Originally Posted by nirajvashi
I am looking to buy a Old Honda City - 2001 Model Automatic Variant. I took a test drive and it ran smoothly. I will be getting the car tested by a mechanic soon to check the other aspects. But the main concern is the Automatic Gear Box. In my city, Automatic Cars are rare and so mechanics are not too aware about testing Auto Boxes. Kindly guide me on how to test the condition of the Automatic Gear Box. Thank you
Let us know the ODO reading on the car. That could help us make a fair judgment.
One simple way to test auto-tran is to keep driving the car within city (lanes and by-lanes, in traffic, stop-n-go) and in highway. Basically the idea is to create all situations where the gears have to fall back-n-forth at different speeds. If you get the slightest of "jhatkas", assume that the auto-box is not perfect.
I recently test drove a 2011 Ford Endeavour and all was fine until I hit a spot where the car had to switch to a lower gear suddenly, and I got a big "jhatka". When I made a comment about that the sales guy said oh that's normal in auto-car. That's BS.
I've driven auto-cars for 25 years and in India I've driven Santro auto model for 6 years. Santro rocks. Auto-tran can go on and on for years. They are very reliable and maintenance free. Auto-tran is a very old technology. Among consumer brands, Hondas and Toyotas have mastered the auto-tran technology over the years. You can easily clock upto 200K miles (not kms) on these cars without touching the tranny. In India (on bad roads), I would assume they should touch 100K miles easy.
Have an experienced driver test drive the vehicle. All the best.