really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
120,850 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (8 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Honda Civic Hybrid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 152016

Civic Hybrid 1.7L

  • CVT transmission
  • 143,115 miles


This is my first Honda and foreign car. I seen the effects of a Chrysler Plant closing and was terrible what it does to the people work couldn't re and the city. Bought this car used from a Doctor who I am sure knew it had transmission issues and other issues. About a week after we bought it the air conditioner compressor locked up and coudidn't start the car. Had to take to dealership and cost over $600 to fix that. 2 weeks after that the transmission went. I do believe it was slipping but didnt know it was the transmission or it was that bad. The doctor told us that the IMA battery was going. So after having the transmission removed and taken apart found out that it is the CVT belt that broke. Bought a new belt from China but now can not find anyone to put the transmission back in. This sucks didn't have a lot money can not afford to take a loss on it, but not sure what to do. I hope it finally does get fixed.

- Michael L., Stillwater, MN, US

problem #10

May 272014

Civic Hybrid LX 1.3L

  • CVT transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Transmission problems and problems with battery documented since September 2007. Vehicle brought in to dealer annually or more frequently with same complaints since 2007 and multiple times the transmission has had to be fixed....I have the documentation. Superior Honda agreed to fix the transmission (rebuild) and replace the battery which went out and caused the transmission to break at a split cost with a 12,000 mile or 1 year warranty and now they will not honor the warranty since the transmission went out only 8 month later and my car requires a whole new transmission. This is just plain dishonest and I plan to let every media outlet I can know about their dishonest practices. A warranty is a warranty unless they are liars and cheaters, which is news-worthy to unsuspecting consumers. Next I plan to call Mike McKnight at Channel 6 and then the World-Herald...I can always write a letter to the editor, or even take out my own advertisement. This kind of unlawful practice has got to stop. I feel cheated, lied to, and taken advantage of and I will not go away quietly.

- lisane, Omaha, NE, US

problem #9

May 182013

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 124,033 miles

The dealership service manager said the transmission judder/shudder was merely due to dirty transmission fluid, so they changed it. I waited for the shudder to go away, but it continued... until the transmission just stopped working. The dealership replaced the transmission at an unbelievably high cost. They said they were not allowed to lower the price and directed me to contact American Honda, who--of course--said they were not able to lower the price and directed me to contact the dealership to ask for a discount. American Honda wouldn't even let me talk to a manager! This temporarily fixed the problem.

- Michael E., Monrovia, CA, US

problem #8

Jan 182013

Civic Hybrid LX 3.2L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 71,000 miles


In 2008 The car was recalled for faulty transmission. I took it in then and they inspected it and replaced the CVT Drive Belt for slippage, replaced the upper and lower valve body and placed a new start clutch kit on it. now 5 years later it failed with shavings in the transmission. and telling me that its 8,000 USD because the battery and O2 meters have falied.

- timmbroussard, Lafayette, LA, US

problem #7

Mar 152013

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 123,000 miles

This "flywheel" part affects the transmission, this failed on my car which caused the transmission not to work (later found out both dont work) but I was quoted a nice 1500 for this one too. At 123K miles for a Honda I expected better.

- Rachel B., Seattle, WA, US

problem #6

Mar 152013

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 123,000 miles

This was the cherry on top of this lemon of a car. The transmission began having difficulties about a year back. I took it to Honda, poured $1000 into it for other things and then, finally, they said it could be the transmission but that I have more life left.

150 miles later my car is dead in a lane. The transmission "crumbled" apart per Honda. The cost is close to the value of the car.

It's ridiculous. This is after I have replaced the IMA battery for 3 grand, the motor mount, the fly wheel, had ALL my maintenance done.

Plus the CD player went out.

DO NOT BUY one of these cars!

- Rachel B., Seattle, WA, US

problem #5

Aug 252012

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


The car is paid off, I did all the maintenance according with the manual. How in the world my transmission is out and the dealer wants $ 8000.00 to fix it. Honda's car is only for rich people, not for middle class. I called the Honda customer service, Oh well is not under warranty any more!!! The miles is 175,000, I guess I should feel lucky since I read some of the complaints having problems @ 68,000 miles. I have my baby Dodge Ramp 1998 pick up truck with 150,000 no problems at all. From now on only Lease, and whatever car is economical, It is not worth it to keep cars for long. I learned my lesson!!!

- Cruz O., Cincinnati, OH, US

problem #4

Feb 082012

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

We had the civic at the honda dealer before the warranty went out and they said the clutches were burnt out and they repaired them and 10,000 miles later the same problem.

- Jimmy C., Azle, TX, US

problem #3

Feb 062012

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,045 miles

i was at the light when the car did not go. so i called the dealer because i just bought the car 2 days ago and they say to me take the car in, but i said the car does not run and I called a tow truck and they took it to the dealer. the mechanic checked the car and said the transmission is gone. I said I just bought the car 2 days ago. they say you have to pay but I had a warranty so they covered the transmission but is hard to find because had low miles. it took me 3 weeks to get my car back.

- Jose G., New Haven, CT, US

problem #2

Jul 012011

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 98,776 miles

Transmission failed with less than 100,000 miles on the car. My Honda dealership confirmed that it was due to a manufacturing defect or design flaw. American Honda refuses to cover the repair.

The worst part is, the very first symptoms of this problem appeared a year ago -- a slight shuddering when accelerating from a stop. Honda issued a bulletin to owners about this issue, but I didn't own the car at the time. When I purchased the car, I specifically asked Honda if there were any bulletins or recalls and they told me that there were none. Had I known that I could had the problem repaired for free at the time, or that it could worsen into transmission failure, I would have had it repaired during the warranty period.

Honda needs to repair their alerting system. If the sole purpose of a bulletin is to provide the vehicle owner with important information, that bulletin must be considered open if the car changes owners. It is absurd to consider the bulletin closed because it was sent to a previous owner when you know the car has a new owner. Honda knew that I was the new owner of the vehicle but told me there were no open bulletins because the notice had been sent to the previous owner. What sense does that make?

- joelkatz, Murphys, CA, US

problem #1

Jul 302010

Civic Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 91,000 miles

The last time I took my car in because of bucking during acceleration, they said there was a recall on the clutches of the tranmission. They varnished them under some extended warranty due to the recall. Two months later, my transmission has stopped working completely. Yesterday it was bucking pretty violently and all of the sudden the transmission stopped working and it wouldn't move anymore. Good thing I was already close to home and not on the highway when this happened or a serious accident could have occurred. I called the dealer and they said that if it has nothing directly related to the work that they have done, then I will have to pay to get a new transmission. I'm really upset by this.

- Raquel S., Chicago, IL, US

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