really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,934 miles

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2003 Honda Civic miscellaneous problems

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #10

May 212015


  • 122,000 miles


I was ready to leave for work and my car was parked out in front of my driveway. When I went to go start it up, it made a loud noise and didn't want to engage in "reverse." After five minutes of trying I tried putting it back in "park" but again the same loud noise and it still didn't engage. It only stayed in "neutral" so I left it there and didn't drive it because it was out! really Honda?? this needs to be resolved because it's costing a lot of hard working americans a lot of money when it wasn't their fault! shame on you Honda!

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 312015


  • 175,000 miles
On halloween night 10/31/2015, after getting home from taking kids trick-or-treating I was leaving to go to store. While I was backing out of the drive-way I realized I forgot my wallet inside. So I opened the door & went to step out, then noticed I was sticking out in the street a little bit. So I left my left leg out & door open because I was only going to pull forward a couple feet. When I put the car in drive & barely pushed the gas pedal, the gas pedal forced itself to the floor & the car accelerated very quickly. I had no control of the car & tried everything I could to stop it! but it was too late.... the car shot us through the garage door where my leg & foot hit the rock siding entrance going into garage. It also twisted my leg all around & was pinned in between car and garage wall. The car came to a stop when it took my brand new motorcycle I had only owned for 3 weeks & smashed it into the wall!!! it completely totaled my motorcycle. But I was so badly messed up & hurt I couldn't even hardly walk or put any weight on my left leg. After months of physical therapy & lots of doctor bills I am healed, for the most part. I contacted Honda & they did an inspection of the vehicle but didn't find anything wrong with it & released it as a safe driveable vehicle. So I was left with about $15,000 worth of damage including my brand new motorcycle. My full coverage insurance only paid about 3/4 of what I paid for the bike. This was one of the most traumatic crazy things to ever happen to us! im just so lucky & glad that one of the kids wasn't in the garage playing or anyone else got hurt! this could've been sooo much worse than it already was!!!

- Bethany, OK, USA

problem #8

Apr 182015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 111,300 miles
Went to the store, car started with no problem. Only in the store 20 minutes. When returned I was not able to start the ignition. The ignition is locked. Had to call a tow truck to have the car towed.

- Riverdale, IL, USA

problem #7

May 012012


  • 75,000 miles


On November 15, 2012, I took my Civic to don jacobs Honda in lexington, ky. They sent me to the body shop where [xxx] took pictures and documented the problem with a body shop estimate. I received an email with all of the pictures and estimate of over $4,000 to repaint the car and was told somebody would get back to me once they had talked to the district rep about the problem. January 15, 2013 I sent this email:hello all, this estimate was given to me two months ago. Since then, I have requested an update on the status of this issue: Once December 4, and again on December 27. I received no communication in response to either of my requests. I realize there were multiple holidays in the past two months, but my car is only looking worse as time goes on. I look forward to hearing from at least one of the three of you before the end of the week. Two weeks later, when I still received no response, I sent another email January 29:it has been another two weeks, and I still have not heard an update on where we are with this issue. I have attached an updated picture of the hood of my car. As you can see, and I'm sure you know, the paint is rapidly deteriorating other areas are continuing to deteriorate as well. I feel I have been very patient for the last two and a half months, but I really need some answers before my entire vehicle is covered in this mess. I got this reply from [xxx]:I am so sorry that still haven't heard back. I left lance a voice mail as well to contact you today. February 1, 39 second voicemail: Basically saying Honda wasn't going to help me so I called Honda in ca, expressed my frustration and tried to explain to them the horrible customer service I received. The customer service rep told me if the regional rep said they couldn't assist me with my car, then that was the decision Honda made. I can't take that for an answer. My Civic looks awful! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Shelocta, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 302013


  • 70,540 miles
The peeling metal plating on the interior door handles causes cuts to fingers and hands. They range from severe paper cuts to deep finger cuts. The chrome plating on the interior door handles peel and create sharp edges that cut and draw blood. This occurs when the door is opened. Our whole family had cuts especially my daughter.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #5

May 012003


  • miles
Problems with 2003 Honda Civic LX remote/alarm system. The consumer had a remote/alarm system installed in the vehicle. The car alarm sounds off a disturbing piercing sound each time the doors open and close. When the consumer took the vehicle back to the dealer to have the sound turned off the entire system failed and the doors would not lock properly. The vehicle was returned to the dealer and the sound was turned back on. While driving the consumer became aware that the vehicle is not equipped with a door ajar indicator.

- Inwood, NY, USA

problem #4

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles


Large sander mark in center of hood from unsucessful repair attempt at factory. Scratch on passenger quarter pannel. Scratch on rear tailight lens. Scratch on clear cover of instrument panel guages

- Marysville, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 262003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,416 miles
With the use of a gaussmeter, an instrument used to measure electro magnetic fields, the consumer found that vehicle had a high electromagnetic field. Manufacturer and the dealer was notified the consumer stated the highest level occurred when the engine draws power from the battery via the integrated motor assist or when the battery was charging.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 172003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 780 miles
2003 Honda Civic hybrid on a snowy road, coming over a small rise while going around a moderate curve under 40 mph, the battery charging function, activated by driver taking foot off the gas before cresting the hill, produced progressively stronger engine braking effect on the front wheels, equivalent to an unwanted down shift and causing fishtailing and poor response to corrective steering, so that the car slid across the road and into a snow bank and concrete abutment. $6000 damage. If oncoming traffic, could have been serious injuries or fatality. Due to the strong and variable [hard to predict or control] braking action of the hybrid's charging system, this car should have a skid sensor activating some kind of traction control, including interruption of the charging function as soon as a skid is detected. I think this should be ordered to be retrofitted to all the hybrids.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 302002


  • miles
Stereo audio quality integrity: When volume is turned on high on the factory installed stereo, the sound quality diminishes. The speakers (sound) pop and crack. My question is this... why wouldn't the factory installed stereo speakers be designed to accomodate the high and low frequencies of the factory installed stereo" should it be expected to"

- O'fallon, MO, USA

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