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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.

9.5

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,357.00
Average Mileage:
116,763 miles
Total Complaints:
33 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. transmission replaced or rebuilt (24 reports)
  2. not sure (9 reports)
1999 Honda Accord transmission problems

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jun 022013

Accord Leather 3.0 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 234,000 miles

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

I have a 95 accord that is so beat up but runs like a champ. My daughter bought the 99 accord, got it on the rd n the same day left us stranded. Luckly i had towing bar n 94 chevy truck to tow it. Upon research we found transmission was toast. Come to find out the shifting solenoids go bad from having the wrong transmission fluid. Its now sept 2nd n im get'n ready to find out if the used transmission is good. The car had 234k miles but very clean. When i finaly got transmission the shifting solenoid was broken off which is ok cuzz it needed a new one anyway. We'll see! I shall post another report soon.

- , Windsor, PA, USA

problem #32

Jan 162013

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 204,000 miles

Started whining loud in reverse then reverse quit working but whining sound got louder even does the sound a lot of times in park when starting til you knock into drive to sit still in a parking lot running motor you gotta shove in drive for a sec then put in neutral then pull the parking brake or you can't stand the sound. Now not only do I not have reverse but drive gears are now shifting hard and its slipping bad.

- , Elkhorn City, KY, USA

problem #31

Feb 142012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

Got a new 99 Honda drove fine first couple of days. As I press on the gas the car begins to shift very hard. Owned a 96 before and had no problems at all. Upset to find out that what I thought was a good quality car is really not.....at least this years model.

Honda should come on this website and see these reviews and do something about this problem.

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #30

Jul 112012

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

I would say it's been at least 25k miles from when the transmission exhibited problems till when the car became undrivable.

At first, downshifting would result with a kick into gear sometimes screeching the front wheels.

Eventually, upshifting became slow and inconsistent. It would hold 1st gear longer. Gears would feel like it's slipping and hesitant to go into the next. When it does go into gear, it does it with a violent punch.

I was not aware there was a recall on this issue until it's too late. I held off repair until it became necessary trying to defer that cost. I was foolishly under the impression and assumed that Honda can't be this bad. My family and I have been Honda loyal since the 80s. This has changed all that. Seriously considering Kia. If it's going to have similar long term costs, why pay extra for a Honda?

- , Glendale, CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 192012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

I bought a Honda Accord 1999 on craigslist from a private party. I car had 111.7k miles on it. I test drove it on the freeway. I also took it to a mechanic and got it inspected. The report was perfect. I bought the car.

Less than 3 weeks later, the car just suddenly stopped yesterday, and the engine oil light came on. It just wouldnt reverse. The drive just about worked, so I got someone to help push the car to reverse it. The drive also wouldn't work well. The transmission suddenly seems to be stuck in only one gear...the RPMs hit 3000 but the car was still only at 25mph. And to make things worse, it stopped pulling right in the middle of the road! I had to switch it on, put my parking lights, and turn it on again.....Luckily, I was at the traffic light, and the cars weren't in speed behind me.

Somehow I took it to a mechanic and left it there. It was a nightmare. The estimate for the repairs underway is 2k from a local mechanic.

I am really disappointed with all the hype around Honda. And its disgusting to think people on Craigslist can stink when it comes to selling their cheap cars by hook or by crook.

- , Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #28

Jan 192012

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

first i'll start off by saying this is not my vehicle. it belongs to a friend of mine who bought it used 2 years ago. he was having a problem with momentary lack of pressure starting in gears during acceleration. we pulled the transmission to find the fluid was burnt, a few clutches were burnt (input and second clutch friction discs), and friction material from the burnt clutches everywhere. he never checked his fluid levels until the problem occurred and it was well past too late. i understand that not everyone has the funds to keep up with all general the upkeep that a vehicle needs (ie. how many people know its recommended to has your shocks and struts replaced every 50 - 75k miles?) and some people just dont know how to check things themselves. i have personally owned numerous hondas and i would never complain as much as ive seen on here. yeah if youre buying a used vehicle you run the risk of fixing someone elses problems but did you check the right things or ask the right questions when you purchased it? chances are, no. and as far as complaining about putting 134,000 miles on a car and complaining about the torque converter needing replaced? get a grip. you think a grocery store will take back sour milk if you bought it new and brought it back 2 months later with half of it drank? seriously? you put wear on parts theyre going to need replaced. if you dont maintain the vehicle like it says in your manual, parts will need replaced a lot sooner. i stand behind honda vehicles. for instance, the 87 crx si i just sold has just over 105k miles on it. i kept up with the maintenance, i raced the car around everywhere, i even towed 2 vehicles with that tiny thing, and i guarantee itll pull away from a stop light just as hard as it did brand new. to sum this up, my complaint is the complaints of others trying to blame people for their own mistakes. if you dont know what to look for when buying a used vehicle, take it to a known trustworthy mechanic and get their opinion PRIOR to buying the vehicle.

- , Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

problem #27

Apr 252011

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

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

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Well now the car that I love so much is completely out of comission because now it wont go in reverse, over drive, 3rd, 2nd, or 1st so needlessto say I have to either buy a new transmission for anywhere from $1,300 to $1,500 or have one rebuilt for around $1,000 and there is no guarantee that 40,000 miles down the road I wont have the exact same problem and be out another couple grand.

I dont know about every body else but my husband and I have 3 wonderful kids and its not cheap taking care of them thats one of the main reasons we always bought hondas because they get good gas mileage and usually go for ever with very little problems my very first honda I ever bought was a 92 accord when I was in high school ans it had 320,000 miles on it when it finally gave up but this sh*t is outrageous I might have to find a new fav car :(

- , Bluff City, TN, USA

problem #26

May 292011

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 235,000 miles

Purchased 99 Honda accord v6 in 2007. One owner car. Im second owner. All maintenance done on schedule. On 5/29/11 transmission failed. I called Honda they said "We know about the situation and we're investigating the issue. We're not going to do anything about your transmission."

I have taken good care of my Accord V6. The transmission should not have failed. I was stranded on the interstate with my four small children. Then had to pay $350 for the tow home. I am a loyal Honda owner. This is my fourth Honda. I have never had major mechanical issues with any of my Hondas. Honda admitted there is a known problem AND there's a class action lawsuit.

FIX MY FREAKING CAR HONDA!!!

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #25

Sep 052010

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

1999 honda accord transmission, v6 auto, why is it that honda is not correcting this problem My granddaughter was left sitting on the side of the road at 11 p.m. alone with a deposit for the company she works for. You know that it just stop working. I have noticed since i started researching this car, That honda has had problems with this transmission in every year model so its not just the car, It is the transmission itself. So what are the consumers supposed to do, There is no one making honda step up and fix this problem, We have already replaced one transmission in this model and now here is the second one gone out, what is going on with this transmission? Now she is without a car, which mean she may lose her job, because of no transportation. We purchased the honda because of their history as being dependable, and low maintenance, No problems,

Will that has turn out to be a lie, We have had more problems with this model, than any other car we have owned.

- , Fort Lawn, SC, USA

problem #24

Aug 042010

Accord EX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

MY HUSBAND AND I WAS OUT OF TOWN ON VACATION WHEN THE CAR SUDDENLY STALLL WE WERE ON A VERY BUSY ROAD MAY I ADD PRIOR TO THIS MY CAR WAS IN TIP TOP CONDITION NOT PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER. TOOK THE CAR TO AND AUTO SHOP TO GET TO CAR CHECKED OUT THE AUTO GUY CAME BACK TO US ABOUT AND 1HR LATER SHAKING HIS HEAD AND SAY THAT THE TRANSMISSION IS GONE I DID NOT HAVE SIGNS AT ALL THE AUTO GUY DID ADD THAT 1998-2003 HAVE THE WORST PROBLEMS WITH THE TRANSMISSION IS. I AM MAD AS HELL THE ONLY CAR THAT I HAVE HAVE PUT ME DOWN NOT TO MENTION THE VACATION WAS RUINED AS WELL

- , Charleston, SC, USA

problem #23

Aug 052009

Accord DX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

These hondas are all junk, they always break, why do people like them so much? I had transmission failure. there not made like they used to be

- , Sd, CA, USA

problem #22

May 132006

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Engine check light came on at 55,000 miles. New transmission was put in it at dealer in May 2003. Now, another 55,000 miles later, that transmission is failing. Test drove with Dealer tech and he said "tranny (transmission) was bad and had numerous symptoms. When replaced, he expects that a new replacement should last a long time. When getting on the highway on ramp, as it accelerates, instead of up shifting, it down shifts and nose dives." Contacted Honda Customer service and they said it's way out of warranty. I'm so pissed that a bad transmission was put in after the first transmission failed! Now, I'm stuck with a worthless pile of metal.

- , Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 212009

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles

FRIEND HAD SAME CAR HE WENT THROUGH 2 TRANSMISSIONS, I BOUGHT MINE KNOWING ABOUT THE PROBLEM CAUSE HIS AND EVERY TECHNICIAN TOLD US SO... BUT ITS NICE AFTER ITS FIXED... ESPECIALLY MINE. IT LOOKS CLEAN. SO ANY WAYS, IF YOU WANT A 1999 HONDA ACCORD YOU BETTER HAVE SOME CHIPS STACKED UP IN YOUR ACCOUNT OR AT HOME. YOU'RE GONNA REPLACE THE TRANNY WITHIN NO TIME

- , Tuc Town, AZ, USA

problem #20

Jun 102009

Accord LX 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I bought this car used from a little old lady from Pasadena. The car appeared in great shape--69,000 miles, no body rust--and all the maintenance records were in order. I got it home, got it registered, and on comes the check engine light. I brought it to the local mechanic, who put the computer on it, and the code PO740 was what he found. Before I even brought the car to the transmission shop, I had a chance to start my research, only to find out this was not going to be good. With this car, the transmission was not locking up in overdrive. After paying my $2500 bill for a car I haven't even owned a week, I find out this is a hugely recurring problem with the '99 Accords, and Honda isn't standing behind the problem until the 2000 line. IT'S THE SAME TRANSMISSION!

The main reason for buying this car was because of Honda's legendary reliability. I'm really starting to doubt that now...but I WILL pursue this with Honda of America.

- , Milton, Vermont, USA

problem #19

Nov 212008

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 225,000 miles

So I bought Honda Accord 99 5 days ago from a random person I found craigslist.

I took my friend mechanic and he checked the basic stuff and bought it for $2300. Even though it has a lot of mileage and it was in the deal that I had to do oil and tire change, I agreed with it because of the price.

After that, I had a small trouble with the key so that I took the car to the Honda dealer. I also had them check the car then. They told me all the small problems with the car, including the slight transmission slip. I was worried that I had to change the transmission and asked the mechanic. He said he could take a car around and see if its a serious problem or not, then he said it was all good, I didn't have to change transmission for at least a year.

So I was pleased then I took the car back, and today, 3 days later I took it to Honda, the car broke down while driving and I had to stop and take it to the repair shop. The transmission was dead and now I have to replace it for $1600. I dont know what to do. I honestly have no money and my parents are so mad at me for not being careful about buying a car.

- , Burbank, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 202008

Accord EX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

i bought this 1999 Honda accord new on may 17, 1999. this will be the fourth transmission in the car since i've owned it. the first one was replaced at around 50000. miles, Honda dealer would not warranty it. the second was replaced around 75000 miles after complaining to Honda for about 2 weeks. now, that transmission is bad, torque converter whine, not going into gear, and it lasted about 65000. apparently Honda transmissions are a required maintenance item. i am a certified ase technician with about 15 yrs experience, and this just amazes me. this is clearly a design flaw that Honda doesn't want to admit. i contacted Honda and they told me the warranty on a replaced transmission is 3 yrs or 36000 miles. i guess that is about the expected life of a Honda transmission. this is the second Honda i've owned, and the last one i will purchase.

- , Canton, OH, USA

problem #17

Feb 002007

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

The transmission in this car was replaced in Feb 2007, again around July 2007, then I gave the car to my son and replaced the transmission for him in 2008. Also, the check engine light came on all the time. There was a recall on an ignition switch in 2001?. I replaced this switch 3 times because mine didn't go out until 2007 and 2008 and Honda said "tough".

- , Conroe, TX, USA

problem #16

Apr 102008

Accord LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles

I always thought Honda accords had great reliability. This was until I purchased a 1999 Accord with a V-6 for my daughter. She's had the car about a year and a half. My daughter has kept fluids changed in the transmission and engine. About 6 months ago her transmission started jerking, and when the transmission moves into the next gear it has hesitation until it reaches a certain RPM. trans is consistently slipping.

We had a Honda dealer look at it and they claimed someone put the wrong fluid in it. Not the problem! These V-6 , 3.0 transmissions are all appearing to have the same troubles and the dealerships will make excuses, but will offer you a fluid change/filter cleaning for $75.00 to pacify you. This is not going to solve your problem, neither is blaming the last oil/ lube/filter place....Now I have to purchase a new transmission/rebuild maybe... for her to have transportation again...

- , Yakima, WA, USA

problem #15

May 072008

Accord EX V6 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

yea i don't even know what to say really i have spent more money on this tranny and it just never cooperates you know i don't understand how you can go through 3 trannys in one year and not be a nascar driver well bottom line this car is junk i wont be buying a honda with the money i dropped in this heap of poop i could have had a new benz or lexus

- , Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

problem #14

May 152008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

For over a year I have put up with the slipping from 1st to second gear. I took it to multiple transmission auto shops and nothing appeared on their little diagnostic tests. I was advised to drive it and I should be okay. So googled honda and transmission and realized I was not the only one with a lemon transmission. I thought I had made a great purchase when I bought my honda, I was wrong because the transmission went from slipping to dropped in one trip, in the middle of Boston. I am not sure if I will have it replaced, right now I am looking for a way to receive compensation from Honda for a piece of crap transmission for a car that is supposed to last for over 200,000 miles!!!

- , Durham, NH, USA

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