Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.
Alerts
There are 24 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (93 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Big piece fell off bottom of car"

Nancy N., PA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Molding on front of car fell off"

Christine R., MA (2003 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"By the beginning of 2014, the rubber trim on the front bumper sagged down to the street level. This trim was completely replaced in Feb. 2014. It looked nice for about 10 months before it started sagging again"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Upholstery came loose, but this is a 14 yr old car"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"cloth interior on front side doors came loose. Glued them back in place"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the chrome paint is peeling on door handles and sharp edges have cut our fingers"

Suzy N., NM (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic trim on the windshield supports vibrate"

Kathy D., IA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on front bumper below headlights peeled and hood seal coat and paint developed spider cracks. Cost $1200 to repair/repaint. Dealer had "cleaned" foggy lens on headlights a few years earlier and wonder if chemical used damaged paint on front bumper"

Jeffrey B., SC (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint job oxidized and created a very worn out look. The other attributes of the car were great"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clearcoat is bubbling and needs repainting"

Alan H., NC (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My car had the common Honda clearcoat paint failure problem. I had the entire car repainted by Maaco, which they said would remove the clearcoat. The car paint job looks new again"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the paint is very faded and cracking"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint near a mirror peeling and cracking. Chrome pealing from inside door handle passenger side cut finger"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I do not have a garage and must park outside. the car has major paint peeling and touches of rust. but the car is old- I rarely have kept a car this long so nit sure if this is typical or not"

Dan S., MD (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Both front and back bumpers have areas of paint peeling that are getting larger. This problem started approximately 3 months ago"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"the paint on hood, roof and trunk is faded badly. the deanship un willing to accept any responsibility the failure of the paint"

Jane E., PA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Major failure of the clear coat. Peeling off, looks terrible"

Jeff W., CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the roof by the front windshield has faded, and worn away and also cracking in other areas of the car"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem with clear coat peeling in area of trunk"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"clear coat problem, mainly on hood and top. Looks very ugly in these areas"

Bill K., CA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat started to come off"

Randy R., CA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There are several hand prints (presumably mine) embedded in the paint. I don't know why it is happening but there are several hand prints on my car. It is a champagne / gold color"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Most of the rust occurs near body repairs form former collisions"

Chris M., NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Because of all the winter driving I do the are rust bubbles at the bottom of the drivers door. This will need to be sanded off and repainted. Overall the body is in good condition for the miles on the car"

George B., OH (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust developed on the rear quarter panel of the passenger side of the car, as well as the sedan model we own of the same year. In fact, our 1989 Accord, which was replaced by these 2003s, suffered the same affliction!"

Gary R., NY (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust developed on the rear quarter panel of the passenger side of the car, as well as the sedan model we own of the same year. In fact, our 1989 Accord, which was replaced by these 2003s, suffered the same affliction!"

Gary R., NY (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"One spot on each side in the identical place where the rear wheel well starts"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rust in left rear quarter, may be from previous repairs"

Anonymous, ND (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear wheel wells have serious rust issues because of the collection of dirt on the top of the metal shelf/lip body panel over the wheels. The debris was not washed away even after using undercarriage cleaning cycle at the carwash"

Vincent D., MA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Road salt, I live in Iowa, has rusted thru my rear wheel fenders. Estimate to fix $900 to remove metal, weld in new and paint"

Kathy D., IA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Passenger side under door is rusting on the exterior"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on rocker panels, doors and fuel cover"

John S., ON (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rust on the trunk, on the doors (rear doors, on the bottom)"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Civic DX Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"After replacing the struts the car needed to be aligned"

Benjamin B., OH (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Major components of front end had to be replaced: brakes, ball joints, bushings, etc"

Robert I., CT (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joint failed, axle fell apart in an intersection"

Cynthia E., CO (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Work required due to poor road conditions. Replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The Front lower control arm bushings were borken. They were both replaced. In addition the Front lower Ball joint and transmission mount were also replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks seals failed causing leaks required replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My struts were worn out and I had to replace them"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"hydraulic fluid leaks"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is very light, suspension doesn't help the situation - potholes or large bumps in the road, or even sharp turns, can cause fishtailing and suspension work only helped partially"

