2003 Honda Accord Reviews - Page 21 of 22

2003 Honda Accord Euro Luxury 2.4 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance1000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 206

Summary:

Japanese Audi A4

Faults:

An occasional rattle from the passenger side door- only noticeable because the interior is so quiet..

Excellent build quality

General Comments:

Very comfy.

Interior spells quality.

Close to prefect driving position.

Could really use better tyres with larger wheel- standard is 16"

Coarse tyre noise very pronounced since everything else so quiet.

Engine note very addictive- esp @ 6000rpm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2003

2003 Honda Accord EX V6 COUPE 3.0 Vtec from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Vtec Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36 kilometres
Most recent distance5630 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

I love my accord

Faults:

Noise rattle from the hood.

Rear speakers in my accord stopped functioning.

That's about it.

General Comments:

Other than the lousy seats Honda put in their accord this car has been great. Stepping on the cluth is like stepping on a marshmallow. Ample torque throughout the rpm range thanks to the variable valve timing and electronic lift control.240 horsepower is more than enough for this car. Also I love the 6-speed close ratio gear box which is extremely fun for high speed driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2003

23rd Jul 2008, 00:24

It's hard getting people to agree that Honda's seat are atrociously heinous in the comfort department!

My mom, my fiancée, and both of her parents drive Hondas and there's not a comfortable seat between them.

I'll stick with my '96 Volvo's cushy, worn in, doctor-designed seat. :)

2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4 Litre I4 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 Litre I4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired272 miles
Most recent distance2100 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Faults:

This car has had numerous problems since delivery.

- Since delivery, the air conditioning fan shuts off randomly and intermittently, at which time all lights associated with the air conditioning or fan also go out. The second time the entire air conditioning dash unit was replaced with no results. The car is in shop currently for the third time to attempt fixing this.

- Possibly associated with the fan and also since delivery, there is very sticky whitish goop running down from the air conditioning/audio unit area onto the door of the storage compartment below. In the shop currently for this also.

- At delivery the car had many squeaks, rattles and buzzes. Most notable are a buzz in the rear passenger speaker at anything above the threshold of hearing volume levels, a plastic on plastic squeak in the dash on the passenger side on anything, but perfectly smooth road, and a rattle under the hood that can be heard when shutting the door or when hitting the brakes. Seems like the same rattle, but the brakes part is mystifying. None located or fixed by the shop.

- At delivery the black coating on both door sills was wrinkled. Evidently this is an issue on all 2003 Accord coupes, don't know if it also affects sedans. This was fixed on the first shop visit approximately 1 week after delivery.

- At delivery the driver's side door had something (which turned out to be an inside door panel attachment device) rattling around inside it. Also fixed on the first shop visit.

General Comments:

- I purchased the car Jan. 9, 2003 and the car is currently in the shop for the 3rd time attempting to have the fan and goop problem fixed. Total time in shop to date (Mar. 2) is 2.5 weeks, no estimate on when it will be done this time.

- Overall fit and finish on the car is comparable or lower than the Mustang I recently owned. NOT reminiscent of the Honda Quality I've heard of.

- One of the keys to my opinion on this car is that during the quite considerable time mine has been in the shop I have driven two other 2003 Accords for extended periods as dealership loaners (4 cylinder 4 door LX sedan, and EX V6 coupe with leather) and both displayed the same level of fit and finish as mine. The EX has the same rattle under the hood and same squeak in the dash, however on the drivers side. The LX sedan had an audio system that had barely functioning rear speakers. Both these cars had window stickers and less than 2500 miles during the time I had them.

- This car is going to be returned under my state's lemon law if (most likely when) the fan problem happens again. Although the loaners had no obvious problems except the ones stated, my gut reaction with them is that their quality level is not significantly higher. I'm sure I'm biased on this due to the problems with my car, but that's my reaction after driving them extensively.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd March, 2003

22nd Apr 2003, 08:50

I took delivery of my 2003 Accord LX last October.

Shortly after that time, I noticed a small oil leak (one or two drops of oil in the garage after one or two days of not driving the car). On the first attempt, the dealership mechanics couldn't find the source of the leak. I have an appointment to let them try again.

The anti-lock brakes seem too sensitive, almost locking the front wheels when turning/braking into a parking space at very low speed.

Also, there is wind noise on the driver's side window at speeds above 30 m.p.h.

And, please, put the door lock switch back near the door lock handle, not right next to the window controls; very confusing! (And couldn't the doors automatically lock when the transmission in placed into "Drive"? Even many vans now have this feature!)

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 75 reviews