Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2003 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure & problems with the stereo backlight failing. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.

The stereo backlight problem has been an issue since these Accords were only a few years old. Honda eventually issued a recall which covered the repair for 7 years/100k miles, which was nice while it lasted but now that period is over. Honda initially was replacing the entire radio ($800) but eventually began replacing just the PCB which at ~$300 is much cheaper. That sounds like a deal, but keep in mind we're talking about a backlight bulb that costs $2 to fix in most other cars.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,640 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. compained to dealer and paid for repair (2 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. can i just glue the thing back on? (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 012014

Accord LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles


The knob broke off and now you have to put your thumb way in there to shift into drive or reverse.

- , Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #4

Jul 012012

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

The cheap plastic deteriorated an fell off completely.

- , Cypress, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 062012

Accord EX 3.06

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,200 miles

I thought Hondas were supposed to be long-lived cars. From the TCS failing, to TWO safety recalls (so far), to a pricey service bulletin about an extended warranty that I was never made aware of, to the automatic locks no longer working, to this silly piece breaking off...Where's the quality?

- , Eustis, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 212009

Accord LX C Cnd

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

so much for lovin my Honda. The knob fell off a couple of hours ago and I can not get my key out

- , Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 112008

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I purchased this car in 2003 from Rick Case in Weston and have had nothing but problems with this car. Too many repair problems with this vehicle. Please consider carefully before purchasing a Honda

- , Sunrise, FL, USA

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