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2003 Honda Civic repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (6%)

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2003 Honda Civic transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 47 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

93-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

57000 mi

US $150
CVT Transmission shudders upon initial acceleration. Dealer said the "Transmission Fluid has failed and needs to be replaced three times. Not covered by the 100K warranty purchased at same dealer. Still shudders (although less than before) upon initial 
69000 mi Honda TSB regarding replacing CVT Fluid in Hybrid transmission due to Judder - replaced with "New" fluid that significantly reduced "judder". 
198000 mi The transmission is about to fail. I decided not to get a new transmission and will buy a new car. The mechanic did not recommend that any work be done to the car at this point. 
115700 mi CVT chattering. Mechanic says common at this age, and not as bad as others. Fix is to flush transmission with additive. Haven't done this yet. 
146000 mi

US $300
CVT transmission was chattering for the last 30K miles. I decided to have the "clutch" in the CVT "burnished". They ran transmission with special fluid to remove the glaze, drained and refilled with new fluid. Made a difference in the MPG. 

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2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

127-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

168000 mi Automatic transmission began slipping in December at 166000 miles-mechanic checked it and said it is in early stages of failure. 
172000 mi Transmission slipping barely, whining with CEL going on and off. Repair estimate was $2000 for remanufactured transmission. Mechanic recommended against repair due to other issues with engine, CV joints, wheel. 

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2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

117-horsepower 1.7L I4 CVT FWD

187700 mi

US $250
gear selector sensor faulty 

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2003 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

165000 mi

US $750
Replaced front left cv joint and axle 
129000 mi Transmission in beginning stages of failure. Slippage between 2nd and 3rd gear upshift when cold. Problem disappeared with warm. Transmission shop estimated $2300 to repair. 
95000 mi

US $185
Right Axle Seal replaced. 

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2003 Honda Civic 4-door

4-cylinder hybrid CVT 2WD

94300 mi CVT was slipping. Transmission was replaced under extended manufacturer warranty 

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2003 Honda Civic 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

9000 mi CV joint boot split open and was replaced under warranty. Loaner car was provided. 
183000 mi

US $150
Inboard joint of right drive axle was old and worn. 

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2003 Honda Civic 2dr Coupe

115-horsepower 1.7L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

70060 mi

C $100
Transmission was making noises and clunking 

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2002.5 Honda Civic 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

46300 mi

Whining Gearbox 
45000 mi

Gearbox failure. Arranged for new gearbox from local garage in Romford. Took car on one day and picked up the next. Very satisfied with service 

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2002.5 Honda Civic 2dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

147700 mi

US $400
Front axle/driveshaft sheared in garage rendering car completely immobile. 
57000 mi

US $352
New clutch master cylinder. It did not fail, it just felt bad, light with clicking/grinding sounds. 

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2003 Honda Civic Transmission Problems

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