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:
93,700 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. repaint (2 reports)
2003 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 142013

Accord DX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


I noticed my front bumper was peeling and it looked really horrible. Little by little I started noticing a couple more parts of the car with the paint chipping. Right now my front bumper is all bad. My fender has a big white spot has no paint. And parts on roof and trunk.

- , riverside, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 212014

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I notice that all Honda cars, no matter what the model is or name, the paint is peeling off. I seen other cars that are made by other make and model and they are much older than the Honda's and no paint is peeling off. There need to be a recall on this and also do a better job with paint so it can sustain the weather or what ever is causing the problem.

- , Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #3

Mar 012014

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

Paint is peeling all over car - started happening about 2 years ago, brought to Honda told wear and tear -- now just looked up problem on Website and see there is any issue. Trying to trade car in and no one wants its because of the extreme damage to body..

- , New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #2

May 012009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,500 miles

The paint is chipping on the front and top of my car. I have 109K miles.

- , Centreville, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005

Accord EX Coupe 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

Black paint chipping noticeably by window. Body paint okay. Makes a really elegant looking car, look cheap.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

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