What is the 2003 Honda Accord’s life expectancy?

I’m interested in picking up a 2003 Honda Accord, but I want to make sure I do my research first. If it’s going to break down in a year, I’ll look elsewhere. So how long will a 2003 Accord last?

Brittni Brinn · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s an excellent idea to research a used car before you sign off on the purchase! The life expectancy for the 2003
Honda Accord
is 200,000 miles on average. With proper maintenance, it could last you even longer!
Even though Consumer Reports gives the 2003 Accord four out of five stars in reliability and a handful of other categories, there are a few concerns with the 2003 model. RepairPal lists 45 reported issues—some serious, like ignition switch failure, and some minor, like the radio not lighting up properly.
Also, in the first half of the 2003 Accord’s lifespan, there’s an increased chance of the vehicle developing major transmission problems leading to engine failure. If you pick up one of these 2003 models, you could be looking at an expensive fix depending on its mileage and repair history.
But even if you luck out with a 2003 Accord that doesn’t develop this problem, you’re still going to want to keep up with a basic
car maintenance schedule
. Not only will regular maintenance extend the life of your Accord, but it can also help you keep your
car insurance
and other ownership costs more manageable.
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