The 2003-2005 Accord is well designed and notably improved over the previous version. It's quieter, more nimble, and has a more comfortable ride than its predecessor. Further, its powertrain delivers both good acceleration and respectable fuel economy. Overall, it combines user-friendliness with European flair.
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There are 24 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Honda Accord owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS modulator was leaking according to the dealer"

Darrell N., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"ABS light came on because sensor from one wheel was no longer working, resulted in some brake issues as well"

R A., MI (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS warning indicator light comes on intermittently. Not diagnosed yet as it just happened"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"left rear sensor failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The sensor light came on and the problem was fixed quickly and didn't cost too much money"

SUSn M., VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"told by dealer in Florida that it may be a faulty error alert"

Keld A., NH (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"The ABS/TCS module failed and will not communicate with the vehicle's PCM"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Due to rotor and pad wear I was having a slight problem"

Herman K., IL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"ABS warning light comes on periodically but can't determine the cause due to computer not retaining cause information"

Robert M., MD (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Frozen caliper passenger side rear wheel"

Frank C., VA (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"rusted up and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Claiper locked and required replacement - parts were $600 with total repair cost at $1100 - sounder fishy"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"oem calipers rusted and seized, requiring replacement"

David R., MD (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper froze, causing excess brake wear, and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Caliper "fell off""

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Since I have the car I have continually had to replace the brakes, calipers, rotors etc. This has been the biggest problem? Otherwise I have had no major problems. Once the power steering hose broke. The car has served me well. I first leased it"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Caliper froze up on back break. Caused the rotor to need replacement. The other serious problem was a broken axel on the front tire!"

Anne K., NJ (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear calipers have been an issue (same as my 2003 Honda Odyssey). Design can lead to premature wear of the pads (they can wear crooked). Outside pad get very little wear, while the inside pads (against the caliper piston) wear out (this is despite proper installation and lubrication of the pad/caliper slides). Same with front pads"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Some sort of sensor failed...same for climate control system...sensor"

G N., TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes doesn't have power assist until driven a minute or two"

Steve D., CO (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"master cylinder failed had to be replaced. dealer put on faulty unit and had to be replaced again"

Yianni E., GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Bad brake electrical switch indicator. Had to replace master cylinder to get new switch. Master Cylinder was OK"

Bernard B., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"warning light indicating problem came on and master cylinder was replaced"

Sherry H., OR (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"brake level sensor went bad then master cylinder went bad when pedal just went to the floor when applied on"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Brake light sensor not working, have to change master cylinder"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost over $500 to replace entire master cylinder due to a faulty brake fluid sensor causing brake warning light on dash. Level sensor was not a replaceable part by itself. Cylinder was working fine"

Choi W., IL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"FRONT BRAKE PADS REPLACED"

Virginia B., NJ (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front brake pad replacement at 144000 miles - first time replaced. excellent service life from oem pads"

John H., VA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake linings and rotors repair and/or replace, expensive"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Replace brake pads"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Car had worn brakes and didn't pass inspection. New brakes were installed"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn brake pads"

Louis L., MD (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"Great car!! 13 years and going with some body rust unfortunately in Vermont"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda Accord LX)

"At a regular interval, it being 3-4 years since the last brake work, the pads wear down. This time, the wear was more significant than we could tell by the sound until the calipers were stuck"

Jonathan B., MD (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the calipers of the rear brakes had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Excellent running car with a good dependable maintainers at garage I always use. Had twop ractory recalls - the air bags and wiper motor covers. It is a very dependable car and the reason I keep it is for this reason-why change when it is working"

Eugene R., CA (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"grinding noises"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes had started to feel mushy. No stopping power"

Bruce B., BC (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bake pads were replaced due to wear"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replace rotors and discs all 4 wheels"

Jim B., MA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The brakes wear out too frequently"

Patrick M., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Replace worn parts rotors and pads"

Jim K., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake slipping"

Louis L., MD (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"The cable under the car had rusted away (due to poor design or material choice in manufacturing), and the cost to repair was so high, it was left now to be non-operable (since I never used)"

