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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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. compained to dealer and paid for repair (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012012

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The cheap plastic deteriorated an fell off completely.

- , Cypress, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 212009

Accord LX C Cnd

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

so much for lovin my Honda. The knob fell off a couple of hours ago and I can not get my key out

- , Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 112008

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I purchased this car in 2003 from Rick Case in Weston and have had nothing but problems with this car. Too many repair problems with this vehicle. Please consider carefully before purchasing a Honda

- , Sunrise, FL, USA

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