definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,020 miles

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2003 Honda Civic cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 202003

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles


My new car, once smoked for no reason, last year, now at 40,000 miles my radiator motor was bad only 3 yrs old-out of warranty, Honda did nothing-get it serviced. My other Honda lasted 10yrs- I do not get it-after being hit by 18 wheeler.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007


  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles
New years day, I got off the freeway and my steering wheel locked and my clutch stiffened. Seconds later they resumed their normal feel but my battery and temp light came on and smoke/steam came out of my hood. I pulled over and opened the hood...coolant resevoir was almost completely empty and coolant had exploded all over the engine. I had the car towed to the dealership for warranty review. They called and said no coverage, they believe that a rock had punctured the radiator and hence it was not a parts problem. Since, I have reviewed numerous complaints about rocks puncturing car internal parts, specifically Honda's. this is a poor design and in other circumstances this could have been a very dangerous situation. It should not take a death to call attention to a company who is selling cars which are not properly designed for highway driving conditions. Since I had just gotten off the freeway, I was able to pull over right away and cease any further damage. Parts and labor will cost me $1000 for a 3 year old car that was bought with an extended warranty (which cost a couple thousand dollars at time of purchase). I am outraged and disappointed with Honda.

- Hayward, CA, USA

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