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MY 2007 Honda almost Killed Me and Honda won't fix it!

by thomas woronowicz / April 1, 2009 4:31 AM PDT

I was passing a large truck, downgeared into third gear, let out the clutch, and

the transmission popped out of third gear. I found myself in neutral facing on

coming traffic, and had to slam on my brakes and pull in behind the truck (almost

had a head on collision). This popping out of gear, and difficulty shifting into

gear has been going on for over a year and occurs perhaps 3 or 4 times a month.

After this near miss I decided to get it fixed. Before going to the dealer this

morning I did an internet search on "3 gear accord 6 cylinder manual" and one of

the results was Honda Service Bulletin 08-020. This bulletin covers my 07 Accord

and is for "Transmission Grinds When Shifting Into 3rd Gear, Pops Out of 3rd

Gear, or is Hard to Shift Into 3rd Gear, Note: These symptoms can be intermittant

and sometimes more noticable in colder climates. Faulty 3rd gear synchronizer or

shift sleve" Sounds exactly like my problem so I went to the dealer today to have

it corrected. The dealer went for a test drive and couldn't duplicate the problem

(it can go for over a week without showing up), he said Honda's policy was unless

they could see the problem Honda would not authorize any repairs to be made. I

called up US Honda (800 999 1009) and spoke to a Mr Jimmy Rudner who verified

what the dealer said. So Honda has found a problem with their transmission (the

one that almost caused me to have a head on collision), released a Service

Bulletin on how to fix it, but refuses to do any repairs until this 3 or 4 times

a month intermittant problem starts to fail often enough for it to fail while the

dealer is actually driving the car. Meanwhile the problem continues.

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Honda shifting issues
by Dan Filice / April 6, 2009 10:26 AM PDT

A couple of things: 1) Your problem may only be linkage that needs adjusting. 2) Isn't your car still under warranty? 3) Find another dealer who will take the time to investigate the problem. Being an authorized dealer for Honda doesn't automatically make them "good". 4) Most importantly, when passing another vehicle that requires driving into the on-coming lane, you should ALWAYS do it ONLY when there is enough space and time to recover safely from an incident. Always assume that something will go wrong with your car when passing on a highway like this, and leave space to recover. Too many people die when passing on a road like you described.

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Honda quality... LOL!
by douggdangger / April 6, 2009 11:51 AM PDT

It's not just your car. Plenty of Honda Civic drivers, specially the SI have that problem.

It has been going around for years and Honda still will not acknowledge it.

Ever wonder why Honda has the perception of little to no recall, therefore appearing to be "best in quality"?

For a manufacturer to publish a recall, they first have to ADMIT that their cars are defective... something that Honda has never done.

In the 90s, Civics and Accords had an axle snapping issue. Many cars, while taking tight turns, the axle would snap and your car would be immobile.

Honda may seem to make more "exciting" cars than Toyota, but Toyota's boring cars are solid and would outlast a Honda without a doubt.

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mine is ok
by mattqr / June 10, 2010 11:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Honda quality... LOL!

have been driving a 97 civic for many years and it has been quite a perfect car for me. like the overall reliability of this car. although not all that jazzy but still very good.

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by harrynow / June 13, 2010 12:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Honda quality... LOL!

the honda quality does have some problem. hope they dont get the red signal of going for recalls soon

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