Civic Hybrid

Harsh Transmission Engagemnet After Engine Auto Stop on Honda Civic Hybrid

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A harsh engagement of the automatic transmission may be noted after the engine auto stops. A software update for the powertrain control module (PCM) / constantly variable transmission (CVT) is available which may correct this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 106,500 (60,000–168,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
4 model years affected: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
17 people reported this problem
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Transmission makes a huge rumble sound when I go from auto stop. It is worse when driving uphill. Have not yet been able to fix.
It hasn't been fixed yet. There's so many things wrong with it speedometer has to go all the way to 40 miles an hour for it to shift gears. It's completely klunks quite often and surges when stopped. AC turn s off on Auto Stop The right side rattles and now I can feel vibration under my foot. It has 3 brand new motor mounts so I know that's not what it is. It just runs so rough I'm so incredibly disappointed. I had a 93 Civic LX NORMAL CAR and bought it used when it was only three years old. That was the best car I've ever owned. Just normal maintenance and we went all over Arizona. I LOVED Honda. I have told everybody and anybody that will listen to never ever buy a Civic Hybrid. I'm so incredibly disappointed with Honda. Being on a fixed income makes it almost impossible to even have this car. Everyone says sell it but I would feel so guilty if I would do this to someone else. Sorry and unfortunately this Hybird TOTALLY SUCKS Thanks so much for letting me vent. I'll figure it out!
Now at 106 K and having a/c compressor issues and strong transmission noises. I hadn't linked the latter to the auto stop, but I've had problems with lack of engagement, unpredictable engagement, stalling, etc. with auto stop for years (since car was young) with no appropriate response from Honda (at 2 dealer service centers). They could not recreate the issue, but after many attempts, a tech. found a bad sensor, but it was never repaired. I find this very dangerous, as there are times when I cannot get the engine to reengage and I have no power. Dealer stated that I didn't use the auto stop properly and implied I didn't understand how it worked. I'm surprised there haven't been serious injuries from this.