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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,134 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 162010

Civic

  • 52,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid. The contact was driving 5 mph when the vehicle began to jerk abnormally and stalled without warning. The accelerator pedal went straight to the floorboard when depressed and the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact then released the accelerator pedal and the vehicle proceeded without stalling. The dealer was informed of the failure and they diagnosed and replaced a valve. The failure persisted after the repairs. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 53,000.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 112010

Civic

  • 101,000 miles
2003 Honda Civic ex. No heat in winter. Overheats in summer. Coolant overflows through reservoir. Several others with this same problem. Its not the water pump, radiator, thermostat, or lines. Honda must fix this problem.

- Glenwood, NY, USA

problem #8

Oct 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic-hybrid. The contact stated that the vehicle would take approximately five seconds to shift into gear when engaged. The dealer inspected the vehicle on three occasions but was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The contact stated that the vehicle would make an unfamiliar noise while driving 50 mph or greater. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of this failure as well. The current mileage is 45,000 and failure mileage was 10,000.

- Export, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 022006

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

: the consumer stated the check maintenance light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership to determine the problem. The dealership discovered the battery needed to be replaced. After the battery replacement, the check maintenance light went off. The vehicle was driven for a few days and the check maintenance light illuminated once again. Later, the consumer was involved in a rear end collision while traveling at 35 mph on a wet road. The brakes were applied, but the vehicle failed to stop before striking another vehicle in the rear end. The seat belts were in use and no injuries were sustained. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was inspected and diagnostics were performed to determine why the air bags did not deploy. The codes showed faulty sensors in the air bags. The dealer determined further testing would be required before a final decision could be made on the air bag failure. Update 2/24/2006 -

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #6

Sep 022005

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
2003 Honda Civic concerns regarding the change in the cars performance.** answer required***. ever since the ECM update was performed on the consumers vehicle, the gas mileage has dropped to 41 mpg, then to 38 mpg ad now 37 mpg. In addition, the vehicle now labors and lags terribly.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012004

Civic

  • miles
Honda CRV vehicle fires after oil changes. The consumer noticed oil leaking from the vehicle. The dealer explained that when the oil is changed, oil would sometime get trapped underneath the vehicle causing the leak.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004

Civic

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Oil leaking from underneath the vehicle. When the oil was changed on two occasions, the consumer noticed when he got home, oil leaked from underneath the vehicle. The dealer explained that oil cold have been leaking through the frame and dropping onto vital parts and that they would normally clean the excess oil to the best of their ability. The consumer was told that the oil filter for this vehicle was located near the top of the engine, but behind the engine.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 062003

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After a coming to a complete stop vehicle stalls and hesitates when accelerating. Dealer cannot duplicate the problem or determine the cause.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 092003

(reported on)

Civic

  • 16,000 miles
Consumer states that vehicle stalled intermittently while driving. Dealer has been unable to determine cause.

- Murphys, CA, USA

problem #1

May 082003

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • 240 miles
Gear shift failed to shift into first gear. There was also a loud ticking coming from the engine.

- South Hamilton, MA, USA

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