David H., VA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace/repair strut"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"one right side strut top failed. strut top or entire strut must be replaced. approx cost to replace both local mechanic $1200"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"All four shocks/ struts need to be replaced. All four were replaced UNDER WARRANTY at 35,000 miles there new ones only gave 62K miles of service. I think all Honda brake parts and struts are of lesser quality.Will replace with after- market parts"

Edward L., IL (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking struts Bad swaybar links Ball joints replaced in 2013"

Keith C., OH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Impressively lasted about 180000 miles before needing to be replaced. Only rear struts were needed; original front ones are still on there!"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Front struts"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front struts due to age"

Steven B., OH (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"mount and struts need to replace"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks were worn and leaking. Not that surprising as car is 13 years old with 111000 miles, but repair will is costly compaired to blue book value of the vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"They were totally shot but I'm pretty sure they were original and it had ~170000 miles"

Benjamin B., OH (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Just needed replaced. Original and the car is from 2003"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I have been informed that one of my struts is cracked. It is very expensive to fix and I haven't yet done so. I don't notice any issues. I tried the test where you lean on the car and see if it bounces but it didn't bounce"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front suspension bar broke"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Broke due to road conditions"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Brakes were pulsating with some squeeling. Ultimately major components needed to be replaced in front end"

Robert I., CT (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front passenger side bearing, replaced myself for about $50"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Understandably needed replacement for a car with as many miles as we put on it"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace front driver side wheel bearing"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump needed replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"we had to change the hoses - there was a leak in the hose so we lost all the liquid for the power steering"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Civic DX Unsure)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"My compressor clutch broke so I had to replace the whole compressor. It happened while driving from CA to Las Vegas on a hot summer day a couple of years ago and I just finally got around to replacing it last June 2016"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"After 14 years of ownership, I needed to repair the compressor because it was not functioning. I don't consider this a big problem because of the age of the car"

John D., MI (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"died have not repaired or replaced"

Paul R., MD (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Quit performing its function"

Thomas G., IN (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor seized up causing engine to stall. Engine could not be restarted. Car had to be towed to repair shop. Compressor replaced along with several minor components. Cost was $980 total. Car has otherwise been very reliable"

James M., WI (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor failed and needing to be replaced"

Judith L., OR (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"It died. Had to be replaced"

Sarah W., MD (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"a/c compressor would need to be replaced for a/c to work"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed. Too expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor failed. Had to replace. Bower fan also failed, had to have a wire replecaed"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced compressor"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to replace it"

Kayla G., AL (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"All major A/C items replaced: Compressor, condensor, evaporator. A/C still not working adequately. Many -- not all -- of these problems may originate in the garage I used for the work"

Elizabeth C., FL (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a simple part replacement which once detected was easy to rectify"

Tara P., ON (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"electrical harness has shorted out. No AC, no fan"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower motor has developed a dead spot. Once or twice a month it will stop working. Tapping on the housing below the glove compartment causes it to start working again, but that's not something I can do safely while the car is moving. Replacing the blower motor is an easy job that I can do myself. They only cost $100 and it's on my to-do list"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"fan/blower stopped brought it in to Honda service told it was a $400 electrical harness meltdown"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"it died and was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater/AC fan moduel defective"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC was not cold. Honda dealer charged me $350 to check the system and couldn't find a problem. System still does not work"

Joel S., GA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This year we experienced the second occasion of leaking refrigerant"

A G., CT (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"leak in the system..involved also changing the timing belt"

Joan P., WI (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Clogged EGR Passages causing misfires. Difficult to diagnose"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"will not pass an Ontario emissions test due to check engine light being on constantly"

Dave T., ON (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

""check engine" light indicates the failure of the catalytic converter to mix O2 at the appropriate level"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Engine light causes you to fail emission tests - regardless of actual emissions. Problems with hybrid battery pack trigger engine light even when the car is running fine and getting 45 mpg"

John H., WI (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The fuel pump physically cracked, because it is plastic and the cost to replace it was over $600.00"

