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.

General Comments:

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.

2003 Honda Civic DX-G


I'll be taking it back and getting a new one if my problem isn't fixed


The alternator died after only two weeks of owning the car. The dealer replaced it under manufacturers warranty, but I still question why, with only 60k on the car, would the alternator be shot.

The gas mileage is horrible on this car. I'm getting 20 mpg in the city, which is about 15 mpg lower than it should be. The dealer checked it out and said they couldn't find any leaks or problems. Why didn't I just get an SUV if I'm getting this kind of mileage?

General Comments:

I enjoy driving this car as it handles pretty good.

The seats are fairly uncomfortable, but they are manageable.

Pickup on this car is slow, but you can't expect much from a 4 cyclinder engine.

Due to the horrible gas mileage on my particular car, if the dealer can't fix the problem, I'll plan on trading it in for a different civic.

I know Honda has a good reputation for reliable cars, but it looks like I've picked up a lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2006

2003 Honda Civic LX 4 cylinder.


Excellent buy for student or practical-minded individuals


After 3 years - Driver's side power window motor was replaced - It was going up slower than the passenger side. This was covered under my extended warranty.

After 3 years - Front marker light (not the headlight or signal light) went out.

General Comments:

This has been a great car for remedial city life: Driving to and from work, odd weekend road trips etc etc. This car was not meant for speed or aggressive driving, but can be pushed from time to time.

Great gas mileage.

No major headaches and is very economic.

There is very much something to the reasoning behind Honda selling so many of these cars year in and year out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th March, 2006

2003 Honda Civic DX 1.7


Cheap built quality


Interior door trim separated from door panel.

Dashboard is substandard quality.

Paint peeled of from front grille while using high pressure washer.

Rust appeared in first year on the door hinges, roof and trunk.

Honda repainted trunk deck-lid and front grille.

General Comments:

I really tried to like this car, after all it's a Honda.

This car is no fun to drive for any extended period of time.

The seats are uncomfortable, road noise intrudes into the cabin and passing a Truck on a two-lane country road is putting ones live a risk.

This car is underpowered with an automatic transmission.

I regret having bought this car, built quality is not what I expected from a Honda.

The only good thing I have to say about this car, is that I was always treated fairly by the dealership.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2006