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:
1,871 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 232007


  • miles


I just bought a 2003 Honda Accord from jim hadley Chevrolet in madison Indiana and today the tire blew out on me on the road it was a brdgstone insigna SE 200 P20S 65R15926 se20G mts.

- Lexington, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 092003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,955 miles
The consumer stated there was a tire blowout on 2003 Honda Accord. The tires had a blowout within a couple of months of each other. The consumer had not talked to the tire manufacturer. She talked to the dealer. The dealer said that there were road hazards. The dealer replaced the first tire, saying it was a defect. The other three tires were considered road hazards. They were the original tires that came on the car. The consumer has called the dealership. They said there was nothing they could do. The consumer bought new tires to put on car. The speed was about 30 mph.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Tire sidewall blowout. Honda won't warranty tires, Michelin blamed it on "road hazard". no hazards encountered!

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 122003


  • miles
I've had to replace each rear tire within the last 4 months of purchase due to mild contact with the curb. The tires were gashed and severely deflated. Had to get replaced.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #1

May 022003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
While driving at approx 45 mph, my right rear tire blew out. There was nothing visible on the road that would cause this. I believe this is a tire related failure.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

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