2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0 from North America


NEVER EVER buy another Honda again!!!


Car left my wife stranded after the first three days; Dealer said nothing wrong.

Car left my wife stranded after first three weeks; you guessed it, still nothing wrong.

Headliner bubbled off.

Alternator went out.

Dual A/C stopped working, dealer cannot fix???

Extreme rattles in all doors.

General Comments:

The first time the car broke down, we had only owned it for three days. We towed it to the nearest Honda dealer and they didn't want to fix it because we did not buy it from them. By the way, it is a certified used car, whatever that means. Finally they said the would check it out, and found nothing. Apparently cars these days are OK if they stop working in the middle of the highway.

The next time it stopped working was at my wife's work, so I drove down there and could not get it to start. I called the dealer I had bought it from and told them I wanted my F-150 back that I had traded for. They told me I have already been sold. Later I found out that was a lie. They couldn't find anything wrong, but did replace the alternator and battery.

Since we have owned the car I have have more problems with this Honda, and more with the service from dealerships, than ever before on any car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th May, 2008

11th Aug 2008, 12:17

I wouldn't recommend buying an Accord after the 2003 up model. They are all made in the U.S. and are not likely to last as long as a Japanese Accord. My friend has a 1999 Accord and has had no problems with it.

2003 Honda Accord LX from North America




I feel like a traitor cause I truly LOVED and still love to this day my 03 Honda Accord 2 door coupe. However I have had problem after problem after problem. Multiple brake problems. Constant whisteling during braking even on brand new brakes. I'm told it's brake dust and there is nothing I can do about it. Steering column cracked recently for no apparent reason. The mechanic at the Honda dealership where I get it serviced said "that never happens". The molding on the doors leaks and the black stuff covering the molding around the windows (wrapping maybe - I don't know what it is called) is bubbled up now. I hate to say it, cause I do love the car and have ever since I brought it home (probably cause it's my first new car) but I will have to get rid of it soon and start over. Probably NOT with a Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th February, 2008

2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0L V6 from North America


Is Honda Resting on Its Laurels?


RATTLES! Ever since this car was new it has been beset by a chorus of rattles. The buzzing driver- and passenger-side door panels have been more or less a constant since about 300 miles, while the thunking rear parcel shelf, rattling dashboard, and clicking steering column seem to all come and go as they please.

Brake rotors needed resurfacing after about 10k miles of gentle driving. Inexcusable.

Creaky door hinge around 25k miles. Easily fixed.

Cracked motor mount around 30k miles. Unfortunately, replacing the motor mount didn't cure the car's persistent vibration at idle.

Weatherstripping on passenger side came loose around 50k miles. Car is now rather noisy on the highway.

General Comments:


Great engine! 240 hp from 3 liters on regular fuel isn't uncommon these days, but it was big news in 2003. Nearly silent during normal operation, the engine speaks with a muted snarl at higher revs. 0-60 in under 7 seconds, and 24 mpg in mostly city driving. I've even seen 32 mpg on a long trip - higher than the EPA estimates!

Handles like a sports sedan. Ultimate grip is limited by the low-rolling-resistance tires, but the steering is responsive and has great feel.

Well-designed interior. Pleasing design, with high-quality, low-sheen plastics, nice leather and convincing fake wood. Lots of storage nooks and 8 (!) cupholders. Front seats are very comfortable and supportive. Great stereo (though its integrated head unit would probably be very difficult to upgrade). Interior is beautifully lit at night, with highly legible electroluminescent gauges and a classy indirect lighting.


Ride is a bit firm for a family sedan. Previous-generation Accords had a noticeably softer ride. Doesn't bother me, but if you live in the Rust Belt, you'd probably be happier with a soft-riding Camry.

Vibration at idle. Seems stronger when the A/C is on.

Noise. Engine is muted, but road noise is pronounced over coarse surfaces. WAY too many rattles, and lots of wind noise from the flapping weatherstripping at high speeds. In general, it seems that although the Accord is well-engineered and constructed of high-quality materials, these materials just aren't well put together.

A few noticeable instances of cost-cutting. Why the gooseneck trunk hinges? Why not a 60-40 folding rear seat? Why no auto headlights? Why does the passenger-side seat heater not warm the backrest?

The back seat is large, but the bottom cushion is too short and the backrest is too reclined for comfort. In addition, the headrests for the front seats are as hard as leather-covered bricks; forget about taking a nap in the passenger seat unless you have a pillow.


Disappointed is too strong a word, but suffice to say that this car hasn't lived up to my expectations for a Honda product. It's fun to drive, it sips fuel and it has been fairly reliable, but the build quality falls well short of Honda's reputation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd January, 2008