Front compliance bushings may crack and break. Damaged bushing should be replaced before damaged is done to suspension components.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Problems
On Certain models a faulty power window switch can cause the power windows to work or not work intermittently.
A vibration may be felt in the steering wheel upon brake application. Our technicians tell us that this condition is generally caused by warped front brake rotors. Replacement or re-machining of the faulty rotors will be necessary to correct this issue.
Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car, usually over the head of the driver or passengers head when turning a corner. Cleaning the drains will fix this problem.
The IMA light coming on is usually caused by a battery pack that is no longer charging correctly. Replacing the battery pack will turn off the IMA light.
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Recalls (Recent)
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Honda is recalling 2003 Accord and Civic, and 2003–2004 Element models due to a defective interlock lever in the ignition switch. The lever may deform, which will defeat the interlock function on vehicles with an automatic transmission. This may cause a vehicle that has not been shifted into the "Park" position to roll away, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will remove the interlock pin and lever and replace them with new components, free of charge.
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Questions and Answers
Do you have a photograph showing the location of pcv valve for this vehicle?
When I push the excellerator, the car doesn't smoothly excellerate. It kind of bumps through. Is this common in a Civic Hybrid of about 55,000 miles? And what is the repair likely to cost?
How to reprogram the keyless remote
My 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid has 82,000 miles. Just recently my IMA light came on. The dealership told me that I need a new IMA battery, and the cost is $2865. Was also told that the warranty expi...
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid Reviews
168,000 miles averaging 49 mpg (mostly highway). Second set of tires about ready for replacement. Original plugs, brakes, etc.; only change the fluids regularly. Last summer replaced the a/c compressor which I run year round. Check engine and IMA lights come on when the temperature drops but go away when it warms up. Dealer can't figure it out! If/when the battery dies, I'll see how long I can run it on just the 4 cylinders. Should still get over 30 mpg.
My 2003 Civic Hybrid is great. I get around 42 - 43 MPG. I drive quite fast and don't even try to get high miles on it. Most of my driving is on the highway. The car is great and at 130,000 miles the maintenance has been excellent except for 1 thing. The transmission died just after the warrenty expired. Honda covered 3/4 of the cost. Other than that the car has 0 rust and is in great overall condition. Engine runs smooth and the AC still pumps. Much better than my 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee which was falling apart just under 90,000 miles.
Bought for $13,900.00 in 2005 with 27,000 mi. now at 100,000 and I am surprised at the amount of depreciation (dealer said $2500.00) Blue book at around $3300 (could be the high mileage) . Car has been average to good in terms of mpg (38 - 49 mpg) but varies wildly. Sensitive to gas quality (I can tell when I get a bad tank). Am about to spend $2000 to replace the O2 , front struts,and cat converter! Car is ok but i miss my 87 civic 5-door which I bought used - drove for 15 years and logged 300,000 miles!