The Mysterious Case of the Breaking Trans: What You Can do to Fix Your Honda

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Honda has proven itself to be lackluster in the world of transmission design. Some of their automatic transmissions–such as the ones found in the Accord and Odyssey–are terribly flawed and tend to ruin the entire unit, forcing the owner of the car to make a transmission repair, or sell the car completely.

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Some people have reported that Honda made a goodwill transmission fix on their cars (where the owner was still responsible for about half of the cost), only to have them break down again. Other Honda owners reported that they had a local shop install a rebuilt Honda transmission, which came with a poor warranty, and coincidentally wound up breaking again right after it was up.

The poor warranty is due, at least in part, to the way the transmission is rebuilt, with only the broken parts getting replaced. So it really makes sense for the shop, or re-builder, to only guarantee their work for the amount of time they think the rest of the parts will last. After that point, it won’t matter to them because the warranty is over.

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The owner of the car believes that they are getting a great deal because they are paying less money for a transmission that is still covered under warranty. But once that first year or 12,000 miles are up, the Honda owner is on his own.

The warranty is actually one of the best reasons to buy a remanufactured Honda transmission, as opposed to a rebuilt one.

The warranty for an ETE Reman Honda Accord transmission is 3 years. A 3 year warranty equals peace of mind when it comes to knowing that the transmission will actually shift when it is put into gear, that the car won’t break down with the children in it, and that going from point A to point B won’t be a problem.

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When a remanufactured Honda transmission is purchased, the owner can be sure that he is getting the best there is. Why? Because only the best parts are used. Furthermore, all of the internals of a reman unit are replaced, regardless of how they look to the naked eye.

The truth is, a lot of damage cannot be seen. A transmission gear doesn’t just crack overnight. There are many hours of hard shifts and excessive wear and tear that add up to that breaking point. The owner has no clue how much damage is present on the inside, especially if it is a replacement Honda transmission. Meaning, that the trans wasn’t originally installed in your vehicle, and that somebody else has probably beaten it to smithereens already.

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To have your Honda transmission shifting gears far into the future, replace it with a fresh unit from ETE Reman. With all of the internals replaced, this is the cheapest option for guaranteed peace of mind. And if you have peace of mind, you can focus on the things that matter most, such as the high poverty rate since 9/11.

Sooner or later due to high mileage or abuse, you will be faced with a decision to replace your transmission. I highly recommend you replace it with a re-manufactured transmission over one that was simply rebuilt. A re-manufactured transmission will include major modifications and upgrades designed to make it both more durable and stronger. A rebuilt transmission will not. A re-manufactured transmission also comes with a much better warranty: three years compared to an average 90 days for a rebuilt unit. Let’s not forget to mention that after-sales customer service is top notch for companies that re-manufacture transmissions. They are a quick call or email away in the rare event you may need to contact them.

2 Responses to “The Mysterious Case of the Breaking Trans: What You Can do to Fix Your Honda”

  1. Edward O'Donnell says:

    I have an accord with 127000 miles so my transmission is due to fail in the next 20000 to 32000 miles. Who do you recommend as a possible supplier of a high quality remanufactured transmission?


    Ed ODonnell

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