Used Honda Accord 20032007 expert review

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Used Honda Accord 2003-2007 review

Honda Accord 2.4L 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine.


Powertrain: Two engines were offered: the economical 166-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder and smooth and powerful 244-hp 3.0L V6. Transmission choices included a 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. A 6-speed manual transmission was available in late EX V6 models.

The Accord’s 2.4L 4-cylinder DOHC engine with i-VTEC is one of the best in its class; it is a strong, yet very economical low-maintenance workhorse.

Fuel Economy: The 4-cylinder Accord is ranked near the top of the family sedan category in terms of fuel economy. The 2007 4-cylinder automatic Accord is rated at 21/31 mpg (11.2/7.6 L/100 km) city/highway. The 2007 4-cylinder automatic Accord can drive for 431 miles (693km) on one 17.1-gallon (64.7L) tank of gas, based on 80% highway, 20% city driving.

The 2007 V6 Accord with an automatic transmission is rated at 18/26 mpg (13.1/9.0 L/100 km) city/highway.

Handling and ride: On the road, the Accord handles very well with good road feel. The steering is responsive and precise. The ride is firm and not very quiet. The wind and road noise are noticeable at higher speeds.

The 4-cylinder engine is strong enough for daily driving, while the V6 is one of the most powerful in its class.

Timing belt or chain: The 4-cylinder engine doesn’t have a timing belt; a maintenance-free silent timing chain is used instead. The 3.0L, 24-valve SOHC V6 VTEC has a timing belt that needs to be replaced at recommended intervals.

Safety: Anti-lock brakes were standard; traction control was standard on V6 models. In the NHTSA frontal crash tests, the 2003-2007 Honda Accord received five stars for both the driver and the front passenger. In the frontal offset crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2003-2007 Honda Accord received Good overall rating.

Pros: Fuel economy in 4-cylinder models, V6 power, excellent handling, responsive steering, safety ratings, rich-looking interior, sharp instrument panel, easy to maintain.

Cons: Road and wind noise, paint chips easily, automatic transmission problems in early models.

Overall: If you are looking for a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan with good safety ratings and Toyota Camry is too plain and soft for your taste, Honda Accord is a logical choice. We recommend to look for a 4-cylinder Accord; it’s easy to maintain, good on gas and the automatic transmission is less likely to have troubles. We have taken the 4-cylinder manual Accord on many very long road trips and it performed flawlessly.

For an automatic model, consider an extended warranty, at least for the powertrain; there are numerous complaints about the automatic transmission, mostly for 2003 and 2004 V6 models.

What to look for buying a used Honda Accord: As a first step, check the used car history records to see if there were any reported accidents in the past. Don’t buy a car if the Check Engine light is on before you know what the problem is; once we have been contacted by a person who bought a Honda Accord over eBay with the Check Engine light on. After further diagnostic, It turned out that the engine needed to be rebuilt due to lack of compression in one of the cylinders.

During a test-drive, watch out for anything irregular with the automatic transmission; it is a weak spot. If there is a clunk when shifting into Reverse, avoid the car. When inspecting a car, check the engine oil level; low oil level could indicate possible oil consumption. Watch out for a noisy power steering pump. Make sure to test the CD changer.

Check if the stereo and the heater control lights are working; if not, the repair could be expensive. Read more What to look for when buying a used car. This post has a well-done summary of common issues: 7th Gen FAQ.

Before buying a car, have it inspected by an independent mechanic.

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