Making The Case for the Canadian Civic
By rainierman on
Vehicle2003 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
ReviewI have taken my 2002 Civic EX on six SFO/PDX trips (750 mi each way). Harsh potholes, sand, scratched the bottom hard, and routine 90-110 mph commute at 5am. Despite warnings about the Canadian-built Civics of 2001 & 2002, I remain impressed with how much abuse my Civic has taken. I drive it like a maniac with NO PROBLEMS whatsoever. Rattles are starting to surface after one year of abuse. Rides quiet like the old Accord. US-built tranny in my 2002 might be a problem in the future but so far so good. 2003 transmission is Japanese- built, car now made in Ohio, a good thing. overall, I suggest skipping Civic- get the Accord.
Best FeaturesHeight-adjustable seating (EX, Si only), clean conservative Accord-like styling, extra space for possible XM radio or DVD installation, roomy.
Worst FeaturesBuild quality, bigger armrest, suspension.
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