Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Pre-purchase question 2007 Honda Civic

asked by on

I want to buy a 07 civic si off the dealer. 99k miles, super clean in and out. Only thing is the gears are hard to put in. When the car is off it's pretty stiff to put into 1,2 and 5,6,R but 3rd and 4th go in like butter. Even when driving 1st gear can be hard to get into. Ok really interested in the car and the ford dealer tells me there's nothing wrong with it but I've drove those year civics before and every gear is super smooth. What could it be ?

My car has 99000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hello - I think you’ve identified a problem...

Hello - I think you’ve identified a problem with the shifter cables on this Civic. Stiff, or difficult shifting motion, whether on or off, is likely a worn, or misadjusted shifter cable. In this case, I would recommend a thorough Pre-Purchase Inspection of the vehicle by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to the vehicle location, diagnose this and any other problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs. The dealer should not object to this inspection.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car accelerates when I'm not trying to

Hello. Your car uses a throttle body with a throttle cable to accelerate the engine. Most of the time this is caused by a throttle body that is dirty or failing or a throttle cable that is not releasing. It...

Q: Key stuck in the ignition.

To remove the key from the ignition switch, try turning the steering wheel left and right as you turn the ignition switch. Make sure that the vehicle is in park to make the interlock solenoid unlock the ignition switch lock....

Q: Car got flooded

Hi. It's very likely the electronics on board need going over, I would suggest having a certified mechanic like one from YourMechanic diagnose your electrical problem, it might just be a simple fix.

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.