Charles S., WI (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The right parking brake cable is jammed so that the parking brake was always engaged on that side. The parking brake on the right side would not release. Possibly this is due to rust. I had the cable from the parking brake on the right side disconnected. I assume that if I set the parking brake only the left one will engage"

Joseph E., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front and Rear brakes both needed new rotors, calipers and pads"

William R., RI (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Front and rear brakes had to be replaced within 2 years"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Over 1,000 to fix"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pads wore out. Had previous brake job in 2009 and did no drive many miles"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have been told repeatedly by "pros" that I drive, brake and stop/start unusually smoothly, so I don't think the brake issues are because of what I do. Although back country roads require more slowing and stopping of a sudden nature than other driv"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have needed to replace the break pads etc very frequently"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Already made mention about the brakes. I was ready to call Honda and complain about the brakes"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Rotors seem to wear much too quickly"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It happens too frequently"

Patrick M., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes warp too soon"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"replaced front and rear rotors"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"The front and rear rotors had unusual wear causing a vibration when braking. The rotors were repaired and performed normally"

Bob D., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"3rd set of rotors. Under warranty the dealer said it was the pads and they were replaced. Didn't fix problem and dealer was adamant rotors were good. Independent shop inspected &replaced rotors - problem fixed. But rotors are too thin &warp easily"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"all needed replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors seem to be disposable on the Accord. Can't grind them, just have replace them"

Jeff L., NE (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"have replaced the rotors 3 times"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had consistent rotor seizure"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes made noise after last installing pads. The mechanic told me the new brakes fine and to ignore the noise. Because of the continuing noise, I failed to notice when the pads did wear out, and I had to replace a couple of rotors"

John R., ID (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Had Honda changing the oil in this car every month. They were keeping tabs on the pad wear and somehow misssd it, so rotors had to be changed as well"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors had to be replaced due to wear"

Herman K., IL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Front rotors warped and caused pulsation when braking. Replaced rotors and pads myself"

Paul M., OK (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotor on right front wheel dragging. $400 cost to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"squeaking when in reverse after sitting. squeaking when driving on driver side and when turn to left. unresolved"

Yianni E., GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The squeaking was fixed after replacing the brake pads"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squeal when applied"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes have been problematic since purchased new. too touchy (grab quickly and hard) have had a squeak in right front brake that nobody has been able to fix"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It seems the brakes have to be adjusted often. Squeaks even right after they are changed!"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Particularly during cold weather, CD Player won't do a TOC read and gives an "error" message when a CD is inserted. Takes 45 minutes to an hour for it to work after turning the ignition completely off for roughly 35 seconds"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Funny, I'd had 0 problems with the cd player and after googling probs with Honda Accord and seeing that many people said that 6 disc system stopped working after a few years, mine - with which I'd never had problems previously - stopped the next day!"

Amy P., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A CD got stuck in the mechanism and all it does now is grind. Grrr"

Anonymous, WY (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"will not play cds. radio/speakers work fine"

Anthony S., NC (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD changer failed. It could not be repaired by Honda. Honda had no replacement for the device forcing me to purchase an alternative at a specialty shop at considerable expense"

Bob D., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the stereo/cd player because it would eat our cds (not play or eject); plus the radio sometimes would not work and the screen would be jumbled"

Anonymous, KS (2003 Honda Accord EX)

"radio design problem (known widely) which the radio short-circuits due to condensation from climate control system leaking on the Radio/CD"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD would not eject"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Can't eject or insert cd'"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"CD changer quit working. Replace with rebuilt unit from online vendor. Working fine"

Charles R., VA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Same issue with CD - like a 'short' in the system"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"after eating my CD, it just quit, as if it didn't exist in my car. After several months, it came back, got my CD, worked for a short time, then quit forever"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn't handle CD's- going in or coming out. Can't use aftermarket CD palyer because its a custom factory fit"

Rob S., AB (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This car as a 5 disc CD player. It was always balky ejecting disc #1 but now it has gotten stuck so the player can't be used at all. The radio still works, however"

L D., VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"stopped playing CDs. radio still worked"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"cd got stuck & wore out motor"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Radio display went dim"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"back lighting for display screen went out so cannot read unless completely daylight but still hard to see. was going to cost several hundred dollars to fix so didn't fix"

