really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,700 miles

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2003 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 282008


  • 60,000 miles


Several interior controls, such as door handles and the parking brake, are metalized plastics. As the car ages, the metal plating starts to peal off. As it comes off in pieces, it presents a sharp edge that can cut the user. We have had three different instances of hand cuts that could have led to accidents as the driver attempts to keep blood from the cut from getting on clothing, car interior, etc. The dealer replaced a door handle, at my cost, on the first instance. Subsequently we have tried to remove the rest of the plating from the effected parts. Unfortunately, the remaining fragments still adhere well to the parts for now and degrade slowly. I fully expect to sustain similar injuries in the future as the deterioration continues.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 102003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,400 miles
Purchased a Honda Civic 4dr LX on Sept. 20, 2003 and took it to the car wash on 10/04/2003 only to have water on both front driver and passenger doors (bottom of doors). On 10/06/2003, I took it for a 48 hour raincheck I had received, and again water had come in. When I got home I dried it up and again pour a gallon of water on both driver and passenger doors. Sure enough water was at the bottom of the doors. After inspecting both doors water was evident between the door panels. In the process of doing the inpection. I also notice that the gaps between the driver back and passenger door were different. The passengers back door gap measures 1/4 in. While the drivers back door measures 3/16 in.

- Mission, TX, USA

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