really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,175 miles

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 292014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 171,000 miles


Air bag light came on. Determined is was code 9-3 driver seat belt switch.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #10

Jun 032014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Civic. While attempting to decelerate at an unknown speed, the contact depressed the brake pedal and it became stuck to the floorboard. The failure caused the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The seat belts failed to restrain the contact and the front air bag failed to deploy. As a result, the contact sustained injuries to the head, neck and back. The second driver also sustained injuries. The contact received medical attention and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The driver seat started rocking as you drive the car. Dealer stated that the bushings are worn out and need to be replaced. Honda is not offering any assistance or recall on this known issues with the 2001 - 2003 vehicles.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 092007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Purchased 2003 Civic LX in July of 2006. Had 30,000 miles on it. The driver seat had a small rocking motion as if it was not bolted to the floor. Has gotten progressively worse in 6 months and 9000 miles of driving. Mechanic during oil change told me he had seen that a lot on this model of car, but had no idea what it was. Have an appointment to be checked, but feel Honda is responsible.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #7

Feb 232006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Defective front seat tracks. Front seats rock back and forth on track when latched in place. Concern is that seat might break loose in a crash. My car is a 2003 Civic le. I was told by the dealer that some 2006 cars (about 25% of a random sample he took on lot) have the same issue. My 2003 Civic hybrid does not have the issue. Amount of seat rocking is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch vertical motion measured at the front edge of the seat bottom as the seat is rocked by pushing/pulling on the seat back when the seat is not occupied. Driver's seat is worst, but passenger seat exhibits about 50% of the motion. The car currently as about 30K miles, but the problem has been noticeable for at least the last 10K miles.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 072005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,000 miles
*** this is for a 2003 Honda Civic si *** (1) accident @ 55 mph. Drove too fast through a right curve going up a 10 degree hill on wet pavement. Car spun out of control, and hit a utility pole on the driver's side door immediately aft of the front right tire (and engine compartment). (2) failure was driver's side seat. As I drive aggresively often, I sit with the driver's side seat at a 90 degree angle. During the accident the seat jammed in a completely reclined position. After retrieving my belongings from the vehicle, the seat was not able to be adjusted to my usual 90 degree angle position. (3) nothing done, car was totalled.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 312004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles


Update - driver seat rocks back and fourth - failure continues - six months after purchase - no resolution from dealer or Honda. New 2003 Honda Civic LX with side air bags. Driver's seat rocks back and forth with 1/4 to 1/2 inch "play" - causing un-safe feeling - not secure at all. Dealer said nothing could be done to correct. Honda customer service said nothing could be done to correct.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 012003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
New 2003 Honda Civic LX with side air bags. Driver's seat rocks back and forth with 1/4 to 1/2 inch "play" - causing un-safe feeling - not secure at all. Dealer said nothing could be done to correct. Honda customer service said nothing could be done to correct.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 062003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I purchased a Honda Civic hybrid vehicle in March of the current year with the intention of saving gas and being kind to the environment. The customary brief test drive before puchasing the car led me to believe this would be a good car for my high mileage lifestyle. Within a month I started having aches and stiffness in my neck and lower back. At ten weeks I was in so much pain that I called a chiropractor, crying with pain, on a Sunday morning to beg for help. (I had not required chiropractic help for the previous 5 years). The chiropractor treated my back with heat and massage for over an hour and then went with me to my new car to check out the seats. She immediately pointed out that the design of the seat gave no back support and was too short in the seat to support the legs while driving. With the doctor's help and advice as to cushions I could purchase I was able to leave on the trip but could only drive an hour at a time. My cousin did most of the driving from bakersfield, California to portland, Oregon (approximately 900 miles) while I sat in the passenger seat on special cushions with my feet up on the dashboard to relieve the pain.when I got back home I went back tot he chiropractor immediately, and have been treated twice a week for the past two weeks. I'm doing physical therapy and using a wide variety of support cushions. Relax the back stores have become my new best friend. But the Civic is still impossible to be comfortable in. Extra cushions are making the driving experience almost bearable but I could never do a long drive. Fortunately my high mileage life is split up into 1/2 to 1 1/2 hour trips. But it doesn't seem fair that I can't drive long than 90 minutes in my $23,000 car.

- Newhall, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 232003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
Drivers side seat rocks back and forth, first gear lunges out to neutral, shifting gears is not smooth and has rough grinding feel, clutch doesnt engage and disc engage properly.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 302003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,700 miles
Front drivers seat comes loose where it is attached to the car. Had fixed once. Going in to get fixed again.

- Watertown, MA, USA

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