In 2003 Honda introduced the new version of their world beating mid-sized Accord sedan, the seventh generation for North American consumption. It maintained the same understated looks, unquestionable reliability, and excellent value as the previous Accords, but there was a new Sheriff in town — the 2-door EX version which now (for the first time) combined the slick 6-speed manual gearbox with Honda’s 3 liter V6. Find this 2003 Honda Accord V6 Coupe 6-Speed offered for $6,600 in Capitola, CA via craigslist. Seller submission from Tim.
The EX-V6 Accord combined the close ratio 6-speed manual from Acura’s CL coupe with the J30A4 V6 to create a vehicle that looked sedate but was far from slow and boring. The EX-V6 with the 6-speed will hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds — while hardly record breaking, it was a big step up from the leisurely pace of a slushbox 4-banger equipped Accord sedan.
The J30A4 is a 3.0 liter DOHC V6 equipped with a 3-step version Honda’s variable valve timing (VTEC) that pushes out 240 horsepower and 212 ft-lbs of torque. The J30 was on Ward’s 10 Best Engine list in 2003 and they are known to last for hundreds of thousands of miles.
A quick look inside confirms the manual shifter and clutch pedal, but otherwise this looks like any other Honda from the early 2000s, which have survived the years nicely.
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