hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,262 miles

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2003 Honda Civic fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 052015


  • 85,525 miles


Regarding 2003 Honda Civic ex manual trans at times without any warning the car will act as though it has no fuel and once it starts will drive fine then after stopping for example at a intersection when ready to accelerate once again the car will act as if it is going to stall in 1st but seem to get burst of fuel and propel very suddenly drive normal for a few seconds and then do same scenario of being out of gas if gas is depressed somewhat as though im attempting to race it will start to resolve and it hapeens so quick im not even ready to go to 2nd gear once I do it acts slightly the same way but not as bad maybe 25% less I then make it to third and then 4th with no problems. And also let me assure you the car is never at anything lower than 1/2 tank to full fuel wise. Along with these symptoms described twice for 3 days it has just not started again as thoug H it were empty and then im ready to have it towed after checkimg it every day and both times on the 3rd day it starts as though there was no prob with it.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 272012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
My wife and I have owned our 2003 Honda Civic since it was new. Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago my wife noticed a very strong odor of gasoline from both in and around the vehicle. After a few days of looking under the car and not able to detect the problem, I removed the rear seat and noticed a large amount of gasoline under the seat. I removed the hatch to the fuel pump and noticed that the fuel pump assembly had numerous hair line cracks on the top area and when the car was in the on position, fuel was pouring out and going under the rear seat bottom. I have since ordered a replacement fuel pump assembly unit. Anyhow, this a very dangerous situation and could have had deadly effects as the electronics that charge the fuel pump are right where the gas was leaking. Additionally, if the driver of the car was a smoker, who knows what may have taken place. This issue is clearly a design flaw and I'm sure additional years of this model Civic have this same fuel pump assembly unit. The part number is: 17045-S5A-A31 (kautex.

- Ventnor, NJ, USA

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