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Old 17 Feb 2013, 08:46 pm
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Default honda accord with 100k+ miles?

So i'm wondering if I buy a 2003 honda accord with 100k+ miles. Am I likely to see any problem with it in the first 5 years? It's listed as $12k good deal?
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Old 17 Feb 2013, 09:01 pm
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The mileage is low for that year but the price is high if you ask me you're better off buying new or shopping around bec those cars shouldn't cost you no where near 12,000 bucks.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way those cars are known for transmission headaches that can end up costing you several thousand dollars.Here's one link talking about the known issue.

Also here's another site that offers info on several Honda models.

Here's another site that will give you a better idea of what the prices should be.

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Old 17 Feb 2013, 09:16 pm
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i woulden't pay more than $4-5K for that
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Old 17 Feb 2013, 09:32 pm
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I'm looking to sell my 03, too. People have been telling me that anything over $8000 is high. So, no, it's not a good deal if they're asking $12K. I have 113K on the odometer.

Mine's a 2003 Honda Accord V6 EX-L Navi. It was absolutely the top-of-the-line at the time. So if you're not looking at V6 EX-L Navi, perhaps you should haggle hard, or look elsewhere.

BTW, many of the newer Accords are cheap. The 2013 Accord Sport, I've seen people paid $23000 OTD (out the door). So if you have decent credit and have a job that can pay the bills, maybe go with a brand new 2013 Accord?
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Old 17 Feb 2013, 09:47 pm
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One huge problem with the 2003 Accord is the automatic transmission, especially if the engine is a 6 cylinder. The failure rate on those transmissions was so bad it earned the 2003 Accord the second worst vehicle in's entire list. They warn, "We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague. The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years." The same source warns of an expensive problem with the stereo backlight, but if the radio has been replaced with an aftermarket unit it is not an issue. Besides, you can drive just fine without a stereo backlight. On the other hand, the 2003 Accord represented the peak of the Great Honda Automatic Transmission Debacle from 1998-2004.

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