Used Honda Accord 2003-2007 review

Common problems: There are numerous complaints about the automatic transmission, mostly for 2003 and 2004 V6 models. Oil consumption is mentioned often too. The backlight of the audio system screen not working is another common issue in early models. A power steering pump may get noisy. Paint on the hood chips easy.

What to look for when buying a used Honda Accord: 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.

Guides for used car buyers:

Maintenance: The Accord's paint chips easily; repair the chips and scratches in the paint before they get corroded. Wash your car regularly and wax it every three-four months to protect the paint finish. Check the engine oil level regularly, especially if the engine uses oil between the oil changes. When checking engine oil, If it appears too dirty on the dipstick, have the oil change done. Checking the oil level is easy. Read our maintenance checklist with illustrations. With a V6 engine, be easier on your transmission. Change transmission fluid in recommended intervals, using original Honda transmission fluid. For any repairs, use original Honda parts. Once a year, have your car inspected in a garage to keep it safe. If you need an owner's manual, here is the link: Where to find an owner's manual.
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2006 Honda Accord sedan short specifications

Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:

191.1 in (4854 mm)
107.9 in (2740 mm)
71.6 in (1819 mm)
57.2 in (1453 mm)

Seating capacity:


Cargo capacity:

14.0 cu. ft (396 L)

4-cylinder engine


2.4-liter 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC, Aluminum-Alloy In-Line 4
166 hp @ 5,800 rpm, 160 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

3.0-liter 24-Valve SOHC VTEC, Aluminum-Alloy V6
244 hp @ 6,250 rpm, 211 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

EPA Fuel Economy (US mpg, L/100 km):
2.4L, 4-cyl engine, 5-speed Manual trans.

2.4L, 4-cyl engine, Automatic trans.

3.0L, V6 engine, 6-speed Manual trans.

3.0L, V6 engine, Automatic trans.

city: 23 mpg (10.2 L/100 km)
hwy: 31 mpg (7.6 L/100 km)

city: 21 mpg (11.2 L/100 km)
hwy: 31 mpg (7.6 L/100 km)

city: 18 mpg (13.1 L/100 km)
hwy: 27 mpg (8.7 L/100 km)

city: 18 mpg (13.1 L/100 km)
hwy: 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km)

Recommended Fuel:

Regular Unleaded

Fuel Tank Capacity:

17.1 US gallons (64.7 liters)

Engine oil capacity:
Oil change, including filter:
2.4L 4-cylinder engine
3.0L V6 engine

4.4 US qt. (4.2L)
4.5 US qt. (4.3L)