Tonya M., TN (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Backlight died. Will require removal of radio to repair. I think it is a small fuse that needs replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"went completely blank. could not see temperature controls as well as radio tuning. replaced entire radio/entertainmant system"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The screen appears blank and dark where the clock, radio station and temperature should be. This happened abruptly. I had Sears auto look at it, thinking it was a burned out bulb March 2017. They called Honda and found the fix will cost $360 which includes a new radio and screen. The radio continues to work, but I don't know the time or temperature settings and I don't change radio stations. Not sure I will do the repair"

Linda L., OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"I have a GPS unit intergrated in the car. The control box (i.e. DVD player in the trunk) had to be sent in because the screen froze up. I wasn't able to change the controls on anything that appears on that screen. What a pain!"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Honda issued a service bulletin on dashboard electronics. They repaired a defective circuit board for the price of labor outside the warranted period"

Gary K., MI (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Went blank and display replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"No clock display or any display at all"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Blank screen on audio unit which displays clock, radio, cd player, and hvac settings. Original Honda warranty extension to 7 years on this unit had long expired. Unit had to be removed for two weeks (leaving no heat, AC, radio, etc) and sent away to"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"All radio/cd func. Quit and display went blank. Dealer had to replace equivalent of mother board"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"went blank, had to install a new circuit board"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Lighted display (radio, climate control) went blank. This failure was subject of a recall but my failure was after the recall ended. cost to replace the circuit board was about $250"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"display sceen needed replacement of circuit board. Cost of replacement $400!!"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Display screen went blank and radio, cd player, temperature control would not work"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Screen went out. Found a fix on Google and fixed myself"

Len F., DE (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Display screen (radio, AC, temp., etc) is dark and can't read whatever's there without shining a flashlight on it to illuminate the numbers/letters"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"The light failed in Radio/cd screen which includes vehicle climate controls. System was poorly designed anyway, but worse with no back light as now use a flashlight to see heater controls. Very dangerous when sudden changes are needed while driving"

Teresa P., ME (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Our screen that shows time/radio station went out and the cd broke about the same time. It is VERY expensive to repair, they have to replace a sensor & the entire center unit and it would be over 600.00 so we just live with it, but hate it"

Elizabeth N., OR (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Fuse in radio blew which rendered the center screen blank (controls clock, A/C readings and radio/ CD info). I need to replace fuse"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Radio/AC/clock screen expired without warning in 2013 and was expensive and a hassle to replace (it had to be special-ordered)"

Michael M., TX (2003 Honda Accord LX)

"Common problem with our vintage Honda. In the past, this was recognized as a defect and fixed by Honda up until about 2006. Contacted Honda and told them I have owned many Hondas. They agreed to pay most of the cost of the repair done by dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio, clock panel went to blank"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The secondary screen showing the clock, radio station, and temp setting is blank much of the time"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Radio, clock screen back light out"

Cece O., KY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The whole console display went blank - blew a fuse (of sorts) and I have left it blank as the actual items themselves continue to work without a problem with the exception of the fact of the display being no longer illuminated - would be a very large charge to pull the dash to put in a 'fuse'"

Gregory S., PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Intermittent rebooting. Honda won't/can't do a diagnostic. They want to send it out to repair or replace. Over $4K to replace"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Reboots at start, wants password, says to stay parked for 10 minutes, essentially has trouble initializing. After it does it will work. Problem is this is the control screen for other functions"

Jeff L., NE (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to send the Nav unit back to Alpine (through Honda) to be repaired due to an apparent broken wire which caused it to reset frequently. The warranty was good for 90 days, I believe, and JUST after it went out of warranty, it happened again"

Harley T., IN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"Backlighting failed. Had to replace the radio"

Jim E., TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Buttons on radio failed. Replaced with aftermarket radio"

Lyle G., WA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Goes in and out, mostly out now. Would cost $1000 to repair!"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittently goes to heavy static or completely silent or loud screech. Then can come back at some indeterminate time good as new"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"worked intermittently and stopped being able to change channel. CD player also stopped. Honda fixed radio with new part but cd player not repaired"

