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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,733 miles

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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.

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2003 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #3

Jul 212003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles


I have had to resurface the rotors every 5,000 miles.

- Rex,, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
Brake rotors on 2003 Honda Accord ex warped at 6000 miles and required resurfacing. Vehicle now has 15000 miles on it and the problem has recurred. This is a safety issue in that the brakes are unreliable.

- Woodbine, GA, USA

problem #1

May 232003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The consumer was told by a service manager that the material on the brakes was a thinner material than other Honda models. The consumer was also told that the heat caused by excessive braking and pressure caused the rotors to warp. The consumer was told that she was not driving the vehicle correctly.

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

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