When I push the excellerator, the car doesn't smoothly excellerate. It kind of bumps through. Is this common in a Civic Hybrid of about 55,000 miles? And what is the repair likely to cost?
by Visitor in Reston, VA on February 28, 2010
I have a 2004 and it stutters or slips, I took it to a reputable mechanic who did some research on it and found that if you flush the transmission fluid on it a few times it cures the problem, it costs about 100 bucks here in CA to do this but it fixed the problem. they recommend changing the fluid every 30,000 miles
That does help, but you'll find that this is a known problem with Honda and that it is in fact covered, even if you are out of warranty. Take it in and make them replace the part. We were told it's covered up to 150,000 miles. Hope this helps. You shouldn't be paying even $100 for that!
I would check with your Honda Dealer (ASAP) Many Honda Civic Hybrids equipped with the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) experience drive belt slippage, or shuddering at low speeds. TSB 07-050. Honda increased the warranty on selected models to 7 years or 100,000 miles to address this issue.
Mark @ Katzman Automotive and Transmissions
RE: the slippage/shuddering:
What recourse is there if we brought our car in numerous times BEFORE hitting 100K and they could find nothing. Now, past 100K, the dealer tells us we need a new transmission. Seems like this should be covered under the lemon law? Any help appreciated.
Be insistent that you have a long history for issues concerning the car. Tell them you did try to bring it in on various occasions with no results from Honda. The same issue happened to me with my 04 civic hybrid. The IMA light kept coming on and the recharge system kept failing. They just told me it was a code that needed to be reset. Not the case. I had to take it to the dealer like 4 times before I demanded they look at the history of why I came in so often. I also did a little research online before hand to get info to back up possibility of defective IMA battery system. They actually took longer and determined it was a defective IMA system. Stay focused, friendly but on their ass if need be. And yes... if they wont work with you, call the lemon number and report to them.. Get a case going.