Len S., MA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Periodically (every 10 minutes or so) there was an extremely loud explosive sound; radio stopped and then resumed"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio will "pop" loudly, then go silent. Turning it on/off a couple times usually solves the issue. Happens a couple times per month"

William M., PA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It will not come on and it is not a fuse issue"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn't worjk at all some days"

Ward C., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"radio failed. i had to replace it with a new unit"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio would "cut out" after listening to it for 20-30 minutes. Not sure if it impacted battery, but we had to replace battery at approximately the same time. Replaced radio in Jan 2015. No problem with either since radio replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Short in panel causes radio to turn on and off randomly"

Anonymous, NS (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"radio stopped working, background light of radio failed"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The display panel on the radio died. I later found out from the dealer it was a common problem. It was warranties but I was to late to take advantage of the warranty. I had to replace the radio at a cost of $800"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I believe the wiring in the radio has gone bad. The display/clock sometimes goes blank, the radio works randomly and the speakers will hiss very loudly. It sometimes will turn itself on even though I have pushed the off button"

Shalene S., IL (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It just quit. Past any recall period"

Thomas H., WV (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player and speakers on the left side of the car stopped working, and since the radio and the climate control are integrated, it would have been a very expensive repair"

Katie Y., MI (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Display works but no sound"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord)

"junk"

John C., WA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio sometimes would work and sometimes didn't. In 10/2016, we replaced with a radio/cd player we had purchased five years earlier for the car the Honda had replaced in 12/2012. (The radio/cd player was removed before we traded the previous car, a 1994 Volvo 940 Turbo with 274000 miles whose airbags deployed in a slow-motion collision with the car immediately in front of it.)"

Michael L., TN (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"For a couple of years now, the speakers work intermittently. So I get radio or CD sound now and then. Sometimes weeks at a time, sometimes not for weeks. Sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes they go out for a few minutes. It's altogether random"

Jeffrey G., OH (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"junk"

John C., WA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise Control stopped working because the throttle cable connection broke - a $600 repair"

Ward C., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"2nd replacement of the compressor. Not getting cold air. Problem resolved"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Went out, but getting ELEVEN years out of an AC compressor is actually outstanding reliability. This is more in the realm of routine maintenance than a mechanical problem"

R M., OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Replace compressor"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"According to the dealer, the compressor failed in such a way that it coated the entire ac system with seal residue and repair requires a total replacement at $3k"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Ac blower"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Had a noise thought to be failing transmission. Drove car waiting for transmission failure. However, an astute technichian was able to turn the noise off and on with the climate control settings. Did not need the $3000 transmission repair suggested"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"air compressor does not engage when ac is turned on or when in auto mode"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking coolant--unable to fix"

William D., SC (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C barely works anymore. When it does, cold air usually only comes out on the passenger's side. Mechanic said there was a leak, and that the compressor would have to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor went out after the condenser had to be replaced due to a rock through the condenser"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace this"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After two AC compressor replacements a third compressor and everything associated with the AC was replaced at the same time"

Jim M., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Self-diagnose inoperable A/C clutch"

Thomas H., WV (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Repaired entire system and after a month I attempted to adjust temperature and it stopped working again. AC initially stopped working 3 years after I purchased the car new"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Condensor clogged damaging the compressor"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"The A/C compressor had a leak on one of the refrigerant connections causing the Honda Dealer to replace the compressor"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace compressor but A/C is still not very powerful"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"cold air was intermittent in june 2016. dealership tested ac system with tracer dye and double checked relay not sending power. replaced freon. recommendation to replace compressor 7/5/16 at $948.00. Chose to wait till this spring to replace. not yet scheduled"

Jon P., PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I was apparently out of coolant once spring time hit. I bought a self refill kit and successfully refilled coolant. However days later the A'C was no longer cool, so apparently I have a leak. Having got it checked out yet"

Daniel Z., GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c compressor "blow-up" left a hole in the body"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"A/c was not working properly. Second time in 3 months"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Just...died"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire AC system died at 217,000 miles. The cost to repair/replace: over $2300"

