2003 Honda Civic Consumer Review: 35000 Miles & Still Happy

2003 Honda Civic - Consumer Review

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Hybrid Sedan (1.3L 4-cyl. Hybrid 5-speed Manual)

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35000 Miles & Still Happy
By Hybrid Owner on


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


Stats: avg 500+ mi/tank, avg 47.0 mpg
over 35k mi.
My car seemed to have about a 10k
mile break-in period before 50 mpg per
tank became common. Winter also
lowers the mpg per tank to low to mid
40s. Highly recommend the manual to
get better performance. From a purely
economic standpoint (I bought for other
reasons) it is better to buy a normal
Civic. Assuming you get a 47 mpg
hybrid for a final cost of $19k and you
get about $500 back in taxes from your
deduction, a normal civic at 35mpg
would show a breakeven at 100k miles
for a cost of $17150 at $1.90/gal of
gas. You can get a pretty sweet normal
Civic for $17150 and not take the
hybrid battery risk

Best Features

Manual transmission, traditional car look and feel. $2000 tax deduction (note this is not a credit or rebate as claimed by others and it begins decreasing every year - see www.irs.gov and search honda hybrid)

Worst Features

If possible, a small panel to fold down between truck and back seat for skies, snowboards, etc. Reduce hybrid battery pack cost or improve hybrid battery warranty.
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