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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
53,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace starter clutch (1 reports)
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012006

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Known defective CVT transmission problem with the Starter Clutch. Honda dealers did temporary repairs and patches until it was beyond extended warranty period. After warranty expires, Honda dealers agree that Starter Clutch needs to be replaced. Well known problem and Honda knows it was a manufacturing defect. Very expensive repair. As the owner I did everything I could to deal with the problem.

- , Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 152003

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

The transmission started to slip "judder" & they tried to dismiss the issue. We had 4 transmissions replaced in 3 years a total of 120,000 miles

- , Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 122009

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

The slipping happens when the car is decelrating from 70m/h and when your foot is off the accelrator. You feel a big jerk as if somebody bumped your car from behind. I have noticed that it happens more often on downhills (minor slops) than on flat or uphill roads.

The problem happens intermittently. Took it to the dealer, did a test drive and jerk didn't happen. Mechanic recommended transmission fuel flush, got it done but the problem is still there.

It looks like a known problem because there are some more people who have reported this issue. Nobody has been able to figure out why it's happening. It looks like a manufacturing defect.

- , Fremont, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012009

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 101,000 miles

these cars suck will never own another honda, transmission slipping, hybrid battery bad, honda doesnt help

- , Sd, CA, USA

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