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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
74,000 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

Dec 252012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The CD player whines upon ignition, and continues for about 20 seconds. It does not play CD's anymore, and it won't eject them either, so I have about $100 worth of CD's stuck in the stereo. If somebody buys my car and fixes the stereo, I would die of embarrassment from them finding my Justin Beeber albums. Just kidding, there is Pantera, Slayer, 50 Cent, and Metallica all up in there. Hard Core yo.

- , Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 172007

Accord EX 3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

The radio/CD player makes a high-pitched whining or ringing sound while its on. No matter if I change the disc carousel, radio station or volume, the ringing is still there until I turn it off.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

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