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It is true that some of these transmissions have had problems. However, I would not be any more concerned with this gearbox than any other automatic.
Frankly, I find modern automatic transmissions to be sorely lacking in reliability across the board.
If you have access to maintenance records that could go a long way to helping make the decision. If the fluid has been serviced at least once in its life that would make a difference in how long you can expect it to last.
Also, simply pull the dipstick and look at the transmission. If the fluid is brown to black and smells burned, that would be a red flag.
I always suggest having a mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection on any car you are considering. Checking the transmission fluid condition should be something they look at in the inspection.
But the real question is whether this tranny year/make/model etc. is worse than most.
In short. Any automatic transmission with 100K miles is suspect in my book. How the car has been driven and when it was serviced are more important than any particular fault a particular model has.
I don't think it is worse than most. I would say it is in the middle of the pack for automatic transmission reliability.
Honda has built a rep on reliability, and I don't trust the blogs.
Few people get on the forums and blogs to talk about how great their transmission is. Many people take to the internet to complain about it when it fails.
exactly, so no specific issues other than how it lived and was kept?
With all of that said. No matter what car you buy, I suggest having a couple of thousand set aside for major problems (like a transmission) just in case.
Yes. Like you said, the 3-4 clutches are what typically fails, but it is how it was treated that will determine when it fails.
I have seen these do 150K+ on the original transmission.
On the other hand. I have seen them fail in less than 80K.
I am use to 200k+ on my hondas!
In almost every case of early failure it was being driven hard and not maintained.
If you are getting 200K in any automatic, you are the exception.
OK! Thanks. My '91 Acura legend went 286k, and I retired it for skin cancer. Thanks.
I actually will not buy a used car with an automatic because I got tired of changing transmissions. I will stick to shifting gears.
You certainly take care of your vehicles!
Although the Legend was an amazing car. Too bad they discontinued them.
Oil, yes, but trannys less so. Gotta get better at that. Been lucky. change fluid baround 75k, '01crv w/ 190k, 95 legend gs w/206k.
Yeah. I recommend 20K-30K as an interval.
Oil is cheap compared to a rebuild.
You're welcome. Good luck with whatever vehicle you settle on.