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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 1999 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, engine shuts off while driving, & peeling paint. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

Engine stalling while driving in the 1999 Accord is typically caused by a defective ignition switch -- inexpensive to repair (under $200) but dangerous.

Peeling paint has also been an issue for these Accords. Most of the complaints are with darker paint colors -- especially green & blue.

6.5

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$153.00
Average Mileage:
97,125 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. bad ground due to loose bolt under passenger seat (1 reports)
  3. changed power lock motor actuator (1 reports)
1999 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 162013

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 204,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Have to manually lock doors with hand, it doesn't lock with key or pushing lock button.

- , Elkhorn City, KY, USA

problem #3

Feb 192005

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles

The electrical door locks failed not long after I bought this used Accord. I really haven't had a very good experience (overall) with this car.

- , Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 122008

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

out of the blue one day the car's driver side power lock wouldn't work. just the night before it worked and i didn't notice any warnings of it either. i could hear it, but it didn't do anything, only it opened the passenger's side door. i had to lock it with the key. i had first thought it was my alarm's battery. i took it to a shop on mission and the guy told me it needed the motor and recommended it from the dealership. i purchased it for $36.65 and paid the guy $35 to have it installed. i haven't had any problems with it ever since. this car out of the blue, always has something that needs to be fixed. (transmission, starter, egr port, power lock, motor mounts.) but the car is working fine now. it's dec. 2008

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162003

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 42,000 miles

Since 2001, my Accord has had intermittent electrical problems. In April of 2001, while still under warranty, we brought the car into the service center because the power door locks stopped functioning. The problem was that the issue was intermittent. Hit a bump, slam the door, and they might start working again. Because of this, the maintenance people were not able to reproduce the problem. For a while, the problem subsided, but then started again. We brought the car back in to the shop in September of 2001. The car was still under warranty, but, being an intermittent problem, they werenít able to reproduce the problem. I believed at the time that this wasnít a big deal, because surely Honda would fix the problem if it were to reappear again, since there was documentation of the issue happening twice while under warranty.

We brought the car into the shop in August 2002, after being assured that the service would be covered. This was not true, as the service coordinator called us up and said, ďIíll have to charge you $75 to look at thisĒ. It was only after the charge that they said that they were still having issues in finding the problem, and it could be several more hours of $75/hour to locate the source of the electrical problem. Mind you, by this time, the door locks didnít work, the car stereo didnít work, the map lights didnít work. I found that by opening the right vanity mirror, the radio would work, but only if you didnít turn on your headlights. When you turned on the headlights, no power for anything!

I contacted Honda of America at this point, and was told that I would have to pay for the diagnostic fee to figure out what was wrong with the car, and then Honda would decide whether to cover the issue.

I brought the car into Honda of Tempe on November 1st of this year. They removed my car stereo, my trailer hitch, and my auto alarm. After many hours of searching, they found that the problem was a poor ground, caused not by any of the aftermarket equipment, but because a bolt had backed out under the passenger seat! I felt happy knowing that the problem was solved, and that it was a quality issue which would surely be covered.

Unfortunately, Honda of America told the dealer that they would cover the replacement of the BOLT! Honda of America would not cover any of the diagnostic fees, or cover the re-installation of my equipment back into my car.

So, in summary, I have now paid $235 to find a problem that was an obvious quality issue, dealt with in-operable door locks, radio, map lights, etc. on and off over two years, been without a car for my wife and children for 5 days while it was serviced, and received the car back from the dealer with no radio, the alarm and wires in a bag, and my trailer signals disconnected.

I sent a letter to the President of Honda of America, and got a reply back from the same "customer service" rep that had stonewalled me from the beginning!

Honda's service sucks, and I am never buying another. Toyota here I come!

- , Gilbert, AZ, USA

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