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Hi, I recently bought a Honda City (V MT). Its 4 months old. I have noticed a couple of peculiar issues with it: 1) the full tank capacity projected is 42 litres. So when range showed almost 0 kms left (this is after including the portion when indicator for fuel starts blinking), I decided to get a full tank done. To my surprise, it filled only 32 litres and showed tank full. So what's the deal here? Is it actually 32 litres capacity or 42 litres? Where does this 10 litres go, if its 42 litres? 2) I'm facing a very hard shifting with 1st and 2nd gears. On enquiry with the Honda Service team, I was told that 1st and 2nd gear are usually hard in Honda (strangely- my 6 yrs old Maruti Alto has a smoother gear shift for 1st and 2nd gears). This is ironical given that Honda is known for better experience. Anyone with similar experience or having the logical explanation for the above two, please comment. Thanks!

By Anshuman on Sep 8, 2012


  • I have bought Honda city E MT and have similar problem of gear shifting, shifting back from 3rd to 2nd or 2nd to 1st.. During 1st servicing at 1000 Km,s the show room guys said since it is a new vehicle the gears are hard, please suggest will this problem rectify with more usage..
    Answer by Pawan Baghel on Jan 6, 2013

  • Check the calibration of your fuel indicator, its possible its gone awry. Anyway I have also noticed that you cannot completely depend on the indicator, even the trim of the vehicle can make a difference in the reading.
    I am surprised to hear about the gear, I have a 6 yr old city, have never faced such a problem, but then the new city has a different gear box. Unfortunately Honda isn't very helpful when specific problems are posed to them, you have to depend on the often half baked knowledge of the show room guys
    Answer by The Patriot on Sep 8, 2012

  • Expert Hi,
    It could be a problem of indicator or the left over fuel would add up to the total fuel filled.Usually even at zero level of indicator there would be fuel left that could be used for running for about 30 to 40KM or so.In case of doubt,getting the tank empty and refilling would help to conclude things.
    Usually there wont be problems in gear shifting in Hinda City.If there is such problems then it has to be checked in person with mechanics.
    Answer by Shiva Shankar on Sep 12, 2012

  • Thanks for the responses Shiva and The Patriot. I have raised the concern with the service center but they do not have convincing answer. I'll have to take it up with Honda Siel to understand the issue.
    Answer by Anshuman on Sep 13, 2012

  • I face the similar issue with my 6 month old VMT Honda city. The Range in the odometer shows zero with a Low fuel indicator with 12 litres of petrol in the tank. I even didnot received a convincing response from the service center. They even showed me 4 new honda city's explaining this is an issue with all the Honda vehicles because of the electronic sensors.
    Answer by Pavan on Dec 12, 2012

  • Hi Anshuman, Honda city has a reserve capacity of 7.9 L, if you go through the manual.SO if your light starts blinking, that means you still have approx 8L , Adding more 32 litres will sum to around 40L and Honda has a capacity of 42L.
    Regarding the second problem of urs, even i am facing that problem. I just want to know, whether you got rid of that problem of shifting gears or not?
    Answer by Aneja on Jun 18, 2013

  • Hello Guys I bought Honda City S MT in April 2013 and i am also facing the gear shift problem. I think we should take this issue to higher authorities.
    Answer by Arun Saini on Nov 22, 2013

  • Hey guys , I am also having the same gear shift problem in my Honda city iVtec which i have bought in January 2013. It has traveeled 7500 kms only. still i am facing this problem 1st & 2nd as well as 2nd and 3rd gears... could anyone help me out with this thing..??
    Answer by Ajay on Nov 20, 2013

  • Hi Vinay, If we all are facing same problem regarding Gear transition, May be we can raise the issue against Honda India. As these service guys will not do anything.
    Answer by Aneja on Aug 1, 2013

  • I bought Honda city (VMT) in April. I am also having gear shift problem from day 1. Find it extremely hard while changing gears up till gear 3. When I mentioned this problem to the Honda service guys, they said they are getting similar complaints. Last week I went for my 2nd free service, they said they have done some lubrication, but frankly I experience the same hardness in the gear shift.
    Answer by Vinay on Jul 24, 2013

  • get gear bushing checked
    gear box checked
    gear rod check
    engine foundation must have gone and due to which it is possible that the engine is crossed which is link to gear box
    also check clutch cable, plate and setting
    Answer by Ajay on Dec 2, 2013

  • Also change Gear Oil and see it the gear softens up
    Answer by Ajay on Dec 2, 2013

  • What's ODO reading? If it's less then wait for run in.
    The 1st to 2nd shift is bit notchy during initial times in Hondas and smoothen as they run.
    The same is reported by Brio owners too.

    Still get your clutch cable and gearbox checked.

