Howdy Automobile Experts,
My wife’s(who is in school out of state) 1998 Civic EX 2 door coupe with 127.7k miles has been showing the Check Engine light for a week now - had her get it checked at a local Meineke and the codes are P0700 and P0715 - also the D4 light is constantly flashing while she drives. There is no discernible issues/change in the driving experience except she says the engine sounds louder and sometimes it accelerates slowly. Next, took the car to a local tranmission shop and got an estimate of $432 for electrical diagnosis test $120 + a transmission fluid flush(73.50+54) and if required $151 for input turbine speed sensor.
I believe Honda has a TSB on this (01-012). I saw a member on a honda civic forum was able to get this resolved under an extended emission warranty( http://www.hondacivicforum.com/forum/mechanical-problems-technical-chat-8/obdii-p0715-65842/ ) - so I called Honda customer care but they said the TSB does not apply to my 1998 Civic. Is there something I am missing in reference to coverage from Honda for this problem - I see that the gentleman who was successful in getting this done from the dealer under an extended emissions warranty had a 96 Civic and someone mentioned 96-98 model years in the discussion on this issue.
We have a baby on the way so will be buying a bigger car before the end of March - intend to keep this car as a secondary for occasional use (if the cost to fix this issue is not in the thousands) - so I am trying to figure out what makes the most sense :
- Should we bring the car to a local dealer ? this one dealer said they will diagnose for $139 and if I get the work done there - the testing cost will go towards repairs.
- Drive the car as is - and try to find a local mechanic when I’m there next month.
- Get a transmission drain and fill - believe a trans flush is not usually recommended(http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=3059771)
What would be the minimum amount of work(money) I can get done to fix this ?
Please advise on the pros and cons(risks) of each option and what makes the most sense.
All input is highly appreciated.