My Civic is cool, even when it runs hot!
2003 Honda Civic DX
My 2003 Honda Civic has so far been a wonderful little car to drive. It is very peppy to only have a small 4-cylinder engine. The 5-speed automatic transmission makes a difference. I can climb hills in third gear with ease where most cars this size will be struggling. It's very good on gas, particularly when the tank is full. The DX package is fairly sparse on bells and whistles. Just the standard stuff like power locks and windows, A/C, and CD player. Mine has cloth seats which are surprisingly supportive and fairly adjustable. There's not a lot of room in the back seat for passengers but I haul an infant car seat with no problems without pushing the front passenger seat into the dashboard. As for problems there has only been standard issues that arise from driving a car nearly 178,000 miles. The original water pump is FINALLY failing so it needs replacing. One thing I like in particular is this car's tolerance for punishment. The failing pump causes some overheating when the car is idling but cranking up the A/C levels it out and will actually drop the temperature in the engine compartment back down to acceptable levels. As long as the car is in motion the engine stays cool. Overall, a nice little ride for day to day driving or a first car.