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Not worth the premium
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By kamikiaze
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I bought my 2003 Honda Hybrid new.
All told I think it was $35k.
Paying a premium on the car because it was a hybrid, the tax deduction and the gas savings would make up for the extra cost; right?

Well, for the past year it has been sitting in our driveway with a busted transmission.
$4500 to replace it.
This is the latest in a long string of recalls/replacements on this car.
Luckily, our other fixes have been covered by Honda; but this fix is not.
We look at the blue book value of this car, and seriously question if it is worth fixing especially when we read other reviews of cars that have gone through multiple transmissions and other fixes.


For the price, I expected better.


Best Features

Good gas mileage


Worst Features

Free/discounted repairs on parts that are documented to break. Better quality transmission.


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Status Report- 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid After 200K
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By auburngbb
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Total 2003 HCH Cost-
HW Items purchased from 79k to 200k miles as follows:
2 sets of tires
1 speed sensor (drove thru deep puddle)
1 set of spark plugs
1 set of ft brake pads
1 fuel filter

Fluid change maintenance from 79K to 200k
miles as follows:
* Several 0-20W/0-30W oil/filter changes (8k mile intervals)
* Two CVT fluid changes noting I assumed to change oil every 100K miles until I noticed the transmission was slipping and read my OEM operators manual stating to change trans. oil every 30K. After changing the oil the first time THE TRANSMISSION QUIT SLIPPING and I make sure to change this fluid at recommended intervals.
* One Antifreeze change
Car runs good(mildly abused)


Best Features

Dash MPG indicator, arm rest, & CVT smooth acceleration.


Worst Features

Design a CVT that doesn't require such a frequent oil change.


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Adequate Car for the initial cost
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By hardfire454
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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I have never been one to be impressed by Hondas, but this hybrid was in my price range so I bought it. Overall, it was cheap in every way, you get what you pay for. This car on various occasions wouldn't start, so I'd wait a half hour, and it would start. This is by far the most uncomfortable car that I have ever owned, the battery was just replaced for free by the dealer. The car's transmissin also has needed expensive repairs many times. If you need good mileage, and don't have any money, this is the car for you.


Best Features

Fuel economy, interior design.


Worst Features

Reliability, Comfort, exterior styling, better warrenty.


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Beware: Battery goes right after warranty
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By formerhondafan
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2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 4dr Sedan (1.3L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


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Just a warning to those looking at this car.
I bought in 2002 (2003 model) and have been the only owner for just over 8 years.
Five months past the warranty, the battery failed and now I have to pay $3000 to have it replaced.
The car has less that 80,000 miles, but because I've owned it over eight years, the warranty has expired.
This is simply too much of an expense to be reasonable or fair.
It certainly doesn't justify the gas savings.
I am very disappointed in Honda and will not buy another one, because of this experience.


Best Features

I was very pleased with this car, until the battery failed.


Worst Features

I think that a $3,000 expense to replace a battery is WAY too much.


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Great Car
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Jason
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2003 Honda Civic GX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl CVT)


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Bought the car new May of 03. I have 155,000 miles on it currently gas mileage has always maintained 33-34 no matter the driving environment.I have had all the schedule maintenance done by the dealer. I have replaced tires, battery etc... No problems what so ever!!! The interior material could have been a little better the paint is thin and the bumper paint is peeling like acid was poured on it.


Best Features

Reliable, reliable, reliable.


Worst Features

Better interior materials, and the paint is thin and needs to be improved!


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