definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,092 miles

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2005 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2005 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 102008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 83,813 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Civic. In an attempt to drive the vehicle, the contact placed his key into the ignition and started the vehicle, but it would not shift into gear. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that the clutch and sink rolls failed. The clutch and the sink rolls were replaced. Approximately one month later, while driving 60 mph in fifth gear, the vehicle slipped into neutral four times. The dealer then replaced the manual transmission. The current mileage was 85,560 and failure mileage was 83,813.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 132005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9 miles
Since buying my vehicle on numerous occasions when putting the vehicle into neutral the car will stall. When putting the car back into gear it won't start up again until I put the car back into neutral take my foot off the clutch and then put it back into gear again. Since the 3rd day of owning the car this has happened. The dealership checked the battery terminals but it continued. Does this whether it's raining or not. After several trips to the dealer the mechanic put my car on the diagnostic machine and called the code numbers in to the company who told them what else to do but it started doing this again not too long after. Usually, the dealer tells me they're not able to get the car to do it for them so they don't know what else to do.

- Chester, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 272006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,545 miles
I have noticed that when shifting my car from 1st to 2nd gear, it grinds going into gear. This usually occurs when the rpms of the engine are above 4K. I haven't taken the car into the dealer because of it yet, but plan to soon.

- Alexander, AR, USA

problem #1

Aug 182006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1 miles
Reverse in a Honda Civic manual transmission. The problem is engaging reverse in a manual transmission. When I need to reverse I move the transmission into reverse and release the clutch. A grinding noise occurs and the grinding noise gets louder if I give it more gas while the clutch is not engaged. It takes me a while to try and get reverse engaged and it is very annoying and dangerous. I am having problems everyday with this and I just had it in for a service and asked the dealer to take a look at it. The dealer looked into the problem and said that this is common in every Honda Civic transmission. Reverse does not have a synchronized gear and I will have to live with it. There is nothing they can do about it. Even if they replaced my entire transmission, the problem will still exist. I even got a service tech to drive my car and he experienced the same problem. He said he had a Civic and it does the same thing. The dealer said when the problem occurs (for me just about everytime I need reverse) I need to put the shifter into first or second gear and then try reverse. If it doesn't work, then I have to try it again. Sometimes I find myself in tight situations and am not able to get the transmission into reverse for 30 seconds or more. This can be very dangerous and annoying. Honda needs to take a look at this if every Honda Civic transmission is like this. This is not acceptable and can be very dangerous. If I knew Honda Civics were like this, I would have never bought one.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

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