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:
14,800 miles

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2003 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 252004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,800 miles


When first braking after the car sits overnight, the brake pedal is hard and with it in reverse it backs up and cant be stopped without pumping the brakes. Wife backed into car in driveway and dented the trunk lid on the Honda. Thought it was one time deal, but it happened 3 more times. Took it to dealer and they had tsb on and fixed it. Brake hose would collapse and cause failure. They put a new hose part 7185473, I called Honda, they would not fix dent because it was not a recall, it was a tsb. This was a dangerous situation and I should have been notified.. their attitude was it was my fault that the brakes did not work and will not repair the trunk damage. What do I do"?"

- Sioux City, IA, USA

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