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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced alternator and battery (2 reports)
2003 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 282015

Accord LX 2.4L V-Tec 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


Appalled that alternator went bad at 112,000 miles , REALLY!! Have had over 10 cars never had to replace alternator. Honda sucks!

- , Boca Raton, FL, US

problem #1

Aug 192010

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I went to work yesterday and when I went to pick my car up, the car would not turn over. When I turned the key, all i got was a series of clicks. I had a tow truck try to jump the car, but it still wouldn't turn over, even after banging on the starter. I had the car towed to a mechanic, who after charging me 28.00 for a diagnostic check, told me my ale

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

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