Edward B., CA (2003 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"The Fuel Pump Module / Locking Nut was leaking gas. Dealer told me it was a problem that they new happened often so was replaced with an new upgraded unit that is supposed to be stronger and wont crack"

Greg P., AZ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Failed cat indicator fixed by replacing o2 and air fuel sensor"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My mileage was bad replaced the O2 sensor my mileage went back up"

Howard S., TX (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needs to be changed ever year"

Dave T., ON (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light/lo2 sensor the reason needed replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Check engine light on, dealer replaced the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We have had the check engine/ima lights coming on for the past 3 years. Everything the dealership supposedly fixes the problem but it always comes back"

Donna S., SC (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"had to replace emissions control devices, including O2 sensors, at 240000 miles. O2 sensors previously replaced at around 120000"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The catalytic converter will need to be replaced soon"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the O2 sensor twice and then the dealer told us to just live with the check-engine light on, since they could not fix the problem"

Douglas W., WA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Caused car to stall on freeway"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Received emission contol codes P0301, P0302, P0303, P0300, P1457"

John W., ON (2003 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"For ~8 years, my engine warning light will stay lit for the full time the car is in operation. OBD-!II analysis gives code P0122 "Throttle/Pedal Position Sensor/Switch 'A' Circuit Low Input." This is apparently a fairly common problem with my model y"

Paul S., CO (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"The fuel door would not open due to the cable breaking near spot where you pull level inside driver side door"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"I did not notice the problem, but trusted my mechanic who told me it was hesitating"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Original to vehicle, finally gave out after over 100K miles"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"After failure of the radiator cap, the engine overheated and the head gasket failed"

Joshua O., CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"We foolishly purchased an extended warranty from the dealer. The head warped, oil was leaking but the warranty did not cover the damage, as the "warp" was not large enough. $1,800 down the drain on the repair, I forget how much the warranty cost"

Jeffrey H., OH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car had overheating and loss of coolant. Overheating was erratic, gage read hot then cooled off. After several misdiagnoses, head gasket was the culprit"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket failed in a way that caused overheating problems at odd times, such as on a trip after driving 400 miles with no problem. The problem manifested itself in little ways for a couple of years before the gasket finally blew"

Bob D., CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Lost all antifreeze which was because of blown head gasket. Had to do a major repair which costs $1300"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Problem found during routine maintenance"

Alicia S., PA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"During wintertime,the heater wasn't working...i was told by Honda that the head gasket was "leaking" and had to be replaced asap"

Anthony V., NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Unexpected expense and downtime"

Gregory H., NC (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"After having timing belt and water pump replaced, the head gasket failed, stranding us on a remote freeway in 110 degree heat"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Evidently head gasket leaking into combustion chamber as one spark plug discolored orange, same color as antifreeze. engine running very rough. could be coils"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a problem with the thermostat. Dealership said was normal. Turned out engine was not cooling properly and resulted in a blown head gasket"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Purchased the car cheap previous owner had owned the car for 8 years and didn't remember changing the timing belt. Did complete service correcting several issues. Vetec system did not work right valves had to be adjusted. Thermostat was stuck open and engine would not reach proper operating temp. Replaced water pump when doing the timing belt per recommended specs"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal maintenance"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"small oil leak, my son drove it without oil and the engine sized. Engine rebuild or engine replacement the only options"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has been exceedingly expensive to own and maintain. The engine required being rebuilt after 1600000 miles, totally unsatisfactory"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

"Timing belt covers are fragile and I had to replace the lower half during the otherwise ordinary timing belt replacement I did at home. Also replaced the water pump even though there was no problem at this time"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"tthis is not nece4ssary on many cars. 'Why this one?"

