2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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- Honda backing; generally reliable
- CVT transmission has caused a number of problems; hybrid drivetrain battery fails early
Purchased As New
Still driving this car after 9 years should speak volumes for the 2003 Civic Hybrid--and it does--but with some BIG caveats. First, appearance-wise, and in most other manners, this car has held up very well. It still looks...well, utilitarian, but has held up well. Interior is none the worse for wear. Everything still works well and it's reliable. The warnings for those who may be shopping a 2003 Civic Hybrid--my hybrid battery failed after 50K miles, in about 7 years and 11 months. Literally. Just in under the wire on the 8 year warranty. So, be sure that the battery has been replaced recently; that will be a costly repair if not. Second, but more important, there is a CVT "transmission shudder" that ultimately leads to transmission failure. Not good, right? Right. So, make sure that this issue has been resolved (Honda did right by us; fixed this OUT OF WARRANTY at minimal cost). Easy to tell in a test drive--step on the gas, and if there's a noticeable vibration or delay--the transmission is on it's way.
With both the drivetrain battery and tranny replaced, it feels like I have a new car all over again! And everything else has lived up to the stellar reputation of Honda....including their standing behind the product. I would highly recommend this car; just beware those two potentially VERY costly issues going in, and if they've been taken care of, you've got yourself a great little, gas-sipping car....read morehide
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- Looks great-drives great
- The future replacement of the hybrid battery
Purchased As New
The mpg shown on reports is not accurate around town in the warm weather we get 36-40mpg Hwy can be 50mpg at 60mph
Winter cold affects the mpg but still pretty good at 34mpg around town and 45mpg hwy -
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