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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace the O2 sensor (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 302008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


My self and autozone tested this damn car three times and continually get a P0141 error code. Have replaced the sensor twice to no avail. Anyone have any solutions.

- , Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 112006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 60,000 miles

I guess this hardly worth mentioning... but this shouldn't have happened with less than 100K miles on the car. O2 sensors go out, but shouldn't go out on a honda with 60K miles on it.

I hate my car and my car hates me.

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

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