Molly M., AZ (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Road damage"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"first time I turned AC on this year it blew warm air. Mechanic said compressor relay had failed, replaced it. Total bill $117"

Susan R., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"AC would not cool. My shop repaired it"

J H., FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"A/C stopped cooling. Mechanic replaced the compressor, bu still had problems. Then, he replaced the actuators. A/C is working, but still not in normal condition. Very expensive repair"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Car will periodically blow hot air even when a low temperature is set"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Airflow control issue, intermittent"

Charles R., VA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The ( dual) temperature control does not regulate temperature properly/accurately"

Fridman F., AB (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both in dual mode and "regular" mode, one side of car vents had med.-warm to hot air coming out and other side had correct or cooler air than temp. at which it was set. Had to turn hot side to "Lo" to try to adjust it. Sometimes that solved it. Tem"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"actuators needed to be replaced. Blower motor relay had to be repllaced"

Dilip P., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Have had repeated minor problems with the AC controls and had it in shop several times. it continues to be a minor problem only"

Bill M., FL (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower broke and was repaired"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"motor shorted out. climate control system came on but no air was pushed through"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I think it was an electrical relay that stopped working, rendering the fan and cooling inoperable"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"One of the two blower fans failed. Had replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Didn't work"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Blower fan does not blow onto feet even if set for only feet"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Right and left air supplies have separate motors for individual temperature control. one of the motors failed so it delivered only cold air, It was replaced"

Louis L., NC (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced blower fan relay"

Kai L., TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"had to be replaced due to pinhole leaks"

Bruce F., CT (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The condenser was hit by rocks on the road being kicked up and damaged the condenser by putting a hole in the condenser. We had to replace the condenser and replace the Freon"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The condenser sits right in front of the radiator and takes any rocks from the road. Poor design - it needs a grill in front of it for protection"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Condensor clogged damaging the compressor"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"damaged by road debris, there is no protection for the bottom half of the unit, lack of cooling plugged the lower half of the unit rendering it unable to perform, no leaks"

David G., KS (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"Radiator replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"poor cooling"

Patricia P., NJ (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Evaporator developed a leak, needed replacement at a cost of about $900"

Martin S., IL (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater control unit was replaced because no antifreeze was going to heater core"

Ron R., ON (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"too expensive to repair stuck valve allowing heat to blow on driver's side while air conditioner is trying to cool"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord LX)
Refrigerant leaks

"Have sent to repair multiple times with dealer but it cannot keep its refridgerant"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"seems i must recharge the refrigerant yearly"

Jeffery S., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"AC was not blowing cold air. Dealer repaired and added refrigerant"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord)

"Have being experiencing refrigerant leaks, have refill refrigerant twice & after 2 months wasn't cooling again"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure if this correct, AC went out last week, not repaired yet, temps in the 90's here but after 13 years the AC has been reliable to now. It is probably normal leakage and needs recharged"

Barbara G., OH (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Refrigerate needed to be recharged, probably due to a small leak in the system"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I Lost sine refrigerant"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking refrigerant for 3 years; finally gave up the ghost"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For the last 2 yrs in a row, I have had to have new refrigerant added to my car. I haven't done it for this summer season yet"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The front ext panel became loose and I had it fixed"

Eugene R., CA (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front bumper was separating from the car. We replaced it at a body shop with a post- factory part $825"

Joan S., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of the trim on the R door frame became loose and had to be replaced"

Kenny G., CA (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"total headliner has become unglued and is hanging by dome light and side trim"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Chrome overlay on door handles has bubbled away from the handle and cracked causing cuts on hands"

Craig J., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim on driver's seat keeps popping off. Dealer replaced once under warranty with no improvement Duct tape solved the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Ceiling fabric has started to collapse like an old 1980's Buick"

Brandon K., OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Large patches of clear coat finish have chalked and peeled off"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Our car began to fade and the clear coat peeled about 6 years ago.I looked like it had leprosy. Honda would do nothing to help so we had it repainted for about $3000 dollars. We will no longer buy a Honda"

Anonymous, WY (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Roof top paint (just above the windshield) has cracked and peeled"

