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Transmission Nightmare
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MIAMI, FLORIDA -- As all you Honda owners know recently Honda extended its Transmission warranty on some 2000 and 2001 models because that the transmission on some of these vehicles fail. My transmission failed at 70,000 miles. I brought my car to a local dealer where they at first tried to charge me $3,500 for a new tranny until I reminded them of the extended warranty....the only problem I have with Honda is that they will not approve the dealers to supply loaner vehicles while the repairs are being done (which took 2 weeks). Now I think it is unfair that I have to pay out of my pocket for a rental since I didn't cause the vehicle problem it is Honda's crappy transmission. I am getting rid of this car and never will I even think of buying or recommending a Honda made vehicle to anyone. Honda you just lost a long time Honda Customer.
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Anonymous on 10/09/2003:
Anonymous on 10/30/2003:
I think they should look back further into say....the 1998 model Honda Accord for Tranny Problems. I had problems at 85,000 Miles. The car would jump into another gear occasionally, then more and more often. I am now at 140,000 miles and I have more occurrences. I love my car, don't get me wrong however; now I may have to replace something that should have a longer expectancy then 140,000. When you think of Honda's you think of a "Good, Economical car", that should last. Not something you purchase for a little over 100,000 miles then you have to replace it or pay $ 4000.00 to fix the problem. I didn't buy a Hyndai!
Anonymous on 01/12/2004:
I am having the very same problem right now with my 2 year old Honda. I cannot understand how a 2002 Honda Civic (EX) has spontaneously had a transmission failure! I'm in the process with the Honda Customer Relations to get this resolved without having to pay the outrageous amount that I was quoted! $5200!! Amazing...I might have to just take my loyalty to Toyota...
Anonymous on 01/17/2004:
My 2000 Honda Civic has problem with tranny(it shifts gears I guess) which causes abrupt jumps while slowing down. Not always though. To add to this recently it started getting stuck up in park. It will not let me pull the stick back to drive or Reverse. I need to pump in gas pedal before it works the way it should. So far I made 5 trips to my dealer to get this repaired. No luck so far. Please advice if I can get in touch with Honda customer service & get the problem resolved.
Anonymous on 01/17/2004:
I just bought a brand NEW 2004 Honda civic ex and a WEEK after I bought it it started having transmission problems. I've had the car for nearly 2 months now and I keep having the same problem. and I cannot stand the fact that Honda's warranty DOES NOT cover loaner cars! I will NEVER buy another Honda again.
larry.w.davidson on 03/10/2004:
I have a 2000 LX, The automatic just went out a 69,480 miles. Was serviced at 35,000. I think this is unacceptable for a HONDA transmission to go out. Only my wife drives this car, and she pampers the car. It's going to cost me $1800 for this fix. I'll never buy another.
sam0880 on 03/11/2004:
first of all, coming from a Honda specialist all the following models should be warrantied. 00-01 accord 99-01 oddyssey 00-01 prelude. and also note its not Honda fault its the manufacture who made the trans for Honda. whatever dealer made you wait 2 weeks for a trans is what I like to say as "YO FAULT!" no dealer will make you wait that long for a trans job at most it takes 3 days. take any domestic car to a domestic dealer and it will take 2 weeks just to get your wiper blades changed.
ozzierod on 04/15/2004:
I've had a 99 Honda civic for a couple years now. I got it used, but when I first got it first gear was always hard to put in. It was almost impossible to downshift without grinding. I even got a new clutch put in recently thinking that would fix but it seems like it got even worse. If someone is having similar problems, holer!
ZEE on 07/19/2004:
In May of 2000, my husband and I purchased a Honda accord V6, We had heard only good about Honda’s how safe they were, this feature sold us. From day one the car was a nightmare, in Oct of 2001 Honda changed our transmission, with no change in the car In Dec of 2001 we took it back and was told to keep a record on the car for a month, that paper work was taken to them on Jan 31 2002 signed by my husband. On Feb 3, 2002 my husband was killed in this car. He made this recall. We were working on them taking the car back. (Lemon law)
Tinz76 on 12/29/2004:
Own a 2001 Civic, trans failure at 89,000 miles...sounds like recall to me.
BITSA on 01/04/2005:
My daughter worked from age nine to buy a reliable car for herself at age 18. She bought a 2000 Accord with 100,000 miles, because I previously owned real Hondas with great success. Now, it looks like it needs a new transmission, AFTER having one replaced at 50,000+ miles AND 83,000+ miles. Four transmissions by 130K mles! Honda Corp. is working with handeling part of the expense...I hope!
lpsobie on 05/14/2007:
My 2000 Honda Accord has now had 4 "new" transmission and the problem still isn't fixed!! I'm still having the same problem and as you all can guess I'm completely and utterly disgusted with the Hondas and I will NEVER EVER buy another one! My last trip to the dealer to get it repaired they actually had the gall to charge me for diagnosic work!!! Why can't they figured out what the problem is and fix it for real?
Vincinator on 05/15/2007:
My saga is just starting, but I have an Accord LX 2.3L that was just in for 60K maint. The dealership informed me that I had a leaky seal and my transmission needed to be replaced. So much for the 3year or 36K mile warranty (I purchased my car in October 2004). I did not notice any loss of fluid or puddle under my car, but the secvice manager said that my under body was coated and that the right seal was worn out. I had is replaced, with a Honda recertified part and when I first drove it home on local roads everything seemed OK. When I Dove it the next morning to work on the highway that is when I noticed excessive vibration when accelerating, especially when going uphill. You can really feel it between 30-60mph. Anyway I was looking online to research this issue and this seemed like a good place to post. I will take it back to the dealer today and see what they say. I don't think they will want to replace the transmission and I antisapate a fight.

