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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,000 miles

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2003 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012014


  • 129,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the power steering hose was leaking fluid and there was an abnormal winding noise from the steering wheel. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 12V222000 (steering) the following day and the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the power steering hose was replaced. The contact stated that the abnormal noise persisted even after the recall repairs were performed. The vehicle was then taken to the contact?S independent mechanic where it was advised that the power steering pump had also failed as a result of lack of fluid. The mechanic stated that the initial power steering hose failure was the cause of the power steering pump failing. The dealer was also contacted and advised the contact that the repair would not be covered under the recall and any further repairs to the power steering component would be at his expense. The manufacturer was also contacted and confirmed that they would take no liability for the power steering pump failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 129,000. The VIN was not available.

- Canton, MA, USA

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