Hate to be the one to inject a bit of reason in all this :) but this
sounds quite familiar to what happened when the transmission hydraulic
pump went in a friend's '93 Protege. New pump was about $100...
replacement was done by a mechanic buddy in his back yard for a case of
beer, and it was good to go.
Obviously, there's no way to know for sure what's wrong with your car,
but it may be something simple (and relatively inexpensive) like this.
Before getting too worked up about things, have a COMPETENT transmission
shop take a look at it.
As others have noted, there likely is nobody to blame for this - it's
the kind of thing that can "just happen" on a car of that age,
especially if the previous owner didn't maintain it well. There's just
no way to tell.
| PeterOut wrote:
| >> If it is still in the 30-day trial period, hire a tow truck and take it
| >> back.
| >> Jeff
| > Unfortunately it is not. We thought we were covering our bases by
| > taking it to a supposedly reputable mechanic during that period. They
| > found no problems. Perhaps the next step should be a class action
| > suit but I am not sure how successful that will be since it was far
| > from being a new car.
| Lotsa luck with a class action suit. You're reading too many newspapers
| or comic books. Learn what is wrong with the car before you start
| mapping a brilliant legal strategy. The first (and likely the LAST)
| question you need to answer is "What warranty, if any, did you get with
| the car?" If your answer is "Uh, well, the bill of sale says "No
| Warranty, express or implied. Vehicle sold "As-Is"" you are, as they
| say in the legal biz: SCREWED!
This is sounding like a linkage problem but obviously we cannot accurately
diagnosis the problem via cyberspace... and predicting future failure is not
much different from reading tea leaves without tearing everything apart. I
also don't know how a class could be certified in this case but there still
may be legal recourse depending upon where the OP lives. This as some states
have their own laws regarding used automobiles ("Lemon Laws"). NY has a used
car warranty law that goes up to 90 days and 4,000 miles contingent upon
selling price and odometer reading. For the OP it might be worth exploring
this issue with State Attorney General's office if the dealer's position is
contrary to state law.
For example http://www.oag.state.ny.us/consumer/cars/usedqa.html
A) If the problem is inside the transmission, unless you were willing to pay
for a tear down, there wasn't much he/she could do to see if this was going
B) What class action? Are thousands of people affected by this 1 mechanic
not predicting a future issue with a 6 year old used car? Or do you mean
against Honda who sold this car 6 years ago and weren't the ones responsible
for maintaining it?
Shit happens. That's the bottom line. Hopefully it is something minor link
All our used cars with less than 100,000 have a limited warrenty, and it you
had bought it from us there would be scrambling to get it repaired.
Check with the dealership. Raise a fuss, perhaps the will step up..
I just read through this thread. What a lot of usless garbage.
Evidently nobody though to check for known problems with this model. There
is one. It is exactly what you're experiencing.
Your dealer has a copy of TSB 04-036, which covers this problem in ALL '01
Civics. The problem is excessive wear in the 2nd clutch. The cure is to
replace the transmission with one which has an upgraded 2nd clutch
Even if you're out of the normal warranty, this particular problem is
eligible for "goodwill" warranty coverage. The dealer must get approval
from Honda for this.
Visit your local Honda dealer. If this car still has its original tranny,
you may be in luck.
Odd... the only thing I found on the web that actually had a definition
for this TSB (almost every hit I got described the symptoms, but not the
actual problem) suggested it was a blown hydraulic pump... which is what
I suggested in the first place.
Well either way, it's a job for a good shop or dealership...
Unless this is a situation unique to the OP's car, it is not a blown pump.
The actual TSB document may be found here:
Login with username lib and password access
Choose Auto Repair Reference Center from menu at left.
Navigate to the OP's car.
I keep posting that link, but nobody but me ever looks stuff up there.
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