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.

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,491 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 022016

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving 50 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and remained depressed. The contact turned the ignition off and engaged the emergency brakes in order to bring the vehicle to a complete halt. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000....updated 09/14/16

- Abbeviille, AL, USA

problem #8

May 162007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving 65 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck while turning into the driveway. The failure caused the contact to crash into her neighbor's house. She sustained severe bladder damage and her grandson, seated in the rear seat, sustained injuries to the head, nose, mouth, and eyes. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who determined that the cause of failure was due to three fractured struts. Her neighbor's home and her vehicle endured property damage. A police report was filed. She has not notified the dealer or the manufacturer. A valid VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 41,000.

- Prince Frederick, MD, USA

problem #7

Oct 112004

Accord

  • 13,000 miles
During acceleration consumer can hear a clanking noise. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 252004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Accelerator stuck in a parking lot. Braking would not stop the vehicle. Attempted to throw the car into park just before impact. Dealer will not investigate for defects!!!

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 012004

Accord

  • miles
Problems with vehicle's accelerator. This was an intermittent problem with the accelerator. When pressed from a stop, it would fail to respond. The problem was unable to be duplicated.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 032003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,908 miles
While driving at any speed the consumer pressed the gas and brake pedals at the same time. Consumer felt that the brake pedal was not high enough and away from the gas pedal. The brakes would grind when coming to a slow stop. The dealer refinished the front disc and installed new front brake pads.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Nov 042003

Accord

  • miles

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

When starting vehicle accelerates without warning.

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 022003

Accord

  • 1,010 miles
When shifting into drive vehicle accelerated without warning. Dealer stated that was way the vehicle was designed.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

May 312003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Repeated failure of the vehicle to respond to accelerator pedal input. Dealer of course cannot duplicate. This is certainly a safety issue but there has been little effort to correct.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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