Anything special about Civic Hybrid transmission fluid?

cellwhisperercellwhisperer Member Posts: 2
edited March 2018 in Honda
Took my trusty 2003 Civic Hybrid to a Honda dealer for an oil change in our new retirement city. Didn't check Yelp first. Proposed $1800 repair. Ended up changing transmission fluid and now it's stuck in my driveway. Can't shift.


  • inuvikinuvik Member Posts: 162
    Yes, the transmission is a CVT and only Honda ATF DW-1 fluid should be used.
  • rickdonrickdon Member Posts: 123
    CVT fluid is for CVT transmission while DW-1 is for automatic transmissions.
  • inuvikinuvik Member Posts: 162
    Honda does not use specific CVT fluid for their CVT's. From the 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid owner's manual: Page 206-207 states--"Always use Honda ATF-Z1
    (Automatic Transmission Fluid). If it is not available, you may use a DEXRON III automatic
    transmission fluid as a temporary replacement. However, continued use can affect shift quality. Have the transmission flushed and refilled with Honda ATF-Z1 as soon as it is convenient."

    Honda ATF-Z1 is no longer manufactured and has been superseded by Honda ATF DW-1. DW-1 is backwards compatible with Z1. My original answer is correct (btw I had researched this for you before posting the first time).
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