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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I can't imagine a better car
By revs29 on 12/12/11 11:46 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I am now at 196,000 miles on my Accord EX-V6 6MT which I bought CPO with 69k miles. I cannot imagine a better all-around car. I have NEVER been stranded with this car and last month went on a 2-week 5000 mile trip with it with zero problems. This car still has serious power and I routinely hit redline. It is the perfect mix of power, comfort, reliability and looks - my S2000 kills it in driving dymamics, but on most days I honestly prefer driving my Accord V6. The only issues I have had are ball joints/struts (Michigan roads!), a driver's side window regulator, and a main seal fixed under warranty. That's IT. I spend about $200/yr maintaining this car - far less than most brand new cars.
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful
2003 Honda Accord EX V6 4dr
By hollandsc on 12/07/11 09:32 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Background: original owner, 148k miles, new transaxle @ 45k, new output shaft oil seal @ 145k, new struts @ 145k, and every warning light that could have come on has come on. I need to mention that it has been in four wrecks – all due to being hit from behind while stopped. With this said, I do all repair work myself on this car and all of my other cars. This Honda is a little “touchy” because of the number of sensors. This is good or bad; good if you fix the issue because the car knows if there is an issue or bad if you want to ignore the problem and don’t want to know about it. Parts are readily available, cheep & the car is easy to fix. No matter the car (I have had just about every
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Bad MechanicaL Design & Poor reliability
By newstripes on 12/02/11 08:42 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord DX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

Review

My experience with this car has been far from the perception og Hondas go forever, are reliable and great quality. We are experiencing the well known problems of excess oil consumption & timing chain issues. It seems the design of the engine & car makes it very dificult & costly to repair this requiring about 14hours of Labor according to our Honda Dealer. This car usues the most oil of any car i ever owned (3L per 5K) and has cost the most to maintain this year at so far $2000! Now This $2000+!!! all at 80,000 miles (130K Km).
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The One!
By pbconspiracy on 11/15/11 09:21 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I bought this used in 2010 with 50k miles. Now at 77k miles. Not a single issue. After 1.5 years and 27,000 miles, I understand the Accord marketing slogan "The One". This is hands-down the best car I've ever owned. The performance of the 4 cyl engine is better than V6's I've owned in the past. This car is comfortable, smooth, sporty; perfect.
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Outstanding 03 Accord
By movinwest on 08/21/11 17:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This beauty has ISSUES!
By torontoboi on 07/22/11 16:17 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I love the ride, i love the styling, and the acceleration of the V6 felt like a 300hp engine! But man oh man, what is wrong with Honda's quality? My transmission (shared with the Honda Odyssey) crapped out on me at 60K, the center HVAC system crapped out on me shortly after, and BOTH my fog lights cracked during the first 2 months of driving it on smooth highway roads. I don't accept "yeah but it was covered under warranty" accuse, it IS a poorly built car and i went back to Toyota's and continued my track record of ZERO defects driving them. Many other Accord Coupe owners at my work had the same complaints so i know it's not a fluke.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Best car I've owned (long term)
By randomao on 07/16/11 20:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I bought this car in late 05' with approx 34,000 on it. 120,000 miles later, and no major issues at all. The CD changer shorted out @ 75k, but it was covered under the extended warranty. Like others mentioned, the paint isn't holding up the best, there's a lot of chips, and the clear coat is starting to peel in a couple places. The drivers window comes off the track once in while, making a loud squealing noise, and the leather, where the back of you're upper left arm contacts the seat is cracking, Insignificant cons. I've been thinking about getting a newer car, but it's hard to find one that offers more that doesn't cost 25k. It's paid for, and I wouldn't hesitate a 2000 mi trip.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Honda USED to make a superb car
By tbckc on 07/05/11 17:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord EX 4dr Sedan w/Leather (2.4L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I had been a raving Honda fan since the early 90's. I finally gave up and sold my 42,000 mile, 03 Accord after a bad a/c compressor, sunroof relay, wiper motor, and drivers door lock motor. Of course, AHMC had no interest in a goodwill claim on any of it. I'm just now reading reviews by other owners who are citing the same issues over and over. Also looks like I got out just in time to avoid the failure of a poorly engineered automatic transmission. Since the late 90s larger vehicles with more powerful engines, and attempts to make them shift without jerking have stressed Honda's unique design of an automatic. Please, DO YOUR RESEARCH before you buy.
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A lot of car for the money
By dave346 on 03/03/11 04:39 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord LX V-6 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I recently traded in my Accord for a new car. it had over 150,000 miles on it and still ran strong. Smooth powerful engine, great MPG, comfortable ride, and seemed like it could last forever. However, the transmission had to be replaced at 78,000 miles.
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Best car I've ever owned!
By Dr. Blob on 12/04/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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!
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