2003 Honda Accord Sedan 2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Reviews
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Very pleased after 7 years
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By Blake
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this Accord new in 2003. It has met or exceeded all my expectations. We now have 200,000 km on the car and have made 2 unscheduled visits to the dealership. When the car was new, the low-washer-fluid sensor did not work, or was not connected. At 135,000 km the HVAC/Radio display went out and was replaced, no hassles by a good-will warranty. It's hard to find fault with this car. Clutch still works like new, very reasonable gas mileage, reasonable 4- cyl torque and Hp (161 and 160). Maintenance costs have been low. I am a true car enthusiast and while this car is not overly exciting, it does everything it is expected to do and does it well.


Favorite Features

HVAC climate control and stereo interface are very intuitive. Sunroof. Remote power-down for all windows is great on a hot day. Smooth engine and manual transmission. Dealer installed chin spoiler and trunk spoiler give it a little something that is missing from factory appearance.


Suggested Improvements

Automatic locking doors when car is up to speed. (this may be standard in the US (don't know), but it is not in Canada.


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Radio Problem
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By rockwell
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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The background display has gone out and no clock display. Seat belt light stays on continually. Other owners at different websites have reported the same problem. Very expensive to fix. I also own a 2009 Accord and I think I better sell it before problems arise. It feels less reliable than 2003.


Favorite Features

Engine


Suggested Improvements

Electrical system.


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Cool Honda
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By leo
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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The 2003 Honda Accord is the best Japan car. I had it for 7 years. I bought it in 2003 and still have it. It runs great and it is a very fast car. The top speed I got it at the track is 140. My sister and I bought 2. She has one and I have one and I think you should buy one too. You will love your Honda Accord forever. Buy it! It will last you for long life.


Favorite Features

the inside and motor


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Used 03 EX I-4 115.5k miles
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By scott M.
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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First Honda I've ever owned. This was the first year of this model so it had two design problems. The front motor mount had to be replaced and corrected with a stabilizer bar and windshield wiper motor had a new cover put over it because of water corrosion. I just replaced my front brake pads after 60k got tired of the new pads sitting in the trunk. I found I get better highway gas mileage with 5-30w 25cty/30hwy oil then using the 5-20w 26cty/28hwy. The only parts replaced because of failure was an O2 sensor at 63k and A/C ON/OFF switch. I do change oil at 3.2k to 3.5k and transmission fluid once a year.


Favorite Features

All


Suggested Improvements

head light covers.


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Excellent Car, Great Value
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By RMHonda
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought new and has been a great value and still fun to drive. Efficient yet powerful enough to daily commute. I've tracked every tank of gas for this car... averages 33 MPG with a 5 speed manual transmission. Replaced front brakes and original tires at about 72,000 miles. Still original rear brakes. Only two problems - catalytic converter and O2 sensor. No other problems. Overall, a great driving experience.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage, manual transmission


Suggested Improvements

Audio jack for MP3 player


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Nice ride
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By nellie
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought my used accord in '07 w/ 58,000. This car looks nice, rides nice, but w a 13.5 gal tank my trip is only reading 320 miles til empty. What's that about 25mpg- (city/highway) I am little disappointed in the gas mileage, I got better in my 97' Saturn (28mpg). but over all I would buy another Honda because it's been two years and no problems, nada!!!


Favorite Features

smooth ride and style


Suggested Improvements

better gas miles


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No Thrills but No Chills Either
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By DCARR
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I've owned my Accord EX-L for almost 5 years now and its truly amazing. If you're looking for a car to wow you with performance and handling look elsewhere. But if you want a vehicle that looks classy, rides well, gets great MPG and does just about anything with ease get an Accord. I've taken it on long trips and even though its 5 years old with 40K miles I still prefer it over a rental car any day when I have the option for a business trip. Taught both my teenagers to drive in it and everybody survived! Easily the best all around car I have ever owned...I hope to keep it for many many years to come.


Favorite Features

Interior dashboard is still one of the best designed and best looking I've ever seen.


Suggested Improvements

I wish I had memory seats


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peppy, comfortable ride but low mileage
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By chilehead
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I recently bought this used to have a cash car and to get into something with better gas mileage than my truck. I love the styling and would say it on of my favorite years for being sporty and practical all in one car. I have lots of trunk space, the seats are comfortable and the stereo even sounds good. My main issue is I'm getting poor gas mileage. I wasn't expecting the EPA mileage, but for a 4-cyl, I was hoping for better than 20/30. I average about 23-24 mpg. I have explored all the gas saving tune ups too. I was getting 19-20 in my v-8 truck. I wish I would have opted for the 6-cyl as the mileage is about same with more oomph.


Favorite Features

styling, sunroof, handling, stereo


Suggested Improvements

sustainable gas mileage & replaceable fuel filter.


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Best car I have driven so far
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By ecvoyager
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my first Honda and I like it. After 5 years of drive, there still is no noise from inside. Way better quality than my previous Toyota Corolla. And with only a 2.4 L engine, this car accelerates so fast that I felt like in a sport car. And I got 25 GPS minimum when I drove in the city, way better than my previous Nissan Altima. My car only needs to replace engine oil every 10,000 miles. Save money. I never have any problem with my car, except may be one or two recall services by Honda. I love the car and passed this 2003 model to my daughter. I just bought a new 2008 Accord EX for myself.


Favorite Features

Accelerate fast. Roomy and fuel efficient. Also got it with a below invoice price.


Suggested Improvements

Keep the quality. Don't go cheap like Camry.


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Highly Reliable Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl
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By Nova10s
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2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I love my 03 Honda Accord 2.4 cyl EX with leather. With 98,000 miles on it, this car continues to amaze me. The only non-standard repair involved the 6 CD changer/radio's electronic screen going blank and the dealer replaced the radio at no charge, even though it was out of warranty (this is a common problem I was told). My car averages 27+ MPG combined and on the highway, it easily exceeds 30 MPG. On my car, the maintenance items like the disc brakes have to replaced every 24,000 miles and the rotors roughly 50,000 miles. The tires on the back were the original tires until recently when I replaced all four tires. This time I'll rotate them, to get even wear.


Favorite Features

1. MPG- excellent (better than the new 08 and 09 Accord, even though it's the same size engine); 2. Exterior looks- much better than the new 08 and 09 accords; 3. Low maintenance vehicle (it runs and runs with minimal time in the shop for maintenance repairs).


Suggested Improvements

None. The newer 08 and 09 4 cyl Accord is going in the wrong direction with less MPG (21 city and 31 highway) and the average exterior looks (personal taste, obviously). Otherwise, you won't go wrong with a Honda. Next time I'll by a Honda Civic Hybrid to get even more MPG with comfort.


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