really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,235 miles

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2003 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Mar 152007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid. While attempting to accelerate from idle at a stop light the vehicle began to vibrate and then shut off. The check engine light illuminated intermittently prior to this failure. The dealer replaced the catalytic converter. Presently, the vehicle will start, but was not drivable. The vehicle was towed to a Honda dealer, and diagnosed as needing a new transmission. The dealer found a salvaged transmission. The current and failure mileage were 158,000.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #11

Feb 212007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The cvt transmission in my 2003 Honda Civic hybrid totally gave out. This followed months of jerking and repeated treatments of transmission fluid replacement and "reprogramming.," which started before 30,000 miles. Each treatment seemed to work temporarily, only to have the jerking return, each time sooner than before. The evening it gave out entirely I was crossing a bridge, then turned left onto a main street. As I turned the car jerked, then acted as though it was permanently in neutral. The dealer told me I must have been spinning my wheels on snow or ice, but this was not the case.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #10

Jan 022006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
My 2003 Honda Civic hybrid worked fine until ~50000 miles (~3 years of ownership.) at that time, the transmission began to cause the car to lurch forward when driving at speeds from 5-15 mph. After a few months, the problem was severe enough that I no longer felt safe driving the car to work in traffic whose speed would cause the car to lurch forward repeatedly instead of maintain a smooth speed. I took the vehicle to the dealership twice to get them to fix the problem, but although they could duplicate the problem - they claimed the car had no fixable problems. Reading from other Civic hybrid owners has shown that this problem is very common and expensive to fix.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #9

Dec 072006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,950 miles


: the contact stated while accelerating from a stop, the vehicle bucked slightly. There was also a hesitation in the transmission, which caused the engine to sound like it was revving too high, however the tachometer needle did not move higher than normal. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer where the dealer was unable to determine the specific problem, but stated that it was most likely an internal transmission issue.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 172006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
The problem is intermittent, ongoing for the past 2 years. The failure is that the transmission will not come out of park, there are no brake lights, there is no brake regeneration in the hybrid system, and the auto stop function does not work. Over the last 24 days there the car has been started 75 times with 24 times failure of the brake system to work. I've kept a log since the last dealer visit. The last time in shop they tested/replaced ignition switch and brake light switch (second brake light switch in 2 years). The dealer " cannot duplicate the problem, even when it is acting up when I take it in. There seems to be a correlation between failure and lower temperatures and high humidity/rain. The problem is driving without stop lights and never knowing while driving if everything is working. At some point I'm going to be rear end, hopefully the kids will not be in the car.

- Granville, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 092006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
When starting my car, I could not get the auto shift selector to go into drive. I had to use the key to unlock the shift lock... it is in the Honda shop at this time.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 022005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


On the expressway the car would not go out of 1st gear then would not shift gears at all, it was less than 2 years old. It had to be towed and the transmission replaced. It was a Honda Civic ex 2003 from rick rousche Honda.

- Copley, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The air bags in my vehicle did not deploy in a front end collision that I was involved in. It caused me to fly forward and injure myself, almost hitting the front windshield. In addition to this problem, I have discovered that the cigarette lighter plug-in does not work in my vehicle. I have found that the transmission in my vehicle had a defective part that a car repair man fixed.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 032005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,815 miles
When traveling at a slow speed the car bucks. One feels like in a mix master. It doesn't run smoothly. Took it ito dealer, and they said it was bad oil, had the oil changed, drove fine for 1 month and started up again.

- Laguna Woods, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle won't back-up when set in reverse. When tow truck driver arrived and started the car, it backed up. Also, vehicle was stopped at a stop sign then car wouldn't move forward even though it was in drive. This occurred twice and a truck collided with the vehicle and totaled it.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 252004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Transmission failure while driving vehicle, engine raced, resulted in loss of acceleration, transmission replaced Nov 03, second transmission has same problems, in to be replaced March 03, currently in for replacement at dealership.

- Walkerton, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 302003


  • 4,000 miles
When the vehicle was parked on a slight incline it had a tendency to roll backward or forward. While the consumer was making a left turn a loud pop was heard. Vehicle stalled, and was unable to move in either direction. Then, vehicle was towed to a dealer, who informed the consumer that a new transmission was needed. Honda reported no parts or transmissions. (hybrid transmission)

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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