If you feel your car vibrate / vibration when acceleration it is slippage in your tranny. Get it in befroe the warranty runs out.
Bond 007 on 08/05/2007:
I read the comments. I have worked in Hondas for many years. The engine is bullet proof but yes the trany has problems. I agree that with the reputation Honda has and the price they charge for these vehicles they should provide better tranies and also do what Hunday is doing, 100k miles guarantee. Why can Honda do this?
I guess paople will have to look for quality somewhere else no?
Word of advice, if the dealer is charging too much, try a Honda specialist shop instead and ask them to get you a remanufactured trany by Jasper. They carry an excellent quarantee.
Hon on 08/06/2007:
No problem at all since I bought 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 however the transmission felt little funny. The D light was flashing. The 4th gear did not work. Other gears worked fine. I send my car to the dealer. Technician could not find any problem. I took my car back. I drove in about 4000 miles. Again D light was flashing. I send it back, technician found and replaced the transmission and it costs us $3500 but the Honda paid for it, I paid nothing.

I found out that the transmission was made in America. I will refuse to buy any Honda/Acura vehicles with the transmission, which America made. I have had an Acura Integra; there was no transmission problem since 1992. It was made in Japan. Anyway, I will plan to buy Acura TSX; all 100% parts of TSX are made in Japan. I trust Japanese made. ;) I love Honda but some are made in America. :(
anthony on 11/20/2012:
bought a Honda civic 2.0 type s hatch on a 54 plate 2month in and am now having trans problems most gears crunch and 4th has completely gone I used to like Honda
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2000 Honda transmission problem
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I am the unfortunate owner of a 2000 Honda Odyssey with a transmission problem. On January of 2008 my check engine light came on. I was already familiar with a class action lawsuit concerning the transmission. I took the vehicle to a local Honda dealer in Smyrna, Ga. The transmission was replaced under the class action settlement. I thought everything was great. My vehicle had low miles and now I got a new transmission.
Fast forward to present day, my check engine light came back on recently. My vehicle only has @84K. The code for the check engine light was shown a transmission problem. I contacted the dealership and Honda Customer Service. All they could say was we can't help you. I guess they don't want top stand behind their product.
Has anyone else had a similar problem. I don't think I am the only one.
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CaptainSpaulding on 08/20/2010:
It is a well known fact that transmissions on the 1999 and 2000 Honda Accords and Odysseys are defective. My guess is that when they previously replaced your transmission, they did so with a reconditioned unit.

If I were you, I would try to contact American Honda Motor Company as well as the law firm who represented you and the other members of the class action lawsuit against Honda.
NickL11354 on 08/20/2010:
Its a 10 year car with 84K miles which is a lot, not 'only' 84K miles because typically once a car hits 100K miles that is when huge repair costs start to keep it on the road. And it isn't uncommon to have to rebuild or replace a transmission near 100K either in most cars
CaptainSpaulding on 08/20/2010:
NickL11354: Maybe that's the case with a GM, Ford, or Chrysler, but Hondas and Toyotas usually run trouble free well beyond 100,000 miles.

