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:
83,462 miles

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2003 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 082008


  • 83,462 miles


We purchased 4 new tires from merchant tires in thomasville, nc on 7/7/07. On 9/8/08 we had to replace a tire because of a valve stem failure which the company didn't tell us. The tire had a bulge on the side wall because they were low profile tires and my wife didn't notice the tire was low because of the valve stem. From her driving on the tire it caused the side wall damage. My wife tried fix a flat but she said the valve stem was barley hanging on so she could use fix a flat. After that incident a week later on 9/14/08 I had to take another tire to merchants to get fixed and this time it wasn't damaged and I was told by merchants it was a valve stem and that was all it needed. Today 10/10/08 I noticed a warning issue on merchants website issued because of dill valve stems. I asked them how do I get a refund for the tire I had to replace because of the tire. He informed all complaints need to go to dill air controlled products. So I found this form on another internet site with people having the same issues. So now I want someone to refund my money for the purchase of my new tire that I had to buy which was caused by the faulty valve stems.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

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