R W., MB (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"passenger side caliper seized up warping rotor"

Paul R., MD (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"master cylinder repair and all brake lines had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2003 Honda Civic)

"Brake pas worn unevenly and had to be replaced after 15K"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"A slightly warped rotor was the trigger for the vibration problem I described before. A rusted caliper didn't quite fully retract a brake pad, and repeated contact with the pad heated the rotor, making the warping and vibration worse. Not knowing the cause of the shimmy at the time, I had the car towed to a repair shop"

Richard A., VT (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"std brake job"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pads had worn away, rotors were scored and needed to be re-machined"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They just needed to be replaced due to wear"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"There was no audible or visual (instruments) indication that the brake pads were low enough to score the rotors - expensive!"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Regardless of the quality of brake rotor I chose, as well as my driving habits, the rotors suffer from more rust and corrosion than any car I've owned"

Gary R., NY (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"When driving at highway speed, the car jerks when the brake is applied. Not sure if its warped rotors or the brakes. Am about to take it to Honda for a check"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced due to wear"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Brake pads were replaced and brakes are working fine"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads were worn (front or rear, not both)"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement of breaks with a part not made by Honda and it made a tapping sound at 30 MPH. Problem solved when part was replaced by a Honda part"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Upon state safety inspection, one rear wheel was not locked with parking brake on. Brake adjustment was not working, and had to be repaired"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Leaking fumes. Had to replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Was told that code scan showed converter out of specs. Found a facility that could install a used converter (certified by DOT). That is now out of specs and must be replaced - am told (by dealer) with an O2 sensor - total $1300"

James L., OH (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"needing replacing. very expensive"

Judith L., OR (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Warning light comes on even though catalytic converter is working fine"

Andrew G., GA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"need to replace Catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"error code P0420 Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1). Spent $550 on new catalytic converter, code came back on a year later"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"The muffler rusted out and has become detached"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler/pipes were replaced due to rusting. They fell apart"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Changed due to age"

Burton H., PA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"sounds like the A pipe is now cracked, a honda specialist said that it used to happen to old integras. Being double-walled, the inner pipe rattles against the outer one when accelerating above 2000 rpms"

Laurence F., CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I needed them replaced du to age of the car"

Burton H., PA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust manifold cracked with less than 100, 000km. Since catalytic converter and exhaust manifold are one, had to replace both"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Somehow got a crack in the manifold. started affecting mpg"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked manifold. Needed to be replaced. Replacement part include catlytic converter, thus expensive"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water was coming in when it rained around the windshield. The windshield had to be removed and re installed"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver side floor leaks water every time it rains"

Diane G., MO (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak was from the moon roof drains. Water was draining into the trunk. Leak wasn't discovered until the trunk was opened after a heavy rain and found full of water"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Leaks from antenna fixture at top center of roof just behind windshield"

Nicholas C., NH (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Water comes in from somewhere on passenger side. Has been to body shop twice but still leaks"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"hood latch assembly had to be replaced because it was having metal fatigue"

Joseph P., CA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I have no idea what causes the noise, but it seems to come from under the left side of the engine. The brakes make a terrible noise. I know they need to be repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Irritating rattle in passenger side dashboard vent"

Sarah W., MD (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"factory installed moon roof now rattling but seals seem intact"

Sue H., MI (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear anti-roll bar links"

Nicholas C., NH (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Front & rear inner & outer stabilizer links & bushings had to be replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"door window seals seem to allow wind noise inside cabin now where it never did before"

Sue H., MI (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer sealed under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Bearings were worn out"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator shorted out killed battery replaced battery killed new one when I realized it was alternator. Was still charging when vehicle was running so didn't notice it at first"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Original alternator replaced in 2008,also replaced in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2010 went to a local garage and in 2012 and 2014 replaced free under warranty"

Diane G., MO (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"second alternator failure since new"

Anonymous, NB (2003 Honda Civic)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery drained, possibly due to peripherals not being turned off/unplugged. AAA recharged and it's been working OK for more than six months"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"Ignition cylinder had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"spark plug comes loose and the engine developes a smell"

Jane E., PA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"getting lots of misfire codes and random misfire codes. do not know why"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hybrid battery died June 2011; cannot afford to fix ($4,000) so the car sits in the driveway"

Daniel O., CT (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

"Battery has been out of specs for at least the past 2-3 years (after out of warranty). Mileage has been affected little, and I'm certain that if tested vehicle would easily pass the EPA standards; however, testing center states emission levels are ir"

