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#242 of 496 My First & Last Honda
Aug 08, 2009 (1:36 pm)
My experience with this Judder problem has not been as colorful as that described in message #241 by "rikfre". I have however had my fill of Honda and Shaller Honda of New Britain, CT. The judder issue appeared at about 93,000 miles and just prior to reaching the limit of the extended warrentee at 98,000, they finally relented to my repeated concerns on this observed "judder" on take-off from a stop especially when going up hill. While in pretty much full denial of "judder" as an issue, they did take my car in for 2 days and performed the "burnish" procedure which cost me about $100 for transmission oil. The car seemed to settle down for about 5 thousand miles (beyond my extended warranty period) and resumed judder as before. During my next service I discussed this observation with Shaller's "Green" Team repair guy and was not offered anything in the way of a solution which didn't involve VERY SERIOUS $$$. After that experience I no longer consider Honda Motors nor Shaller Honda of New Britain, CT as worthy of my patronage. This past February, we purchased a 2009 Prius w/Pkg 6 from Wallingford Toyota...and have had a positive impression of both Toyota and the dealership to date. The Prius has averaged 51+ indicated MPG over the 7,000 miles driven thus far. As for our 2003 HCH, it now has 130,000 on it. I have it serviced at a Valvoline Oil Service Center for fluids/filters and an independent for anything more involved. The judder remains, but we're going to follow "rikfre's" advice and drive on...until it won't drive anymore. We're done with Honda America and the dealership.
#243 of 496 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Failure. [dorado]
Aug 10, 2009 (1:40 pm)
I have a 2004 HCH that I bought used in 2007. I've had the transmission clutch cleaned (I don't know for sure what they do) about seven months or so ago. It did a rumble thing when I'd take off. Well, now it's hesitating to shift when I first start out and doing the grumble thing again. Any ideas what I should do? I don't have warranty on it - there's 185K miles on it.
#244 of 496 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Failure. [twizb]
Aug 10, 2009 (3:15 pm)
Flush the tranny fluid, once I did that the judder went away. Are you on the original hybrid battery?
#245 of 496 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Failure. [bbb99]
Aug 10, 2009 (4:45 pm)
what does the original hybrid battery have to do with the tranny..?
#246 of 496 1993 Civic Hybrid CVT pause/juddering
Aug 12, 2009 (10:51 am)
I just called the Honda America number (1-800-999-1009) to report a CVT transmission problem on my Mom's 93 Hybrid with less than 50,000 miles.
They told me that the warranty had been extended to 7 years or 105,000 miles to cover "transmission slippage", but my Mom bought it a few days too late (expired August 9, 2009). They say they will "open a case" and discuss it with her dealership when it is diagnosed (she has to pay for diagnosis). They will get in touch with her in 2 business days to let her know if they will cover any repairs/replacement.
I will keep this forum posted on how they treat her. She always got all maintenance done at the dealer, Sacucci of RI, and trusts them implicitly.
I hope I can report something positive.
#247 of 496 Re: 1993 Civic Hybrid CVT pause/juddering [jvee]
Aug 12, 2009 (12:19 pm)
93 Civic Hybrid? 03 you mean? She still should be under warranty for any civic hybrid...
#248 of 496 2003 Civic Hybrid, I mean!
Aug 12, 2009 (5:36 pm)
Yeah, you'd think her 2003 Civic Hybrid would still be under the 7-year, 105K mile extension for slipping CVT, but she bought it August 9 of 2002, meaning it just misses being covered.
I'll keep you posted. Should know by next Friday, August 21, what the diagnosis and decision are.
#249 of 496 Re: 2003 Civic Hybrid, I mean! [jvee]
Aug 18, 2009 (1:30 pm)
I am so glad I found this site. I have a 2004 Civic Hybrid which I took in at 45000 miles(I purchased an extended warranty when I purchased the car) with transmission problems. The tech at the dealer said the car needed a new transmission at that time, but Honda decided to replace something. They kept my car for two weeks! When I found out they had not replaced the transmission I made sure there were notes that this was done and if it occurred again something would be done. I continued to have problems with it and just before the extended warranty ran out I took it back in..they changed the transmission fluid and said that should make it okay. I really should have been more persistent. At 98000 miles took it in and Honda, very rudely I might add, said they would pay to replace it at 2/3 the cost of the transmission with me paying $1600. I have talked with Honda and my dealer and they refuse to do any better. I am out of people to go to about this problem. Any ideas? I appreciate any response. I have until Monday, August 24 to accept their offer. Thanks!
#250 of 496 Re: 2003 Civic Hybrid, I mean! [pwebb]
Aug 18, 2009 (2:04 pm)
The CVT transmission is basically a tranny for a motorcycle/scooter and they stuck it in a car. The best way I can describe it is like a ten speed bike gear system. They know its defective and do take advantage. since you do not specifically mention the problems. I have no idea what it is. google "system re-set for Honda Hybrids" sometimes the dealers do not reset the system (if needed). A good local mechanic can do it for you. it can make a difference. I am not a mechanic/technician
#251 of 496 Still waiting...
Aug 19, 2009 (5:24 am)
It looks as though my mom just slipped in before the transmission warrantee expired on her 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT. The recall service(s) would not have been affected by an expired warrantee.
They did the recall item, burnishing (whatever the hell that is), and had no luck fixing the delay or the grinding. They have ordered the new "star" clutch and will install it soon, a two-day job.
I really hope this works.
I'll keep you all posted.