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:
Average Mileage:
73,330 miles
Total Complaints:
21 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (8 reports)
  2. this problems needs to be added to honda's recall list! (6 reports)
  3. replace the window motor (4 reports)
  4. replace the wiper motor (2 reports)
  5. roll down passenger window to release the vacuum (1 reports)
2003 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #1

Feb 042005

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 25,000 miles


After owning my car for almost two years, among the other problems, a few minor ones happened also. For one, my motor for my passenger window quit on me. My passenger door lock that pops up and down became loose and danced around til it was fixed. The whole car is plastic and justs pops together and apart when it wants. I am beginning to hate Honda and their crap!

- , Wichita Falls, TX, USA

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