2003 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

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2003 Honda Civic
4.6
Average based on 31 reviews
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good little car, great milage

by from reno, nv on August 20, 2008

I love the gas milage, I'm averaging a little over 41 mpg mostly in town driving. the manual trans. is geared well, makes good use of the few horses that are there, a 6th gear would be nice as 3200rpm...
I love the gas milage, I'm averaging a little over 41 mpg mostly in town driving. the manual trans. is geared well, makes good use of the few horses that are there, a 6th gear would be nice as 3200rpm seems a little high for cruising at 75mph. suspension is good enough for around town but theres to much body roll during moderate cornering at highway speeds and road noise to really make it an enjoyable car to drive on long trips. interior is clean, simple and well layed out, quality of material is good and shows little wear at 55,000 miles although the only problems I've had was cloth on a door panel coming loose (easily fixed with contact cement) and the cd player failed (replaced under warranty). I did install a K&N airfilter and bousch IR platinum fusion + 4 plugs and it did help with the gas milage.
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Honda, Honda Honda

by from Rochester, NY on February 11, 2013

This has been a great vehicle! I bought it used in 2005 with 53,000 miles. It now has 174K miles and I've had very little extra maintenance. Even the additional work was not costly. I still have the o...
This has been a great vehicle! I bought it used in 2005 with 53,000 miles. It now has 174K miles and I've had very little extra maintenance. Even the additional work was not costly. I still have the original clutch & it's still getting around 38 mpg! It's definitely not the quietest or smoothest vehicle, but that was not it's purpose. I had the inspection done last week and the Honda mechanic said there should be no reason to get at least 200,000....here we go!!
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Honda Civic Coupe 2003 okay, but can be tricky

by from Lansing MI on August 6, 2012

This is a great car. I like the 5-speed and it gets very good gas mileage. However we had to replace the engine just after we bought it (used). The previous owner apparently used the wrong kind of oil...
This is a great car. I like the 5-speed and it gets very good gas mileage. However we had to replace the engine just after we bought it (used). The previous owner apparently used the wrong kind of oil or something else happened which blocked the small channels used to circulate the oil through the engine. As a result, it burned oil like you wouldn't believe. The Honda Dealership said it was too expensive to repair and recommended replacing the engine, whcih we did. It runs fine now; However I would note that this is a potential trouble spot for that engine. We also replaced the muffler. Car has a timing belt rather than a chain. These must be replaced at about 100,000 miles. If it fails, the whole engine will be ruined. Serious risk. Newer models have a chain instead -- more reliable.
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Great commuter car

by from Wisconsin on June 4, 2012

Bought the used civic for commuting. The car is very comfortable to drive considering my commute is 190 miles per day. I've been happy with the mileage. I aveage about 36-38 mpg traveling about 70-75m...
Bought the used civic for commuting. The car is very comfortable to drive considering my commute is 190 miles per day. I've been happy with the mileage. I aveage about 36-38 mpg traveling about 70-75mph. I did manage to a 40.5 mpg round trip, but it was too slow for my taste. Some quirky design decisions on the interior. Example, cigarette lighter is by cup holder, so while phone charger is plugged in, only one space for a beverage. Overall, i've been have been happy with it for the few months of ownership
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My Honda Civic Si

by from Northern California on September 1, 2008

My car is five years old. Recently, the automatic door locking/opening mechanism ceased to work properly. This is a great car for the money. With over 100,000 miles on this car, I am most happy with t...
My car is five years old. Recently, the automatic door locking/opening mechanism ceased to work properly. This is a great car for the money. With over 100,000 miles on this car, I am most happy with the way it performs. I have the two-door hatchback model. The back seats fold forward to give a very large useable space. I get 31 mpg highway, and 26 overall. I take good care of my Civic, Recently, i did the 100,000 checkup. There were no problems to repair..just normal service. There are times I would prefer to have an automatic. I hope to drive my Honda for a long time.
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Most reliable safe car

