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Transmission Not Engage Problems of Honda Civic



Honda Civic owners have reported 33 problems related to transmission not engage (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 1
Failure Date: 10/14/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while parking, he attempted to shift into reverse but it failed to engage. The contact mentioned that the vehicle would only move forward. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be rebuilt. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 83,808. Updated 11/21/lj.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 2
Failure Date: 04/14/2013

Vehicle is a 2001 Honda Civic ex automatic transmission. Regular service, no major repairs prior. On day of incident check engine light came on suddenly and when trying to accelerate there would be an increase in rpm but gear would not engage. Brought to Honda dealership by tow truck and codes were run by dealer on 4/15/2013. Code for "internal transmission failure" was found. Estimated repair cost is $4500. Contacted Honda customer service on 4/15/2013 for information about repair cost reduction. Customer service reported that due to vehicle age and mileage a goodwill repair could not be performed, no extended warranty available as VIN not included in recall or 2006 Honda transmission settlement, nor cost lowered by dealer via intervention from corporate office. Customer service representative stated that she was aware of multiple complaints for this exact problem but since no official recall has been issued there was nothing they could do. *I request the NHTSA to perform an inspection of this problem as many normally driven 2001 Honda Civics are experiencing the exact same type of transmission failure, which may be due to a transmission defect in manufacture manifesting after 10-12 years and/or >90,000 miles. Honda vehicles are known for reliability and longevity, in some cases lasting well beyond 200,000 miles and 12 years of trouble-free driving. Many are now faced with junk yard or salvage due to the problem of transmission failure. *.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 3
Failure Date: 02/18/2012

I was headed home from atlanta on i85 when my transmission started acting up. I was able to get home but it could have been really bad if it had completely stopped working. Interstate 85 is a very busy interstate. As I got closer to home the transmission would not engage and the engine would just rev. I just bought this car a week ago. It only has 123,900 miles on it. I also had a 2001 Civic that I had to rebuild the transmission in as well. I should have learned my lesson with Honda then!!.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 4
Failure Date: 10/30/2010

My 2001 Honda Civic lx lost speed right on the crowded freeway. I managed to get off the freeway and came to the stop. The gear was not engaged and the engine check line lit up. The transmission failed without warning. I now have learned that transmission failure is common on this car model but there is no recall. Any thing that NHTSA would do to help us consumers with this issue?.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 5
Failure Date: 10/23/2010

While driving down a typical road in the suburbs, I noticed that when I accelerated from a dead stop at a couple of intersections that my vehicle would suddenly rev up to ~5-6000rpm before switching to the next gear. I got over to the right lane to pull into a parking lot to investigate the problem, but got stuck at another red light before I was able to pull over. When I tried to accelerate again to make it the last 50 feet into the lot, the engine revved, but the transmission would not engage. I received assistance to push my car off the road, and checked my fluids. My transmission fluid was normal and filled to the top. There were no warnings that my transmission was about to fail, no noises, no warning lights, nothing, and this car has been well maintained. I am currently in the process of having it repaired, which will entail having a new transmission put into the car.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 6
Failure Date: 06/17/2010

Cruse control suddenly speed up and down by itself and transmission not engaged on highway. I changed cruse control all parts with dealer non of them work and I got same happening every month 4or 10 times on highway and suddenly my transmission makes whining sound I changed transmission fluid every 30000mi but it give me trouble. As I check on my issues in internet a lot of people got same trouble just like me even well maintained car owner got this same issues! something really wrong on Honda Civic 2002 transmission. I can not give it to my daughter for her first car cruse control speed up and down by itself and dealer can not fix and transmission suddenly makes funny action(sometimes disengage on middle of anywhere ). Since Jun 2010, I don't use cruse control and somehow managed my Civic run on highway and I add up 40000mi more and I really feel guilty for other driver when I drive on highway!.


car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 7
Failure Date: 05/13/2010

I was driving home with my daughter from her school soccer practice in rush hour when suddenly my car began to decelerate. I was in rush hour traffic and driving in the lane when this occurred. I had to immediately turn my hazard lights on and work my way over two lanes of traffic because my transmission disengaged. I tried pushing on the gas pedal and the car did not respond. The speed limit on the road wad 50mph and I was lucky that the car to my right allowed me to merge to the right. It was a very bad time for my transmission to fail. I had no warning signs and could have been in a serious accident in the traffic I was in. Reading other complaints on-line make me realize that the 2001 Honda Civic was the worst year for Honda automatic transmissions and I am shocked that no recall has been issued. Honda has always had a very stellar reputation and I believe they should do the right thing in taking care of it's customers. My vehicle has 121,000 miles and has also had several problems with it's a/c which is also a major problem. Many consumers have reported the a/c problem also.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 8
Failure Date: 04/03/2010