I don't think that 84,000 miles on a 10 year old car is a lot. My work car, a 1997 Toyota Avalon, has with 180,000 miles on it, and aside from normal maintenance and an air conditioning compressor, I have never had any problems with it.
Anonymous on 08/20/2010:
you know, people that say hondas and toyotas "last longer" I agree with. I also agree you can get the same mileage out of a GM or ford as well. I just think that these Hondas and Toyotas can withstand more abuse and neglect. If people took care of their cars, they would last a lot longer. I had a Ford Taurus SHO with almost 200K on the clock before the transmission finally gave up on me.
Anonymous on 08/20/2010:
Prince, I agree. We keep our cars/trucks as long as we can since its not a good investment to keep throwing money away on new ones. We have a Ford truck with 128,000 miles on it with very few past problems and it's still going strong. I attribute that to always getting the oil changed at the correct intervals and making sure things are replaced as needed. Our truck is a 1997. We have also had Toyotas & Hondas with well over 100,000--I think one had 159,000. Our cars have usually lasted 12-13 years with just maintenance costs.
bcd on 08/20/2010:
It’s too soon to speculate about a transmission problem that apparently has not been evaluated yet. All we know is that the transmission needs to be checked.
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Defective Used Engine
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- On a weekend in December, 2005, I took my 1993 Honda Civic to Honda of Concord outside of Charlotte, NC because it was running hot, and left it there. On the following Monday, the service advisor called and informed that the engine needed replaced. He told me that he could get a used engine. I told to get the used engine and installed. I picked the car up on December 23 and everything seemed fine. On January 20 the oil light came on. I thought that the car needed oil and I added oil. The next week the oil light came on again. Two weeks later it came on again. On February 13, I took the car back to Honda of Concord. I told the service advisor that something was very wrong with the used engine they put in the car. He said they would flush it out and put some lubricate in and change the oil. He said that ordinarily, it would cost $115, but he would talk with the manager and it would cost $90.00. I told him that I shouldn't have to pay anything apparently since the used engine was defective in the first place. I had just paid $3500 for that used engine. I made an appointment to take the car back on February 27 since I had no other choice at this point. I spoke with [name removed], Service Director, and asked why hadn't the engine been tested. He said there was no way to test it.

I took the car back on February 27, to have the second used engine installed. The service advisor told me it would be ready that evening. He called me back and told me while he was test driving the car, it cut off. Later he called me back and said that I need an ignition coil and iginitor. I wasn't having any problems with the ignition before. He told me the cost would be $145. The total including the labor for engine came to $377.

Later that day, the service advisor called me back to say that the used engine that they put in needed to be replaced with another used engine because the oil light might continue to come on. This would cost me $277.

Although this happen in December 2005, I just wanted to share my story to make you are aware of unscrupulous dealerships or anyone services your car. Please make sure you know the condition of the parts, and where they are purchasing them. Do your research. Also, pay attention to the warranty.
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DigitalCommando on 08/26/2007:
After researching prices for a 1993 Honda civic, I found a sampling of 8 cars with DEALER prices ranging from 1,500 dollars as a low, and 2,400 dollars as a high. Why would you spend 3,500 dollars on a motor for a car that is only worth 2,400 dollars at best? It appears that you did not get any second opinions or estimates, a grave mistake, especially in the auto repair business. I think you need to look in the mirror on this one and write this off as a learning experience. Suggestion: before taking your vehicle to a repair shop, call them and tell them you were in a restaurant eating lunch today and you overheard 2 men talking about bringing in "bait cars" to area repair shops to determine who is engaging in fraudulent repairs, and they mentioned your shops name and I thought I would help you out with this info! Click. Rest assured that when you bring your car in the following day you will get an ACCURATE estimate/repair. To really get the juices of honesty flowing, strap a walkie-talkie on your side, walk around taking notes and take a couple of photographs of the building, leave, your job is done, and your wallet won't go on a crash diet. Happy motoring!
Anonymous on 08/27/2007:
Is it really fair to blame Honda for a 12 year old used engine you bought?????????
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Third Transmission in 70,000 miles
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1919 TORRANCE BOULEVARD, CALIFORNIA -- I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey with 70,000 miles. The second transmission just went and I need a third transmission. Because it is a few months out of warranty, I need to pay for it- almost $3000 worth. Honda basically said too bad. I bought this car because of its reputation as a reliable vehicle. The fact that I now need a third transmission in 70,000 miles is insane! This car has been a disaster! I will never buy a Honda vehicle again.
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Ytropious on 10/17/2009:
My Honda recently rolled over to 156K, still original engine and tranny too.
msnanny on 10/18/2009:
My 2002 Honda CRV has 140K miles and I've never had a drop of trouble with it. I'm sure your problem is legit but it's not all Hondas. Good luck.
redmx3racer on 10/18/2009:
Yes-any car can break down and have problems, no matter what the reputation of that brand is. 3 Trans. in under 70K is excessive-for any car.
I would have sold it after I replaced it the second time. Maybe you can check and see if your state has a Lemon Law.
PepperElf on 10/18/2009:
also, your transmission's lifespan is related to how you drive.