by from Lynchburg, VA on March 6, 2015

I owned the 2dr 2003 Honda Civic EX this car was previously owned to a couple and they treated the motor bad. When i bought the car from the dealership it had problems and i had to put a quart of oil ...
I owned the 2dr 2003 Honda Civic EX this car was previously owned to a couple and they treated the motor bad. When i bought the car from the dealership it had problems and i had to put a quart of oil in it every 700mi. I put too much oil in it once and it was still running like a champ. I would recommend this car to any and everyone. Just yesterday i was coming around a curve and loss control of the car on ice and i crashed into a tree without a seat belt on and i walked away with minor cuts and scrapes. The car is totaled and im well. Im looking for another, I was so attached to my car it fit all of my needs and wants.
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Honda Civic update

by from Maryland on September 27, 2012

Nice runaround car but it lacks engine guts. I even have a stick and you really have to be careful pulling out in traffic. Also the 2003 model needs a transmission job on the manuel shift which we did...
Nice runaround car but it lacks engine guts. I even have a stick and you really have to be careful pulling out in traffic. Also the 2003 model needs a transmission job on the manuel shift which we did after buying a used model $1400 ouch! But it gets 30-35 city and 38-40 hwy. My next car is going to be the new 2013 Nissan 2.0 with 27city and 37 hwy and drive a bigger car, automatic, and look goood! Good luck, talk them down unless it has the trans job done already.
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Sporty, bullet proof, and thrifty too!

by from Lake Wallenpaupack, PA on October 28, 2007

I purchased my Civic new in Feb. '03 and I now have 67K miles on the car. It is a 4 door EX with 5 spd manual transmission. I didn't need all the EX features but I wanted the VTEC motor and ABS brakes...
I purchased my Civic new in Feb. '03 and I now have 67K miles on the car. It is a 4 door EX with 5 spd manual transmission. I didn't need all the EX features but I wanted the VTEC motor and ABS brakes which in '03 were only available on the EX. I also opted for the side air bags. Aside from normal maintenance all I have had to replace was a noisy strut which was a warranty repair. The original tires only went 24K miles. I replaced the OEM Firestones with Michelins and after 40K miles they still have plenty of tread left. The brakes are only 1/2 worn and are still the original pads. No clutch work needed as yet. For a "small" car the trunk is very spacious and I use it a lot. The back seat is comfortable for anyone 6' or shorter. The interior is very functional not overly fancy. All the controls are easy to understand and work smoothly with a "quality" feel. The materials have held up well and with a little cleaning the interior looks close to new. The exterior styling is pretty conservative, but the wedge shape is areodynamic and is not outdated. The paint is good quality and shines up great. My only compliant is the sheet metal of the the hood is rolled too thin. It is easily dented by acorns that fall from the Oak trees in my yard. I have to be careful where I park the car when the "nuts" are falling. The engine is zippy and the 5 speed manual transmission shifts very smoothly with short throws. It drives like a sports car and handles very well when pushed hard on back country twisty roads. For performance you have to keep the rpm's up over 3,000, but that is easy as the motor pulls strong all the way up to 6,500 rpm. I planned to keep this car for 15 years when I bought it and that is still the plan. I still have fun driving it and the 40 mpg on expressway trips is great too! I keep accurate fuel records and 35 mpg is my norm for mixed driving and 32 mpg for strickly around town mileage.
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Great car great fuel economy

by from Wellsburg, WV on July 16, 2012

Purchased 2004 Honda civic lx with 18000 miles on it. Regular oill changes and preventive maintainance 80000 miles did not burn oil .ran like a champ. Traded it in on a CRV. Ilove my hondas Had hondas...
Purchased 2004 Honda civic lx with 18000 miles on it. Regular oill changes and preventive maintainance 80000 miles did not burn oil .ran like a champ. Traded it in on a CRV. Ilove my hondas Had hondas past 12 years. Thanks Honda
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I love it. It's really good on gas $30.00 fill up

by from Philadelphia on April 23, 2012

I really like the way Honda built.It built to last.I like my 2003 civic.I bought it used,but it run great.It's really save me money on gas.
I really like the way Honda built.It built to last.I like my 2003 civic.I bought it used,but it run great.It's really save me money on gas.
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