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Old 25 Jun 2008, 06:57 pm
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Default 99 V6 Accord Transmission - Rough Shifts

Hello all, first time poster here, thanks for taking me into your community.

I've got a stock 1999 Honda Accord EX V6 with roughly 91k miles on it. It's generally a beauty and I love the thing, but the last few months, the transmission has been shifting pretty roughly, especially on downshifts.

It's a bit jerky and sends a vibration that's easily felt in the passenger cabin. Even putting into reverse from park gives the car a bit of a jolt.

I've been remiss on tranny services, mainly because I travel very often and am away from the car for weeks at a time.

Two mechanics gave two different takes. One suggested a rebuild--quite an undertaking, not to mention expensive. The other suggested putting in a clutch control valve spring as well as a transmission flush and service.

I had the 2nd mechanic do just that today, which has helped some, at higher speeds, but it's still not as buttery as it once was.

Does anyone have any insights/experience/thoughts to share? I would be much appreciated. Go easy on a new guy!

Thanks in advance.
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Any thoughts?
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Default Re: 99 V6 Accord Transmission - Rough Shifts

Hi, I'm new here as well. I actually got some good through here by using Google to help me with a problem so I thought I'd help someone out if I could here as well.

I have the same exact car as you, and this is a very common problem with Accords of our generation. There is nothing you can do but put in a new transmission whenever it goes bad, this issue has never been resolved by Honda except for extending the warranty (which I think is an unsatisfactory response).

Seriously, Honda really messed up with this for me. I would think twice before buying a Honda again after this experience. Their resolution to fix my transmission by replacing it with another transmission with the same defect leaves me dumbfounded. This is a horrible business practice.

I believe this is the service bulletin for the problem.

There is more info here, and here, from many other who have this problem. You can find much more results through Google.

Also, I want to add that I agree that this is (was) generally a very nice car. However, Honda's response to this problem was atrociously poor (the problem was denied for a while) and this model in particular, has reminded me of the workmanship of poorly built Fords and the like.

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Wow, thanks for the links and information. Very well appreciated.
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