    Answer by AD on Dec 4, 2013

  • Honda City Ivtec has 10 liter of reserve. Means if you start fill your petrol when the indicator is on, then it will hold 32liters of petrol. 1st and 2nd gear hardness is common problem for Honda city Ivtec model, no solution for this. BP petrol will help to smoothen the gear shift, HP is not good for Honda City, you gear will hard with HP petrol.
    Answer by Jen on Jul 9, 2014

  • HAvin a similar issue with mine .Shifting from 3to 2nd gear is abnormally hard .Car has just done 2000 Km till now and facing such issues .
    Answer by Ankit on Jan 29, 2015

  • Hi all,
    My name is Mahe and i got an ANHC 4th gen 2015 feb model, which is 22 days ago, i havent crossed 700 kms yet, i do face the typical 1st and second gear engaging issue while up-shifting and down-shifting gears. i am really pissed of to see this in a 10 lakhs budget car. when i took my car to Sundaram Honda, they say no issue found and my driving style has to be adjusted. this is my third car :( and i am driving car from school days :(
    Answer by Mahe on Feb 22, 2015

  • the gear shifting looks to be very common with Hondas....I recently bought Honda amaze in jan 2015 ..same problem while shifting to 1st gear and 2nd gear, particularly in cold conditions. the gear lever refuses to shift to 2nd gear until the car comes to almost stand still < 5 kmph. this is really frustrating...and the service guys come up with standard reply torque and rpm and bla bla which I am not interested. guys can someone provide a workaround or possible solution for this problem ...thanks
    Answer by AK on Aug 9, 2015

  • I am sure they know the problem but behave like he problem is new and try to bundle the customers with their replies and get away with the problems...Is Honda listening to customer... is there any way I can reach out to Honda service chiefs
    Answer by AK on Aug 9, 2015

  • I bought a Honda City VMT in May 2015 (manufactured in April 2015) and the exact gear issue mentioned above exists in it. Sort of crazy. I thought it was a defect in my car alone and have been fighting with Dakshin Honda (the dealer in Bangalore) and Honda India, both of whom have been thoroughly unhelpful. Standard answers given are: There is no problem, we have lubricated it, it will get better after usage and things around these. Even after 2000 Kms, I face the same. The test drive vehicle I did had done 12000 Kms and it was actually smooth. That was the only hope so far but it is scary to see that some people see it even after 7000 Kms!!

    Funnily, I was happier with my 10 year old Santro before this. Both in terms of service/support/answers by Hyundai and such issues as well. Upgrade from a hatchback to a 11.5 lakhs sedan and face such issues. Sigh!
    Answer by Karthik on Aug 23, 2015

  • I confirm same for gear getting struck for Honda Jazz 2015
    Answer by Himanshu on Oct 1, 2015

  • Same problem. Can we force Honda for a recall and rectification? Start a CHANGE.ORG campaign?
    Answer by Rajeev on Dec 12, 2015

  • I am also facing the same issue. Have been getting aches in left hand after long drives (8+ hours). Only solution I have found is not shift to first gear and shift dlowly from 3rd
    Answer by Dileep on Dec 18, 2015

  • Same in my city car purchased on 19th oct 2015 , gear shift is very hard- we need to do something
    Answer by Ravindra NL on Dec 18, 2015

  • I am from Bangalore conact 9448459032
    Answer by Ravindra NL on Dec 18, 2015

  • I will more details : I am from Bangalore
    I have purchased Honda city SV MT (petrol) 2 months back (I tool delivery on 18th Oct 2015) from Magnum Honda, Mekri circle, Banagalore

    Problem : Shifting gear from 1st to 2nd , 3rd to 2nd and also shiting to 1st gear -- is very hard. Especially in this mad traffic, it is really required to shift from 3rd to 2nd gear quite offen - it is very many times that needs to be used in this traffic, you can imagine. I have developed pain in my left hand due to this constant hard shifting of gear.

    This is my 3rd car (Santro, I10) and having driving experience of nearly 18 to 20 yrs.....

    I had great trust in Honda for its excellent design ....I really need to doubt that now...

    In my first free service, I told this problem to service person (yeshwantpur, B'lore) ; they told me that it is new design issue and they did Clutch bleeding....Looked it was okay for 1 or 2 days (may be psychological also).....but back again with hard gear shifting..

    We really need to bring this to Honda and if it is design issue and that cannot be solved...I will have to approach consumer court for refund and returning the car.

    Anyway I am going to service station again on 21st Dec 2015 and apprise manager the problem....

