very dangerous problem to be having. I've read a lot about these years having a very cheap transmission ....

- , saint john, NB, Canada

problem #14

Aug 122014

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

Transmission began to slip, taken to garage and told that transmission needed to be rebuilt and several additional parts replaced. $3,300 cost to repair in addition to burden of being without a vehicle for two weeks when i have an active teenager to transport.

- , Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #13

Aug 082014

Civic HX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

80,000 miles and needs a new transmission and transaxel!!!! my mistake was not doing research on the internet before I bought this used car. contacted Honda for "goodwill help" with repairs and was turned down. will never buy a honda again.

- , Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #12

Dec 132013

Civic LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,430 miles

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

My car still new to me even if it is nine years old and only has 77,000 mile on it. It had a slipping problem in my transmission and was told to change the fluids and it should be correct . It worked for a block and then started slipping again. This has to be a problem with which Honda should have a recall on this TRANSMISSION being that it is an on going problem with the 2004. My Mister Blue should not be needing a new or rebuild transmission with miles like this.

SO HONDA PLEASE RECALL AND FIX THE PROBLEM WITH THE TRANSMISSIONS IN THE 2004. I TRUSTED THAT THIS WAS A GOOD CAR TO NOW BE LET DOWN.

- , Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 022013

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 221,426 miles

I THINK HONDA SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROBLEM. IT SEEMS THAT ITS A DEFECT IN THEIR AUTOMOBILE, SO HONDA I'M ASKING YOU THE COMPANY TO PLEASE FIX MY VEHICLE. I'M A 52 YEAR OLD FEMALE AND BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO HAVE OR CAUSE AND ACCIDENT WHICH COULD BE FATAL TO ME OR SOME ONE ELSE.

I KNOW THAT YOU THE COMPANY HAVE GOTTEN PLENTY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE TRANSMISSION IN THIS 2004 HONDA CIVIC MODEL VEHICLE. I HAVE READ PLENTY OF THEM ON LINE AND I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE TO. SO PLEASE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND FIX MY VEHICLE AND ANY MORE THAT NEED IT, IT IS BETTER THAN HEARING SOMEONE HAS HAD A BAD INJURY OR EVEN A FATALITY BECAUSE OF THIS PROBLEM, WHEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF BY YOU THE COMPANY.

I ALSO SEE SOME OTHER COMPLAINTS WITH THIS VEHICLE WHICH YOU THE COMPANY HAVE DONE A RECALL ON, SO PLEASE DO THE RECALL ON THIS TRANSMISSION PROBLEM. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THANK YOU.

- , Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #10

Sep 052004

Civic

  • 6,214 miles

The dealer didn't want to take the responsibility and was keeping telling us there were no problems.

We went to his copetitor and they fixed it and charge to the first dealer...But we still have noise on this transmission.

- , Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

problem #9

Dec 232012

Civic LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

I trusted Honda's reliability reputation. They failed me and many others. I owned a 1988 Honda for over 15 years with only minor issues. I was shocked when the transmission failed on my 2004 Honda Accord V6. I also had to replace the power steering pump and power steering hose. Which according to the recall notice, Honda will not reimburseme me as it happened after the notification! Shame, shame on Honda!

- , Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 272011

Civic VTI 150i

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,252 miles

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

I started accelerating on D when the traffic lights came on go, when suddenly i accelerated in vain, it was like in NEUTRAL and accelerating... Then my mechanic asks me to turn off the engine, to open the front boot and remove the oil gear measurer and let my auto gear's to cool down after 15mins n to start back. I drove in less 500meters and faced the same prob to work at home.

- , Vacoas, Grannum Road, Mauritius

problem #7

Aug 012011

Civic EX 1.7L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 139,500 miles

With this year's Civic, I have heard that Honda has started using cheaper parts or cheaper transmissions altogether. This should not happen to a transmission with 140,000 miles on it. My father is in the used-car business. I see cars, hundreds of them, with over 250,000 miles and the trans is perfect. Cars driven under normal conditions, like i had the entire time i owned the car, should not have these problems. Please, I have heard there is some sort of recall on it. I'm a young pilot, trying to make it in the airline world, and having this problem with my transportation is terrible and extremely annoying. If my vin number falls into this recall category please help. I need help bad, THANK YOU

- , Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 182011

Civic EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I have been continously getting the problems with the transmission every now and then starting sept 2010. I have been doing regular servicing at American Service station. But everytime the problem was something different that caused the transmission to fail.

The worst was when it came without any warning when i was on my way back from airport after picking up my family. I was merging on to 85N in atlanta when suddenly the gears dis-engaged and the car was slowly loosing speed. I was lucky to move over to the shoulder without causing any damage. But the car would not engage and had to tow my car back. The worst part was that after the long flight (24hrs) i had to ask my family members to walk to the nearest ramp to get a taxi back home. This was just horrifying and with a Brand like Honda, this should not have happened.

The other 2 times, i had to forfiet my reservation and cancel my travel plans midway through the journey because the car engine light went off and the gears went bonkers. they were changing on their own and also reving up every now and then. This was very frustrating

- , Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 282010

Civic LS V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I don't understand how this problem isn't a recall and is not considered dangerous. I was on a major road and all of a sudden, the car started to slow down, like it was in neutral. I was giving it gas and nothing. The cars behind me were up my ass and beeping their horns!

I had to immediately put on my hazard lighs so they would know there was a problem. He had to swerve around me or he would have hit me. I was lucky to find myself in front of a car dealership. I was pushed into the dealership by the workers. Now from this website I understand Honda will charge me over $2000. This is bull. This needs to be a recall because it is very dangerous and a saftey issue.I don't have this kind of money. I don't even know what to do

- , Parlin, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 152010

Civic VP 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,715 miles

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This is my third Honda now and up until this point I have been pretty happy and they have a great reputation of "lasting forever." There is just no reason for a gear to crack all of the way thru. The Transmission shop manager told me in 15 years he had never seen anything like this especially in a Honda. he said that no transmission gear should crack like this even at 150,000 miles let alone at 60,000. He said that it was clearly a defect in manufacturing and that there is no amount of rough driving that caused this. he said he had seen cars that were forced into reverse that messed up transmissions but caused gear teeth to bust but not the entire thick metal cog to fracture all the way through.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

May 222010

Civic ES 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

My Honda Civic 2004 has just show my how bad these transmissions are.

It is showing me a code P0730 Gear ratio Incorrect

- , Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 242010

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

i had a rebuilt transmission out in car in 2007 and now it is slipping again.

Honda needs to recall these transmissions and DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS AS I SEE I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT HAS THIS PROBLEM

- , Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 152009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Two weeks ago, transmission on 2004 Honda civic acted significantly problematic was told by dealer just change fluid and it looked like a emissions control issue. Yesterday, Honda dealer confirmed electronic test showed transmission failure - incorrect gear ratio - and that it will cost $3500-3800. The car is only worth $8000 at best - has 76000 hwy miles with new tires and brakes. I'm frustrated and need to make a decision - do I pay and have it fixed or dump Honda and get Ford??

- , Pewaukee, WI, USA

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