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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,849 miles

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2004 Honda Civic Hybrid drivetrain problems

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2004 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 072015

Civic Hybrid

  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that when driving at 10 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. In addition, the failure occurred when accelerating over 10 mph. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle burned oil and the transmission failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #13

Jan 012012

Civic Hybrid

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that while at a complete stop and depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to respond without warning. The vehicle was shut off and then restarted causing the vehicle to function as normal. The failure recurred on several occasions. On another occasion while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle failed to respond to the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was restarted and it resumed to normal however, the failure recurred on several occasions while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine mount was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was also taken to the dealer but the failure was unable to be determined, however, the contact was told to change the transmission fluid. The fluid was changed, however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic and was diagnosed that the battery and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was not available.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Aug 012015

Civic Hybrid

  • 116,000 miles
While driving car jerks and jumps from start. Car has stopped in place and had to be restarted. Car is dangerous to operate. Cvt transmission has always been a problem.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 302014

Civic Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles


The car was shuddering when accelerating after a stop. It needed the cvt clutch in the transmission replaced. This is an issue that many owners of 2004 Honda Civic hybrid have reported and Honda refuses to recall the part. There is a defect in the building of the cvt transmissions and Honda won't accept responsibility.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 112013

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The transmission in my Honda Civic hybrid has had the same shudder/judder issue that many others have experienced. You have to take off extremely slow to keep it to a minimum and it still shakes and judders. It is obvious there is a sever issue with these cvt transmissions and many people are having the same exact issue. My Civic hybrid started this issue a long time ago and Honda said just change the transmission fluid but that only helps for a small amount of time. Very dangerous going through intersections.

- Howe, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 102013

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Transmission shuttering.

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #8

May 012014

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 139,000 miles


Transmission judders/slips when accelerating. Had clutch kit replaced less than 2 years ago and 20,000 miles and same problem is back. Very dangerous when slippage occurs, as car doesn't always move when accelerator is pushed.

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 062007

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 40,681 miles
3 year old transmission system began to fail at 40,000 miles. It was serviced with service bulletin 07-049. It did not last and every year thereafter I had recurring problems with the transmission. The battery began to fail and caused increasing problems for the transmission until the battery failed completely and the transmission then failed also.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #6

Jan 212014

Civic Hybrid

  • 156,258 miles
My car suddenly made a loud noise when making a stop on a busy intersection. I could manage to drive it to a safe spot before the car failed completely.the regular maintenance had been done in my car but I didn't know about the transmissions failures of the Honda hybrids until now. This is very dangerous.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 032012

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 130,449 miles
Car was working fine 5 recall perform second time transmission fail after recall perform, ima fails, miss oil, three time visit, 2 time towed, vehicle in shop for 22 days, problem continue, repair bill $4322 warranty bill $3896 25% warranty cover, dealer wanted to buy car at $2500 before repair we paid 34000 for purchase call 9734329040, problem reported to Honda no resolution provided.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 252013

Civic Hybrid

  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle exhibited a loud banging sound as it accelerated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

- Catawissa, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 102013

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The transmission is "failing" according to the dealer. It could fail this week, or next month. Even though there are only 126,000 miles on it, and I have done all the required timely maintenance on the car since I bought it brand new, the dealer said this just "happens" sometimes to these cars. In searching for information I have found several forums with other Honda Civic hybrid owners discussing the failing transmission problem and the fact that Honda will not address the issue. Or admit fault.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012011

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 96,500 miles
My vehicle when starting from a dead stop shudders for jitters when you go. This seems to slowly be getting worse. I have changed transmission fluid on regular intervals with Honda cvt oem transmission fluid. Also my airbag sensor light for the drivers side is constantly on. This has been on for several years. I have just never bothered to take it in for fear that there would be a charge to fix an item that I feel for safety reasons Honda should take care of.

- Brookville, IN, USA

problem #1

May 022011

Civic Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
From my driveway, I shifted from park into drive, and heard a loud whirring similar to a metal belt falling apart. It has continued to get worse of the year, and only shows up when in drive and now a bit in reverse. It is not present in park or neutral. The dealer replaced the clutch brake, but I still have the sound. I also have minor slippage, and I have read several others having the same complaint about their same model with replacing the transmission. When I was sold this car, a first generation hybrid, I was told it would last 200K miles without any major maintenance. I have had degraded fuel economy from 43mpg to 32mpg. I was told it would be 45-50 when I purchased it new. At 112,000 miles, I think this is a safety issue and a late reaction to a serious design fault. My model was recalled in Japan for this issue, but it has not been recalled in the us. I won't let my wife or daughter drive this vehicle because of this issue. I am concerned that at any minute, my transmission can stop functioning. The dealer says the "fix" is to change the transmission fluid more often then originally advertised. This August 2012, the dealer wants me to replace it for $5K.

- Annandale, VA, USA

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