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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,681 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #92

Apr 202016


  • 58,000 miles


Vehicle was stationary and in park. Vehicle intermittently will not start. When you put your foot on the brake pedal you hear a "click" and then push the "start" ignition button, the car does not crank, but the electrical instruments in the car cabin come on. Replaced batter and still have the same problem. Takes multiple attempts before vehicle will finally start. Vehicle started doing this at about the 33 month of ownership (I purchased it brand new). Vehicle had approximately 58,000 miles on it when it started having this problem. Vehicle continues to intermittently not start. Honda dealership can not find any faults or codes. Dealership is unable to and un willing to troubleshoot until they can detect a code/fault or observe problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #91

Sep 192016


  • 65,000 miles
***happens when vehicle is parked and turned off*** this car has a "feature" that is not disclosed to customers upon purchase which can lead to a dangerous condition for property and the interior of the vehicle. If the key fob is placed in a pocket with keys (as everyone does), there is a combination of inadvertent button presses (specifically unlock / unlock / unlock) which causes all of the windows and the sunroof to open. This has lead to my car being soaked by having all the windows open during a rainstorm while I was inside my office (with the vehicle parked right outside - the key fob works from quite a far distance). It has also lead to my belongings being compromised due to all of the windows opening when I parked in the city and was sitting in a building with the keys in my pocket, among other times. When I returned to the selling dealer I was told that they were unaware of this feature and I should read the manual. It is not detailed in the manual and there is no way to disable it.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #90

Jun 152015


  • miles
2013 started having intermittent starting problems and I took it to the dealer where I bought the car and was told nothing wrong. I went to another dealer twice because the couldn't replicate the issue but on the 2nd time right before the warranty expire they were able to reproduce it and replaced the starter. Fast forward in less than 2000 miles and less than 1 year, I'm having the starting problems. There is no way that I should having these issues, I haven't taken the car in to diagnose the intermittent starting issues yet, but if the is bad again. I wish they could figure out if the starters are bad or what's causing the starter to fail prematurely

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #89

Sep 022016


  • 30,000 miles


Intermittent problems with starting engine. Dash lights come on, but starter does not engage. So far, has started after sometimes extensive operation of the shift lever. Has happened multiple times over the past year.

- Seagoville, TX, USA

problem #88

Sep 012016


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 10 mph, the power steering malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a tree. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The contact indicated that the failure previously occurred after the battery was recharged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that there was an electrical short in the dome light. The dome light was removed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #87

Aug 252016


  • 29,262 miles
My 2013 Honda Accord touring (29,262 miles) will not crank nor start. There has been no previous problems/warnings, just wouldn't start one morning. It's parked in my garage. I put a new battery in the key fob although the other one was working to see if that was the problem. When I press it the car unlocks as normal. The interior & exterior lights comes on and the directions of how to start the car still show. The car is in park, I put my foot on the brakes & press the start/stop button. There is a slight beeping sound and a few lights showing in the dash, but it won't start. When I press the button again the accessory mode comes on as normal. The radio plays, my phone connects, the navigation system works, lights works fine, etc. When I press it once to turn it off, all the lights in the dash light up, the ac comes on, & all the pre-programmed warning lights come on one by one with a beep. Finally I press it one final time to turn it off. So everything works fine, it just won't start. This leads me to conclude that the starter has gone out like multiple complaints I've read. I'm currently waiting for the dealer to verify that. After only 3 years & 29,000 miles, I should not be having these problems. And I definitely should have to pay $700-$800 which is estimated starter replacement cost.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #86

Aug 012016


  • 35,000 miles


I am the 1st owner of my Accord.the issue occurs with the car being stationary and parked in a driveway, parking lot or on a street. With in the last two weeks I started having problems with starting my car. I would turn the key the dash and all associated parts would light up but the engine would not start. The battery was fine. It would take 3 turns of the key to get it started. Took it to the dealership today 8/17/16 and they diagnosed it with a bad starter. The cost of the repair is $900-$1000. The car has 35000 and I have owned it for 3 years.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #85

Aug 012016


  • 50,000 miles
Push start failure my car had 50000 miles on it when it started having trouble with the push start button. It did it once a week sometimes and eventually happened every time I tried to start the car. I took it to a mechanic and they were unable to pin point the problem. The starter checked out ok but since they could not find any other problem, they replaced the starter and kept the original incase I continued to have the problem they could return the original and give me my money back. It's been two weeks and so far I havent had the problem anymore. Only time will tell.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #84