Tracy K., IL (2003 Honda Accord)

"The car body has too many scratches; it seems to get worse with every car wash"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Black color faded completely in several areas of hood, roof and trunk"

Bruce F., CT (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have seen several Honda Accords with the same body type with faded paint on body. I think Honda has done a poor job with paint and this should be a recall item"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Clear coat pealed. Looked so bad that I spent the $ to have the whole car repainted"

John C., VA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Chrome peeled off inside door handles. Replaced with aftermarket parts"

Lyle G., WA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Exterior plastic trim faded even after having car painted....roof faded"

Anna W., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"clear coat is coming off all over"

J C., NC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"a large amount of paint has cracked & chipped off the hood. This was professionally repainted a few years back after a minor accident. lots of rust underneath & on lower parts of the doors"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The clear-coating of the exterior paint is fading in several places on the car and has been doing so for the past several years"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the roof cracked, rusted a little. I think the truck cover and engine cover also rusted. I painted the car"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Serious oxidation issue"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fading on roof"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"The black trim around the windows is slowly peeling off and it looks terrible"

Jamie J., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Fading"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading...some areas of our dark green turning white. Honda Corporate refuses to assist in paint repair, stating the age, although they have been told numerous times it has been occurring for 5 years. Our Honda dealer informed me that Corporate has"

Paul C., FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"On the top of the trunk, the paint is peeling and cracking"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"A defect in Honda paint has caused peeling on all horizontal surfaces of car. Honda will not repair. Cannot be painted over, requires sanding to bare metal. Very expensive to fix Honda's mistake. I'm obviously very angry about this"

Brandon K., OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"the paint on the hood has started to peel away. this is particular to only this part of the car"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Paint flake and faded -"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"yhe clear coat is peeling on the hood, roof, trunk"

Newton W., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the score has always been an issue. My car looks like a skunk"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint had faded completely on hood and roof of car. Vehicle is red and now there are white spots on hood and roof"

Chad B., TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Bird poop fell on door handle. When I rinsed it off with a hose approximately 10 minutes after seeing it (and approximately 30 minutes after it occurred), the paint washed off right down to the black primer"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Paint fading in several areas; hood, trunk, top of vehicle"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"The paint started fading after about 6 years. Had to have it repainted"

Terry W., CA (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"Large amounts of the paint have chipped and lost the top glossy coat with more areas gradually becoming bad too"

Vasha H., AL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Trim decals are peeling"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"For several years, the clearcoat finish has been chalking and peeling away, leaving a dull finish in some areas and not in others"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"The hood rusted out under the front edge requiring the hood to be replaced"

Becker P., MN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"beginning to rust at the very front of the hood"

Jeffery S., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Lot more prone to rusting in the under-body than my 2001 Camry. Brake components, even when replaced corrode faster than expected"

Abdul W., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted stone chips on the hood"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on roof caused the windshield to crack"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"hit spots rusted fast"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"rust under paint on the leading edge of the hood"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust around wheel wells"

Michael A., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stone chips rusted"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"5 body panels have clear coat and paint peeling. Body rust by rear tires wells"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"There is noticeable rust in the right rear tire well possibly from the inside out. There are a few minor rust spots on the car"

Joseph E., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The car constantly drifted to the right, a recurring problem since the car was new. I don't know the cause, but the problem is gone now"

Bob D., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"had a thump thump noise. was diagnosed as an alignment problem"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Ball joint failed and caused the front of the car to collapse. As a result the CV joint was also damaged"

Becker P., MN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"suspension has been failing one piece at a time, unacceptable for only 71000 miles"

Bernie K., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Spent $500 to replace front lower ball joint and install rear sway bar repair kits & bushing for rear suspension"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Ball joints and tie rods and excessive noise. Rough roads and high mileage"

Tom E., MB (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball boots torn and needed replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose right front ball joint - was not critical, but I had it taken care of"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joints were worn and needed to be replaced which is not unexpected in a 161000 mile vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front upper control arms and ball joints very loose. Replaced control arms"

