I am leasing a 2012 Honda Civic Si. I taught my fiancee to drive stick on it when we first purchased it. Obviously there was some stalling and bad shifting for like a day but nothing different than anyone learning stick for the first time. Three weeks after having the car and with her driving it perfectly the car started making a grinding when shifting into 4th gear. I figured I would take it in when I was done my Master's Degree semester, dumb I know. Anyway the clutch burn out on the car with only 10,000 miles. The dealership said it was due to driver error. The car was not raced, I do not ride the clutch, I know how to shift, and it only has 10,000 miles. They gave me a price of 2400 which is ridiculous from what I have read and priced with online sites. They never mentioned the grinding in 4th gear which I told them happened well before the clutch went. They said the clutch was definitely driver error and the flywheel was burnt and we definitely damaged it. Now they are avoiding my calls because I asked them u never mentioned the 4th gear issue. I finally get a hold of them and they are saying be patient the transmission needs to be rebuilt. From what I can research it sounds like a synchros problem. Now they are seeing if this will be covered under the warranty. Obviously considering they said we burnt the clutch it looks like we messed up the transmission. I know for a fact this is not the case the clutch was fine and the grinding started in 4th like 3 weeks after we bought the car. I asked them if it was possible that the clutch was not fully disengaging because of the transmission problem and they said No and No repeatedly it would have leaked fluid. My question is is it possible that there was a problem with the transmission which could have burnt the clutch prematurely based on this? They are saying bad shifting led to clutch problem and transmission problem. I know that isn't the case, so I am asking is it possible that the transmission problem led to the clutch burning out prematurely and now it looks like driver error when in fact it was not? Also why would they not diagnose the problem all at once when I told them the car was grinding and why are they avoiding my calls? I feel like they have something to hide, that they wanted to put the clutch going bad on us but now it seems that they may have been mistaken and just do not want to own up to it.
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 AT 6:53 PM