2003 Honda Accord EX-L 2.4L from North America


Don't ignore squeaking clutch pedal!


Watch out for squeaking clutch pedal.

Clutch and clutch bearing worn out.

Manual shifter is a little notchy.

Broken trim around seat controls.

Leather starting to wear.

Seat rocks from side to side sometimes.

General Comments:

Thought the manual transmission would be bulletproof, but not so lucky. Squeaking clutch pedal requires changing the slave cylinder - don't ignore it! Eventually leads to complete clutch replacement. TSB has been issued but the dealer will make you pay the whole shot - unless you're still under the warranty mileage. Dealer quoted $3,000 for new clutch and pressure plate. Had it done for less than half that at independent shop using Honda parts. Remember when Hondas never needed repairs? Those days are gone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2008

2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0 V6 from North America


Honda... Why waste your time?


Where do I begin? I had the car for a year and only got 120,000 miles out of it! What a waste of my money!

I drive 4,000 miles per week, and after 42,000 miles the leather started to rip, oil started to leak, and at 90,000 miles, the fan would sometimes not engage. That is just the beginning.

I spent 9,000 dollars in the first 30,000 miles. I had a loner for 4 weeks, and Honda wouldn't budge on warranty fixes. I spent so much money on that car, by the time I traded it in, I only had a $13,000 budget. I bought a Kia Spectra. At 250 miles, the master cylinder needed to be replaced. Kia's spectacular warranty and excellent service fixed it. That was the only problem I had with it. Had it just short of 3 years and put on over 625,000 miles.

I currently own a 2007 Kia Optima with just over 200,000 miles. Leather is perfect. Only problem so far was the timing chain broke at 7,000 miles. Kia's wonderful warranty kicked in again, and they replaced the engine! I will never buy anything else again.

Honda... why do they waste their time?

General Comments:

The engine had exceptional power. I still feel that my Optima's 4 cyl is nicer.

The trans was pretty smooth shifting.

Seats were extremely uncomfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th August, 2008

11th Aug 2008, 12:11

Considering that Accords are now manufactured here in the U.S., you can say bye-bye to quality and dependability. Honda of Japan decided to forego their reputation by allowing outsourcing. Sorry about your car.

14th Jan 2013, 00:30

Out of curiosity, what kind of work requires you to drive 4,000 miles per week? This comes out to roughly 600 miles per day, or 10 hours of driving. Unless you are a professional driver, there is something going on here.

14th Jan 2013, 15:52

Having had experience (all bad) with an 80's Honda built in Japan and an 80's Mazda built in Japan, I won't even look at another car that isn't made in the U.S. by an American-owned company. I don't buy into the ad-generated myth that Japanese cars are better. Not one of our domestic vehicles has ever required a repair before 100,000 miles, and several easily made over 200,000 miles with virtually no repairs. Only one of our imported cars even made 100,000 miles.

2003 Honda Accord EX-L 2.4 from North America




Since buying my 2003 Honda Accord, I have had NOTHING but problems! It has been 4 months now and I wish I could take it back!!!

First off, I found out the owner prior to me, brought it back and traded it in after only 1 month! The service guy accidentally printed off an invoice from this guy's visit to Honda, thinking it was mine; on it, it said the stereo needed replacement, the locks and doors get stuck and the console was broken! 2 out of 3 of these things we're not repaired before they put it back on the lot for me, 1 month later. Nice.

The day I bought it, I went to put a CD in the CD player and got an error message, I was still in the dealer lot!!! They told me it would be replaced in 2 days; after numerous calls and complaints to Honda Canada, it was finally replaced after 4 weeks.

Noticed within 2 days of buying car, that the rear door would not unlock in cold weather (under 0c) at all, not even if you try to pull the lock by hand; this resulted in my 2yr old being hauled to his car seat from the front.. they wouldn't repair it, ignored my complaints completely, I gave up and bought a car starter to let the car heat up the locks before trying to open doors.

NOW it has been in the dealer shop for 2 days with a major 'electrical problem'. Started out getting the TCS light come on when driving for few minutes, not going off until car was shut off.

They diagnosed it, said it needed a new ABS module and it would cost me $1500. I left with the intention of going to new mechanic, get in car, now I have 3 lights on, ABS, TCS AND brake!! I called them back and was informed it "was obviously due to the fact I need a new module", despite never having seen these other 2 lights before!? hmmm.

I get a call from the service mgr the next day, offering to cover the cost of the part... they covered $1300 of it (guilty conscience or kindness, don't know, but wasn't supposed to be under warranty that I have)

I go to pick it up at 4pm that day, the guy comes out and tells me, it still has problem, something is wrong with my car and they don't know what?!?!

2 days later, still waiting, they know nothing yet, keep telling me they are still tracing wires.

I am so angry, and wish I could just dump that sucker on their lot and give up, but unfortunately, I'm in it for 5 years.

Lets see what they find out, and how much it's gonna cost!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2008