2004 Civic Cold Weather Problem

I lease a 2004 Civic EX. Ever since the car was new there is this strange problem that only happens when the car sits overnight in the EXTREME cold weather, (a few days per year).
Car starts fine. Shift into Drive and the car just sits there, i.e. does not propel forward. If you press on the gas the engine revs up as if its in neutral. I have had the car back to the dealer on several occasions and they finally experienced the same problem one cold morning. They flashed the computer with an updated software and then contacted the honda engineers who advised them to replace the solenoids on the transmission, (whatever they are). The problem still remains. The dealer states that this is a very unusual problem.
I have found an interesting "work-around" fix, in that if the car does not initially engage into Drive I shift into reverse and back up a few feet and then into drive and away I go.
I guess the reason that I'm looking for information with this problem is that I'm thinking about purchasing this car at the end of the lease, (6 months), as it really has been a fine vehicle with the only exception being this very rare cold starting phenomenon. The car has about 38,000 miles and has driven very well to date.
My wife feels that we shouldn't buy this vehicle as we do not need to repair/replace a transmission and this cold weather problem could be a sign of future transmission grief.
Any suggestions, similar complaints, or comments would be welcomed.
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seagar wrote:

sounds like a slightly sticky piston in the hydraulics. if the reverse trick frees it up, i'd leave it at that - will probably last for another 300k miles in this condition. the only "fix" is a rebuild, and it's probably worth it, given the low level of problem.
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seagar wrote:

Like Jim says, or the shifter cable is dragging at the tranny end, and made worse when extremely cold.
Ever have troubles getting the key out or getting it to go into PARK?
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"troubles getting key out or getting it to go into PARK?" --------Nope
Car runs great despite this one infrequent problem.
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Right now I think it's either thick fluid resulting in slow movement inside the valve body, or the cable's slightly out of adjustment.
But... When the vehicle refuses to move, does the "D" light blink?
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There are no lights on the drive selector at all, thus no "D" light to blink.
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Strart using synthetic oils in your vehicles...solves this viscous issue in cold weather
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WaveSurfer wrote:

don't use so-called "synthetic" in your honda automatic transmission. only use honda fluid - hondas have different mechanicals to other autos and shift quality goes to blazes if you don't use the correct stuff.

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I have a 2002 auto lx, 70000km. When very very cold temps, around -25C (happend 2 times this winter), my car did like yours did. Shift into drive and the car sat there.However, mine did a jerk when putting into drive. I then had to rev it above 2000 rpm to get it moving. However, my car had 2 tranny changes since I bought it used from the dealer with 65000KM. Thus my 2nd tranny is brand new, it solved my initial problem after the 2nd change. I never though to ask the dealer about this cold situation cause I never though I myslf would still have a problem after 2 tranny changes. Reading your post makes me feel something might still be wrong with my car actually. Anyhow, where I'm, trying to get at is the tranny fluid might not be the solution. If there is something wrong, it has to be a tranny part which is not changed when doing a tranny change. The last tranny was changed before christmas. Anyhow, I'll give my dealer a call to see what they think of this.

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