2003 Honda Civic DX


I'm very disappointed and may never buy a Honda again.


1.All four interior door panels had to be replaced because of some defect with the glue - within the first year the material on the door started puckering and peeling off the plastic interior.

2.The left speaker had to be replaced twice in the first year and a half that I owned the car.

3.Several clips that hold the plastic flush with the car interior, broke leaving plastic posts between the doors disconnected from the car interior.

4. A sensor (I can't remember what type of sensor - it caused the check engine light to come on) was defective and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

It seems like the interior is really cheap. I owned a 1991 Civi hatchback for 14 years and 222000 miles. The interior held up nicely, but this 2003 Civic interior does not seem very sturdy.

I've been to the dealer at least nine times for nagging little problems (defective glue on interior door panels, defective speakers, defective sensor, defective interior panel clips).

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

Review Date: 7th November, 2005

10th Jan 2006, 13:02

I too have an '03 DX, but it is a coupe.

No problems to date except for the plastic cover under the steering wheel had to be replaced. A service tech broke it while it was in service for an oil change.

My 91 4door had 260K when I sold it last fall.

I am a Honda owner for life.

2003 Honda Civic LX 1.6 NON-VTEC


Reliable, spartan, and economic


Mechanically, nothing has gone wrong in the first year of ownership.

General Comments:

I purchased this car for economy and reliability a little over a year ago, thanks to the 167,000 miles on the vehicle I had at the time (a '96 Pontiac Grand Am), and the 1.9% financing they were offering on the new '03 Civics. I picked it over a new Toyota Corolla for the sole reason that the local Toyota dealerships didn't have any stick shifts with the right options available.

After driving my shiny new Honda for a week, and being almost scared of the handling of the car, I happened to check the tire pressure, and found that all four tires were at 42psi from the dealership. I dropped them all to the recommended 30psi and received a pretty radical improvement in handling. CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE OFTEN.

Compared to the 1996 4-cylinder Grand Am I traded in, this car is a total DOG, performance wise. It'll get you around and do what you need to do, but it won't excite you, either.

Little details: The driver's floor mat is intended to be held in place by little hooks that screw into the floor. They came loose within weeks of purchase, and have at this point become ridiculous. They don't stay in place, and your floor mat rides up to your clutch pedal in no time flat. Be prepared to constantly tuck it down where it belongs.

Little details #2: This car is the most badly-sealed vehicle I've ever owned... last winter I scraped the INSIDE of the windows as much as I did the outside. If it fogs up on the outside, it'll fog up on the inside.

With all that said, the car now has 25,500 miles on it, and the only repair of any kind that I've had to do was to patch the right rear tire when it picked up a screw and started leaking.

It has lived up to expectations, but at the same time has me missing the Grand Am. We'll talk again after I've had it FOUR years. :)

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

Review Date: 6th September, 2004

2003 Honda Civic LX 1.7L


Just drive and forget your car worries


My alternator started producing to much voltage. Almost ruined the electrical systems.

General Comments:

My Honda is getting so so gas mileage for some reason yet I drive very carefully.

The interior is noisy, just watch what tires you put on, really makes a difference.

Engine seems underpowered when acceleration is needed, not enough torque.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2004