Notes: Haven't we all owned one of these things at some point? Despite being a popular first car for teenage drivers and, as a result, being beat up like no other, the late 90's Civic is a true endurance car. And it still gets better gas mileage than more modern cars.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
133,638 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace transmission (4 reports)
1999 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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1999 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 022016

Civic LX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 285,000 miles


All of a sudden the transmission only drives for about a minute then no more drive. Wait 5 min. and it works for another minute.

- , Parma, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 132016

Civic ES 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,000 miles

The car stopped in the middle of day in summer while driving. There was not any issue of transmission or anything. It is painful. The cost of repair is very high. I cannot afford it.

- , Arlington, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 092012

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

My transmission fail while i was driving. now it wont go back or foward

- , Aguirre, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #5

May 222010

Civic 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


i have a 1999 civic auto trans and you can put it in gear and drive it for a min and it will stop pulling then you can cut it off and back on and put it back in gear and drive for a min and it stops pulling. you can do that over over. whats the problem

- , Talladega, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 012009

Civic LX 1.6L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Started with check engine light on and will not shift properly. Error code P0730 (incorrect gear ratio). Dealer estimate is $2900 to replace the transmission, Called Honda support, but they refused to help.

After reading many comments on this forum, I guess it is not worth spending 3K, Will buy another car, but NEVER Honda again.

- , Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 052009

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I was driving home the other night and my car shuddered to a stop in the middle of an intersection in Brooklyn. I couldn't get the car to move and it felt like it kept slipping out of gear. I couldn't put it in neutral and then it got stuck in second gear. Luckily someone was with me to push the car to the side of the road while I held the clutch in. I had it towed to two different places and have gotten estimates of $1600-$2000 to take the transmission out and replace it. I thought maybe I had done something wrong until I read all these other complaints about everyone's Honda Civic transmissions crapping out on them. I do not want to pay this much money for a car that is not even worth that much more. I called Honda and they took note of my complaint but said they weren't going to do anything about it. I got a Honda because of their fuel efficiency and reliability but this is ridiculous.

- , Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 272008

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107 miles

My Honda civic s Transmission after only 107000 miles is gone and now They (

Honda) want me to pay another 3000.$ to fix it ... I bought this car at 85.000 miles

I have had this car only 2 years is this right??? Somebody help is there anything I

can do?

anybody out there ? Alicia,california

- , Sonora, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 022007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Never had a problem then one day the car acts like not in gear anymore, wont move in any gear. POS!

- , Wichita, KS, USA

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