really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,838 miles

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Aug 152005


  • miles


While driving, 2003 Honda Civic began to accelerate on its own. Consumer pulled over and vehicle rev to 6K RPM. *** nar received 10-18-05*** when the consumer placed the gear into neutral that was when the vehicle revved.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #6

Sep 092002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3 miles
I was struck on my front bumper by a driver directly in front of me. He was making a 3-point turn and didn't know that I was behind him. He accelerated into me and even though my car sustained minimal damage, my neck received all of the crash energy. I have hard-copy evidence of my neck from mris and cat scans taken 1 year before the accident; I had a healthy neck. I now have 3 disintergrating discs and constant pain. The treatments will be open-ended, I am told. Through my research, I found that Honda changed their head-restraint design on the Civic hybrid 2003 (my car). Before that year, the regular Civic had excellent ratings. This model had a 'minimal passing' rating. I feel that the lack of neck support was the reason that my body sustained such injuries.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 082003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 850 miles
Within the 8 days we owned this car, it had accelerated twice while my teenaged daughter was driving. These incidents happened when she was accelerating after having stopped at a stop sign. Being an inexperienced driver she did not realize the problem, only commented the car felt like it was driving funny. When the incident on 08/08/03 happened, I was driving with my younger daughter in the car. We were pulling into a parking space in front of a restaurant at a very slow rate of speed, when the car suddenly accelerated, causing us to jump up onto the sidewalk and run into a cement picnic table, denting the front bumper. I had to slam on the brakes to stop the car from driving through the front window of the restaurant and possibily injuring or killing the people inside. We took the car back to the dealership, where their diagnostic technicians were unable to duplicate the problem. We were told there is nothing wrong with the car and to come and pick it up as there was nothing further they could do for us. We found on this NHTSA website that there were six other similar incidents of this model of car having sudden acceleration during slow speed or stopping situations. We provided this information to the dealership, but they are still unwilling to help us.

- Acampo, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 242003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Frequently, braking will actually cause an acceleration. If I'm going down a hill and am pressing slowly on the brake to slow down, and then hit a bump in the road, the car accelerates and there's a bump, bump, bump until finally the brakes engage. I have taken it in for service and was told this is just the way ABS works. However, I have driven other cars with ABS (including Honda) and have never had this problem. This has happened over 30 times since I bought the car several months ago. One time I nearly collided with the car in front of me.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 022003


  • miles
When coming to a stop pressure was applied to the brake pedal and vehicle accelerated. Driver did not touch the accelerator pedal at all. Driver was able to avoid a collision. Vehicle has been taken to the dealer several times but the problem could not be resolved.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

May 292003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
After being stopped for a few minutes at a stop lightthe car suddenly lurched forward. Whereas, I might believe my foot lifted off the brake a little that should have caused the vehicle to roll forward and not suddenly accelerate. As a result, I did rear end the car in front of me.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 272003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, when the brakes were applied. The was no way to engage the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal at the same time, and was traveling at a low speed when the brake was engaged. The engine had gone up to over 3K RPM's. the dealer couldn't duplicate. Scc

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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