2003 Honda Accord EX V6 5 Speed Automatic from North America - Comments

3rd Mar 2006, 11:30

I would like to buy one Accord 2003 used, but I'm scared.

Could anybody tell me which salary is required in order to maintain a car like that? In my country, repair the transmission of an Accord 2002 costs US1,000.

6th Mar 2006, 23:25

I have 2003 ACCORD EX V6. I also had rotor warping problem at 11K miles and then again at 25K miles. Dealer said it was my driving, that's funny I put 180K on my last honda product and never had a problem. My wife has odyssey with 90K, no brake problems. I am now experiencing very harsh ride at 36K had wheels re-balanced and alignment. Could be tires which I replaced at 32K (replace Michelin with Potenza G009) but I am suspicious of suspension.

Love the engine. Not so happy with brakes and harsh ride.

I am die hard Honda, but this may be my last.

10th Mar 2006, 14:57

I just purchased a Honda Accord, 2003, and I think because it was the years where the body style changed over it has recalls, I am considering taking it back and getting a 2004. I just purchased the car, and I can tell it already going to give me issues. For some reason the gas pedal feels different than my 2000 accord, and the pick up. The brakes are a bit weird too, and the dealer told me they services the brakes. My Honda 2000 brakes were excellent. When you braked you stopped immediately. Not sure about this 2003. Not sure about it at all. The only good thing is I purchased a warranty.

14th Mar 2006, 23:53

Own a 2003 v-6 coupe. Had to replace the brakes twice in 55000 miles. Other than that its been a dream. Best car that I've owned. Plenty of power, handling is great (since my change to Goodyear assurance triple-tread tires) Highly recommend this product. I hope to drive her to at least 200K however the 06 coupe has caught my eye. Good luck and thanks.

27th Apr 2006, 12:36

I also had a nightmare with an '03 Accord.

First, the sunroof seal was defective - very nice during a rain storm! Lots of damage to the interior to be replaced.

Next, brakes. It was in on 4 different occasions before it was properly fixed. A total of 5 weeks in the shop.

Next, driver's seat rear panel falls off. Twice.

Next, transmission goes - on an automatic - before 100K.

One thing after another.

I think they didn't completely work out the kinks on the new model before putting them out. Honda is typically of excellent quality, but my experience with this vehicle was not pleasant.

11th May 2006, 20:11

Hello. I own a 2003 Honda Accord V-6 coupe. I was wondering if anyone has had problems with the paint chipping off their car. The paint on my car started chipping off before the car was a year old.

3rd Jun 2006, 17:19

19.3 m.p.g. highway? Do you put the gear shift in D or D3? My mother's 2003 EX V-6 gets 31 m.p.g. highway which is not much worse than the best mileage that my sister has gotten with her 4 cylinder accord (32-33).

4th Jun 2006, 06:09

Most of you probably spent more for the V6 for the added performance. I have owned 2 Acuras (Honda) TL types both used. If you purchase them a few years old they are in the same price level as a new Accord V6. I have all and probably more options then the new Accord and the fit and finish of the trim leather interior is outstanding. My sunroofs have not leaked, my 6 CD changer with the Bose factory amp is great and the 270 hp V6 with the better suspension, tires is nice. I have a family and it works well for performance and being practical. I like Accords had 2 in the 90's by the way. The biggest thing is keeping the oil changed more than the manual indicates. I also use 93 octane fuel. Good luck.

10th Dec 2006, 17:58

I just traded my V6 Accord 2003 for a Sebring. The Accord needed a new transmission, brake problems, O2 sensors... my first and last Honda!!!

10th Dec 2006, 23:20

Do your research, the Sebring has one of the lowest ratings of all cars. I have heard that the body flexibility is poor with the Sebring, hence, it is not a good design. I have also know from experience that Chrysler transmissions are prone to fail, so if you drove your Accord like I think you did you will need about like five transmissions in your Chrysler.

12th Dec 2006, 15:30

I have a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6 with 58,000 miles and have had so many problems with it. The 6 CD changer radio had to be replaced 3 times during warranty period. I thought the radio had caused enough inconvenience, but NO, at about 40,000 miles the LCD back light of the radio unit went dark, and again the dealership had to replace the whole radio unit. Now, with 58,000 miles, the Honda dealer recommends me to have the front rotor turned and to have both front and rear brake pads replaced (a cost of about $500). The worst problem occurred about a month ago when suddenly my Check Engine Light was ON and stayed ON. I took it to the dealer. They ran the diagnostics test and told me the car needed 2 Oxygen sensors (front and back) replaced (a cost of $590 since my car is out of warranty). Personally, I thought the car is still young for these many problems to occur. This is my second Honda and I had no problem with my old 1991 Honda Accord. It must be that the new Honda's now aday that are BAD. Anyway, I have had enough patience with Honda and this is gonna be MY LAST Honda. I don't need that much headache for a 60,000 miles car.

Unhappy Honda owner.

12th Dec 2006, 18:54

Honda doesn't make radios, so don't blame them, and at 60,000 miles, you may very well need a brake job. Relax a little bit about the "never going to own a Honda" thing. They, and Toyota, are still the best, so live with it. I agree, NOBODY builds 'em like they used to, but, what choice do you have? Honda and Toyota still build the best, so take what you can get.

12th Dec 2006, 19:13

The commenter minimizing the trans concerns etc probably does not own a late model Honda V6. If so you would understand why the domestics have become more appealing. I sold mine before I faced a $4000 new trans replacement out of warranty.

12th Dec 2006, 19:28

Oxygen sensors go bad on a lot of vehicles and brakes do need to be replaced. These problems seem to be from how you use your vehicle, not that you are harsh on it, but it may be from where you are driving it. As for the radio problem, it could be a problem with voltage. I do not know if there is a bulb or not behind the newer Accord's radio, but maybe you should check into incorrect voltage. I think the problems excluding the radio are very minor problems and you are giving up too easily on Honda. You could very well have those same problems on a Toyota; a car which I think is the only rival to Honda when it comes to engineering and reliability. You got a "bad" one, but its more reliable still with these problems and now you are giving up on Honda. I have not had any problems with mine and look forward to happy motoring for years to come.