James L., OH (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Gas engine runs very rough after warm and when idling. System to shut down gas engine does not shut down when idling for long period. Car hesitates for 1 - 2 secs when moving from stop to go. Car "lurches" when moving at low speed, like in a parking"

Walter R., IL (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Starter

"I had problems getting the starter to work properly. O couldn't get the repairs done to my satisfaction until I had a former student look at it (not a licensed mechanic. He not only fixed this problem but also a problem I had with the MIV and body re"

Robert H., AZ (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"problem was quickly diagnosed by mechanic. required replacement of idler pulley, tensioner and serpentine belt. $317 parts and $159 labor"

Andrew K., PA (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"After moving from FL to CT in Nov, cold start had squealing noise at the point the starter released. The diagnosis related to the a/c clutch and the serpentine belt and pulley"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Has been burning oil, spent over 1000 dollars trying to fix. I have had numerous sensors replaced"

Timothy T., TX (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Carbon buildup on the rings in two Cylinders caused excessive oil use. Carbon buildup was due to misfires caused by EGR passages being clogged"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started hesitating at high speeds on highway. Wouldn't go over 40. Engine light on. Oil was nearly empty. Never found out why but adjusted enough so it is manageable"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"vtech solenoid gasket failed at top rear passenger side of engine"

Anonymous, MS (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant oil leakage and usage. Even after the rebuild"

Jeffrey H., OH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I lose about a quart a month"

Laurence F., CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"gasket leak. nothing major"

Roger T., OH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bolt holding valve cover breather rusted, causing oil leak. Tech advised bolt head could shear off if try to remove it due to condition & location, which could result in costly need to remove entire engine to fix; using glue to hold cover in place"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"oil leak requiring 2000$ repair"

Nancy N., PA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"gasket leaking oil"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"I had the clutch replaced about a year and a half ago at an independent shop specializing in transmissions. The clutch squeaked thereafter and I brought it back to them. They said the clutch needed to break in, but it has been doing it nonstop since they worked on it. They somehow screwed up an easy rebuild job and did not want to fix it. Also, the clutch is more difficult to get into gear. It is now out of warranty (one year), but that doesn't matter when the shop refuses to stand behind their"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Jugger when accelerating from stop, fixed under warranty by adjustment and fluid changes. But horror stories of out of warranty failures abound"

John H., WI (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I live in Arizona so lots of the rubber parts like CV Boot, Engine mounts etc end up breaking and leaking"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"ERG Vale was stuck. $600 to replace. Had to update computer, another $200"

Shawn N., WA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gear selector or linkage

"It has always been hard to get into 1st gear, especially when rolling, for the 11 years I've owned this car. Double-clutching, even from stop, helps a bit. My brother has a 2001 Civic LX with the same problem"

Paul S., CO (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"repair of the transmission reverse idler gear and 1/2 hub gear set"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Started slipping infrequently at about 90,000 miles. Internet says this is very common. I'm not sure how serious a safety issue this is"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Was told to replace the transmission because of slippage but was able to limp by with a better transmission fluid and can't drive it on interstate anymore or at high speeds. Have to baby it during shifting"

Anonymous, AR (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"replaced transmission at 70K miles after many flushes. 2d transmission started same problems at 80K miles and I'm told it should be replaced. Will donate the car soon in view of all the other problems"

Michael V., VA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This car has had a "slipping transmission" for the past 5 years. The dealership flushed the transmission and it helped for a couple of months but it always comes back"

Donna S., SC (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the stick shift jiggles sometimes while driving"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Computer needed to be updated"

Shawn N., WA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Driver side front and rear electric controls to windows and locks failed. Passenger side rear door handle manual opening hardware inside door panel failed"

Jeffrey B., SC (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Door lock cylinders on both driver and passenger eventually wore to where a key wouldn't turn it. Replaced cylinder twice on driver's side, once on passenger. I won't buy another Honda without remote door locks"

Shane M., GA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver's side lock has problems with lock pins being bent preventing the key from being engaged"

George B., OH (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"locks don't work"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Locks keep breaking internally. Keys no longer work. driver side lock broken 3 times @ $200 each repair. Ignition lock broken too! Cost of repair and replacement keys $900. Keys for car and house key only keys on ring. I have never found anyone else"

