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Old 24 Jun 2008, 02:43 pm
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Default Honda Civic 2004 shift control issue - bad transmission?

Hi everyone,

This wonderful forum came up while I have been Googling to find out information about my Honda's current troubles.

I was hoping to find anyone that may have opinions regarding my current issue. Advice/ideas/thoughts would all be greatly appreciated.

Back story: my car is a 2004 Civic LX. I purchased it used in 2005 from my local dealership. It is an automatic. The car had one previous owner and is well cared for. I still owe $8k on it.

Mileage: 49,500

Two weeks ago, while merging onto the freeway, my 2004 Civic suddenly refused to switch gears. The engine revved really high as I attempted to give the car gas, but the car wouldn't move faster than 5-10 miles per hour. Ultimately, I coasted the thing off the interstate and to my mechanic.

The engine light was on and Mechanic #1 read the code P0730 from the computer. Their diagnoses was that the "transmission is disintegrated" and needed to be replaced.

At this point, opinion #2 was sought. The car was taken to the dealership where I purchased it. All my warranties had expired (sadly, they were all less than a year expired). The dealership referred me to Mechanic #2, stating that this mechanic did a lot of their transmission work for them. Googling yielded rave reviews about this mechanic.

They had the car for about 24 hours and were able to duplicate the failure in shifting. While unable to find the exact issue, they replaced the shift solenoid in hopes that this would resolve everything. They test drove the car thoroughly and it did not fail again. I picked up the car, paid $350 and thought I was good to go. This was on June 10.

Fast forward to Sunday (June 22), when it failed again, with the same exact shifting issue as before. This time I happened to be on a busy street with a large cake in my car. (I am a pastry chef and often make deliveries.)

The car is back with Mechanic #2, who now says they can't find anything wrong with it. They hooked up some diagnostic "lights" and are unable to glean another failure from the car in order to make a conclusion. When they called me this morning they suggested I take the car back and "wait for it to fail again". It should go without saying that this isn't an option. I asked them to keep trying.

At one point, they mentioned the option of a very expensive removal of the transmission for diagnostic purposes in the near future, if they can't get the car to fail.

Any thoughts?

Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read this.

Kirsti
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