2003 Honda Civic consumer reviews

$12,810–$13,860 MSRP range
side view of 2003 Civic Honda
98% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.8
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2003 Honda Civic is a solid city driving car

The manual version shifts easily and has some pep. I handles very well and gets good gas mileage about 27 mpg in city.


Great reliability, great MPG!

These cars run FOREVER! Great gas mileage from the 1.6l engine. Plenty of get up and go as well. Interior and exterior are average but sleek. Great first car or learner's car.


Great Value

I had a Civic SI four years ago, and I liked it so much, I bought one again about a month ago. It's fun, reliable and economical. Pros- respectable pep for a five-speed, very good space for a hatch, unique styling (only the 03, 04 and 05 SI had the EP body style), and very good fuel economy, especially for a 13-year old car. The elevated shifter (right below the CD player, which is close to shoulder level) is a nice touch; I haven't seen a shifter placed at that position outside of old-school, super-custom, super- fabricated American hot rods. It sits high in comparison to its rivals (GTI, Integra, RSX), with more interior space and a gentler ride. Cons-Even at this hp level (160), it could use another gear. The sound system is pretty weak (as with most basic Honda systems), and body roll is more pronounced that in a comparable GTI or Integra. Additionally, you don't realize the value of a rear camera until you need one and don't have one; when you inevitably buy a sound system, get one with a rear camera hardware included. Bottom line - I love this car :) Some people don't like the engine braking on downshift; laser-quick downshifting or downshifting without braking will slam you back in your chair, as if Hercules himself served you a two-handed shove into your chest with furious anger. I actually love this ability; the exhaust note is better than average, even with a stock system. I know this car will last me for years, until my taste in cars change. I just wish more Type R's were available :(


Most reliable safe car

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.


Hondas are good cars.

Came in and got a good deal.I 2ould recommend this lot to all my friends. Bought it...love it!!!! Can't wait to get home to brag about it..


Good to Deal With

I was looking for a used Honda and found one at this dealership. They were courteous and friendly and went out of their way to accommodate me. I even came to Fairbury after hours and they answered the phone to help me. I would highly recommend this dealership to anyone looking. Well worth the trip to Fairbury!


Great Car for College

This is a great car - roomy, amazingly reliable, and fuel efficient. Once every two weeks I drive for 4 hours at 70 mph from college to home and back, and I feel confident I wont break down in the middle of nowhere. It might not feel like I'm sitting in the lap of luxury and I really need to push a little to go around slower commuters, but its easy to drive, and always gets me there for only $30 (avg amount to buy full tank of gas in the Virginian wilderness). This is a true Japanese made quality car. I also love the beige and brown interior of my Honda, makes the atmosphere much brighter inside. Right now mine has 120,000 miles and still runs like new! (with no major repairs).


Crazy reliable

This car isn't the quietest or smoothest but it insanely reliable. Purchased car at 47k and now have 125k and have only spent $260 total in 6 years on non-routine maintenance repairs. Gas mileage is great at 28-30 city and 36-38 highway. Not a car meant for long trips as it isn't too comfortable but for a daily driver it will save you tons of $$$.


Honda, Honda Honda

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!!


100% better than GM cars I owned in the past.

Paid $10k for a used 2003 Civic Lx back in 2007. It's the best car I,ve owned in 40+ years of driving.