Charles K., NJ (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Requires special tool to replace only at Honda dealer. Shortens actual time from 3+ hours labor to 30 min. But Honda still charges for 3+ hr labor. (negotiated a $100 discount)"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Replaced the power steering pump for a third time due to fluid leaks. Also, replaced p s pressure hose"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Did power steering pump o-ring recall and have had leakage since then"

Anonymous, IA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"WHINING NOISE"

W W., QC (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"The Power steering reservoir worked up and off its' mounting post and then fell into the engine belt, chaffing a hole through the tank and leaking. Mounting system seems poorly designed. I now have a hose clamp on it holding it in place"

Teresa P., ME (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Screeches"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"In the cold wisconsin winter of 2017 the Accord's power steering fluid leaked"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"I have had to change it two times"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Pump did not fail, but it started to make a terrible noise. Replaced with aftermarket pump, which also made a terrible noise. Replaced that with OE pump"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"An O-ring was replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Power Steering Pump failed and required replacement"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"had to replace power steering"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Power steering pump and related equipment make whirring noise"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"LEAKING PIPE"

W W., QC (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"1hose had a recall that was replaced; power steering return line clamp came loose"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Rigid hose of the power steering pump rusted/busted=no more power steering"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the power steering hose leaked power steering fluid which went all over under the hood causing smoke to enter the car"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"I am on my 4th power steering pump"

Dilip P., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"front wheel shocks leaked and had them replaced at 120,000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Elected to do this on my own as I felt need for better suspension. Shocks were worn out"

Carol S., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all shocks and struts - first time these were replaced since I owned the car bought in 2006"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced front and Rear Struts, car aligned"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Unusual noise identified as probable failure of shocks and or struts but could not identify specific problem without total diassembly"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Clunking noise from both front and rear suspension areas"

Rob S., AB (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace all shocks"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"One Front strut leaked and replaced both front struts at 130000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"both front struts leaking->replaced $316, both front lower control arm bushings cracked and leaking ->replaced $263"

Susan R., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Ends and connections were worn"

Carol B., OH (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear torsion bars had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Original equipment failed and was replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"sway bar linkages rusted through and broke. had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"The steering rack developed a leak and had to be replaced. This was expensive"

L D., VA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"braking causes vibration"

Greg R., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Yes, this car has been in several accidents through its history, but in the past 12-18 months, I have had the tires replaced, two balances & two alignment services & no one (Honda or independent) can tell me what the problem is"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"dealer said they needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"the honda dealership charged about 300 dollars to replace inner left tie rod with a cheaper cost after market tie rod ( my decision). I feel this was about 100 dollars more than it should have cost. I would have done it myself but no free loaner tool"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken rear tie rod caused clunking noises. Was repaired by dealer"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"All four wheels were severely out of balance and caused my 2 year old tires to prematurely wear. Backtracked the issue such that I believe the wheel balance I had done when I bought the new tires was improperly done at the tire shop"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Not much to say. I had to replace it"

Jeffrey G., OH (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"After 12 years the car ran as new but clutch was worn and recently began slipping - replacement advised at a cost of $1,500 Cdn. A Honda mechanic wished to buy the car for a friend and paid a fair price; we recently bought a 2015 Accord ExL with c.v"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Honda is fully aware that they had issues with the 2003 Honda transmission it went out and had to replace just out of warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Shifting"

Jerry L., FL (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"It cost more than $2000 - very disappointing for a Honda even though it was 12 yrs. old. I will not automatically buy a Honda again as I've had multiple big issues over the years"

Amy P., NY (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Quit unexpectedly, stranding me in the country. Third gear clutch disintegrated, clogging filter. Rebuilt with added transmission cooler, $2300"

Dave M., TX (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"It was from a transmission shop recommended by the Honda dealer. Had to go back for adjustments as it was not set in right"

James M., IN (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"total failure of the unit, common with this year Honda despite having changed the fluid every 30,000 miles, new installed unit is much better then the original, better shifts, etc"

Anonymous, KS (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"this is the second transmission placed in ;this car. Never expected to have this happen with a Honda Difficult to explain the problem with the transmission. The first time it wouldn't shift out of 2nd gear. The second time it was skipping"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Inaccessible filter was clogged requiring a full rebuild of transmission"

