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.


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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 092003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver's seat on my 2003 Honda Accord shifts when turning. I am the only driver and don't normally move the seat, but the dealer says it is "normal wear and tear" and the tracks need to be replaced. I am not a very big person, the car only has 42,880 miles, and this is the only car that I have ever had this problem with. So I do not believe it is a "normal wear and tear" problem. I believe it is a defect and safety issue and doubt that merely replacing the tracks will resolve the issue. I am concerned that in the event of an accident, there could be a catastrophic failure of the seat tracks leading to substantial injuries.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electric seat malfunction. While turning corners, seat makes noises and moves.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Power driver's seat shifts in its track when cornering.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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