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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,805 miles

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2003 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Dec 232002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18 miles


Since I brought the car home, I had intermittent issues with the ABS system. The vehicle has been serviced 4 times, the wheel sensor has been replaced and the ABS controller has been replaced, now I have been told by the service manager that Honda does not want the dealer to look at my car until Honda has a solution for the problem. Ever since my last service, I have been without ABS and traction control, it is not an intermittent problem any more. When this first occurred, the service manager stated that this was just the second car with the problem, but as of my last service, he stated that it is a growing problem.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 082003


  • 80 miles
While driving the ABS and traction control warning lights illuminated. Consumer took vehicle to dealer who advised that the anti-lock brake and traction control systems had failed. Dealer also advised corrective part is not in the United States and would not be able to obtain until possible 02/15/03.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

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