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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
99,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 152011

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


The key will not pull out at times.I have had to miss vital appts. due to the inability to pull it out and sometimes I can not even get it to turn to shut off. I have had appts. that i could not miss and had to leave my key in the car with the window rolled down(the door locks as it does with ignition off). Pain in my ass!

- , Newhall, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 072009

Accord DX

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles

The key goes into the ignition but wont turn at all! no warning no problem just went to drive to work and the key won't turn.

- , Fontana, CA, US

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