Aug 162016


  • 55,000 miles
The starter in my 2013 Honda Accord coupe failed after only 3 years and 55,000 miles. The car would not start when I pressed the push to start button and would finally turn on after numerous attempts. This went on for 3 weeks until the car would no longer start.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #83

Jul 212016


  • 56,000 miles
Go to start my car and lights and ac work fine. The engine does not want to turn over and takes several attempts sometimes and other times it starts right off. The battery is only two months old and the dealer said it was the starter which is going to cost me $700!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the. Dealer said that this is way too early for a starter to go out on a 3 year old car with 550 miles on it. I have researched this and have found there are hundreds of people across the U.S. having this same exact issue. This needs the upmost immediate attention as this is a very costly and detrimental issue and some of us have no money to fix this!!! this must be dealt with now before lawsuits start happening!

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #82

Aug 012016


  • 57,742 miles


The key turns over but engine does not crank

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #81

Jun 302016


  • 52,031 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine failed to start and the navigational system failed intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition electrical system caused the battery to drain. The navigational electrical system failed to operate due to battery failure. The dealer replaced the battery and the starter assembly; however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle failed to start and the navigational system continued to fail. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 52,031.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #80

Jul 152016


  • 28,250 miles
While driving 7/15/16 the electric steering warning indicator light went on, and the steering wheel became impossible to turn or steer until it finally ceased to turn (total time for complete loss of steering capability was less than 1 min.). I was driving on a 4-lane city street traveling at about 45mph. I turned the vehicle off for about 3 mins. And then restarted it. The indicator light was off and the steering worked fine. I immediately drove to a Honda dealership who told me the car is probably fine as it had a software update installed 9 mos. Ago and if it happens again I should bring the car in for replacing the steering box. I requested a note be made in my car repair history. They did not provide me with any paperwork.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #79

Jul 142016


  • 32,000 miles
My 2013 Honda Accord ex-L has been having intermittent starting problems (push button start). This starting happening approximately three weeks ago. Yesterday, July 14, 2016, the car would not start at all. This is not a car battery issue because all electrical components are working, I.e. radio, dash lights, horn etc. This also is not a key fob battery issue because the key fob still locks and unlocks the door. Car was taken to the Honda dealership to have problem diagnosed and repaired. This car is still under the original manufacturer's warranty, car is less than 3 years old and has a little over 32,000 miles.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #78

Jul 052016


  • 51,000 miles
2nd time having the fcw failed issue. Dash lights up like a christmas tree. Traction and sluggish response to foot on pedal. Makes me nervous to drive. Cost me a ton to fix the first time, I'm sure they will charge me again. Reading online I am not alone. This is extremely dangerous.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #77

Jun 212016


  • 48,425 miles
Starter motor had progressive premature failure. Began having problems with car not starting about a month ago. Loud click, all dash lights would come on, but no crank or start. Eventually would not re-start and left car stranded. Car started with jumper cables. Dealer diagnosed starter failure. Vehicle is 2-1/2 years old with 49,845 miles. Dealer did not offer warranty repair. Cost for replacement was $724.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #76

Jun 192016


  • miles
I went to crank my car, which was perfectly fine yesferday, and it wont turn over and there are several lights on and clicking and blinking. I thought it might be the battery and tried to jump it off and nothing changed. A symbol that looks like a steering wheel and exclamation point, low tire light, brake light, and skid control symbols were all on.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #75

Jun 112016


  • 68,000 miles
My 2013 Accord sport has been intermittently starting for months when stationary. I changed the battery to a stronger cranking one and it did not fix it although now it will start eventually after several tries. I have tested the alternator and it passed. Next is the starter but Honda changed its location and placed it under the motor. I submitted links from a Honda forum to this website documenting many others having the same issue whether they drive LX, ex, or sport. Cvt manual it doesn't seem to matter. I have not replaced the starter and think it should be recalled if that's the issue. There are youtube videos also popping up with 2013 Accord not starting.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #74

May 302016


  • 46,000 miles
This issue stared last week I didn't think too much on this but as the days goes on it take longer for me to start my car and me day I have to stop at lease 2 to 4 times to get the car to start. As I continue to search online to see what was the issue I am seeing more and more of this problem of what I am having. My car has been parked and there is no wires connected to the car to drain the battery, I have change both my car battery in my key battery already. This is very annoying I've been using Honda for many years now and I never had this problem. With my other pass Honda I would have to turn the key.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #73

May 142016


  • miles
2013 Honda Accord sport is starting to have starting problems, sometimes engine doesn't turn over when first turning the key. And from what I have read on this site it sounds like it is progressively going to get to the point of having to replace the starter, not happy I was hoping on having a reliable car.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

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