2003 Honda Civic VTi-S 1.6 liter 16-valve, inline-4 SOHC from Philippines
If you want comfort, space, and excitement, then this car is for you, if you can afford it
Seats are rock-hard. Seats have been changed immediately after I bought this Civic.
4-speed auto gearbox has shift shocks on uphill climbs.
20,000kms- Brake feel suddenly becomes vague and braking distance travel is long. Problem: Front disc and rear disc becomes unbalanced. The problem took 2 days to fix. They changed both discs.
I like this car because it's sporty, easy to drive, and has fruity engine noises.
What I DON'T like is the engine-
It's thrashy, very thrashy. I always have to rev it past the 3,000rpm mark just to gain around 20km/h.
It also took forever to reach 90km/h on the highway.
Auto gearbox has shift shocks when going uphill, but it's good on straight roads.
The chassis absorbs humps, bumps and potholes well. I only feel a thud in the car. But as the potholes and humps are the worst of its kind, the car subjects the cabin up to the point when the it quivers violently.
The steering of this car is great!
It has excellent feedback and shows almost no understeer. It's easy to maneuver too.
It also has almost no body roll in slaloms or in gently leaning curves.
Seats are rock-hard, so I changed them immediately after I bought it.
Driving position is very good and comfy. The controls are logically placed and easy to operate. There's lots of space in the front, and a much bigger and wider space at the back, because of the flat rear floor, instead of the other cars' center bulge, but this sacrifices luggage space.
The car is also too expensive- priced at 825,000 Philippine pesos.
If you want a car that's spacious, comfortable and exciting, then go for this, if you can afford it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th June, 2005
20th Nov 2007, 03:24
It is nice that there are chances like these where we are able to read comments about a certain type of car. I am actually attracted to a certain car now. Honda Civic VTi 2003 model, automatic transmission. The age is 45,000 kms. There is one for sale. I test drove it. I found the gas pedal heavy to depress. And also the steering heavy. Well I am comparing it with my Honda Civic Lxi 2000 which I find light to steer and its accelerator pedal is light to push. I'm a lady by the way. Question: Is there a way to adjust so that the car would be light to gas and steer? What are my options.