Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,460.00
Average Mileage:
134,594 miles
Total Complaints:
52 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (24 reports)
  2. replace it (11 reports)
  3. estimate to rebuild transmission (6 reports)
  4. transmission had to be rebuilt (6 reports)
  5. keep up on your transmission fluid (2 reports)
  6. issue is on clutch burn due to bad maintenance. replacement (1 reports)
1999 Honda Accord transmission problems

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Jul 022010

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

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

I hate Honda!, you can gauge my frustration levels by now...I go onto road preying god help me no one hit me from behind..my transmission behaves sooo erratic that i don't know when is stops and makes hugeeeeeeeeeeee noise and hardly moves an inch :( .

It all started with Tran fluid leakage from the CV-Tran joint. Then i replaced the seals on both ends of Tranny-CV joints....result waste of money and time. Fluid kept leaking...I took it to local Honda Dealer, they simply suggested for Tranny replacement for $4000 and a complaint to Honda. Honda never cared, as they think 99 model got a GOOD tranny:( I cannot afford to pay 4000$ at this point in time, as I recently undergone ACL surgery and still getting number of bills running in thousands :(

I don't understand why this curse(Honda) happen to me?

- , Decatur, GA, USA

problem #31

Mar 122007

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,417 miles

It has been over 3 years since this happened, but I just became aware of this website. Obviously, it was a big disappointment for me to buy (what I thought was) a "good, reliable" car at 49,000 miles, only to have to pay $2,000 more for a new transmission at 100,000 miles. All Honda could say about their great reputation was "it is out of warranty." It has made me skeptical of future Honda products. I also have a friend with the same vintage model who had to have his transmission replaced.

- , Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 112006

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Car first started slipping going from first to second and has progressively gotten worse. My mechanic said it's a known issue with this model. I also have a friend that had the same car and had to have her transmission replaced then the new one failed too. So, we've just been waiting for this one to fail and I believe it's going to be any day now. The car revs so high sometimes before it changes I only get about 17 mpg. This is my 3rd accord and I've never had this kind of problem.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #29

Feb 052010

Accord EX 2.2L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

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

It's really been a constant problem. Going to and from work is like will i make to work. By the time it's time to leave i wonder if I'm going to make it home. I'm now running into the problem of it not starting. I know you all understand i don't know how I'll get the money to fix this problem. After hearing all the other stories i don't have the finance to go through what some of you have gone through. The constant stalling and jerking of my car has drained me. Emotionally. I'm at my wits end.The transmission slips bad in 1st and 2nd gear when I'm at a light and take off it rev's up high and i pray i made it through the light Honda please help us we love your cars but this is crazy after spending all the money to buy the car.

- , Hesapeake, VA, USA

problem #28

Dec 012009

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

A FEW MONTHS AGO MY TRANSMISSION STARTED LAGGING ON THE SHIFTING A LITTLE. ONLY WHEN ITS COLD AND ONLY THE FIRST TWO GEARS. IT WAS SMOOTHER WHEN THE TRANSMISSION WARMED UP. A FEW DAYS AGO WHEN I WAS ENTERING THE FREEWAY, IT SLIPPED AND REVVED UP TO 5000 RPM. THEN SHIFTED BACK. DIDN'T THINK MUCH TILL I EXITED AND THEN IT STARTS. REVVING UP TO 3000-4000 BEFORE IT KICKS INTO THE NEXT GEAR. I TRIED TO TAKE IT TO THE SHOP TODAY AND I BARELY MADE IT THERE. IT JUST REV AND DIDN'T WANT TO GO UNTIL I SHIFTED IT TO FIRST GEAR THEN SECOND AND THIRD. SOMETIME I SHIFT TO SECOND AND IT JUST REVVED UP AND NOT GO. THEN I HAVE TO SHIFT IT TO THIRD OR FOURTH. ANYWAYS THE MECHANIC SID ITS A BAD TRANSMISSION AND ITS GOING TO COST ABOUT $1500 FOR A REBUILT AND INSTALL. I HEARD ABOUT THE 99-02 ACCORD V6 HAVING THIS PROBLEM ALL THE TIME BUT MAN THIS IS LIKE 10 OUT OF 10 CARS.. THATS BAD.

- , Westminster, CA, USA

problem #27

Mar 112010

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

Honda transmission is worthless.....................................................................................................................................................................

- , Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #26

Jun 052008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,645 miles

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

Been a great car love but honda needs to recall on the paint and transmissions does anyone no how we can do this

- , Aguanga, CA, USA

problem #25

Jul 072009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I bought the car new on 1999 from John Eagle Honda Houston i had no problems, but its far away from my home so i needed to took it to Gillman Honda Houston because its closer to where i live, so around 2005 when i did the transmission regular service the mechanic accidentally messed up the treatment on the transmission bolt causing the leaking and until a few weeks the fluid ran out and the transmission started slipping and i had to brought back to the dealer. i had it fixed for free cause it was the dealers fault but yet when its done i had to come back the next day cause it was making a noise and they had to check it. they were also was very kind giving me a rental car for 2 days. But my problem did not stop there. a few days ago my transmission suddenly started slipping again and i only have 80k on it and i always service the car to the dealer since new. and the first problem was maybe 40k and the dealer caused it. So i went back to the dealer pay for diagnostic $75 and they said i need to replace it and should cost me $3100. so i explained everything that its been replaced before by them, but they said they didn't have the records and im still looking for my receipt. they said they're probably gonna give some breaks if i can show the receipt. First i dont understand why they didnt have the records there, second it looks like they wanna make it that the dealer never made a mistake so i told them i will try to find the receipt and also try to find any records about my car so we can solve the situation cause i really need the car

Update from Aug 12, 2009: On august 12 finally i got the verdict aftermore than a month of waiting and calling American honda and Gillman honda which is still unsatisfy me. The still want me to pay $2100 instead of $3400 hundred, which is to high for me to pay their mistake and thats it, and its only good for 30 days. So what i think maybe its time to let go to owning a honda vehicle, and its my 3rd honda which is my favavorite brand, i guess not anymore cause the were not loyal to their customer and always belaming on the age of the car if something happen even though u not driving that much. In that case American honda should trade me the new car then every 3 years ill be glad to eccept it, if u can not drive it more than that.

Update from Sep 21, 2009: In refrence of my car transmission problem witch accured on the mileage 65k, then start slipping again at mileage 80k, I found out that Gillman honda didnt replaced it with the remanufactured by honda instead overhouled the same transmission outside dealership. And i reported to Honda corp. that they not supposed to do that, for a warranty reason. And Honda corp. been try to contact the dealership im back and foward to contact honda to make sure they need to look after their deaslership service management, if its not fix im probaby gonna take a legal action with Honda and the dealership because its clear they didnt used honda product. So people out there just becarefull when you fix your car in the dealeship make sure its cover by honda, and if not you need to fight for it.

Update from Sep 25, 2009: So in conclusion after 2 months or so waiting i have to file a law sue agains Honda corp. and Gillman honda houston so for you people out there BEWARE WHEN YOU BRING YOUR HONDA VEHICLE SERVICE TO HONDA DEALERSHIP MAKE SURE HONDA 100% WARRANTY THE PARTS AND LABOR BECAUSE IF YOU NOT THEY GONNA BLAME IT ON YOUR SELF BECAUSE YOU NOT REALLY CHECKING IT EVENTHOUGH THE PROBLEMS FIXED AT THAT TIME.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #24

Jun 012009

Accord LX 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 169,000 miles

I, like many others, have had to replace the transmission in my 1999 honda accord, but after replacing i learned from my mechanic that my trans fluid was extremely low and burnt, after i had my trans rebuilt he said to avoid the problem occurring again its best to check my trans fluid about once a month, my new transmission has lasted 94000 miles and i have not had one problem with it. and it runs great.

- , Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 222009

Accord LX 4 cyl V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

have owned three honda's previous to this one. one civic that had complete engine failure at 125,000 miles had to replace it. one was wrecked and the other sold.bought this honda used, with 123,000 miles fairly reasonable. driven it for two years, and do regular tune ups and oil and filter changes. and have had to replace the ignition because of failure and now the transmission is slipping. I have no reverse at all, made it hard to park on the street.been caught in some pretty bad situations cuz a girl has to go to work. it jerks between first and second and only rev's up the rpm's between 3rd and 4th. we are replacing this with another used transmission for 900$ cuz we can't afford to purchase a new one.thought honda's were supposed to last 200,000 plus miles.??? ha ha never have seen that yet.

- , Albany, OR, USA

problem #22

Sep 032008

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

I have a slipping transmission; first and second gear are not working properly, and it doesn't fully go in to reverse.

- , Nassau, NE, Bahamas

problem #21

Jan 012009

Accord Coupe V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

My Honda Accord has a transmission that slips between 1st and 2nd when I come to a near complete stop and then accelerate. I had it flushed, but it didn't do much. When my Oldsmobile did this years ago, someone replaced the "diaphragm" for next to nothing.

Any suggestions?

- , Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #20

Feb 112009

Accord 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

I have only had the car for 1200 miles since i purchased it and the dealer i bought it from will not help me cause he said that i drove it 1,000 miles. Can the slipping be electrical as i had gotten from a mechanic ity could be.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #19

Dec 312008

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles

Have a 1999 Honda Accord 4cyl. with automatic transmission. Problem is having slipping in transmission, Started out just slight slips in early am on way to work, changed out fluid and seemed to get better. Then all of a sudden last night after driving like 200 miles the engine check light came on and like 3 min later transmission started slipping out and in gear while in 4th (overdrive) I slowed down and manually shifted it into 3rd and seemed ok until like a mile later it started slipping in and out of gear ( jerking badly ) I had to slow down to like 35mph and drive in 2nd gear for like 10 miles. Now car seems like it will not go into 3rd or 4th gear. I have no clue as of right now what the problem is? I am going to try and research this and look into tonight --- any suggestions???

- , Church Road, VA, USA

problem #18

Oct 012008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I have a 1999 Honda Accord EX V6 with an automatic transmission. The first signs of a problem transmission appeared shifting from reverse to drive, as the car would almost thud into drive. This was the only problem until October 2008, when I approached 110,000 miles. The transmission then showed signs of slipping when shifting from third to fourth gear. It was exhibited by the car revving well past 5,000 RPM and then shifting to fourth once I stepped off of the gas. Now that winter is approaching, the transmission shows the same slipping signs going from first to second gear when the car is cold. If the cost, as quoted by many on the site, is between $2,000 - $4,000 for a transmission replacement, is it really worth it to replace the transmission or simply get a different car?

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #17

Oct 202008

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Another 1999 Honda Accord V6 transmission issue at 115K. I too thought these cars were suppose to last until I read this blog. Car engine light went on, Honda dealer said $3K to replace transmission, gasped, changed the trans oil instead and, a week later it went on again....we were going to "run the car into the ground" as the economy sucks now, before replacing the car...and thought that would be at 200K miles or so - we were so wrong....no more Honda's for this family...any suggestions???....I think I will just keep driving it until it conks out and needs to be towed somewhere for a merciful death.

- , Deerfield, IL, USA

problem #16

Aug 302006

Accord Coupe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

This transmission problem resulted in my rear ending an SUV when my car lurched forward while stopping (foot off the accelerator). It also was misdiagnosed by my Hinda dealer, mishandled by my local mechanic and ultimately required a rebuilt tranny. Honda wanted $4,500 to replace this tranny and the best quote I received on the rebuilt unit was $2,500 for the part alone. This tranny cannot be dealer serviced on any level aside from changing the fluid. The filter and all other components are sealed. I have owned Honda's noth Accords and Civics since 187 with over 500,000 miles cumulative and this is the worst experience I have ever had with a manufacturer. Check out my other complaints about the ignition.

- , Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #15

Jun 012007

Accord EX 3.0L V-Tech V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

Well I am almost positive that I need a new transmission. I have heard from a few reliable sources that the 99 and 2000 V6 Honda accord models are bad from failure and transmission problems. And I cannot afford the almost or more than 2000$ nor will I replace the transmission. Okay I have noticed jerking when in lower gears,, moving from fist to second. When I let off the gas to slow down it will alot of times make a grabbing,, or stuck, and jerky movement then rev down to another gear. Its like it has a mind of its own sometimes. Its almost like it gets stuck in certain gears, and then a JERK and a noise like KERPLUNK and this is when it automatically shifts up or down gears. I have had a few things done due to engine revving while in any gear but drive, and that symptom is gone.

- , Maiden, NC, USA

problem #14

Mar 202008

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

my accord starts slipping between 1st and 2nd; take it to the dealer. they say NEEDS A NEW AUTO TRANSMISSION...$2800. this car has been routinely serviced ONLY thru Honda dealers. told them to have Honda of north America pay for it...trans should NOT go out that fast on a Honda. Honda NA said they'd pay 1/2. still not sure if i should do this...

- , Leawood, KS, USA

problem #13

Apr 022008

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

This is my 3rd Honda Accord and the first time I have experienced any major problems. This first Honda (1991) was totaled in an auto accident, the second Honda (1994)was stolen and demolished. I have always bragged to my friends/family about owning a Honda, until now. I am very disappointed in this transmission problem. I have yet to have it fixed and am weighing my options. After reading the questions listed, I realized I am not in this boat alone. If there is a class action lawsuit, I will definitely be included. I'm not sure if I will ever purchase a Honda Accord again!!!

- , Orangeburg, SC, USA

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