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Used Honda Accord review: 2003-2008

Well-built, good driving and comfortable sedan but be aware of potential auto issues.

As new

The Accord V6 was so different to the Accord Euro that shared Honda showrooms that it could well have come from a completely different maker. The V6 was bigger and plusher than the svelte, agile Euro; it was also quieter and more comfortable. That might suggest that it was less assured on the road, but it wasn't, it actually performed well on all levels.

Inside, the cabin was airy and spacious and rear seat passengers had all the room they needed to be comfortable. Under the hood it had a sophisticated V6 that delivered plenty of punch along with a good dose of torque that made it a smooth, pleasantdriver in all situations. The V6 was coupled to a smooth-shifting five-speed auto, there was no manual gearbox offered, but you wouldn't want a manual in the V6.

Honda's claim of 10.6 L/100 km was reasonable for a V6 of the  Accord's size. On the road the ride was comfortable on all surfaces and the handling reassuring and quite responsive with light steering that still afforded the driver plenty of road feel. 

The level of standard equipment was quite good with dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, remote central locking with alarm, six-stack CD player, steering wheel controls, fold-down rear seat. If that wasn't enough you could step up to the Luxury and enjoy a powered sunroof, powered driver's seat and leather upholstery.

Now

In general Hondas are well built and perform well over time and but for a couple of issues that can affect it the Accord V6 is no exception. On average a 2003 V6 Accord has now done around 125,000 km, so it's reached the stage of its life that you would anticipate that problems could arise. 

Hondas do need to be religiously serviced, if they're not that's when problems can occur. It's also important to stick with Honda's recommendations for the oils and lubricants when having them serviced.

One thing that does crop up on occasions is the automatic transmission, which is regarded to have questionable durability. One owner we heard from had the automatic transmission in his 2005 V6 quite while driving along the Hume Highway. The diagnosis was that the transmission needed to be replaced. 

It's a good policy to have automatic transmissions serviced regularly, and it seems that it's even more important when it's a Honda. When it is serviced it's critical that the correct Honda-recommended transmission fluid be used. Using oil other than that recommended is to court disaster.

Honda paint, at least some colours, appears to fade worse than other makes and models. Avoid red, that's the worst. When checking a car for possible purchase, check its service record, if it isn't complete or up to date walk away.

Smithy says

Well-built, good driving and comfortable sedan but be aware of potential auto issues.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2008 $4,300 $11,330
2007 $3,600 $8,690
2006 $2,800 $7,370
2005 $2,700 $6,710
2004 $2,700 $6,710
2003 $2,700 $7,590

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Pricing guides

$5,870
Based on 16 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$2,990
Highest Price
$6,333

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
V6 3.0L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $4,000 – 6,490 2003 Honda Accord 2003 V6 Pricing and Specs
V6 Luxury 3.0L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $4,100 – 6,710 2003 Honda Accord 2003 V6 Luxury Pricing and Specs
V6-L 3.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $4,700 – 7,590 2003 Honda Accord 2003 V6-L Pricing and Specs
VTi 2.4L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $2,700 – 4,620 2003 Honda Accord 2003 VTi Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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