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Honda Civic Transmission Crisis

Q. I would appreciate any info you could give me about a 1997 Honda Civic transmission crisis we just had. Daughters car, bought new 1997, 49,000 miles, automatic transmission. Just started vibration/slipping on initial start from a dead start. Honda dealer says simply, it will cost $4,000.00 to $5,000.00 for a remanufactured transmission.

Honda Civic Transmission Crisis

I just found a Honda technical bulletin that describes replacing the fluid and a linear solenoid. How would you advise us? At this point, I don't know if the dealer is just trying to make a large profit on a transmission R&R.

Thanks,
Bob
Salinas, Ca.

A. I think this is the TSB you are referring to:

TSB Number: 00-012
Date: June 20, 2000

Applies To:
1996-00 Civic - See VEHICLES AFFECTED
1997-99 CR-V - See VEHICLES AFFECTED

Harsh Shifting Automatic Transmission
(Supersedes 00-012, dated April 4, 2000)

SYMPTOM:
The transmission shifts harshly, or it may stay in first gear. The MIL may be on with DTC P0730 or P0715 stored.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Contamination of the linear solenoid and its associated passages inside the transmission.

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1996-99 Civic - All with A/T (except HX with CVT)

2000 Civic: