There are some names that we can’t miss as talking about the sedan segment like Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Toyota Vios, etc. Another outstanding name that doesn’t belong to Toyota brand is a car coming from the compatriot of Toyota - Honda. It is not surprising at all if someone says that the Honda Accord is one of the best midsize sedans in the world in general and in Nigeria in particular. It is one of the best-selling cars and has run on Nigerian roads for a long time.
For this reason, we at Naijauto.com get a great honor to bring you a comprehensive review of Honda Accord 2003 model. We truly hope that our article will provide helpful information for not only Accord fans but also car buyers and lovers in general.
2. Honda Accord 2003 model: What you get
The Honda Accord 2003 model comes available with 2 versions of body type including sedan and coupe. Both types are seen as neat and attractive vehicles. However, as compared to other competitors like Passat and the Volkswagen models, the Accord seems to lack of some outstanding features.
Honda Accord 2003 sedan
For instance, compared to the VW, the Accord doesn’t bring truly pleasant feeling like the VW does, which is understandable as most of the VW is more expensive than the Accords. Meanwhile, the Passat comes adorned with a multi-piece and large chrome grille instead of just a plastic simple bar without any grille. At the front fascia, the Accord 2003’s driving lights, turn signals and headlights are integrated into a package above the bumper while the Passat features a headlamp positioned above the chrome bumper, finished by the driving lights underneath.
At the front fascia, the Accord 2003’s driving lights, turn signals and headlights are integrated into a package above the bumper
Honda Accord 2003 headlight
Moving to the rear, the taillights of the Accord are simpler than the Passat’s which are adorned with complex elements. In general, the Honda Accord 2003 gets a less delightful look than the Passat.
The taillights of the Accord are simpler than the Passat’s
Honda Accord 2003 exhaust
Compared to the previous model, the Accord 2003 exterior shows a handful of improvement. On the flip side, the interior received a great development with higher-quality materials, better shaped seats, more attractive shape of the controls and panels and greater dimensions. But the most noticeable feature of the 2003 version is its fresh dashboard equipped with luxurious and perspicuous LED instrumentation. Even the instrumentation of the base variant DX also looks gorgeous like one in a more pricey car. The switches supporting the instrumentation are also made with high quality and show distinctive feel of a Honda car. A fresh steering wheel combined with the cruise control is set up for both EX and LX version while the EX wheel is installed redundant sound controls.
The interior received a great development with higher-quality materials
It is the first time ever the wheel is adjustable for both telescope and tilt. The 4-cylinder EX version is armed with intuitive and easy-to-reach ventilation controls, dual-zone climate controls. The EX also has a DVD-based satellite navigation system.
The carmaker pampered the 2003 Accord with a number of new entertainment and audio systems consisting of a DVD player or an MP3/Windows Media Player for occupants sitting at the rear. Speak of holding the belted-in kiddies occupied their backseat area, the Accord is the sedan can do this the best.
Speak of holding the belted-in kiddies occupied their backseat area, the Accord is the sedan can do this the best
The interior can accommodate 5 adults quite well, although it still can’t provide as much shoulder room as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat does. However, it is better than some vehicles such as Saab 9-3 Lexus IS for accommodation.
Honda Accord 2003 cargo space
3. Honda Accord 2003 engine and performance
The Honda Accord 2003 engine comes available with a 2.0 L 155 bhp and a 2.4 L 190 bhp petrol units. The 2.0 L performs superb fuel consumption for a compact sedan. The SE is considered as the most economical variant of engine in the range with its smaller yet standard wheels.
The 2.0 L model works in a conjunction with a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.4 L model is combined with a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 5-speed automatic gearbox. Actually, the Accord is more of a cruiser more than a sports saloon but it is fast enough as needed.
The Honda Accord 2003 engine comes available with a 2.0 L 155b hp and a 2.4 L 190 hp petrol units
The 2.2 L diesel engine is the favorite model of the Accord buyers. With 251lb-ft and 140bhp it not only has a performance that goes beyond your expectation from the best diesels in its class, but also it is delicate and economical.
Speaking of the Accord riding comfort, the car offers a premium and luxurious feel with damped buttons and controls and expensive looking materials. All parts inside the car show a firmness and good arrangement.
The Honda Accord 2003 comes with great refinement with quiet diesel and petrol engines and slight noise intrusion from outside of the vehicle
Some adjustable components like the steering adjust for height and reach or the seat of the driver has a good response. The car’s visibility is quite good although the combination of bulky windscreen pillar and door mirror does obscure the view.
The Honda Accord 2003 comes with great refinement with quiet diesel and petrol engines and slight noise intrusion from outside of the vehicle.
4. Honda Accord 2003 problems
Below are the most common Honda Accord 2003 problems reported by Accord users worldwide.
4.1. "No Start" Due to Failure of Ignition Switch
The failure of ignition switch may cause the Accord to fail or stall to start. Honda had a recall to fix the Accord’s ignition switch.
4.2. D4 Light and Check Engine Light Flashing
Accord may have shifting issues with the automatic gearbox accompanied with warning lights.
Rough shifting may happen, the check engine light and “D4” light may begin to flash. The check engine light will also blink, and OBD trouble codes P0730, P0740, P0700, P1768, P0780 and/or P1768 will be shown on the computer.
If the transmission turns roughly, it is very likely that the transmission gets a mechanical failure. If the gearbox operates normally, dirty transmission fluid or a faulty sensor may be the case.
In most cases, using professional diagnostic equipment to give a diagnosis is necessary for completing the repair.
4.3. Vibration When Braking Due to Warped Rotors
Warped front brake rotors can cause a vibration as braking. You will feel vibrations in the steering wheel and the brake pedal.
The rotors should get a replacement to address this issue. It is highly recommended to use high-quality rotors. The OEM components are the best for brake fixes but some used rotors can work well. It's always necessary to ask your mechanic to use rotors that they've seen the best results from.
5. Honda Accord 2003 price in Nigeria
Please consult the table below for the latest used Honda Accord 2003 price in Nigeria. We also include the prices of the Honda Accord of other model years for your further information.
| Honda Accord 2003 price in Nigeria
||N450K – N600K
|1997 – 2002 (Honda Hennessey)
||N800K – N1 million
|2003 – 2005 (Honda End of Discussion/EOD)
||N1.1 million –N1.5 million
|2006 – 2007 (Honda Discussion Continues)
||N1.25 million – N1.7 million
|2008 – 2012 (Honda Evil Spirit/Anaconda)
||N1.9 million – N2.3 million
6. Honda Accord 2003 user manual
Naijauto.com believes that our review of the Honda Accord 2003 model could inspire you to drive home this excellent sedan of the reputable Japanese brand. All things considered, we personally think that a used Honda Accord 2003 is not a bad idea at all for those who have shoestring budget!
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