hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,883 miles

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2004 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jul 052011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


We have had both the battery and the transmission fail. The battery failed at 82K miles, just past the 80K mile warranty. Now, at 91K miles, the transmission needs to be replaced. In reviewing our records, it seems that transmission problems began at 51K miles, as a "surging" when we were on the interstate such that the engine would rev while we were coasting. The dealer couldn't duplicate the issue and the stopped (for whatever reason). Transmission problems began again at 71K miles as the shuddering. Dealer burnished, and then we got the recall notices at 74K miles. It began as "surging" when we were on the interstate, the engine revving even when we weren't accelerating at 51K miles. Then the shuddering started at 71K miles. We received the recall notices at 74K miles. Shuddering started again at 91K miles & we are being told it needs a new transmission. The dealer said that Honda America will pay for the recall if the car is under 100K miles, but only once. If this problem reoccurs, isn't it obvious that it's by fault of Honda" and that these transmission problems occur every 20K miles" this is a common problem that seems to demand a recall on the part of Honda America.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #27

Jun 112011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 108,553 miles
My 2004 transmission went out in a turn through a non stop light controlled intersection. I was almost broadsided by an upcoming car, that would have missed me if the transmission didn't fail. I found a safety recall for the same model year that was put out while my car was in the dealer's possession. I am being told that it is my problem, and unless I cough up $8,000 to replace it with a new transmission I am screwed. For a rebuilt transmission the cost would be $2,000, but it is only guaranteed for 1 year. On top of all this Honda won't release the patents so that you can buy the parts needed to fix it on your own. Sounds a lot like fraud to me! why wont NHTSA force Honda to do the right thing and recall these vehicles" does someone really have to be killed, maimed or injured to make companies repair faulty vehicles"

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 142010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,715 miles
I had a crack through my transmission gear from the inside diameter all of the way out and 75% fractured from one side of that cog cylinder to the other. I replaced part # 23451-pdm-A00 and 23531-P24-J00 at a cost of $2241.75 at the shop and another $261.93 in car rental fees. The failure was first checked in at the shop on 9/14/2010 at 60,715 miles but it was cracked and making the noise since approximately 55,000 miles. Shop manager told me he had not seen a gear crack like mine had in 15 years and especially at 60,000 miles and that there was no question it had been a manufactures defect.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #25

Jul 012010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


2004 Honda Civic hybrid, the transmission is shot. I've already replaced the starter kit, the cv and some other stuff. Now, at 113,000 the transmission is whining and juttering. This car is a lemon. I hear that Honda had a recall on the hybrid transmission in Japan, so they should have one here, too.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #24

Oct 282010


  • 80,000 miles
Continuous transmission slippage and related issues with my Honda Civic hybrid.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #23

Aug 202010


  • 91,844 miles
2004 Honda Civic rolls back in park.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #22

Aug 182010


  • 65,000 miles


My 2004 Honda Civic hybrid has 65K plus miles. The problem began with a slight hesitation upon accelerating from a stop. I chalked it up to minor wear. The hesitation has gotten progressively worse. Now it shudders (or 'judders' as I've heard it called) on a regular basis;the severity and duration have increased. It has gotten to the point where I don't feel safe pulling out into traffic without more room between cars than I've typically needed.

- Hurst, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 052008


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Civic hybrid. While driving at speeds of 10 mph and depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would not increase in speed and began jerking. The dealer advised the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,000 and current mileage was 148,000.

- Rancho Court Dova, CA, USA

problem #20

Dec 242009


  • 104,099 miles
I have a 2004 Honda hybrid that I bought new from an atlanta, ga dealership. It has 106000 miles. It has had 1 transmission replaced, motor mounts, clutch and the same problems still exist. It slips, shakes like it is going to explode even though I take off gently and slowly. I was at a redlight 12-24-09 when I attempted to turn onto I75 and it "slipped" so badly it wouldn't even go. The car behind me barely missed slamming into me. Before this daily it is slipping on hills, revving unexplainable and creaking as if it is going to fall apart. I have had it regularly maintained at the cleveland tn dealership where I live. Now I am out of warranty and cannot afford to take it in. It just had the clutch and motor mounts replaced 2 weeks ago!.. I am a hospice rn and drive my car many miles. I am afraid I am going to kill someone because of the danger of the slipping, ect.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #19

Aug 052008


  • 70,000 miles
When accelerating transmission shutters was fixed by dealer about 12 mo ago and has started again. They replaced clutch plate. Also no permanent fix for catalytic converter. Now after changing the components for the cruise control it still cuts off with no warning. Each of these items have started around 70,000 miles except for cruise control which started within the past 3-4 mo.

- Aldie, VA, USA

problem #18

Dec 072009


  • 80,000 miles


Transmission delays applying power, shudders, then engages from stop.

- Washougal, WA, USA

problem #17

Nov 112009


  • 90,000 miles
Sudden acceleration from start. Happens randomly. Car goes out of control. Tapping on accelerator or brake brings it under control.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 012007


  • 88,000 miles
Failure of Honda America to fix a faulty transmission. Charging for diagnostics of faulty transmission, transmission slips, judders, and seems to be failing. Transmission is worst after they said it was repaired. This is not an isolated case and apparently a manufacturing defect that american Honda should be required to fix regardless of mileage knowing that it is a problem which they are avoiding to fix. Maybe you should verify that the problem is fixed in there newer cvt's otherwise deaths may or will occur. The vehicle is a 2004 Honda Civic hybrid, searching on the internet there is thousands of complaints about the cvt transmission problems. If the refuse to fix or fail to fix, they should be held accountable and be forced to repair or replace the transmissions.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #15

Apr 102009


  • 85,000 miles
Transmission seems to be slipping quite a bit.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #14

Jan 212008


  • 107,000 miles
My 2004 Honda Civic hybrid started making a whirring noise. I took in to Honda and they ran a ($110) diagnostic and told me I need a new transmission that would cost me $4300. I did some research and found out that they knew there was a problem with this transmission. The dealer revised the price to $3200 and told me Honda would only pay for half. I told them I want them to replace the transmission since they knew they sold me a defective one and have done nothing about it. They tell me the transmission could go out at any time. They also claim it is not dangerous to me since if I drive it I would have time to pull to the side of the road when it goes out. I believe that is outrageous. I want to resolve this before there is any injuries or collisions as a result of this defective transmission.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #13

May 012006


  • miles
Transmission slips whenever you take off it has been doing this for 2 years after you change the trans. Fluid it stops for a few thousand miles then starts again. I don't think you should have to change the fluid more than the engine oil it is getting expensive!!!!

- Salem, IL, USA

problem #12

Jun 202008


  • 62,000 miles
Slippage of transmission when starting on an incline driving a 2004 Civic hybrid.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #11

May 182008


  • 113,000 miles
2004 Honda Civic hybrid cvt transmission shudder at 110,000. Had shaft burnished and fluid replaced.

- Swansea, SC, USA

problem #10

Feb 112008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The cvt's Honda is using in its 2004 Civic hybrid is defective. We are going to have to replace the transmission after only 70K miles (just out of warranty). Numerous other cici hybrid owners complaining of same problem (shuddering and sudden RPM changes).

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 212008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,600 miles
Faulty cvt transmission, slipping and judder beginning and during acceleration. Sometimes engine stalls while braking to a stop. Recall only fix problem temporary, this info. Can be obtain in Honda cvt forum with other customers with similar cvt issues.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

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