2004 Honda Civic Sedan User Reviews
DX 5-spd MT w/ Front Side Airbags shown
- $3,828 - $5,496
- No trim specified for this review
I bought my 2003 Civic LX coupe, white with beige interior, automatic, brand new from Duval Honda, Jacksonville FL, Feb. 1, 2003. My wife and I have driven a total of 10,000 miles and have experienced no problems. We plan to have this car for a long time to come. (My other car is a white '91 Civic hatchback with 4-speed manual which I bought new, has 97,000 miles, and still looks great.)
Somewhere around the late 1980s - early 1990s I suspect the EPA relaxed the standards for calculating gas mileage estimates. My '91 Civic is rated 33/37 and with careful driving I average 38 mpg. I drive the same way with my '03 Civic (rated 29/38) and achieve only 34 mpg. After all, my '91 Civic has 70 horsepower and the '03 LX has 115, and is as big as the first Accords, so of course how could I expect it to achieve similar gas milesage?
I had considered the Mazda Protege, but it's rating of only 25/30 (or 25/31 for 5-speed) seemed a bit of a gas guzzler in comparison.
Sadly, hatchbacks are not as common as they were in 1991. The coupe's trunk makes it difficult to judge where the back of the car ends when driving in reverse. The sharply-raked rear window makes lots of reflections which distort the view to the rear. Honda came up with a new Civic hatchback in 2002, but only as an expensive guzzler Si model, with a stubby minivan-like front end and cartoonish- large headlights. I believe if Honda mated the Si's attractive hatchback rear to the coupe it would be a popular-selling model.
One feature that Honda made standard to the '03 LX is driver seat height adjustment, formerly available only with the more-expensive EX. I enjoy this feature, as I like to sit tall and see over the hood. However, when I sit tall there are noticeable dashboard gage reflections on the windshield. Also, the beige colored dash makes more reflections on the windshield. This can be solved by applying a black dash cover. It is a wonder that black dashboards are not standard on all cars.
The 2004 LX couple has only minor changes which include revised headlights, grill, tail lights, and 15-inch wheels (versus 14-inch). This will result in more expensive tires.
I had considered the Civic sedan. Four doors are more practical than two doors, especially with children. But I just didn't like the look of the sedan, and noted that both coupe and sedan have the same wheelbase and interior room. One thing I like about a coupe is the "B" pillar is several inches more to the rear. On a sedan, the "B" pillar right next to the driver's head somewhat blocks the view to the left-rear. It's one of those things that are not easily noticed, but once it's noticed, it's hard to UNNOTICE.
Overall I am extremely pleased with my '03 LX Coupe. The only other model I might consider more is the HX Coupe with CVT. I wanted white paint, and it wasn't available on the HX until the 2004 model. If my wife didn't have back problems (with left leg numbness), I would have preferred the 5-speed manual.
I notice from numerous sources that Hondas retain their value much better than some other cars. Some cars, such as Ford Focus, Chevy Cavalier, Dodge Neon, Hyundai, and Kia will lose more of their value in 2 years than it takes a Honda 4 years. This is important when another motorist wrecks into your car and their insurance sends you a check for the "book value" of your car.
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