2003 Honda Civic 1.7L from North America


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 from North America


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 from North America


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 Type R 2.0L from UK and Ireland


Hardcore rocketship from hell


No problems.

General Comments:

I think the Type R is an excellent hot hatch. It's fast, fun, and has all the drama a hot hatch should.

The i-vtec engine is a screamer. Quite literally. Keep it above 6,000rpm and it's an absolute riot.

For an engine that revs so high, it's ultra reliable. Anybody with mechanical sympathy stay away.

The six speed gearbox is a joy to use; so much so that you find yourself changing gear for the thrill of it. Very precise and perfectly positioned. Brings out the best from the engine.

The ride is very firm, but it makes sense when you're on a twisty road, and the handling and balance of the car is excellent.

One criticism is the brakes; I think they're short of feel, and the ABS cuts in too early. A minor gripe.

The interior quality is good. The controls are well laid out and easy to use.

The seats are excellent, but I really hate that seats don't return to their original position when letting people in the back.

I would certainly buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2007