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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
68,677 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2003 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012012

Accord ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


The sunroof in my car rattles! I can hear window and rattling when I drive.

- , Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 262004

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31 miles

Windshield creaks when driving over any bumps. Dealer could not find the problem, cut through the headliner but did not resolve. minimized over time.

- , Toronto, Ontario, canada

problem #1

May 132004

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 31,000 miles

The sunroof and 2 other windows are rattling for no reason! I've had this fixed once already! I am just VERY disappointed with my Honda. I have heard so many good things about it, but I can't add to it.

I am mad b/c I didn't get the extended warranty b/c it's a Honda and I would never use it! Now, at 31,000 miles, I'm regretting it. I've called and written letters to everyone I can think of and no one is concerned. Any suggestions would be great!

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

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