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2003 Honda Accord repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (34%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (5%)

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2003 Honda Accord transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (18%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (11%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (22%)

Chart based on 45 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Honda Accord

Engine not specified

84000 mi

US $1590
Transmission Failure 

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2003 Honda Accord 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual FWD

100000.0 mi

US $2600
Honda factory built dealer installed transmission (failure was slow, nothing catastrophic - wouldn't "catch" in reverse and slipped between gears) 

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2003 Honda Accord 4dr Sedan

240-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

180000 mi Transmission was slipping, mechanic recommended rebuilding at a cost of $2,500. I just flushed and added an additive to extend life. 
86000 mi Another transmission problem, this time a seeping transmission seal identifed during oil change. Part not in stock so had to return a week later to have it installed - took 2.5 hours and would have cost $250 without extended warranty. Wear of rubber "boots" on trasnmission seals. Normally would have cost about $250-$300 to repair, but $800 extended warranty orginally purchased covered it. Total repairs under extended warranty add up to $1200, which makes it worth it for this car. 
186000 mi

US $2100
Repair and replace left front axle that snapped. 
110360 mi

C $2000
Transmission was in the process of failing (slipping, falling out of gear, engine revving wildly). The transmission was rebuilt at the owner's expense although I personally believe this is a Honda defect. 
156000 mi

US $3619
New Jasper 5-speed transmission installed. 
47740 mi

C $3000
Transmission replaced. Dealership covered the cost. 
175000 mi

US $2500
This was the third transmission put in vehicle. First was replaced at 60,000. Second replaced at 165,000. 
83000 mi

US $1900
Transmission was slipping. Honda agreed with 50% good will repair. 
69000 mi Transmission failure right after taking used car delivery at First Texas Honda in Austin Texas. Apparent that prev single owner traded car for new Accord when the transmission began to fail. Did not notice it until after I drove it off the lot. 
69440 mi

C $2020
Dripping tranny liquid as a result of diff bearing worn. Main case worn at diff bearings. 
99000 mi

US $900
Transmission would only operate in one 'gear' 
143000 mi

US $320
PCM throwing error 
105000 mi

US $198
Automatic transmission began shifting erratically. Took car to dealer for diagnosis. Dealer checked line pressures and computer codes, and recommended transmission replacement! 
226000 mi

US $450
Left drive shaft replaced (broke shifting to drive while rolling backwards). 
393300 mi

US $151
One of the axle seals needed to be replaced. 

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2003 Honda Accord 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

104000 mi

US $2243
replaced clutch, master and slave cylinders 
119500 mi Replaced Clutch Assembly 
128000 mi new left front axle 
136000 mi

US $50
Passenger side axle created vibration. Replaced with new from online auto parts. 
125760 mi

C $1500
driveshafts replaced because of significant shaking at 100 km/h 
118000 mi

US $460
manual transmission was difficult to get into and out of gear. Clutch master cylinder had failed and was replaced. Actual clutch disk will most likely be next.  
119300 mi

US $847
Clutch finally let go. Was replaced and flywheel resurfaced. Throw out bearing replaced as well. Clutch pedal is MUCH easier to push now. Was shown the old throw out bearing and I am amazed that it even worked given its condition. 
115520 mi

C $1640
Manual transmission became increasingly difficult to shift. Took it to transmission shop for a new throwout bearing, but needed a new shaft to slide on, so a used transmission was ordered from wrecker. Second big repair on my 5-spd manual. 
132680 mi

C $565
Right CV driveshaft snapped in half due to water and rust (rusted under rubber seal). Shaft broke after mechanic replaced rear brakes and was test driving the car. 

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2003 Honda Accord 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

168020 mi

C $200
left driveshaft snapped while under normal driving conditions. 
60760 mi leak around trany filler pipe.Thought it was over filled But was a defective seal by pipe 
160000 mi Transmission began slipping from start on a Thurs. Once. No problem until Sun. Began slipping in all gears; wouldn't stay in any gear. Parked it. Lowest estimate $2500 no warranty. Decided to replace the car. 

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2003 Honda Accord 2dr Coupe

240-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual FWD

162000 mi

US $3069
Replaced clutch & flywheel. (it's a manual 6 speed) 

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2003 Honda Accord 2dr Coupe

240-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed automatic FWD

102000 mi

US $2800
Transmission needed to be overhauled due to flair in 2nd and 3rd gear caused by manufacturer defect in the transmission causing decreased life 
49800 mi

US $3500
With only 52,000 miles, and all maintenacne done at the dealer, the transmission failed completely!!! 
48000 mi

US $400
Transmission failure at 47,500, and changed the drivers side upper ball joint. The tranny was changed under the extended warranty I purchased with the car. 

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2003 Honda Accord 2dr Coupe

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

155000 mi

US $400
broke the damn axle, of course I was spinning the tires pretty good when I hit second gear, still spinning the tires and the axle broke clean in half. First time in 10 years and 155,000 miles I've had to have the car towed. 
155000 mi

US $300
Broke the other axle. That's both of them in two months. The first two times this car has failed me and needed towing in 10 years. 
45663 mi

C $255
Replaced left drive axle. Boot broken and filled with grit. 
71300 mi

C $143
Outer boot clamp on left drive axle released and had to be replace. CV joint had to be cleaned and repacked with grease. 
100800 mi

C $380
Replaced driver side axle. 
105080 mi

C $785
Replace Right Axel 
112220 mi

C $5385
Replace transmission, Replace Clutch and pressure plate,  Replace Right Axel,  
117180 mi flush the clutch master cylinder - slave cylinder. 
118420 mi

C $887
replace master and slave cylinder for clutch 
141360 mi

C $400
Vibration between 80 and 100 km/hr. Replaced axles with new ones from raxles.com and the issue disappeared. No boots were ripped, they had simply worn out. 

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2003 Honda Accord 2dr Coupe

160-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

254000 mi Transmission stopped working. Would no longer go into gear. 
156000 mi

US $121
Transmission leaked. Small repair and changed fluid as well as regular maintenance 

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2003 Honda Accord Transmission Problems

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