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:
15 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,447 miles

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2003 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 26 of 29)

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problem #76

Aug 022007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,900 miles

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

Transmission slipped while the car running on freeway, make it slow down, very danger, or get hit from behind.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #75

Jun 012004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving between 5-60 mph, the transmission would shift into second gear. The contact heard a whining noise coming from the engine compartment. When the accelerator pedal was released and gently reapplied, the transmission would shift back into the proper gear. The vehicle was repaired for NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission) in 2004. The failure occurred before and after the recall repair was performed. The failure was not duplicated or repaired by the dealer. The current mileage was 117,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #74

Nov 032006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Honda Accord transmission failed. Consumer was informed that there was a recall on the transmission. Consumer was charged 647 dollars for the labor for the repair. The transmission was slipping between second and third gear. According to the Honda press release the repair should have been free of charge. The rear motor mount was broken and the engine light had illuminated.

- Tom Bean, TX, USA

problem #73

Nov 302007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

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

Automatic transmission has difficulty shifting to next gear between 2nd & 3rd and between 3rd and 4th.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #72

Oct 072007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact experienced difficulty shifting from second to third gear while driving at various speeds. He stated that the vehicle also overheated. A local dealer stated that the transmission was the cause of the failures and it needed to be replaced. They further stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The dealer installed an oil jet kit instead of replacing the transmission. Because the contact purchased the vehicle from an unauthorized Honda dealer, the dealer would not replace the transmission for free. The current mileage was 66,000 and failure mileage was 65,500.

- Brayer, CA, USA

problem #71

Sep 242007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,368 miles
2003 Honda Accord V6 ex experienced transmission failure while driving on a highway. Failure is characterized by transmission slipping (and not shifting to lower gears) and racing RPM. Vehicle mileage is approximately 67,300. Dealer diagnosed the problem (code P0741) and replaced transmission. Honda agreed to splits repairs: 80% to Honda and 20% to customer.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #70

Sep 192007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,929 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle kept stalling and would accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. In 2004 and with 30,000 miles, the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a recall repair for NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The manufacturer stated that they would pay for the transmission, but not the labor fee of $1,200. The current mileage was 97,930 and failure mileage was 97,929.

- Fauges, CA, USA

problem #69

Jul 012007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After car is started and put into drive, there is a grinding and clunking noise shifting from first to second gear and will repeat each time the car is started up. Metro Honda of jersey city, NJ has failed/neglected to provide a full diagnosis of my problem after 3 hours of waiting and 5 different people test-driving my car after I specifically requested to be in the vehicle during these test drives to pin point the problem! vehicle is also experiencing a loss of power as well more and more rather than occasional. I shouldn't have to deal with this as me and everyone else have obligations to attend to, especially when I depend on my vehicle to get around.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #68

Jun 012007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he was unable to shift the gear. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the safety harness caused the failure and they made the repair. Approximately two months later, while driving 40 mph, the vehicle jerked when the gears shifted. The dealer stated that the transmission failed. There is a recall for the automatic transmission (NHTSA campaign id #04V176000). The dealer offered to replace the transmission, but the contact would have to pay the labor costs. He felt that he should not have to pay for labor due to the recall. The failure mileage was 58,000 and current mileage was 63,000.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #67

Sep 142007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles
Just bought the car a few weeks back. Carfax did not show any work performed for recalled transmission. Transmission started to cause car to violently buck, at about 30 mphs, and the engine redlined. This is inline with many similar stories from forum posters who also have suffered from this acknowledged defect in Honda's transmission for the 03' Accord automatic V-6 model. Research revealed this recall, so I contacted a local dealership who told me the recall work had already been performed. I contacted Honda Corp. 800-999-1009 who stated that the car had recall service at 48K miles. And regardless if the transmission is still acting in the same dangerous fashion, Honda is no longer responsible to pay for work to fix this transmission issue. So even though the transmission may still be dangerous for the reason that caused the recall, they claim to have fulfill all commitments after their first attempt to fix the car, and hold no further obligation to fix their defect.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #66

Aug 102007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving 55 mph, the transmission downshifted and the engine hesitated. The contact stated that after five seconds, the vehicle accelerated. While accelerating from a stop, the vehicle stalled before shifting into gear. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V176000 (power train:automatic transmission). The failure mileage was 72,000 and current mileage was 73,000.

