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:
22,500 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

Jan 012007

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


The driver's seat comes loose from the rails over time. The result is the seat lurches forward when your brake. The Honda dealer had to remove the seat at one point to perform warranty work. It was tight again after that and stopped moving. Within a few months, it had loosened again and moves again when braking.

- , Canonsburg, PA, US

problem #1

May 142005

(reported on)

Accord EX V6 V6

  • 10,000 miles

Should this be of no concern to a company that claims to be concerned about safety by claiming that they have the most safety features available as standard equipment?? Do you really think that all those safety features actually work?? How can they if this company is not concerned about my family's safety do you think they really care about yours?????

- , Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

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