Honda is a pretty popular car company. That can only mean that the quality of the car is relatively high, as well as being affordable. There are not any specific issues that are common towards Hondas alone, but that doesn’t mean they are completely invulnerable. As great as we all think Hondas are, they are not super cars. We’ll be focusing on transmission issues, due to transmission troubles being pretty serious and expensive. These will also be mostly common, so if you are experiencing any of these issues, you now know that they aren’t particularly rare. There are others out there struggling through these issues with a Honda transmission, so you are not alone.
The first issue I feel that I should mention is that rough shift from one gear to another. It can get loud and clunky, or it can flat out feel like your car ran something over. I’m speaking from experience when I say this isn’t fun. You’re uncomfortable driving the car and the fear of breaking down is always on your mind. Your passengers have a look of terror on their faces, as they are scared for their lives. The over exaggeration can make the whole experience feel worse than it is, but the worry you’re feeling is understandable. My trips to and from school were filled with anxiety and it was made worse by the fact that I couldn’t afford to fix it. Some people choose to suffer through it and others, like me, don’t really have a choice.
The second issue that I should bring up is the leaking you’ll experience. It seems as if everything will be leaking from your hood. I personally didn’t know much about cars until I had to go through the death of my car. I had to differentiate coolant from transmission fluid. I was so hesitant to schedule an appointment with a mechanic, so I did a lot of studying and researching on my own. I eventually figured out that I was indeed leaking transmission fluid and my transmission was basically a ticking time bomb. Before I did this research, I didn’t think that those black spots on the driveway were from me. If you’re thinking that you may be leaking something serious, go to a mechanic as soon as possible.
The last issue I’ll bring up is the obvious and constant reminder of your cars health, the check engine light. If there is one thing I’ve come to hate over the years, it’s that annoying light. Even though it was put in to protect me, it didn’t exactly tell me what was wrong. That light can turn on for just about anything and the light being on doesn’t exactly mean your transmission is having some issues; but, that light should be off as often as it can be. If the light is always on, then you won’t be prepared for when a new problem arises. You’ll be completely blindsided from one problem, because you thought it was another.