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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.
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.
A. I think this is the TSB you are referring to:
TSB Number: 00-012
Date: June 20, 2000
1996-00 Civic - See VEHICLES AFFECTED
1997-99 CR-V - See VEHICLES AFFECTED
Harsh Shifting Automatic Transmission
(Supersedes 00-012, dated April 4, 2000)
The transmission shifts harshly, or it may stay in first gear. The MIL may be on with DTC P0730 or P0715 stored.
Contamination of the linear solenoid and its associated passages inside the transmission.
1996-99 Civic - All with A/T (except HX with CVT)