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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

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2003 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 192004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


Faulty power steering rack in my 2003 Accord V6. Power steering fluid leaking from my car. The first time this happened was a 6000 miles. I took it to the dealer and they said I have a "faulty rack" that also caused damage to my pump. Both rack and pump had to be replaced and car re-aligned. Dealer said sometimes these things just happen, "parts can even be damaged during shipping." Same thing happened at about 14,000 miles - "fauly rack that damaged pump." And dealer said same thing "parts can even be damaged during shipping." I wish dealer would stopping installing "faulty parts" but I think the problem is with the actual steering system. I am almost to 16,000 miles, I expect another leak soon. Guess I can't take any long road trips in my vehicle. This is not what I expected from a brand new car!

- San Diego, CA, USA

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