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Canada SIR
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By tommy b
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2003 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I'm from Canada and bought Canada version of si hatch. Bought the car in August of 07, it's an 03. Nice car with lots of room had 3 people and snowboards inside. Would definitely recommend. Horn cut out about a month ago along with Cruise control. Brakes are great and so is handling. Stock rims could be bigger/nicer, I got aftermarket rubber and rims. Ground fx package is nice. Drives good in all weather, sunroof is good. Recommend winter tires. This is a great car with sporty handling, keep revs high and car is plenty fast. Great on gas and sound system is great for stock. Don't think I will ever buy anything other then a Honda. Car takes real


Favorite Features

shifter, interior space, sunroof, seats and steering wheel are by far the best part of this car


Suggested Improvements

A 200 hp engine would be nice (same as RSX type s not base RSX), bigger stock rims, lumbar adjustment for seat, armrest and second power adapter


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A great car
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By Huisonfirst
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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I can't complain about this car at all. I even wanted to pay for my sales person's rotary fines for him. It is such a great car, especially if you know how to maximize the MPG. My average is about 50. I am ordering a sticker that says "60 MPH = 50 MPG". I am also ordering a sticker that says "Relax: U R in the Carpool Lane" for those who try to go 80 in the Carpool lane. To get better MPG, avoid using your brakes, i.e., don't rush up to that red light and brake! We can all save 10% or more by driving reasonably.


Favorite Features

stick shift


Suggested Improvements

Make driver seat more comfortable than the rest seats.


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Hybrid - great car
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By G. Gagnon
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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This is a great car - 45-52 mpg - original owner and I am very pleased. The downfall is the noise level, especially in the back seat. Seats could be a bit more plush also.


Favorite Features

Reliability, durability and handling


Suggested Improvements

Cut the noise level down and improve the seats - sore bottom at the end of a trip!


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I love this Car
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By melmar07
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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I really love this car! I t is not good on Gas, it is Excellent! Better than non Hybrid Models. Those who saying about Hybrid Models, take it from me who owns one, THOSE ARE NOT TRUE!!! They just can't afford it or they just owned a hybrid lemon


Favorite Features

Auto Stop, Leather seats (mine has one)


Suggested Improvements

Trunk Pass Thru, Sunroof


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Beware CVT Transmission
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By hybrider
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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This car gets good gas mileage (43-45 mpg actual) but suffers from several flaws I see as related to being the first model year of a unique (hybrid) car. Recalls on the exhaust system software (that led to me having 2 catalytic converters replaced before corrected) and the transmission (CVT failed at 102k before Honda extended the warranty to 100k - gee, thanks for the $3800 bill-NOT) have shaken my confidence in Honda quality. My hybrid now has 130k miles and runs well with its new transmission, but I would by the Prius if I had it to do all over again. Acceleration is lacking, to the point of dangerous with 4 riders at highway speed, and overall rattles etc. are disappointing.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage, roomy trunk.


Suggested Improvements

Add cassette (not just CD), offer leather seats, improve acceleration, add more color choices for the hybrid, massively improve build quality. Add lifetime warranty on hybrid batteries.


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By Honda Puss Man
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2003 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)


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Great mileage, great looks, reliable as all hell. Best car I have ever owned.


Favorite Features

38 mpg Highway, 32 city. Moonroof, mag wheels, all over styling


Suggested Improvements

Better radio - that's about it!!!


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Heavenly Hybrid
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By Kim
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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I bought this car, primarily for the "Green Factor," but I have been amazed how reliable it has been. Even now, I still get about 50 MPG on the highway, and I will never commute in anything else. Here in Virginia, hybrids bought before 2006 are allowed on the HOV lanes, which is an extra bonus. I will be driving this car until it will no longer run, which seems likely to be many years from now. Aside from a rattle in the dash that comes and goes, this car is quiet, smooth, and makes me feel a little like a race car driver with its quick shift 5-speed manual transmission. I love this car!


Favorite Features

High gas mileage (I always feel like I am sticking it to OPEC every time I drive it). Gorgeous silver-blue paint. Great handling and roomy interior. Huge trunk for such a small vehicle. Four doors are oh, so convenient. Comfortable seats. Great sound and air conditioning and heater.


Suggested Improvements

Lacks pick up in the mountains. Intermittent rattle in the dash is annoying.


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By Steve
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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We bought our 03 Hybrid Civic new; we currently have put 105,XXX miles on it. The transmission "judder" started at 22,XXX miles, had that trans replaced (w/a rebuilt one) at 25,XXX miles, then that was replaced at 35,XXX (w/a new one) & received a extended warranty for 75,XXX miles for that one. Now we have just got the car back with a remanufactured Trans at 105,XXX miles. We are not able to get any help from American Honda The current "Case Carrier" is a snide, rude, arrogant. The dealer is going to do his best to help. If anyone has a similar story or good contacts to help please let us know, to ALL who read Honda "reputation for reliability" is GONE!!


Favorite Features

Gas mileage, that's it!


Suggested Improvements

Transmissions that last at least as long as you are making the payments. Even a average person should expect to have transmission problems once in awhile (every 100,000 mile or so) but not every 20-30,000 thousand!!!


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Very Reliable For Me
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By GBradburn
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2003 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 5M)


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Have had the car now for over 5 years; over 80K miles. No mechanical problems at all and fairly good gas mileage. I bought this car for the gas mileage, easy to park/maneuver in city traffic, and it's reliability. All three held true. Needs just a little bit more room for those drivers over 6 feet tall.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage, exterior look, and performance.


Suggested Improvements

A little bit more leg room for the driver... otherwise not much else.


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Problems with Hybrid
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By scomom
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 5M)


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Having gone from a Jeep Wrangler to this car, I was not impressed w/the drive. Just very plain. It did get great mileage, but there are issues w/this car that are hard to find. The CVT transmission is bad and Honda avoided a recall by doing an extended warranty. It will not apply, however, if you have a salvage title like me. But apart from the $3100 transmission at 87k miles, the commutation sensor went out in about 4 months...$1300! My advice is to avoid the hybrids. What you save in gas you spend on costly repairs.


Favorite Features

Mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Stand behind you vehicle...even w/a salvage title...when it is clear you have used a faulty product, i.e. the CVT transmission.


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