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#4924 of 5207 97 EX Automatic problem
Apr 27, 2006 (3:09 pm)
Stats: 1997 honda civic ex, i purchased certified from a honda dealership, since i had all Maintenance done as scheduled, 163,00 miles
Symptoms: When pulling off from a stop, car feels like it is sliding on ice. Last week check engine light came on.
What i've done: (midfeb - march) when i first noticed slipping took it to the dealership & he said it could be my transmission going bad. (april) check engine light came on one day after adding new type of oil in car (10w-30 usually 5w-30) . I took it back to the honda dealership and they said i need a new transmission, oil pan gasket, rear trailing arms & a wheel alignment...total costs $5,000. I though that was too much so I took it to another shop & the said that my gear selector switch (installed for $300) needed to be replaced... he couldn't gurantee how long it would fix the problem.
My Question: is it worth it to spend $5000 on a ten year old car w/ 163,000 miles????
#4925 of 5207 Overheating. Should I fix it?
Apr 27, 2006 (4:03 pm)
I have a 97 Honda Civic Hx. I have had no previous problems with the car. It has 183,000 miles, and runs pretty good. Yesterday I was driving and it began to overheat. I took it to the mechanic and he told me it would be at least $700 to fix. It has some other minor problems, and I am just wanting to know if I should spend $700 on a car that is almost 10 years old. Any suggestions??
#4926 of 5207 Re: Overheating. Should I fix it? [mkterry]
Apr 28, 2006 (6:00 am)
Do you 1st trust this mechanic, if not take it somewhere else to get another estimate. Also check out the other minor problems. If you repair vehicle and runs well, its was $$ well spent, as where can you buy a vehicle that would run as well as yours for $700.00.
Do what I had to do, I had an 87 Toyota Corolla, that ran well, and it failed the air quality test, so what should I do? I decided to repair at $600 but wife overruled so I had no choice as she wanted a "new Honda 2006 Civic EX . I made a financially bad choice ( as cheaper to repair old vehicle), but now I have a happier wife.
Apr 29, 2006 (8:41 am)
Any issues with this car? Any "teething problems" that would make me wait until '07?
I test drove, and it seems like a nice commuter...
#4928 of 5207 Re: Overheating. Should I fix it? [crusher1]
Apr 29, 2006 (4:42 pm)
Thanks for the advice. I actually have to install a new engine now, but at least then I can trade it in when I get a new car. How you do you like your new civic? I am probably going to get a new one in a couple of months, but havent gotten a chance to ride in one yet.
#4929 of 5207 Re: '06 EX 5M [slorenzen]
Apr 29, 2006 (11:19 pm)
I have an EX 5M Coupe which I'm very happy with. There were some reports of early Canadien-built cars having gasket separation at the front and rear windshields, but these reports seem to have dissapated. My Canada car was built this month and seems fine. I would always recommend waiting for the second-year encore on a new design if you can but, I didn't take my own advice. I needed a car now, I love the new Civic, and I like hearing, "So, that's the new Civic huh?"!
#4930 of 5207 Engine light and SRS light
Apr 30, 2006 (1:51 pm)
After having the timing serviced on my wife's 02 Civic the next day the check engine light came on and now the SRS light is on. I have to take it in to the dealer tomorrow. Is this just a coincidence that it happened after the dealer's service or should I suspect the lights are related to something the service department might have done incorrectly?
#4931 of 5207 2003 Civic Overheating
May 01, 2006 (5:26 am)
Ok.. so first let me start by saying... I'm a 22 female, who sadly really knows VERY little about my car...or any car for that matter.
I have a 2003 Honda Civic.. I bought it brand new, I've done all it's maintenance, and it just hit 100k... I commute about 200 miles per day. At about 90k I had to replace my alternator, and shortly after that my battery. The only thing that changed in my car at those times that maybe could have been a sign was that my heater would be blowing & all of a sudden the hot air would turn cold.. the blowing wouldn't lessen, just be cold. When I explained this to Honda, they said this was not possible. Needless to say, my alternator & battery were they replaced just a couple weeks later, so I figured it had something to do with that (even though I've been told it doesn't) So... even after my alternator & battery were fixed it only took about 1 week before my heater started doing this again... it would happen most often when I would come to a stop light or if I put my car in park and let it continue to run. I asked Honda about it again, and still.. of course, nothing wrong. And did I mention that everytime I bring it in there, they are charging me $160 for a diagnostic test... so far I've paid for 4.. 3 different Honda dealers.. in the last 3 months.. I am getting very frustrated.
Well, here's where the real problem starts.. about 3 weeks ago, I was driving to work.. and I was already driving local (was no longer on the freeway) and my temperature thing just all of a sudden shot up to HOT... even though there was no difference in the way my car was driving, I immediately pulled over. Turned it off, and then looked my coolant (Surprisingly, I do know that much) I didn't see any problem.. the white plastic thing had coolant in it-- so I assumed it was not empty in the other part. So.. I turned it back on.. and it went down... Obviously I took it back to Honda.. and of course.. can you guess? STILL, they can't find anything wrong with it.. but they didn't have a problem charging me the $160 again.. so.. this weekend..similar problem, except this time I had the car in park, and I had ran into a gas station for directions, when I came back, the gauge thing was all the way HOT again... I turned my heater on full blast, like one of my friends had recommended-- and the temperature went back down to normal. So.. this was about 4 days ok.. no problems... Now...this morning.. again.. almost all the way to work, and it starts to overheat.. I turn the heater on, it goes down.. except then the heater starts blowing cool, and then it starts to overheat again... and it keeps doing this, the heater blows cold, the car goes to hot, the heater blows hot, and the car goes back to normal.. Anyone know what this is? I am in desperate need to get this fixed. Someone please help me?!?! Thank you!!
#4932 of 5207 Re: 2003 Civic Overheating [2003hcivic]
May 01, 2006 (5:44 am)
I'm not familar with the 03 Civic, but it sounds like you could have air pockets trapped in your cooling system. On my other cars, there's usually a air bleed off valve on the expansion tank chamber or radiator. Open it a bit, start the car up and turn the heater to max hot and full blast. Air bubbles should coome out as coolant begins to fill the air pockets. You'll need to top off the coolant when your done.
If your not loosing coolant, then there's no leak... that's def. good.
Other options inlucde a stuck thermostat. It's an inexpensive part, but labor will get you.
Instead of spending $150+ per visit, I would recommend you get your coolant flushed and replace the thermostat, water pump, hoses, etc. while your in there. This should save you on labor costs.
#4933 of 5207 Re: 2003 Civic Overheating [tygger]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 01, 2006 (6:16 am)
tygger's guesses sound pretty good to me, too. At least a coolant flush, new thermostat and a proper air bleed of the system sound like a LOT better approach than going back to the lame dealer. Seems to be a bad water pump is a more remote possibility given the symptoms but not entirely out of the question. Opening the heater causes the coolant to circulate through the heater core, and this can contribute to cooler running.
By the way, are you QUITE certain your electric cooling fan is running when it should? Usually, overheating at idle is a cooling issue and overheating at speed is a circulation issue.
So before you replace anything, you should have a mechanic make sure your electric cooling fan is kicking in when it should.