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5.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,267.00
Average Mileage:
88,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (3 reports)
  2. ignore engine/emissions malfunction indicator lamp (1 reports)
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 022006

Civic Hybrid Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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

At 98,000 miles my catalytic converter failed on the car. Had to replace it for $1,5000

This is sad since I have a Ford truck at home with 4 catalytic converters and 190,000 miles, and never had a problem with any of the catalytic converters.

- , Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012007

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Well it turned out that the computer diagnostic was wrong and I got a refund of the whole replacment cost back from Honda America. Well, the same problem reappeared a few months ago. Engine light came on and the dealship said it was the converter and I needed a new one. I told them to take a hike. Do I need a new converter every other year? After much discussions, the dealship said it is likely to be the O2 analyzer. Do not know if I believe them any more. Dealership not to be blamed. They got the solution from Honda America. I ignored it and the engine light went away. But the transmission failed and now my poor hybrid is in the shop.

- , Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #2

May 302005

Civic Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

MIL LIGHT CAME ON AT 30,000 MILES. TOOK CAR TO HONDA RENNEN IN BITBURG, GERMANY. WAS TOLD THAT THE FUEL FORMULATION IN EUROPE WAS SO DIFFERENT THAN THAT OF THE US THAT BOTH OXYGEN SENSORS AND BOTH CATALYTIC CONVERTERS FAILED, THUS CAUSING THE MIL LAMP TO ILLUMINATE. WAS TOLD TO DO NOTHING AND WAIT UNTIL RETURN TO USA TO FIX. TURNS OUT THAT THIS WAS NOT TRUE AND THAT THERE WAS A RECALL AND SEVERAL SERVICE BULLETINS FROM HONDA TO FIX PROBLEM/DEFECTS ON BOTH THE CATS AND THE O2 SENSORS. IS NOW TOO LATE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RECALL FOR THESE ITEMS.

- , Choctaw, OK, USA

problem #1

Sep 222008

Civic Hybrid Hybrid 1.3L

  • CVT transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Who would imagined that Honda Civic needs a catalytic converter replacement at 75000 miles? Well, I was told that I need to do the same job but this time two of them at 100000 miles. Last only 25000 miles? At my cost, of course. Reason? Not sure what cause this so soon. Only guessing that "bad gas".

- , Leominster, MA, USA

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