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:
83,474 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace starter (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 292015

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


My car was giving me signs of a bad starter. Sometimes when I tried to turn on my car nothing happened only the dash lights came on.

- , North Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 282013

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Again, a REALLY expensive repair on the 2003 Honda Accord! You have no choice, it has to be fixed - it is the starter, so the car doesn't START without it. Firestone did come in a few hundred dollars less than the dealer, no surprise there.

- , Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 132006

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 33,423 miles

I cannot believe that this car is barely 3 years old an needed a new starter! What makes me even more upset is how i was treated at the dealership where i purchased the car! As long as i need an oil change or something minor they jump thorugh hoops but as soon the problem is major i can't get any help from them! This is beyond unfair and i want to get some help with this problem!

- , Macon, GA, US

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