Second time! complete failure of automatic transmission. Replaced in 06. 25. 07 with new Honda trans. Sudden failure in the middle of traffic. Car driving fine and with no warning drive disengages and vehicle can not move out of traffic. Very dangerous!.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 9
Failure Date: 03/03/2010

My 2002 Honda Civic has 79k+ miles. Last Saturday 3/6/2010 the transmission suddenly failed while driving on the highway. The vehicle lost all forward power since the transmission was not engaging. Downshifting did not help and acceleration while in gear only caused the engine to rev up. The sudden deceleration of the vehicle forced me to stop at the side of the highway and nearly caused vehicles behind me to crash into me due to the sudden change in speed. Restarting the car and engaging the gears did not do anything. After towing it to the local Honda dealer, they noted that the transmission had failed and required a completely new transmission. These failures at these low mileage are unacceptable and sudden failures are an extreme safety hazard.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 10
Failure Date: 01/08/2010

I have a 2001 Honda Civic with an automatic transmission. I was on the highway driving behind a slow semi-trailer so I pulled out to pass. When I stepped on the gas pedal the engine revved but the transmission did not engage. I had to pull back into the right lane behind the semi as the car would not accelerate to pass the semi. Ever since that time there has been a considerable lag time between stepping on the gas pedal and having the transmission engage when traveling faster than 25 mph.


 
car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 11
Failure Date: 04/01/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Civic. The contact stated that when driving at any speed, the transmission would disengage without warning. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the vehicle was exhibiting no pressure to the transmission and advised him to replace the transmission. The current mileage was 171,113 and the failure mileage was 130,000.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 12
Failure Date: 03/18/2009

All 2006-2008 Honda Civic si (coupe & sedan) models that have experienced any issues related to the 6mt, including, but not limited to, (a) notchy shifting (b) resistance going into any gear (particularly 2nd & 3rd) (c) grinding of any type, in any gear not caused by operator error (d) transmission not engaging into any gear (particularly 2nd & 3rd) (e) transmission kicking out/popping out into neutral from 3rd gear (f) a third gear with an imprecise gate that sometimes allows for the shifter to be unsure whether to engage in 3rd or return to neutral. (g) had your transmission/syncros replaced and are experiencing transmission woes again with the same (or other) gears.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 13
Failure Date: 12/12/2008

I have a 2001 Honda Civic lx with standard transmission. Over the past week, the transmission seemed to take a little longer to engage, especially in the mornings. Throughout the day, the transmission shifted into gears better, so I thought I had some time to get it serviced. Yesterday, the problem got significantly worse. It took several seconds for the for the transmission to shift gears. After about 20 minutes of driving, the transmission wouldn't shift at all. Fortunately, I was in a friend's apartment parking lot when this happened. After that, I was only able to drive the car in reverse. The gears would not engage in d, d2, and d3. I just called the Honda dealership that sold me this auto, and they told me that a 7-year, 100k extended warranty was issued for Honda 2001 accords, but that this warranty does not apply to Honda Civics.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 14
Failure Date: 05/02/2008

Original owner of 2001 Honda Civic ex - 58,000 miles on vehicle - automatic transmission failure - vehicle will not engage in reverse and engages in 'drive' mode while in the neutral position. Local repair shop determined gears have fused and transmission fluid is 'burnt'. Vehicle is having a complete transmission rebuild at cost of $1,950.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 15
Failure Date: 04/17/2008

We own a 2001 Honda Civic, with an automatic transmission. On April 17, 2008, the transmission disengaged in heavy traffic. The car had to be towed away. The transmission specialist said it would cost over $2000 to repair. (it is still in the shop. ) numerous complaints have been logged for this very same problem but Honda dealership refuses to address it. The car has 117,000 miles on it.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 16
Failure Date: 04/09/2008

Transmission failed while going down highway. Transmission would not engage. At the time of the failure several cars following had to execute extreme avoidance actions to keep from rear ending disabled car. Luckily local police happen and was able to detour traffic around disabled car.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 17
Failure Date: 02/10/2008

I own a 2007 Honda Civic si (manual transmission) and 1 out of every 5 times I shift into 3rd gear it grinds and does not engage properly. In 4000 miles it has also fallen out of gear twice under normal driving conditions. When this happens the car will suddenly slow and I will be distracted while driving as it is quite unexpected on a car with 10,000 miles. I have brought the car to Honda and they said this was due to excessive clutch wear caused by "driving the car too hard". I drive about 50 miles a week in DC metro area traffic so this is hardly the case. Most owners of the same car and transmission are reporting the same problem and Honda has not done anything to remedy it. . Read more...