    I will post further development to benefit all.....
    Answer by Ravindra NL on Dec 19, 2015

  • Hi Guys,
    I am also facing the problem when shifting to 2nd gear.
    Went in showroom but didn't find any answer. They said its overall honda problem in all of its cars. Did anyone know related to this issue.
    Answer by Shailesh on Dec 23, 2015

  • Hi this is Advocate Amit, you should file a complaint against Honda in consumer court
    Answer by Amit on Dec 24, 2015

  • OMG, I am surprised to read all this posts. I was told by Service adviser that after using these gear shifting will be smooth but its getting Weird day by day.
    isnt there any solution that we can workout DIY kind of?
    Answer by Ketan on Jan 13, 2016

  • Hey..I have recently bought new Honda jazz and facing similar gear hard issue with 1st and 2nd gear... its very hard to drive in traffic condition with this issue.....Honda service guys says it happen with new Honda car and eventually it will gone, but really I don't trust those guy after reading all the above post.
    Answer by Supra on Jan 20, 2016

  • Hi All, Similar gear problem I also faced. Shifting from 1 to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd is not smooth. Also i noticed, sometime to do reverse gear, it went only half way and stop. This happen only when car has being standing for a long time say 4-5 hrs. The solution for this i found that, first move the gear to 1 position and then taking reverse it works well.

    Dont know what to do. But it seems like its a big issue with the Honda city car.
    Answer by Ramesh K Dahiya on Jan 25, 2016

  • Hi Guys,
    Did anyone get the fix of hard gearing issue in honda city? I marked an email to Honda for this but service guys are not able to fix.

    Answer by Khan on Feb 15, 2016

  • Hi Im from Bangalore. I recently purchased NHC on Jan'16 and already clocked up to 1500 kms. Just like you all, Iam also facing same issues while shifting from 1st and 2nd gears from other top gears. Sometime, I have to really push the gear hard for 1st and 2nd gear. Infact, I had complained about this to Service person at Trident Honda, Mysore road during first service and he said he will lubricate the gear. And he took test drive and found gears are working fine!!! Post service, I still have the same issue and sometime even I have to stop the car to shift the gear. Please suggest on how to fix this issue.

    Answer by Sandy on Feb 19, 2016

  • I came across this thread from google while searching for honda city gear problems. I bought mine in July 2014 and have exactly the same issues from 1 and 2 gear. I told service guys twice and they said it is not an issue and RPM needs to be seen while shifting gear. I agree partly on that as with very low speeds 1st gear behaves lot better. But I have driven Swift and Elite i20 and they have just awesome gear shifts. My friends call my honda city car gear as TRUCK gears. Can we all do something if it is really an issue..and what about the older CITY , how was its gear.. mail me at anubhavjauhari at please mail me if any of you intend to start a petition.
    Answer by Anubhav on Mar 11, 2016

  • This is Honda india's CEO ID:

    Having the same damn issue with Honda City, they checked it thrice but always say gears are "perfectly fine
    Answer by Ks on Mar 15, 2016

  • Here you go, sign the petition so that Honda India takes note of this gear issue and provides a resolution. Enough of the high handed behavior
    Answer by Ks on Mar 15, 2016

  • I had the same problem. Told to service centre. They mentioned that there was a. Problem with a clip and had been rectified. Gears before were stopping in between has been resolved
    Answer by Rahul on Jun 23, 2016

  • The gears are bit stiff.
    Answer by Rahul on Jun 23, 2016

    Answer by USER on Jun 28, 2016

  • I bought Honda city ivtec petrol (SV) on September 31,2015. My car's gear is very hard to shift too, 2nd to 3rd and vice versa, also reverse gear. I thought it's a stand alone c
    Answer by Sachin on Jul 31, 2016

  • Please sign the petition if you want your problem to get attended and rectified. Thanks to Ks (K Sharma) or creating this petition on Link below:
    Answer by Sandeep Jain on Oct 7, 2016

  • i had same problem bt i have fixed it.. please change your gear leaver bush and dont purchase bush from honda service center...
    Answer by Raj on Dec 27, 2016

  • Hi Raj, so from where to purchase Bush, will outside Bush have any impact on warranty?
    Answer by Jas on Jan 5, 2017

  • hi this is Dr Ashwani i brought Honda city 1 and half yer back i have the same problem with gear shifts, told guys at service station hey give all silly explanations doing nothing.
    Answer by Dr.Ashwani on Feb 8, 2017

  • HI I also have same problem of gear shifting in 1st and 2nd. showroom guys says it is new car take some time after adding lubrication it will become smooth.
    Answer by Sandeep on Feb 15, 2017

  • Hi,
    Deepesh here, we have recently bought Honda city & travelled approx 1700 kms. We are facing the issue of gear shifting since day one, sent for repair 4 times but they seem to be nt taking this seriously. I am filing a complaint with Consumer Helpline. Anyone else wants to join in can send details to me on email.

