18th Mar 2007, 21:17

This is a follow-up to my original comments with regard to my Ferio RS 1.7 model made for the Japanese and Asian markets. The auto transmission had to be overhauled at around 90,000km. And this winter I have had a problem with water condensing inside the right-side headlamp.

22nd Jun 2007, 07:59

I have a 2001 Civic EX with 250,000 miles on it and haven't had a lick of trouble yet. I commute 170 miles per day and the car is happy to give me 39-41 mpg. Of course most of the route is straight on Interstate 5 in California.

I will admit that the car is a 'rough rider' and there is more interior noise than I would like. However, I bought the Civic new because my intent was to get 300,000 before buying a new car and to give me the economy I needed for this commute.

Today I noted the first problem with the smell of radiator fluid and found that the radiator cap has failed. I think we'll make the 300,000. This Honda has been a real asset.

31st Jul 2007, 20:28

I also have Civic Ferio RS, unfortunately a few days ago I crashed. This was my second Honda, but won't be my last. It had a manual transmission, it's a beautiful machine and I'm trying my best to get back one exactly like it. The seat does rock, but overall its the nicest thing on four wheels. The engine runs so quiet. Words can't explain how much I love this model. Once you drive a Honda Civic Ferio RS, you won't want anything less. It comes from the factory with kit and all.

11th Aug 2007, 21:13

Actually I own Civic 2.0 i-VTEC 2005. It's a very high performance car. I really love it. My dream car. I love Honda.

16th Aug 2007, 18:09

This is my second follow-up to my original comments with regard to my Ferio RS 1.7 model made for the Japanese and Asian markets.

The car still runs fine at 140,000km. However, the seal on the right-side headlamp went and condensation is forming inside the unit. I've asked Honda about any recall, but they said no. Has anyone else had the same problem?

27th Aug 2007, 02:16


I also drive a Honda Civic RS (ES3) 2001 model. I also had the same problem stated in first comment. Driver seat rocks a bit when you are breaking and accelerating. In my one, clunking sound coming is coming from the left suspension (or wherever from the left side). But one thing stands still, it’s performance and handling. It’s the best I’ve ever driven and the ride is pretty cool.

Any of you have a idea about the stages mentioned in gear; P, R, D I know. S and L stands for???

23rd Jan 2008, 05:17

Have a 2001 RS (ES3). It is very uncomfortable. I guess because of stiff suspension. Recently, I have noticed a leak from left front shock. So, I decided to change the front shocks and I checked with the agent and just a single shock costs about 25K. I checked in NZ and since this model is a domestic model, parts are not available in NZ. Some one told to put shocks and springs together to improve the comfort level. Any comments on that.

6th May 2008, 16:54

"27th Aug 2007, 02:16

Any of you have a idea about the stages mentioned in gear; P, R, D I know. S and L stands for???"

The "S" stands for "sport" so the car will keep it in lower gears to provide more acceleration. The "L" stands for "low" which means that car will provide more torque to the wheels to get through mud and deep snow.

18th May 2008, 19:52

Hi I live on the sunny island of Barbados in the Caribbean and I have a 2003 civic RS ES3 1.7SOHC, I imported it out of japan in 2006 with just about 11000km and I was worried about that clunking noises my car makes also when braking and accelerating. But after reading everyones comments I realize that is something normal. But is there is remedy for that. My driver seat was also loose but I tightened it and have not had to since. Can you all tell me any other faults and glitches to look for.

2nd Jul 2008, 14:59

Hey I too have a Honda RS, however, of late I noticed that the car keeps shutting off while I am driving. Can anyone tell me what is happening. Sometimes it start back immediately or wait a couple of hours to prevent it from shutting down immediately after it restart.

17th Jul 2008, 11:23

Hey Guys,

What is the best tire size for this car? what I have at the moment is Front- 195/15/55 Rear- 195/15/60... do you guys have a better option??

17th Jul 2008, 12:32

I'd go with the 50's all around if it were me.

24th Jul 2008, 12:57

Civic RS '01 - problem with engine (shut-off)

Electronic bug - just bring your civic to dealer; it will be replaced free of charge.

30th Sep 2008, 18:46

Hi there, I have just recently brought a 2001 Honda Civic Ferio RS. I also have the clunking noises on the right hand side of the car at the front. Is there anything to stop it, and also when turning corners the left hand side clunks only when steering.

Does anybody know about the security system in it. I think it's a nicc vehicle security system? It went off on me once and I didn't have anything to turn it off?


2nd Oct 2008, 16:58

Whenever the bushing in the steering box wears out, you will get that clunking sound. You would have to re-cone it or get a new steering box.

19th Nov 2008, 09:47

Hello Guys.

I recently bought a 2001 Honda Civic RS, it is a very nice car. The steering however, makes a squeaking sound and there is a knocking sound coming from front whenever I drive onto rough roads. I've checked the entire front end, everything is in order. I am speculating that it maybe the EPS.

I see where the rod that goes to the wheel has some movement. Does anyone have any experience with EPS challenges?

17th Dec 2008, 11:19

I am think of getting a 2001 Civic Ferio, however there are a lot of automatic transmission problems reported. I see it is mainly the 1.7L.

Does the 1.5L have the same problem?

Does the 1.5L uses the same transmission?

Is it the regular transmission or the CVT transmission that gives the problem?

1st Feb 2009, 01:00

Hi I have the Civic RS 2001 model 1700cc VTEC. Had it for past 4 and half years. It's an absolutely awesome car.

The drive is not the most comfortable, as you would expect from a sporty car. But the acceleration and handling is way better than the normal 1.5L or the 1.6L civics.

Knocking noise from the front is due to EPS power steering system. The Japanese made the car with EPS to drive on their beautiful roads. But since our roads are not the best, noise occurs. Agents can fix it, but they say it only lasts for a year on bad roads. It's good on fuel consumption too, about 11kms per litre.

This is my 3rd Honda. Really love this car.

15th Mar 2009, 22:25

I have the same problem with my 01 Civic as well, but can the EPS be converted to a non EPS?

20th Jun 2009, 15:03

I've got one of these, doesn't take lowering well, steering gets sloppy and noises can be from unsettled springs. Recommended for daily driving only.