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:
$180.00
Average Mileage:
62,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 012012

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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

The emissions sensor thing breaking is fairly serious only because it makes you "check engine" light come on....and it will not go off unless you fix it. Thus, you would never know there is another problem with the engine. It's an expensive fix, even @ Firestone, it was $180. This is for CA residents to pass their emissions tests! So, for the rest of the world, this is an unnecessary, expensive addition to the car.

- , Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

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