2003 Honda Civic LX
Good for the city, a nightmare on the highway
A crack sound comes from one of the front wheels when braking to a stop.
Front rotors needed replacement at 100,000.
AC stopped working at 100,000 K (just after warranty). A Honda dealer said this problem is frequent in these cars, but they can't do nothing about it. They quoted around 300 bucks to fix it.
Clutch makes a noise.
When I bought the car, I was working in town. A month later, I had to move. Now I drive 100 kilometers one way to work and this car is a nightmare. Too much road noise, dances behind trucks, revs very high at 120 km/h (no fuel efficiency at 120 or up), very uncomfortable for long drives, expansive to maintain. Every time you go to Honda dealer, they charge 50 bucks just for diagnoses. I'll never buy a Honda again. Hyundai's are much better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th March, 2007
31st Mar 2007, 21:00
Wow...all I can say is to perform maintenance to keep your car running good and getting good MPG at higher speeds. I know many people who are not afraid over in the USA to take their Civics on the freeway over 80 miles per hour when cruising. Perhaps the crack sound you here is a suspension joint or something? Get it checked out...
23rd Feb 2011, 17:33
You wouldn't have 3/4 of those problems if you actually did the maintenance, like the other comment already stated. The "crack" (which I took to be "crackling") noise you hear/heard while braking probably coincides with your front brake rotor replacement, as a friend's Civic (who used the "gas'n'go" philosophy to maintenance) had the same noise and subsequent brake assembly replacement.
Clutches and brakes are wear items, and aren't expected to last forever. The A/C is a known issue on these cars, or at least is in my experience, and on the spectrum of things to watch out for, it's lasted you 100,000 miles, $300 isn't that big a deal.