by loring on Aug 24, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The IMA Battery on the 2003 Civic Hybrid is/was a flawed product.
My first battery failed at 42,000 miles ( at 7 years) and was replaced under warranty.
The second battery has failed with less than 27,000 miles ( at 11 years) and the dealer says it will cost me $3,684 to replace it with a rebuilt battery with a 3 year, 36K warranty.
So far, Honda and I have spent more on batteries than I have on fuel for this car.
With a 3 year warranty on a $3,684 battery, I'm planning on $1,000 per year battery cost going forward.
by carterpuma on Jun 18, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Civic LX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
I struggled with constant repairs on domestic cars for years before purchasing this car.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE.
Bought at 47K miles in 2007 and now have 120K.
In that time only ONE thing has ever gone wrong and that was a sensor that only cost $150.
It just blows my mind how reliable this thing is.
This car is such a smart choice and can be found for under $5K atm.
Will be one of the best vehicle investments you ever make.
by thwipp89 on May 7, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
bought my EX automatic new in '03 and have 125k miles after 10 yrs. after having a few american cars that were unreliable money pits, this car has been spectacular for me. wish i would've bought a honda sooner than i did.
over 10 yrs, i've spent about $1k in non-maintenance repairs- mostly emissions/exhaust related, most of which has been at the 10 yr mark. i did need to replace the alternator after about 9 yrs.
i average 30 MPG combined (about 65% city) but i have a very heavy foot.
A host of minor changes bring the Civic into 2003. On the inside, all models gain improved seat fabrics, rear adjustable outboard headrests and new four-spoke steering wheels. On HX, LX and EX Civics, you'll find improved gauge illumination. There's a new center console for LX and EX, and a CD player is standard for HX and LX. On the outside, the 2003 Honda Civic has freshened taillamps and new wheel designs. Also, there is a Hybrid Civic available for the 2003 model year.