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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,900 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 132011


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The rod that holds the trunk in place fell down on her head. She noticed that the trunk rod was covered with rust. The dealer was informed of the failure and advised her to bring the vehicle in to be repaired under warranty. The manufacturer was contacted and also informed her to contact the dealer and NHTSA. They offered no additional assistance. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- North Chatham, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,800 miles
While driving at 60 mph consumer noticed that the trunk was open. Consumer examined the vehicle, and found that the latches and the hinges were rusted. Dealer examined the vehicle and simply put wrong straps on the trunk to keep it shut.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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