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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace hose (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 152013

Accord EXL 3.O V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

WTF Honda should have a responsibility to send out notices of recalls. This issue could cause the car to catch fire. apparently it's a recall and had I not Googled recalls I would not know about it. I live at the same address and have received nothing to indicate that there was an issue.

- , Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, canada

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