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CarComplaints.com 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.

6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$0.00
Average Mileage:
68,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace relay switch (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 092009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When I try to make a left turn signal, the usual flashing dashboard light is not there. The outside turn indicators are also not blinking. But the front turn indicator still come on in headlight mode. And the steering wheel still clicks as it turns. I'm guessing it's a fuse problem but I'm not 100% sure.

Update from Jul 12, 2009: left turn signal relay was diagnosed

- , Rochester, NY, USA

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