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#459 of 496 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder
Jun 08, 2012 (8:07 pm)
We have a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid 111,000 miles. We bought used with 15,000 miles. We first noticed a shudder, like driving over rough pavement, when accelerating from a complete stop to about 5 miles per hour, every time we came to a stop, last July. This happened to coincide with 2 new tires on the front. We were on a 2,000 mile trip and thought it was just the new tires. Didn't seem like a big deal. Well it took me until a month ago to finally go back to the tire shop where owner completely balanced the tires and when he finally got in the car immediately said "that's the transmission". Doh! I never said anything to my mechanic because I thought it was a tire issue and he never noticed it. So I took it back to my mechanic who told me to take it to a transmission shop and ask for a transmission service, he thought it might be a stuck valve and the centrifuge might knock it back into place but not to say that to the transmission people there because they would immediately want to take it apart. The shop wanted to do a full transmission flush which I agreed to, but when he drove the car told me not to waste my money on the flush because the transmission was going and needed to be rebuilt, roughly $3,000. I insisted on going ahead with the flush which he did. When I went to pick up the car this afternoon he said "I don't know what happened, it's a complete miracle! The shudder has completely stopped." Definitely worth doing the flush first.
#460 of 496 Re: My First & Last Honda [bobguynn]
Jun 18, 2012 (4:17 pm)
I have a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid and the transmission has been giving me problems from day one and every time I have the dealer work on it, I get a new problem. now the transmission wines in forward gear.
I don't plan on taking it back to West County Honda if I can help it. The dollars just seem to fly out of the wallet when I do.
#462 of 496 Re: My First & Last Honda [macuser48]
Jun 20, 2012 (5:09 pm)
If you read the more than 350 coments (I stopped counting at that point) you will see we all have been had by Honda. This car from 2003 to 2006 was poorly designed re:transmission/computer/and catalytic computer. The car was recalled in Japan, but our Government would not insist that Honda do the same in this country. The irony is that some "genius" started a class action law suit not about our problems, but rather the belief that Honda lied about projected gas mileage. That is the only thing on this sorry car that works great...still getting great mileage after 175000 miles on my 2003; 40-50mpg and more in warm weather than cold, but seriously needing a FOURTH transmission. Yes, they replaced the original and second transmission due to the 100K mile warranty I purchased at time of sale. Saved $6000 on the two. Now they want 3500 for the next one. No way will they get another dollar of my money. Good Luck. Stan29
#463 of 496 Re: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder [hegdol]
Jul 05, 2012 (5:33 am)
This car was recalled for this problem and mine was repaired by a dealer at no charge two years ago. The juddering is happening again so I'm calling the dealer again today. Part of the fix IS to flush the transmission--hope you didn't have to pay for it.
#464 of 496 Re: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder [annie57]
Jul 06, 2012 (7:12 am)
I got rid of mine but, flushing the fluid is a waste of time once the jutter starts. I would recommend changing your tranny fluid every time you change the oil. I know it's excessive but seems to help.
#465 of 496 Re: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder [wds13196]
Jul 07, 2012 (3:32 am)
That would make for an expensive "oil change"....even with a 10,000 mile interval!
#466 of 496 Re: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder [bobguynn]
Jul 08, 2012 (11:57 am)
its expensive..but it works....!!
#467 of 496 Re: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder [rikfre]
Jul 09, 2012 (2:00 am)
If money's no object...trading it in on a new Prius would also work!
#468 of 496 Re: 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid Transmission Shudder [bobguynn]
Jul 09, 2012 (3:42 am)
I'll offer up my reasoning. I believe Honda dropped the recommend change interval from 30k to 20k. I think it shoud be even lower due to the fact there is only 4-5 quarts , can't remember exactly, in the transmission. Similar to wants in the crankcase and just as thin. These issues are not limited to the hybrid but the GX, HX and Insight as well. Any with the early cvt.