Edward L., IL (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front seat belts don't roll back into taught position upon release when exiting car. This is causing the belt's metal insert to get closed in door jam--sometimes breaking the light switch. Been like this since 8 years of ownership"

Shane M., GA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"SRS failure light came on and stayed on. Repaired by dealer as a silent recall"

Jeff W., CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"All of the windows work properly. The drivers switch to control the passengers side front seat window does not work"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"front passenger power window has had a few problems rolling up and down. the local dealer repair shop is very, very good and they have fixed it but it is still a little difficult"

Dan S., MD (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Power window in back won't go up or down"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"One touch automatic roll down on driver side gets stuck"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Cruise control stopped working. In process of checking for blown fuse"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver door will not lock/unlock"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake light switch has a plastic bushing that fails with age that causes the break lights to stay on continuously, even when the car is turned off. If not noticed (like during the day), it could lead to draining your battery. The replacement part was cheap, but relatively difficult to install"

Anonymous, MS (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"door switch / buzzer to warn you of headlights on isn't working"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning lights come on for no reason. Airbag light has been on for some time, even after Dealer completed recall service for airbags"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The passenger side airbag comes on and off periodically, and now stays on longer and longer. I only have a passenger in the car about 2x a month. The only "heavy" object I place on the passenger seat is my purse, which weighs up to 5 lbs"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"The airbag light won't go off"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"Headlight bulb burned out. Had mechanic replace"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They would not turn on in cold weather"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"HIGH MOUNT BREAK LIGHT IN REAR WINDOW HAD TO BE REPLACED"

Robert M., QC (2003 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Warped flywheel resulted in jerky takeoff from first. Close to $2000 to replace"

David K., VA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle automatic transmission had a tendency to hunt gears, making a knocking noise. The start clutch was replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Automatic transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"needed a NEW transmission"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed..replaced with a trains from a newer(29000 miles),wrecked Civic"

Anthony V., NJ (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda replaced at about 100k miles. No charge to us"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The transmission started failing at 168000 kilometres. It was replaced with a rebuilt transmission (automatic). Total cost was $4000 Canadian"

Tim M., SK (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The car is making a grinding sound. My trusted mechanic tested it and said the transmission will fail in the next 6-12 months"

Siobhan S., CA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the transmission went right after the warranty wore out. honda did nothing. took it to a shop replaced the transmission and clutch. never a problem since. best car ever!!!"

Warren M., ON (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"One of the two fans (not sure if for the A/C condenser or radiator) seized. Replacement was approximately $800 by dealer"

David K., VA (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Unexpectedly overheated when I turned the heater on. Got into the red once and it now slowly loses coolant. Suspect head gasket, but have not had that replaced. Doesn't overheat regularly but have to keep an eye on it"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"crack at the top of the radiator. Radiator leaking. I removed the radiator and installed a new one"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator developed a small leak at the top seam. Wasn't going to run out of coolant any time soon, but with summer coming I thought it best to replace the radiator. Plus I was getting tired of the maple-syrup anti-freeze smell in the garage"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"portion of radiator has failed. car overheats at low speeds in summer"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Car ran rough and died. Thermostat needed replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Had to replace the battery. Cost $3000"

Rhodes S., WA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"IMA Battery Failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Hybrid battery failure. First failure 5 years ago was covered by warranty. I paid $2900 for this replacement battery set"

Keith P., CA (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"We discovered the issue only happened with me when I had a key chain with multiple keys but was not a problem for my husband and mechanic who only used one key to start the car. The car would just cut off as I was driving off the road--I would hear a"

Margaret B., MI (2003 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)
Differential

"Wear and tear partially due to driving style"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"I had repairs of over $2000 which is a lot. On the other hand, considering the age of the car and how reliable it has run this far, it wasn't surprising"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Radio cannot pull in close-by radio station without noise. Radio has poor reception overall, a separate problem from the speakers that rattle"

Walter R., IL (2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Left front speaker no longer functioning well"

Tony G., WA (2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"player ate a cd and we can not get it out. Makes a noise on starting the car like its trying to eject"

Suzy N., NM (2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
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