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:
No data
Average Mileage:
55,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. must replace air bags plastic cover insert (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012003

Accord EXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


CD player locked up first month of ownership. repaired at no cost.

Rattle in behind dash seemed to appear after this repair. Not sure now if what caused this rattle. Dealer made effort to find reason for rattle and replaced CD storage door which didn't fix.

- , Dorris, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 312008

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Is there anything more irritating than a constant rattling in your car? This one comes from my glove compartment. I have emptied several times to make sure it wasn't my stuff causing all the noise. I took the glove compartment out and tightened all of the screws I could find up under the dash.

The only solution right now is to keep the glove compartment open while I'm driving. Not only is this lame and irritating, it's also not feasible when driving with a passenger.

Any suggestions?

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 222006

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

The honda had an annoying whine coming from the dash area when the auto a/c was on, honda ( after arguing with us) finally had to replace the blower in the dash.

- , Saint Jacob, IL, USA

problem #1

May 132004

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • 18,000 miles

Dashboard rattles when first driving car near the passenger side air bag cover. Cheap plastic components do not have any sound or rattle deadening insulation or molding. Very cheap construction and poor engineering.

- , Richardson, TX, US

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