Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,854 - $5,604
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
46 City / 47 HWY
Horsepower
85-160
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,854 - $5,604
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
46 City / 47 HWY
Horsepower
85-160
Seats
5

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Reviews

4.15
313 Reviews
44% 34% 17% 4% 1%
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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.

- Ray D

How to maintain a 2003 Honda Civic ex.

2003 Honda Civic

When I first received the car, it was in okay condition but after a month, many problems began to pop up and add on. I feel like the person who sold me the car, wasn't completely honest. I spent over $1, 000 on fixing the car. It took me about 6 months to a year to finally fix it up to somewhat brand new. Today, it has a few minor problems such as having to purchase new wheels, brakes, windshield, etc. But all in all, I take very good care of my car. I make sure that everything is filled such as oil change, coolant, and so on. So as long as you are up to date on maintenance, your car will run for a long time. Only thing I need to work on is saving up for a new paint job because I realized that throughout the 5 years I have had the car, the paint is beginning to fade or peel off.

- Melissa A

The 2003 Honda Civic EX - nonstop headache of a car.

2003 Honda Civic

I bought this car new in August 2003 and had nothing but problems with it - mostly squeaks and rattles, an automatic transmission that was sluggish to downshift and an engine that pinged and rattled on 87 octane regular (had to put 89 octane mid grade in it). The brace behind the back seat broke at 7500 miles; the dealer's repair: crimp the broken ends together. Not acceptable! It came from the factory welded together and that's how it should have been repaired. After bringing the car back to the dealer 13 times in less than 2 years, the last straw came when the service manager saw me and screamed THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT CAR! I traded the Honda in on a Mazda 3 that is infinitely better. Never again Honda, never again!

- Chris K.

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Key Specs

Overview

Horsepower

Horsepower
115 hp
100 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.7L SOHC 16
1.7L SOHC compressed natural gas (CNG) 16

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.2 - 42.5 in.
42.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39 - 39.8 in.
39.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
32.8 - 36 in.
36 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
35.4 - 37.2 in.
37.2 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.9 cu. ft.
7 cu. ft.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P185/70SR14
P185/70SR14

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.1 in.
103.1 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.1 ft.
34.1 ft.

Length

Length
174.6 - 174.7 in.
174.6 in.

Width

Width
66.7 - 67.5 in.
67.5 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2403 - 2500 lbs.
2681 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
115 hp
100 hp

Torque

Torque
110 ft. lbs.
98 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
N/A lbs.
N/A lbs.

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
8.0 GGE gal.

Combined

Combined
34 - 32 mpg
32 mpg

City

City
29 - 32 mpg
30 mpg

Highway

Highway
38 mpg
34 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety