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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012003

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


I have had a noticeable groaning in my steering whenever I turn the wheel. I noticed this problem from the first day I had the car. The dealer and Honda customer service tells me this is a "characteristic" of the car. They say that many power steering pumps make this noise. I believe that people have characteristics, cars have defects and car companies have word to equivocate. I still have a 12 year old Honda which is a delight after 380,000 miles. I don't look forward to hearing this one groan for the next 12 years.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
While driving at any speed vehicle will continuously pull to the left/right. This makes it very difficult to steer when going around a curb. Cause unknown.

- Sun City, CA, USA

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