pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
65,150 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replaced entire transmission (1 reports)
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 152014

Civic Hybrid 1.3L

  • Manual transmission
  • 135,000 miles


5 speed manual transmission on 1.3L Hybrid V4 started rattling when accelerating in 1st, 2nd & 3rd gears. Tried to get dealer to diagnose and repair. Dealer and three other repair shops all declined to work on the problem. Dealer said, 'It's just a little noisy, nothing we can do, and the manufacturer (Honda) doesn't make either parts for repairs or transmission units for replacement. Can we sell you a new Honda?'

All the evidence points to the obvious fact that Honda had tested the transmission enough in 2003 that Honda knew that it was going to have numerous problems and short longevity, but they sold it anyway and there was no manual transmission offered on 2004 or later model year Honda Civic hybrids. This shows me that Honda has no commitment to consumer satisfaction, only to liability avoidance. Don't ever expect Honda to ever be accountable for its bad designs and faulty production.

- , Union Bridge, MD, USA

problem #3

May 282007

(reported on)

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

The transmission problem occurred for about a month and we couldn't determine if it was brakes or transmission so we took it to the dealership since it was under warranty. They had to flush the transmission 8x and charged us for it!!! Then after a couple of months it started doing it again and we took it back and they did the same thing but they did not have to flush it as many times. Still charged us even though we renewed our warranty. So there is no point in renewing your warranty or getting one in the 1st place because they manage to charge you in some way shape or form. And the worse thing is they still have not fixed the problem!!

- , Spring, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 182006

(reported on)

Civic Hybrid

  • 41,000 miles

Released brake, jarring clunk (i.e. rear ended). Again to the dealership, couldn't find any problems. They weren't able to duplicate the action.

- , Hazel Green, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 202005

(reported on)

Civic Hybrid LX

  • 34,600 miles

Last week I had to have SRS system replaced which is the air bags, seat belt system. They told me nothing was working. Next I had heard this noise when I accelerated and braked.. clanging of steel. They told me no way could it be my transmission as I had just told him what I thought it was. Well, guess what, they are replacing the entire transmission they told me today.. I do appreciate their honesty. It was the second time I took it back to them.

- , Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

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