2003 Honda Civic EX 4DR Sedan 1.7L VTEC unleaded


If you want affordable reliability and quality, get a Honda!


My brakes are fine, but every time I step on my brakes and release, I hear a mouse like squeak, really small and irrelevant, but it gets on my nerves.

General Comments:

This car is GREAT in quality! I would recommend a Honda to anyone. Its fuel economy is phenomenal and it's really fun to drive with the power I get from it.

I barely have to any service, all I have done to it since I have owned it was an oil change and air filters.

It has a great design inside and out. Only thing is for such light weight car, it lacks brake power, and it dents really easily, and the paint chips away easy also.

Other than that, my overall for this car is a 9. I LOVE MY HONDA!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2009

2003 Honda Civic 1.7L


It has been satisfactory other than the problem with the locks


The car has needed replacement of all door locks, and the trunk lock has stuck and needed replacement twice.

The ignition lock has also failed, which required replacement of the whole unit.

General Comments:

The car has been otherwise satisfactory. It has required more attention to brakes than I would like, but I live in a hilly area.

It is economical and I like the large trunk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2008

3rd Jun 2012, 21:40

Let's be honest here, 145000 miles (240000KM) and that's all that went wrong; nothing wrong with that.

2003 Honda Civic DX-G 1.7L


Totally worth it (best car in its class)


Replaced a lower left ball joint on the driver side wheel after 120,000km, but that's only because I drove on very rough roads in Michigan.

No other problems have occurred and I am the only owner of this 2003 Honda Civic DX-G.

General Comments:

The engine is 1.7L inline-4 cyl. with 115hp with a manual transmission. (a basic entry model for 2003).

Civic is very easy to drive and a lot of fun, even after having it for almost 6 years and 170,000km.

I would recommend it to everyone, especially new drivers.

It basically handled everything I put it through: very heavy snow, deep puddles, extremely rough Michigan roads and long Ontario roads... let's just say the car went through hell and back with me, and it's still in great condition.

Unfortunately now I am selling it because my wife can't drive manual, but I am considering buying a new one after my parents just purchased a 2008 Civic DX-G, and it runs great with its CVT transmission.

You won't regret buying a Civic!!! Fun, fun, fun car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2008

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid


The Prius is better


CVT judder at 65000 miles. Got a letter from Honda asking me take it to the dealer, but I wonder how much more I will have to ultimately pay after my $500 service bill at 60,000 miles.

I was waiting for problem to get worse, when I got a letter from DMV to show proof of correction. Now I have to definitely take it to the dealer.

General Comments:

Looks cheap inside with various rattles.

Low acceleration.

Good gas mileage, but not as good as the Prius.

On the plus side, lot of trunk space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd July, 2008

16th May 2011, 12:37

CVT tranny was a nightmare in those early years. Stay away from them!

I have an '03 HCH too (manual 5 speed trans). Bought it used in '09. Lots of battery problems which still persist even after lots of battery repairs. NOT a good car! Honda is useless for help too. MPG stays good in the 50+ range, but the car needs to be a lot better electrically. Maybe the new Civic hybrids are better? Who knows at $20K?

But for that much money pay a little more and go with Toyota! Better track record for sure.

2003 Honda Civic Si


Fast, stable, great car


I have only had one thing go out on the car, the air conditioner compressor went out this last summer while I was on a trip away from home. I had purchased the extended warranty when I bought the car, and thankfully it was covered. I only spent $100 out of pocket, however I think the total bill to the warranty was over $1000.

The tires that came with the car lasted me probably 2 years; not sure if that is good or bad. Front brakes go out fast on these cars, but I haven't felt like the costs have been any kind of a burden. The dealerships where I live usually charge around $20.00 for an oil change, so I use them. I've also had done the Honda recommended maintenance by the dealership as well.

General Comments:

Most people buy this car because it is sporty; I bought it because it was the only new hatchback available from Honda at the time. I don't race or do any after-market parts or changes. People are always amazed when they ask me what changes I've made and I say none. Honestly, I don't know what you would do to this car to make any kind of significant improvement.

The stick shift is on the dash and it not only looks cool, I feel that it is way easier and more comfortable to shift. This also leaves the area between the seats open for the drink holder and storage console.

The suspension on the car is amazing. I bought my car new in 2003, and to this day the car still feels as tight and stable as the day I bought it. Pretty much any other car I drive feels sloppy and almost dangerous compared to the stability I have in the Civic SI.

Little things like the pull out drink holder, rear view mirror, etc. have held up very well and have not broken, discolored, aged poorly. The exterior paint still looks new, and I do not garage my car. It is left out in the rain, snow, and baking sun. Also, I was once caught driving in a hailstorm with golf-ball size hail, and I was sure that it had ruined my car. There was absolutely no damage! I couldn't believe it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2007