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Old 08-06-2012   #1
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2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

I recently purchased a NEW 2012 Honda Civic EX. I love it! I'm just worried that there may be something wrong with the engine or transmission. With the Econ button on when I test drove it, it seemed like it was using engine braking like a large truck does when you let off of the gas pedal rapidly (the RPMs soar to down shift and slow the car down). I also noticed that after braking for a prolonged period of time at a high speed going down a large hill that it seemed to be doing this 'engine braking' thing again. The RPMs soared as it down shifted to decrease my speed. Is this considered normal? Has any one else noticed this??

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Re: 2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

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I recently purchased a NEW 2012 Honda Civic EX. I love it! I'm just worried that there may be something wrong with the engine or transmission. With the Econ button on when I test drove it, it seemed like it was using engine braking like a large truck does when you let off of the gas pedal rapidly (the RPMs soar to down shift and slow the car down). I also noticed that after braking for a prolonged period of time at a high speed going down a large hill that it seemed to be doing this 'engine braking' thing again. The RPMs soared as it down shifted to decrease my speed. Is this considered normal? Has any one else noticed this??
I have noticed this too! I have a new 2012 EX Coupe and I get this phenomena happening. I use ECON mode all the time though unless I'm going to be passing a few cars. I notice the engine breaking also when going downhill and braking a little at the same time. Strange.
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Re: 2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

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Don't care for it much myself, YOU will adjust... but not the car. Takes a while.

Also watch for the slowing down, then needing acceleration and it bucks/jerks and acts all crazy.
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Re: 2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

i have a new LX coupe as well and commute 170 miles a day and have never noticed this...i have my econ on 95% of the time...i would say that is not normal and you should have it checked out while it is still under warranty
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Re: 2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

does it downshift without pressing on the brake when going downhill? if so that is very strange behavior for any car. if it only happens when pressing the brakes downhill, its part of the trans grade logic control. really stupid, but no way to disable.
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Re: 2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

I have a 2012 LX and it does it all the time. If I am going down a large hill that is going to go back up and I just want to be able to control it myself I will bump into neutral to aviod the grade control. Sucks but what r ya gonna do!
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Re: 2012 Honda Civic EX 'Engine Braking' with Econ Button?

My 2012 HF does all of the above mentioned. I believe it's normal- so far so good with trans. Oh I did changed the tranny fluid at 20k...and when it drained, it smelled semi brunt already.
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