2003 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 12 of 13

2003 Honda Civic SE 1.6 VTEC from Cyprus

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance6200 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

An excellent vehicle, but Honda and dealers need improve in what they offer as standard/optional equ

Faults:

Engine a bit noisy > ~3000 rpm.

Tyre noise, may be due to stiff suspension, but prefer suspension this way, so does not mater.

May be the car could benefit from beter sound insulation.

Dealer opted for fiting locally sound system instead of offering the original honda system, and this has not been made clear at the time of purchase. So I ran into trouble finding a matching sound system myself. Despite that the advertising leaflet applicable for the local market listed clock, eventually the car did not offer that. The car comes with no clock and relies on the build-in clock of the sound system. The locally fited sound system by the dealer did not offer clock and the colours did not match well the instrument panel.!

Eventually I had to shop around myself to find a matching system (for colours and clock.!), but is not the same as the original manufacturer offering (as I have seen it on the US website).

I think Honda needs to control better the alternative offerings of some of the dealers and put restrictions to them in what is acceptable to offer. Some dealers may want to cut prices by offering cheaper alternatives, but if they don't do it right at the end it will cost Honda repeat customers.

Honda and dealers needs to be more careful in specifying what is optional and what is standard. In this way end users will be clearly informed of the suitable alternatives without hassle and know what to ask for at the time of purchase.

Dealer at service, without asking the customer if wanted to, washed vehicle in automated car wash, which produced minor surface scratching. Again, I think Honda needs to device customer service proceedures to be followed by dealers to ensure customer satisfaction. Also, can adopt manufacturer to end-user satisfaction surveys (satisfaction questionaire pages in the service log book) which the end-user can tear off and mail directly to regional Honda centre with comments. In this way, Honda will be able to recommend better practices to the dealers where needed.

General Comments:

Despite the above, an excellent, well composed car. Well done Honda.!

Very spacious and very good driving position, ergonomic controls, every control is clearly visible by the driver without effort. Very good suspension, very refined and willing engine. Very good gear change. Flat floor is an excellent idea. One of the best cars I have driven in its class.

Spacious as said above, but it would be good if the car was fitted with some under seat trays, more and larger pockets, etc., for the driver and passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2003

2003 Honda Civic LX 1.6 from Turkey

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Scenic

Summary:

A good performance car with a good price

Faults:

The problems that I have with the car mostly about the noises in the cabin although its only 15000km there are lots of noises in the car. Apart from the engine noise. Also the quality of the seats are not up to European standards. They constantly need re bolting.

General Comments:

I am happy so far with my Honda Civic 1.6lt. The gas consumption is very economic and never had any problems with the car However one thing that really concerns me is that the car has great performance, but rather a weak chassis. One thing that I must admit is it looks much nicer then any other Japanese build car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2003

2003 Honda Civic LX VTEC 1.7 from Mexico

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission VTEC 1.7 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance1500 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Excellent quality for the price

Faults:

The brake pedal clicks sometimes. A Honda technician told it may be the switch which opens the transmission (it lets you move it out of the Parking position when you press the brakes), but unfortunately it had not made the noise when visiting the dealer.

General Comments:

Just a great car, with excellent driving feel which I qualify as addictive. The only weak point is that Honda could have done a better job in noise insulation.

The engine responds quickly, and the gas mileage is excellent, even in a city where traffic jams are part of everyday life. The steering and the brakes feel safe and accurate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2003

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 44 reviews