Honda fiddles with a successful recipe, leaving out some of the parts people seem to like and adding spice for which nobody asked. The result, to a critic's eye, is questionable, though it will certainly sell to the masses in the same quantities it does today.
by movinwest on Aug 21, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I owned a new 03 accord lx with a manual transmission.
I purchased the car instead of a nissan z or an audi a4 as I thought I would be practical for once.
During 200,000 trouble free miles the car won me over with a combination of enjoyable driving dynamics, all around practicality and reliability.
The only repairs other than brake pads and two batteries, was an oxygen sensor which needed replacement costing a little over $100.
The build quality is certainly a high point for this car as it seemed as solid at 200k as when it was new.
The mileage was tremendous as on one trip I got up to 36 mpg on the highway.
A tremendous value.
by Dr. Blob on Dec 4, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased the car used in 1/05 w. 16,500 miles. Car now has 108,000+. Rides and runs like it was brand new! Nothing but regular maintenance (5000 miles oil changes, trans and radiator every other year, 100,000 mile total makeover etc). I am still using the original rear brakes (the last year for the old drum style -very durable). 5 speed manual is still smooth - original clutch - no slippage or chattering. Approximately 30 mpg - mixed driving - regular gas. Everything still works - very comfortable - handles like it's on rails. Can't rave about it enough! Love it!
by AMitch on Sep 23, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased an Accord because of the famed reliability, but over the two years of ownership have found issues constantly creep up, often repeating, even after taking to the dealer to be addressed. It's a fun ride, spacious, and fuel efficient, but the annoyance of sometimes monthly visits to the shop have significantly reduced my trust in the product. Am far less likely to buy a Honda in the future; Toyota's quality seems much higher now.
The Honda Accord -- one of America's favorite vehicles -- has been substantially changed for 2003. Continuing as a sedan and a coupe, the 2003 Honda Accord features more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, increased safety and higher levels of interior comfort. A voice-activated GPS navigation system is optional, and a sporty EX coupe debuts in early 2003.