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2003 Honda Civic Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

185 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Honda Civic. 37 of these members (20%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 15 transmission and drivetrain repairs to 2003 Honda Civics--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Honda Civic problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Honda Civic problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Honda Civic problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Honda Civic repairs by problem area

42% of the 2003 Honda Civic repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 11% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 149 repairs.

2003 Honda Civic transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Honda Civic transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 54% between $100 and $499, 17% between $500 and $999, 5% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 41 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2003 Honda Civic Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

93-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Honda Civic in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 55000    
57000 150 CVT Transmission shudders upon initial acceleration. Dealer said the "Transmission Fluid has failed and needs to be replaced three times. Not covered by the 100K warranty purchased at same dealer. Still shudders (although less than before) upon initial 
69000 0 Honda TSB regarding replacing CVT Fluid in Hybrid transmission due to Judder - replaced with "New" fluid that significantly reduced "judder". 
 
Honda Civic in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2010 139000    
198000 0 The transmission is about to fail. I decided not to get a new transmission and will buy a new car. The mechanic did not recommend that any work be done to the car at this point. 
Honda Civic in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 101000    
115700 0 CVT chattering. Mechanic says common at this age, and not as bad as others. Fix is to flush transmission with additive. Haven't done this yet. 
136000  

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2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Honda Civic in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 130000    
168000 0 Automatic transmission began slipping in December at 166000 miles-mechanic checked it and said it is in early stages of failure. 
168000 0 Transmission slipping barely, whining with CEL going on and off. Repair estimate was $2000 for remanufactured transmission. Mechanic recommended against repair due to other issues with engine, CV joints, wheel. 

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2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Honda Civic in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 75000    
95000 185 Right Axle Seal replaced. 
 

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2003 Honda Civic 4-door

4-cylinder hybrid CVT 2WD

Honda Civic in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 53000    
94300 0 CVT was slipping. Transmission was replaced under extended manufacturer warranty 
 

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2003 Honda Civic 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 179000    
183000 150 Inboard joint of right drive axle was old and worn. 
 

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2003 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Honda Civic in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 61380    
70060 100 Transmission was making noises and clunking 
 

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2002.5 Honda Civic 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Honda Civic in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 48000    
57000 352 New clutch master cylinder. It did not fail, it just felt bad, light with clicking/grinding sounds. 
 
Honda Civic in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 88000    
145000 400 Front axle/driveshaft sheared in garage rendering car completely immobile. 
 

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