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:
3,833 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 182007


  • miles


Michelin xgt-H4 defect after 25,000 miles. Tire developed road noise and had irregular choppy tread on inside third of tire. Tire used for auto, installed by dealer on left rear of passenger car.

- S Hadley, MA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,500 miles
During visit for rotation and rebalance (at 11,500 miles on tires, 3 years old), tires showed chucks of rubber missing and numerous small separations in tread. I called the manufacturer (Michelin), but they refused to replace the tires, so I replaced the tires with another brand.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 122003


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at 35 mph the left rear tire blew out without warning.

- Flippin, AR, USA

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