definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
51,069 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced door lock actuator myself (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 082012

Civic SI 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,206 miles


Driver side automatic door locking actuator broke in the middle of the summer. Remote key lock would not work on the doors for locking or unlocking. Had to physically use the key in the door lock to turn the locking mechanism. Was fixed by buying a part from the dealer and fixing it myself.

- , Ottawa, ON, Canada

problem #2

Oct 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

this car went back to the dealer ship several times because I could not unlock the doors...the key would go in but would not turn...imagine climbing over the passenger side to unlock the drivers side door every time you want to drive!!! once the passenger door began doing the same thing I had no choice but to once again return to the dealership...It has begun happening again and since the car is now out of warranty it will more than likely cost a bit to have this repaired (again).

- , McKeesport, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 102008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Door lock actuator failed on the driver's side. In other words, I have to manually push the button down on the driver's side door since the actuator is fried. Dealer quoted me close to $200 for the repair. I went onto a Honda Civic forum website, found a DIY, bought the parts online for $48 and did the repair myself. Took a decent 2-3 hours. My suggestion is that you go to pepboys or an online supplier and buy the door panel remover tool and several spare plastic clips (the ones that snap the door panel in). I broke a few trying to pry the interior panel of the door off...even with the special door panel removal tool.

Of course this was not covered under warranty, but to have a door lock actuator fail at 55,000 miles is unacceptable. Just one of many things that failed on my 7th generation 2003 Civic. I will make more posts with those issues. As I mentioned in my other post about my transmission failing, I should have kept my 1997 Honda Civic. That Civic had 0 issues and was in great running condition even at 92K miles.

- , Lake Hopatcong, NJ, USA

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