2003 Honda Accord EX 2dr Coupe w/Leather (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
Purchased new in '03 and now has 365000 miles. I cannot remember how many times I have replaced the tires but that is it. The transmission shifts like NEW, the engine has wonderful performance for a 4-banger, the paint looks new from 10', and the leather interior is surprisingly nice and comfortable. On long trips, this is the most comfortable car I have had to sleep in. The backlight on the radio/climate system died after 10 years and Honda would not cover it, sigh. Still has the original suspension/shocks and rides like new.
Great car, if you don't need to drive the car. The transmission my car, like thousands of other Honda Accord owners, died and needs to be replaced. Though it is the most notorious defect for this model year, unfortunately, it isn't the only one: no A/C due to the positioning of the A/C condenser and its susceptibility to being rendered inoperable by rocks the car runs over; the electrical system malfunctions (i.e. the headlights no longer work, the cd player no longer works). The biggest downfall for this model year Honda is clearly the fact that due to Honda's poor transmission design, you will need to shell out $2,000.00-$4,500.00 for a new transmission.
I purchased this Honda used, and it has been a great running, reliable car. I did not have to change the Timing Belt and Water Pump until it had 218,113 miles on it. I got the oil pump resealed, new radiator, alternator, and catalytic converter between 233,000 - 244,000 miles. And here I am today, at 312,900 miles and it is going strong. I have to admit that when I purchased it used, I considered it to be a lemon because of electrical problems: The CD player stopped working, the passenger side front window did not work (even though we changed the window regulator twice). But for a lemon, this car has been a winner! You will enjoy and drive this car until the wheels fall off. I highly recommend this used car.
Bought my 03 EXL V6 new. At 148K miles, I'd like to upgrade. I have followed manufacturer maintenance schedule and other than expected wear over time, the car still looks good and as I tell people, it doesn't owe me a dime! It has had two transmission flushes, per schedule and I've never had problems. Reviews on newer cars have been discouraging at best with issues ranging from cheaper interiors, navigation, sound systems, door seals and transmissions, (especially the newer CVT). Probably not too many seekers for a review on this old Honda but I felt compelled to submit one from a "very happy car owner". I may just keep it a wee bit longer.
Don't make the same mistake I did. Read this before you buy a Honda built before 2005 with a V6 and an automatic transmission - short story is they have a known transmission problem, the long story is better told here (and many other places): https://www.transmissionrepaircostguide.com/honda-accord-transmission-problems/