really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,072 miles

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2003 Honda Civic steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 052015


  • 100,250 miles


Without any warning of impending malfunction the ignition fob was unable to turn into a pos to start the engine while pressing down on the clutch all troubleshooting ideas were done and ultimately a very expensive only certain model hard to come by and really different from other years in cost and availability part ignition lock cylinder tumbler was purchased and car drove fine without any further problems until 07/2015 when the same exact thing happened again needing the same exact part as prior costing again an exhuberant amount and hard to find at a reasonable price. We do not do all the things that may have cause it we do not have large heavy amounts of keys hanging off of key ring only alarm plus fob it has not been exposed to any moist or wet I have read it a recall on the automatic I am hoping it will be added to recall list for also the manual 2003 Honda Civic ex.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 112013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving around a bend, the entire steering wheel locked up. It required that I stop, turn off my vehicle and turn it back on to correct. This happened a second time a month later and the key is now stuck in the on position in the ignition and will not turn on or turn off.

- North Versailles, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 192013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
I live on a main road, so I was thankful that there was no heavy traffic at the time, that it luckily was minor, and no one was injured, however, this has the potential to cause fatality. As I was driving out of my driveway and turning right out onto the road, the steering wheel stuck in the turning right position and both steering and brakes failed to work causing me to crash into a parked car. I am not sure why the steering and brakes both failed like this? strangely, my car was driving fine after the incident as the police officer pulled it to the side of the road. It is smashed up and needs body work and possibly mechanical work. I did have it towed to the dealership, as I did not trust driving it after this happened, and I am not sure I will ever feel safe in this car. Currently, my insurance is taking care of it, but this was a malfunction on Honda's part and should be dealt with by Honda on all fronts, cosmetically, mechanically, financially, and most importantly so that this doesn't happen to someone else or me again. Otherwise, there is no justice or protection for the consumer! this could have potentially been and could be life threatening.

- Glenside, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 082003

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


If you take your hands off the steering wheel the car starts a sever drift right or left. The dealer(cerritos Honda) said that we had to get used to it and that it had a new type of steering system..also I found out that Honda is has a lawsuit that infers that Honda lied about its gas mileage in town...

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012007


  • miles
2003 Honda Civic with steering problems. Consumer states that dealer looked at it and told her to contact the insurance company for body and suspension damage. She states that the steering wheel will not retract after making turns. The consumer was involved in an accident previously, however it was not clear, if the steering was defective from manufacturing or if the steering problem was a result of the accident.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 252007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Creaking noise from front of car never resolved by keeler Honda albany, NY.

- Watervliet, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 242006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,400 miles


While making a turn at < 5 mph in my Honda 2003 4dr-sedan, to take it out of the parking lot, there was a popping sound, followed by the steering wheel becoming free. Turning the steering had no affect on the wheels. The dealership did their 1st inspection after 7 hours of the vehicle being to towed to their facility, found it to be a first-of-its kind failure. They confirmed that a bolt had broken in half in the power steering column pinion bracket.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
2003 Honda Civic coupe-during sharp cornering, the car becomes unstable to the point it went into a 4 wheel slide off of the pavement. Conditions dry and road surface clean. Car has exhibited erratic movement of the chassis during cornering since the incident.

- Hawthorn Woods, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 082003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 65 mph the steering locked. The steering wheel popped and began to move freely. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Woodbine, MD, USA

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