I should know. I used to gun my engine all the time. I wouldn't speed more than 5mph over the limit (except for I64 on the way to work cos the flow of traffic was 10mph over). BUT... I'd get to my speed limit pretty darned fast. My friends used to say I was driving a race car the way I drove.

Needless to say the transmission died. I'm sure it would have lived longer had I been gentler to that beast
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Honda Transmission
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PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA -- At 87K miles the transmission on my 2000 Honda Accord failed. My mechanic told me that there was a default with the transmission and that Honda should replace it. There was also a class action suit pending. Honda extended the warranty on the transmissions to 109K miles. After having the transmission replaced at 87K miles, the "new" or rebuilt transmission has failed again at only 127K miles! That is only 40K miles on this transmission. Honda is saying that since the 109K mileage has passed, they will not replace the transmission. The new transmission was obviously also faulty and should be under warranty since it has only 40K miles on it.
I bought a Honda for reliability and have never been more disappointed in a company or product.
If Honda is not willing to stand by its' products, I will not buy another Honda and I will discourage anyone I can from purchasing one.
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Sparticus on 03/11/2007:
So much for their quality and reliability. I've been losing faith in Honda over the years. I used to think they rivaled Toyota in regards to quality, now I believe Toyota is better overall. My 1999 Toyota 4Runner has close to 130K on it, and it runs great. Never any problems beyond standard maintenance (knock on wood!) I'm hoping to make 200k with it before I retire it to my garage... =)
prcalmb4storm on 03/11/2007:
Get a New Car! Hyundai is a reliable option
pauladi on 04/14/2007:
I have a 2001 Hinda Civic with 85,000 miles on it, the transmission failed and at the dealer they want $3500 to replace it for a new one!!! How did you get Honda to take care of it? Which cars are covered by that 109,000 miles warranty? I'll appreciate any help you can give me with this. I'm still in shock, I cannot afford this repair ...
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Transmission Failure
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I own a 1999 Acura 3.0 CL with 80,000 miles on it and the transmission already needs to be replaced!! The transmission is the same one used the Accords. Honda only extended the transmission warranty on 2000 and 2001's, which just isn't fair because the 99's have the same tranny. I'm dismayed that such a huge company would treat there customers this way.
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Anonymous on 04/05/2004:
According to my information Acura's powertrain warranty is 4yr/50,000 miles and Honda's powertrain warranty is 3yr/36,000 miles and has been since 1996. How many years and miles are you being told Honda extended it to?
gman3fan on 04/05/2004:
You got 80K out of your transmission, while that's not 200K, it ain't bad either. Especially if it hasn't been serviced at ALL the proper intervals. Has it I wonder? So many of them aren't.
melissa.messner.ni1q on 04/08/2004:
If it makes you feel any better, my 2003 Chevy only has 14k and the tranny's acting up. 80k isn't bad for a major problem, especially if you've missed a few regular check ups. Sorry to hear about that though, maybe it's time to hook up with dealerdirect and buy a new car!
Anonymous on 04/08/2004:
Actually Melissa I don't sell cars, I just teach dealerships to sell, service, and customer retention.
sukinsyn on 05/10/2004:
I have a 2001 Acura Cl with 21500 miles on it. It is May of 2004 and my car is at the dealership getting it's second transmission installed. The first went out one month after I took it home from the dealer when it had 800 miles on it. I am now going to leave it at the dealer and try to get out of the remaining 3 months on my lease. I am sick of it.
daat on 02/08/2005:
Regarding the failure of the transmission in 1999Acura CL. The previous post states the transmission failed at 80,000 and this was unaceptable. My 1999 CL transmission failed at 24,000miles which I would think would be grounds for a new transmission . Acura replaced the transmission with a REBUILT TRANSMISSION, AND WARRANTED IT FOR 12,000 MILES. There have been numerous problems with this 99CL , and now the EGR is out on it for second time. It was supposedly fixed at 29,000miles but it is now inoperable again. This is the first Honda product I have owned and in considering this at this time it may be the last and I was about to purchase a new Honda Element ,but who knows what lurks under the hood of this Honda.
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