- West Rocksbury , MA, USA

problem #65

Aug 022007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle hesitated while shifting from second to third gear. The contact stated that the engine would rev roughly when the transmission was shifting gears. He stated that the transmission locked up while driving 35-40 mph. The dealer stated that they will replace the transmission and the ball bearings. The current and failure mileages were 64,000. Updated 09/18/07

- Cleveland, MS, USA

problem #64

Apr 292007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Honda Accord V6 with transmission problems customer states that in Nov 04 they received a recall letter took it in and had the work done then April 07 the transmission locked up and wants Honda to pay for the repairs* the consumer stated the problem he experienced, is the same as the recall, that he thought was repaired previously.

- Queens Village, NY, USA

problem #63

Jul 152007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Transmission failure on my used 2003 Honda Accord ex-L V6. I owned the car for about 2 months and noticed that the car would not shift gears correctly. I had the fluids changed when the service representative noticed bad color, the problem recurred and eventually the unit failed. There was a recall that had been redeemed in 2004 according to Honda Motors customer service, so now that the same problem is recurring Honda will not cover the problem. The transmission facilities I have called for services have identified this is a common failure and one shop had two vehicles in for the same problem. It seems obvious that the issue was not properly resolved as the car has less than 50K miles and needs a new transmission.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #62

Jun 292007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2003 Honda Accord since the moment I got it I had problems. There was a recalls on pipes I fixed took it to dealer they fixed it now the transmission went bad and this appeared in the computer there wa S a manufacturesr's warranty, they didn't want to cover it, and was wondering if that failiure of my transmission has to do something with that pipe recall.or if a car with 45180 miles should fail its trnasmission they told me is not my fault so is the manufacturer.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #61

May 162007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,800 miles
(events leading up to the failure on 5/15, 2007 I was driving the Honda Accord 2003 and approaching a traffic light, applied the brake and unexpectedly it locked. I wasn't sure where the lock came from. Then I drove another few blocks towards my house but I still got some small lockup, and it was as serious as the first one. I went to work the next day, it was ok for about 20 minutes before I exited the highway, at that time I expected another lockup and it was more serious than the last time. It could also be the speed is faster. When I got to the office I called my machenic, which is the Honda dealership, where I have maintenance maintenance and repair work done. I just had a 60 000 service with them a week ago. When I drove to the dealership I experienced another lockup and this time it was very serious, it was on the highway and the car behind me almost hit me. When I arrived the shop and the technician examinate the car and said that the transmission is no good. 2. failure and its consequences - I was told that I need a new transmission. Note: My car was on the recall list for on the transmission for the exact problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #60

May 112007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact noticed transmission fluid leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who recommended that the transmission be replaced. The manufacturer offered to replace the transmission for free, but the contact would have to pay for the labor. The current and failure mileages were 78,000.

- Wayland, MA, USA

problem #59

Mar 152007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. At 35 mph, the engine increased in rpms. The transmission would not shift gears, and the interior lights started to illuminate. The dealer recommended the transmission be replaced. The dealer stated this vehicle was not included in recall # 04V176000. The contact felt that the vehicle qualified for the recall. The vehicle was currently being repaired. The current and failure mileage were 69000. Update 4/9

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #58

Mar 022007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
My Accord has 55K miles. Recently, I was coming to a stop light when my car began to shudder. After this happening 3 times within 15 minutes, it stalled. Now, whenever the vehicle is warm, in drive or reverse, and is idling, it will stall. I've taken it to the dealership and they tell me that there is something wrong with the transmission dealing with the torque converter. This is 2 weeks after I took it in for a recall on...the transmission part. No one has been hurt in this stalling. Honda is offering to get me a re-manufactured transmission for $600. I have owned 4 Honda's before this, 3 of which had more miles, and there have been no engine/tranny related issues. 19K miles out of warranty my transmission dies...

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #57

Sep 162006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
This complaint is regarding a 2003 Honda Accord ex V6 coupe and its automatic transmission. After a year of owning the vehicle I was informed that there was a recall on the transmission and there could be a potential problem with the 2nd gear and that's why a recall was instated. My Honda dealership changed a part in the transmission that would ensure the 2nd gear was well lubricated to prevent chipping and destruction of the 2nd gear. However, two years later, in September 2006 that is exactly what occurred. My second gear was faulty and chipped/cracked and required replacement of the transmission. The car would not shift into gear and almost caused a major accident because it occurred while I was driving on the highway. I was forced to replace the transmission and pay out of my pocket because my warranty was up.

- East Northport, NY, USA

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