Brian K., PA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"The Transmission problem was at 80,000 miles, not the last 12 months"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"At 60000 miles we had total transmission failure. Honda dealership and corporate would not admit any responsibility and treated us like dirt. We had an independent rebuild the transmission at a huge cost to us"

Nancy H., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Slipping"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission needed to be replaced. Very expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"had to have trans rebuilt at 165k miles $3000"

John R., WA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission started slipping at 90K miles - had to have it replaced with a rebuilt one. Used a private repair shop not the dealer as I trust private repair shops more.Was really unhappy about all this as it's a Honda - but I've since learned this i"

Meredith D., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Car has issues shifting into next gear. Had transmission rebuilt and now problem free"

Jessica B., IL (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission replacement due to bad torque converter"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission complete rebuild"

Michael S., NC (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"We had problems with the transmission since we bought it used form the dealer who kept denying the problem. It should have been a recall as the car would just stop moving forward in the freeway. Acura Leather seats are perforated which is tearing"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Payed $4500 to replace transmission"

Anonymous, AB (2003 Honda Accord)

"transmission would not shift into drive"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"I found through online investigation that the transmission in the Honda 2003 was a known problem this was after I was told by my Honda dealer that it would need replacing. I had them install a brand new Honda transmission not a re-build"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Recalled and thought to have been repaired but started having problems a couple years later and had to pay half of the price to repair"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Original transmission was replaced at about 88000 miles and failed again at 90500. Transmission was replaced a second time"

Jim M., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission seized, towed to repair shop and rebuilt transmission installed"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"It was unclear exactly what was wrong with the transmission, but car would lose power"

Linda I., MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Lost second gear. Engine would rev when trying to shift. Complete rebuild cost over $3000"

Jim C., ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Finally just wore out so had it rebuilt"

Bryan E., TX (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A spring that assists in the movement of the gear shifter broke. The only way to fix this was to go into the transmission. While there, the mechanic replaced several clutches"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"in need"

Treva P., TX (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission just stopped working. It would no shift. It did not move at all"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

"Transmission was slipping. It was rebuilt"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It took several days. The transmission had not been shifting smoothly"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Accord DX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission slipping, delays or not shifting into next gear, required a full rebuild of transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Had occasional used both the power plugs to charger our cellphone and Tom-Tom GPS system. They both stopped working"

Alan B., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Keeps blowing the fuse when trying to use it"

Alan A., WA (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The factory-installed alarm system occasional goes off for no reason. The local Honda dealer could not identify the root cause"

Victor K., ON (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I spent $800 in 2012 to replace the Fuse box assembly because Car alarm was constantly going off at various times of the day and night. Problem subsided for a few months but is now back worse than ever. I cannot lock my doors or alarm will randomly"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Body control module

"Passenger power window will not open/close. Electrical components ( switch, motors etc. ) have been replaced three times by the dealer and fails after a few months. Given up on fixing it"

Fridman F., AB (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"This started a couple of years ago. The small display that contains HVAC temperature selection indicators, radio station and digital clock display goes on and/off when the car hits a bump. It now pretty much stays off"

Alan B., CA (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"Cruise would not hold speed. Adjusted Clutch Cruise-control cancel switch"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The button that engages the cruise control does not stick"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a new switch ($200)"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One of the tail lights burnt out; I replaced the bulb myself"

Harris B., OH (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tail light went out, took two maintenance trips to resolve. And had difficulty getting it out because previous body work glued in place also turn signal relay replaced"

A W., CA (2003 Honda Accord 3.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Electronic switches that affected the dashboard display. Specifically transmission light indicators. Thought there was a problem with the transmission when it was just the switch. This happened twice in one year"

Sally K., CA (2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Loose wiring caused flicker. Both headlight assemblies replaced. (Two different issues.)"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Accord)

"Clear plastic headlight covers so foggy light output is dimmed. Had cleaned 3 times"

James M., SC (2003 Honda Accord EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Can't see worth crap with the lowbeams"

Dean R., NY (2003 Honda Accord 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced low bewam bulb"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)