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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
5,250 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. too bad for me (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 142005

(reported on)

Accord EX V6 V6

  • 10,000 miles


At least this one is not safety related

- , Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Oct 292003

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 500 miles

THE WORST CAR EVER!! Everytime the blower fan is turned on the a/c compressor bangs on. It sounds like an 1980 piece of sh*t (sorry for the language). I'm so bitter you have no idea. The mechanic says it's normal. Well is it normal to spend $34,000 on a car that makes so much noise your neighbor can hear from inside his house. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR. WASTE OF MONEY! NOT LIKE THE HONDAS THEY USED TO MAKE

- , Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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