    Answer by Deepesh on Mar 9, 2017

  • Hi
    Same problem bought honda city 15 days back driven 600kms. Extremely difficult especially from 1st to 2nd, in bangalore traffic you need to shift so often these lower gears. My earlier Xylo was much smooth in lower gears and had good pickup in 1st gear so that it can be managed.
    Answer by Shankar on Dec 29, 2017

  • I bought 27 sep 2017..same gear problem.first and second gear stucks very badly like you push a piller..horn sound issue..and so many issues.navigation only a toy.bad decision to

    Answer by Pooja on Jan 8, 2018

  • Hi..i have Honda Wrv diesel 6 manual transmissions..I takes too hard to shift 2 gear from 3 and 1 from 2 ..also the similor issue in shifting reverse gear.
    I feel strong friction.
    Answer by Anoop on Jan 15, 2018

  • Hi recently in 2018 I bought Honda City VX MT and I am facing the gear issue. I got my clutch bleeding but still it has not solved. I have driven only 250 Kms.
    Answer by Chandan on Feb 19, 2018

  • Similar issue is being have by most of Honda City owners.Downshift to Second gear is very hard.Ideally it should be smooth.
    We should go ahead with petition by Sharma ji for recall
    Answer by Gagandeep Singh on Mar 10, 2018

  • Sign the petition
    Answer by Gagandeep Singh on Mar 10, 2018

  • I bought my honda city only a month ago. Its the V Petrol MT variant. I too am facing the same problem while shifting gears and decided to ignore as it was a new car. As i see most have the same problem, it seems a common problem which Honda must fix it to give its loyal customers the Return for their investment
    Answer by Anthony on May 18, 2018

  • Even I am faced similar issue in my Honda City ivtec, Gear shifting is quite Hard especially in 1st to 2nd Gear and vice versa
    Answer by Rishit on Jun 6, 2018

  • same gear shift issue..i brought honda city vmt model and m facing difficulty in down shifting from 2 to 1.. in first few days there was no issue but before first service it aprd..
    Answer by Nithin on Jul 26, 2018

  • Same issue faced. I bought my honda city ivtec in April,18 from Goa.From first service i am complaining about gear shifting problem and they are refusing.
    Yesterday they have given me in written that car is working fine but i am still facing same issue.
    We must raise this issue.
    Answer by Abhishek on Dec 2, 2018

  • Same issue faced with shifting and it seems to be a problem with the Gear shift synchronizer, warranty would cover the same. My Car is under observation and only time will tell if the issue is actually resolved.
    Answer by Ashwin on Dec 14, 2018

  • Same issue faced. I bought my honda city ivtec in 2k18 from delhi.From first day i am complaining about gear shifting problem.
    Answer by Chirag Bathla on Dec 26, 2018

  • I have 2014 Honda City V model, I too faced the same issue of hardness in gear while shifting between 1st to 2. Service center apply lubricant during every service but same problem
    Answer by Vinod on Jan 12, 2019

  • Guys..I m driving idtec 2015..and just completed 50k..and facing gear shift issue mainly after putting breaks and change to 1st from feels very hard and abnormal..
    Answer by Vikas on Jan 13, 2019

  • Same Here I have Jazz idtec 2016 completed 30K. Same issue with clutch very hard. Gear shifting now its manageable but the clutch is very hard making my left leg ache. If any solution please mail me at saran2u at
    Answer by Saran on Jan 29, 2019

  • HI ALL,
    Answer by VIJAY on Jan 29, 2019

  • I am also facing same issue but what is the solution
    Answer by Anuj on Feb 18, 2019

  • Honda ki koi bhi car purchase mat karo yahi sahi hai meri amaze first day se dukhi kar rahi hai mujhe
    Answer by Devi Singh on Mar 27, 2019

  • Honda me manufecturing defacts hai amaze me suspanson ki city me gear box ki
    Answer by Devi Singh on Mar 27, 2019

  • I am also facing gear shift issue. Now, my car is started vibrating. Not satisfied with overall performance of Honda City.
    Answer by VIkas on May 24, 2019

  • Hi,

    I am facing the similar problem with my city as well but as the engine heats up the gear shifts really smooth.
    I guess we have to let the engine heat up for smooth shifts.
    Answer by Guru on Jul 22, 2019

  • Hi,

    I hv drvn honda city 80k kms and frm the frst day i am fcng gear issue. I hv cmplnd abt it evy tm wnt for the srvcng bt no sol.
    Wndrng ppl fcng ths sinc lng nd no resp frm h
    Answer by Rathore on Aug 10, 2019

  • Hi,

    I hv drvn honda city 80k kms and frm the frst day i am fcng gear issue. I hv cmplnd abt it evy tm wnt for the srvcng bt no sol.
    Wndrng ppl fcng ths sinc lng nd no resp frm h
    Answer by Rathore on Aug 10, 2019

  • I am also facing problem of 1stt and 2nd gear shift.
    Answer by Vijay on Aug 22, 2019

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