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#4031 of 4041 Re: looking at civics 2002 and 2003 [drgums]
Nov 09, 2008 (8:48 am)
The 03 might still have manufacturer warranty if it was bought late 03 or leftover in 04. May want to check this out. Although, not much goes wrong with these other than the manifold and gan be hard to get under warranty as the manifold come attached to the converter all in one peice. Warranty shows converter 5 year warranty, manifold shows 3 years or 60K. This is a grey area from Honda warranty as they left a loophole in the warranty for ths issue. Some dealers will replace under warranty as bad converter whichgives you the new manifold. Some others won't cuz they are afraid Honda won't pay them or areafraid to get cought and loose dealer lisence. I had to threaten them to go to another dealer which is when they gave inand did the warranty work.
With Hondas, mileage is not an issue especially with the low mileage vehicle you are looking at. I would get the newer one at the cheaper price.
#4032 of 4041 Re: looking at civics 2002 and 2003 [drgums]
Nov 15, 2008 (7:37 pm)
I would probably go with the EX with higher miles; you get more features, the price is lower, and 68K is nothing for a Honda Civic. (mine has 134K and is still running perfectly fine)
These cars can easily go 200-225K with good maintenance, if you're willing to drive it that long. Just make sure all the maintenance has been done (oil changes, fluid changes, etc), and in the case of the '03 EX, see if the timing belt has been changed at 60K; some people like to change it at 60, some change it closer to 105. If it's been changed at 60, it's a steal. I'd offer $7000, then meet in the middle at $7250 and call it a day.
#4033 of 4041 Problem...
Jan 18, 2009 (5:54 pm)
I have a 1999 Honda Civic, and I took it to the Honda dealer for an oil change in December (had a $26.95 oil change coupon) where the service advisor told me there was some "seepage" going on in the engine (nothing more specific than that) and that it was nothing to worry about right now, but something to think about "down the road"
However, after that, the car has developed a burning smell from under the hood (not too huge, but the smell is definitely there when you put your nose right on the hood) and I suspect it's the smell of burning oil, and now, in the month since the oil change, the oil levels are down to just above the minimum line on the oil dipstick.
Is it normal for a Civic to start going through oil at this stage (137,000 miles) or is there something wrong that I need to get looked at? I'm thinking about just continually adding oil when it's low and letting it burn until it starts going through so much oil I can't keep up with it
#4034 of 4041 Re: Problem... [jchan2]
Jan 19, 2009 (6:11 am)
I'm thinking about just continually adding oil when it's low and letting it burn until it starts going through so much oil I can't keep up with it
I would do exactly that as well, make sure you keep a few quarts of oil in the car just in case. And if you're in cold weather climate and it's in the winter, make sure it's synthetic oil.
#4035 of 4041 05 Civic Automatic Transmission Issues
Jun 08, 2009 (9:11 am)
Heres the deal. I bought the car off of a buddy that told me the Honda dealership told him it would need a new tranny ($2350.00). I thought maybe, just maybe something else could be done to fix it. Here are the symptoms....
1. SOMETIMES grinds in Park, even when starting in park
2. SOMETIMES grinds in Reverse
3. SOMETIMES drives in Neutral
4. Drives in Drive, but seems to miss the whole first gear before it revs up enough to catch second
5. I say SOMETIMES because, if I play with the shifter I can get it to go in Park and Reverse with no problem, and Neutral will do what its supposed to do, but Drive always has that 1st gear problem.
6. SOMETIMES I can start the car in Park, and its fine, but if I go down to drive and then back to Park, it grinds like hell in Reverse and Park.
I had a code read out at Honda that said P0730 which I found out to be INCORRECT GEAR RATIO, but they have it on paper as INTERNAL TRANSMISSION FAILURE, I think somethings fishy about that.. I dont know.
I tried calling The 1-800 number and my Honda dealership and it seems like without a recent (within the last 30 days) diagnosis, I cant file a claim with that division of Honda America to see if they will help me somehow.
The car is a 2005 Civic LX, 115,xxx, 1.7L, no special warranys or anything, just the 3 year/36,000 mile.
#4036 of 4041 Warranty: Cracked Manifold and many other issues
Nov 21, 2010 (11:08 am)
If your mid-90's Honda was purchased less than 14 years ago today and has less than 150,000 miles, the cracked manifold and catalytic converter should be covered by warranty per the consent decree between Honda and the EPA. Also, the EPA defines which parts are covered...not Honda on other models.
Don't be bullied by the Honda dealers that tell you it is not covered if it is the style that has the exhaust manifold bolted to the catalytic converter. Per pages 10 and 11 of the decree, all parts including intake, fuel metering, throttle, injection, ignition, exhaust and emissions are covered per Appendix B. Some Honda dealers are lying or have been misinformed about coverage. Take a copy of the decree to them and make Honda do what they agreed to in the decree. This is the law. If they don't cooperate, call your state attorney general and ask to talk to someone in consumer protection.
#4038 of 4041 Fuel Door Won't Open on 2005
Dec 20, 2010 (6:30 pm)
I've tried pulling the cable in the trunk and nothing happens. The pin wasn't releasing, so I had to go in through the trunk, pull back the carpet and remove the mechanism from the latch to even get the door open. What part of this mechanism isn't working? Is the cable broken? What needs to be replaced?
Nov 24, 2011 (11:20 am)
Can anyone please help me? I have an 05 Civic EX, and after purchasing it in 09 I noticed a buzzing noise upon starting the engine. Since I purchased the extended Honda Care, I took it into Honda several times to have the problem checked out and they told me they couldn't identify the problem since they couldn't duplicate the noise. After the year was up, I thought my HondaCare expired so I took my car to a former mechanic, who immediately identified, duplicated, and was able to fix the problem- it was the starter switch or something. I battled with Honda Care and they paid a percentage.
A few weeks later, the car made the dreaded noise again. This time I just decided to forget it and the noise got worse and worse and now my car is stalling upon start up. Ill power up the engine and it will just konk out and restart again with no problems. I really cannot afford a major repair, nor can I handle the stress of another battle with Honda.
Does anyone know what this is or could be?
#4040 of 4041 Re: Problems with 2002 Honda Civic EX Sedan [alyssazmom]
Jun 25, 2012 (1:09 pm)
Hi i purchased a 2002 honda civic ex sedan blue also and my whole clear coat busted on it ... i was just letting you know that there has been multiple ppl with the problem ... honda said there was a defect in the paint .... but it is an act of congress to get them to fix it ...