I have a 2003 Honda Civic
I have a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid. The transmission startead slipping at about 40,000 miles. I took it to the Honda Dealer and they recommended changing the transmission fluid which I did. It started slipping again about 5,000 miles later. I changed it again (each time it cost me $100 plus fluid).
that seemed to fix it for a long time. At about 100,000 miles I noticed it slipping again. I was on my way home from N.Y. When I got home I had a letter saying the warranty was extended to 100,000 miles. I called them and they asked for the milage. It was 100,450 (or thereabouts). They said it was beyond the exteded warranty mileage and refused to fix it.
Since that time I have changed the transmission oil twice and it still slips.
I have a 2004 Honda Civic
I have a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid with 114,000 miles, and have been closely following the transmission issues on this forum. At about 50K miles, my HCH would begin "shuddering" when taking off from a stop, especially noticeable when the CVT fluid was getting "old" (i.e., over 10Kmiles). The problem would resolve when I changed the fluid (using Honda-brand CVT fluid). I agree strongly with MSantos -- aggressive CVT changes are very important, probably every 10K miles or less! I've never had to do the "CVT belt burnishing" that Honda recommends for problem CVTs, and I've never felt any "slipping"... but then I always try to accelerate pretty slowly, for good mileage.
I've done oil analyses using a commercial lab to check for problems with my HCH engine, always good results. However, I recently asked them to do a CVT-fluid analysis, and they saw abnormally high levels of iron (412ppm, over twice normal). They expressed concern at these high levels of iron -- perhaps from the CVT belt/pulleys.
My question is... any engineers out there who know if high levels of iron in the fluid might be typical for 2004 HCH CVT transmission wear? If the CVT fails, are there reports of catastrophic failure?... or does the belt just not engage at all? Should I overhaul the transmission now, even though the car's running well? ... or just wait until something fails? Any thoughts?... and thanks for the advice!
This is a design fault of
This is a design fault of 2003-2006 HCH models with CVT's. Honda does not acknowledge the problem on most models even though they all came from the same plant as the recalled ones. The best bet is to raise a much of a stink as possible, get the car marked as a lemon, so all of us can get our money back. I owned hondas for 12 years and after the way they treated me about this I am never buying one again.