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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay to switch to different tires (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

May 182004

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • 18,000 miles


All vibrations from the road are passed directly to the passengers inside the car. It appears that the Michelin MXV4 Energy Plus tires are not the correct tire for this car, and/or the suspension is not sufficient to handle the weight of the V6 on the front tires. Sidewalls on the stock Michelins are much too soft and flexible causing very poor handling and response characteristics. The treadwear is rated at 420 which means the rubber contacting the road is very hard. To make up for this, Michelin made the sidewalls soft and flexible. As a result, poor handling in curves, a bumpy or bouncy ride, soft power steering response, and shimmying in the back end as the tires flex due to wind or sudden turns. A potentially hazardous condition. I am addressing this with Michelin as we speak.

- David M., Richardson, TX, US

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