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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
144,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace carrier bearing failures (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012011

Accord Type S

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,000 miles


I bought my car in May 2011, a honda accord , 2354 cc, Type S, year 2003.. Soon after a slight vibration to the left of the car, mainly from the pssenger wheel developed. Took it to Honda dealer and after two test drives, concluded, either shocks absorber or track rod ends. Changed both, to no avail. Changedlink rod, no success. Changed pins to steering rack and to date the vibration still persist nad is getting worst by the day. Honda dealer wasn't to any help though they call themselves 'specialist' The car vibrates more to the left side, from within the wheel/hub and alongside the whole body.Though suffering from this problem, my car has done 119000 miles and is still in very good condition.

If anyone has a solution to this problem , Please let me know.

Thank U.

- , Epsom., Surrey, UK

problem #1

Dec 152010

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Started as a vibration, replaced two wheels. Had a mechanic check car, over a quarter of an inch of play in half shafts. The long shaft carrier bearing seems to be the only thing holding everything from coming apart. There is EXCESSIVE play where the transaxle shaft goes into the transaxle. It's an extremely well maintained HONDA, it only has 170,000 miles. It should not be having this kind of problems, this is my 5th Honda. Is it my last?

- , Eldersburg, MD, USA

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