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 18
Failure Date: 01/03/2008

I have a 2007 Civic si with only 12,000 miles on it. Issue: 3rd gear hard to engage. It is an intermittent safety problem. When 3rd gear does not engage I have to go to 2nd or 4th gear, that causes vehicle to slow down during merging. Complaint to dealership twice. First time transmission oil replaced but did not fix this issue. 2nd time dealership told me that they cannot duplicate the issue. Honda needs to recall all these faulty manual transmissions before someone dies.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 19
Failure Date: 12/14/2007

Third gear intermittently does not engage or is very difficult to engage. Is especially bad when it is cold out.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 20
Failure Date: 12/13/2007

The third gear in the 6 speed manual transmission does not fully engage under higher rpms causing grinding and a mis-shift. Causes major wear on the gears and synchros. Dealer refuses to acknowledge the problem and is claiming it is the drivers fault.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 21
Failure Date: 10/20/2007

On my 06 Civic si's 6speed. The third and fourth gear do not engage, when then do they popped out and are rejected. This happens more frequently when it is cold however it also dose it when warm, randomly. The geartrain seems to be very notchy overall and getting worse. I have had this problem fixed by the dealer once but the problem quickly came back. The dealer refused to fix the problem again, claiming that it was not reproducible. This is a common problem and must be fixed. There are hundreds of people in varying climates with this problem. . Read more...

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 22
Failure Date: 06/20/2007

Complete and sudden failure of transmission in the middle of rush hour traffic with no warning. Vehicle loses ability to move and drive disengages.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 23
Failure Date: 06/04/2007

2007 Honda Civic hybrid cvt with less than 100 miles on it---transmission would not engage despite high revving during interstate rush hour traffic and caused serious traffic hazard as had to coast off road amid traffic.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 24
Failure Date: 04/24/2007

07 Honda Civic si sedan--3rd gear shifts uneasy. Sometimes there is resistance when shifting to 3rd gear and sometimes it does not engage at all.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Honda Civic 25
Failure Date: 12/26/2006

Purchased 2007 Civic si sedan new in November 2006. Shortly afterwards, began noticing difficulty when shifting into 3rd gear. Gear would not engage and would sometimes "pop" out. Usually this occurs when engine is cold, but has also occurred after driving for awhile. Notified service technician one month after purchase. Was told that I must be shifting incorrectly and that they could not duplicate the problem. Problem continued and I advised them again in Feb. 2008 that 3rd gear was still having resistance/grinding/popping issues. I found that a TSB was issued for the problem in July 2008. I have been back to the dealer numerous times and was never informed of the TSB.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2006 Honda Civic 26
Failure Date: 05/22/2006

1. Problem has been occurring from the beginning. 2. In the 2006 Honda Civic si there is a grind going into 2nd gear at times, and also 3rd gear does not always fully engage. 3. Nothing was done to correct the failure. The dealer turned a shoulder and stated they were unable to replicate the very obvious problem.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2003 Honda Civic 27
Failure Date: 07/23/2003

Drivers side seat rocks back and forth, first gear lunges out to neutral, shifting gears is not smooth and has rough grinding feel, clutch doesnt engage and disc engage properly.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2000 Honda Civic 28
Failure Date: 05/17/2002

At 50mph and with no warning transmission will automatically switch to lower gear. Cause unknown. Dealer notified. The transmission would not disengage out of gear when the consumer stops pushing the gas pedal. The engine makes a knocking noise while warming.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Honda Civic 29
Failure Date: 01/01/2002

Failure of manual transmission; intermittent (1) upon shifting from 1st to 2nd gear and sometimes 3rd, the clutch does not engage and "grinds" itself to get in gear or remains in neutral. (2) the abnormal wear on my synchros and gear set will cause it/them to fail at an increased faster than industry standard yet past my warranty date. (3) Honda could not duplicate the problem; however, I was refused to attempt to duplicate it the failure (as Honda's technique was biased). The synchros and/or entire transmission needs to be replaced and warranted as a new item. (4) as a manufacturer's defect is the cause of this failure, no cost should be attributed to the owner, renewal of the entire length of the drivetrain warranty from the date of replacement (e. G. , 3 years/60,000 miles).

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 1999 Honda Civic 30
Failure Date: 01/21/2000

Transmission would disengage and/or freeze into first gear. This would happen at speeds anywhere from 1mph to 25mph. The first time that it happened the dealership confirmed the problem but after being hooked to computer the problem diappeared and could not be repeated. The vehicle was returned to us and on the repair form it said that customer will drive and monitor. 3 months later the same thing. My wife had he son in the car and luckey enough they were on a side street and not pulling out into traffic.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 1998 Honda Civic 31
Failure Date: 05/01/1999

Intermittent problems, with centeral computer contorl, battery sometimes completely drains, sometimes does not, transmission does not engage sometimes , dealer uncooperative.

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car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 1998 Honda Civic 32
Failure Date: 05/01/1999

Intermittent problems, with centeral computer contorl, battery sometimes completely drains, sometimes does not, transmission does not engage sometimes , dealer uncooperative.

car image   Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2001 Honda Civic 33

When putting vehicle in gear, vehicle will disengage out of gear when accelerating. Goes from second to neutral. Dealer contacted. Please add VIN.