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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:
42 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
47 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,544 miles

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2003 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #125

Feb 182015

Accord

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V700000 (air bags) and 14V351000 (air bags); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Amarillo , TX, USA

problem #124

Apr 282015

Accord

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V700000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Rowllet, TX, USA

problem #123

Jun 012014

Accord

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving at a low speed, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #122

Apr 132015

Accord

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V349000 (air bags) and 14V351000 (air bags); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #121

Feb 112015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I received a notification that my vehicle was among those included in a recall for the passenger side air bag. As instructed, I called a local Honda dealership to set up a time to have the part replaced. That was on February 11, 2015. I was told the part had to be ordered and that I would be contacted when I could bring my car in for the repair. It has been more than 60 days and I have not received any further information. I don't have time to chase Honda to replace a faulty part on my vehicle and I certainly don't feel comfortable having anyone sit in the passenger side of my car. It has become an inconvenience.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #120

Oct 022012

Accord

  • 137,832 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, where the diagnostic results were unknown. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V351000 (air bags) and 14V700000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 137,832.

- Dillon, SC, USA

problem #119

Mar 302015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 138,000 miles

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

I have a recall on both driver and passenger air bag. I have called the Honda dealership in grand island Nebraska 7 times and tried scheduling online 2 times to have the recall fixed it has been almost 90 days now, and I have yet to have them call back with a appointment. I drive this car 45 miles on the highway daily and do not feel safe. The letter I was sent in January 2015 said to give the dealership 60 days to remedy the problem. I'm very concerned about the complete disregard for the safety of not only myself but other drivers and passengers in these vehicles.

- Minden, NE, USA

problem #118

Feb 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Submission from constituent re 2003 Honda Accord safety recalls. The consumer stated he was unable to get in contact with the dealer, in order to correct the air bag issue.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #117

Mar 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to passenger side airbag recall. The consumer stated Honda failed to notified him of the recall.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #116

Jan 012015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V700000 (air bags). The contact stated that the part needed to remedy the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 04/13/15 updated 6/29/2015

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #115

Mar 022015

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Letter from senator nelson on behalf of constituent re 2003 Honda Accord ex defective airbags. 2003 Honda Accord. The consumer stated the air bag light illuminated on an intermittent basis.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #114

Mar 022015

Accord

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V531000 (air bags) and 14V349000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Modesto , CA, USA

problem #113

Mar 022015

Accord

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received notifications of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V35100 (air bags) and 14V34900 (air bags); however, the parts needed to repair the vehicle were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #112

Feb 152015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
No accident \ I am reporting inaccurate information on this website and corresponding Honda website regarding airbag recall on this vehicle. There are no options 2 or 4 from the Honda website setup for recall. There is no way to register this vehicle for airbag replacement (and we recently purchased it used so it may not be properly registered at Honda corporate - though we have had it serviced at our local Honda dealer). This process of registering for airbag replacement should be available 24/7. no excuses. Honda is not being proactive.

- Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA

problem #111

Jan 302015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I received a letter from Honda stating that the passenger and driver airbag was defective and could deploy abnormally causing metal fragments to pass through the airbag cushion material causing serious injury or fatality to vehicle occupants. I called the Honda dealer to make an appointment to have it repaired at no cost as indicated in their letter. However they cannot have it repaired because they do not have the parts. It has been two weeks since I first called them and every time I follow up their answer is that parts have been ordered and they have no indication when it will arrive. Driving this vehicle puts my family and others on the road in great danger. Is there a way Honda can have this repaired sooner" or are they trying to avoid incurring the cost"

- Raritan, NJ, USA

problem #110

Jan 162015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owned a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated causing the vehicle to crash into a house. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the head and right eye which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000... updated 02/19/15 updated 02/20/15

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #109

Feb 102015

Accord

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14V349000 (air bags) and 14V351000 (air bags) however, the parts needed were unavailable to perform the repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Laguna Woods, CA, USA

problem #108

Sep 042014

Accord

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the air bag sensor light illuminated. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Mathews, NC, USA

problem #107

Feb 092015

Accord

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V700000 (air bags) and NHTSA campaign number: 14V351000 (air bags) however, the parts needed to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #106

Jan 012014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving 55 mph, the contact stated that the radio, cruise control, and horn failed to function. The air bag fault warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that while trying to shift into park, the shifter knob fractured. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the shifter knob plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V700000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 03/30/15 updated 6/24/2015

- Irvington, AL, USA

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