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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,946 miles
Total Complaints:
40 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (22 reports)
  2. new paint job or professional detailing (17 reports)
  3. had a new clear coat put on and buffed (1 reports)
1999 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

Oct 012009

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,500 miles


1999 honda accord paint on my silver car is aweful,everyone is talking about it and says they would not buy a honda if the paint is that bad. I've tried everything, it just gets worse. I need to know if there's a recall on this 1999 silver honda accord.

- , Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #19

Jan 112005

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

The coating of my car has been deteriorating for five years now and it looks quite awful. I believe it is the manufacturer's fault for the poor quality and I would like Honda to repaint my car.

- , Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

problem #18

Jan 012008

Accord EX-V6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,311 miles

Bought the 1999 Honda Accord V6 with dark green new, Paint started peeling a few years ago, and now is a mess all over. Took the car in to see if Honda would cover the paint peeling issue back when it first became evident, but they denied the request and wanted 3k for a complete repaint. Also had the transmission replaced several years ago which is the other main complaint on this car it seems. Honda, hope you're paying attention here!

- , Boulder, CO, USA

problem #17

Feb 022009

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


I have 199 Honda Accord. It had enough issues catalytic converter and few other parts where i wud have spent more than 2 K. Then i had this clear coat coming off issue. Its pretty embarrassing to drive around, and paint jobs are very expensive. And on top of it i also have Transmission issue, i have no idea how these cars get such good rating? Any one know? and if this is one of the best car then how good are other cars.

another annoying issue i had with this Accord v6 lx is the Steering, which is pretty tight compared to other cars. When i drove a v4 accord i felt more comfortable driving that.. I wont buy a Honda anymore ( bought a odyssey in 2003 thought). So much so for reliability.

- , Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #16

Sep 152008

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I, too, have a dark green 1999 Honda Accord with peeling clearcoat. I bought the car new in November 1998 and it looked good for many years, but in the last 2 years, the clearcoat peel has spread like a disease. Like most others have said, the peeling is located mainly on the roof and the trunk. The car only has 97000 miles on it and I am disappointed that it looks so terrible and is only going to get worse. I bought a Honda because they have such an excellent reputation, but their painting "ain't worth a flip"!

- , Powder Springs, GA, US

problem #15

Jun 012006

Accord EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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When the problem first appeared, Honda tried telling me it was from bird poop and the rain...too bad my car was garaged. They did however supply me with several small bottles of touch up paint. When it began to worsen, they offered to pay 25% of the cost to have it repainted at the dealership, which wanted a several thousand...ouch!!! Now it's so bad, and they won't cover any. Obviously this was a big problem with the "black current pearl" color cars (I have seen several others on the road with the same problem), and they should have recalled it. I have one good door, that had been hit the first week I bought the car and it must have been fixed with "good" paint. That just goes to show you that the original paint WAS BAD!!! Thanks a lot for nothing Honda. Bought three in the past...and zero in the future. Perhaps I should leave my car parked outside your dealerships to warn your potential customers!!!

- , West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #14

Jan 012007

Accord Coupe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


Although this car is runny well, it's very embarrassing to drive because of the horrible paint issue. I see other 1999 Honda Accord's driving around with the same issue. Why isn't Honda trying to make this right for us?

- , Hemet, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 312007

Accord EX Coupe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

The paint has deteriorated on this car over the past few years. At this point its completely embarrassing to drive. It still drives good but this car has been a real lemon. The transmission went out at around 100K miles and I had to re-build it and now its going out again at 180K miles. The A/C had to be replaced. The catalytic converter had to be replaced, radiator, all the motor mounts, and alot of other expensive repairs over the years. And now the paint is completely shot which I hear will cost between $1000 to $2000 for a good paint job. I was a loyal Honda buyer, this was my 4th Honda. I will never buy another one again. I've had to replace the A/C on every Honda I've owned. I guess its time to discover a new brand of car!

- , Fresno, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 092007

Accord DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

my 1999 accord blacl also has paint peeling problem

qwhy Dont Honda fix it????

- , Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #11

Oct 012007

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I am really disgusted at the paint job on my accord. We have had this car since it was brand new, 3 miles were on it when we bought it. It has been garage kept and washed and waxed regularly. The only problem is the same problem that most of the raisan, blue or green accords have and that is the clear coat comes off, turning a whitish color. Then eventually the paints is shed leaving the bare metal to rust. I have taken the problem to the local Honda dealership where they said, all we can do is give you 250 dollars towards having the repair done at our body shop. That was only after the Honda REp came from american Honda. The cost to repair just the flawed part is well over 1700 at the Honda dealership. From my experience with paint, the whole car will need to painted, not just one or two parts. Like most everyone else, it starts with the top of the car and gradually spreads on the top. The trunk is just now starting to show signs of damage. I have seen several MUCH MUCH worse than mine. As a matter of fact, when I went to the dealership, a friend of mine, whohas a 98 green one, went with me and we showed them both cars. By the way, Mine is blue. I think that is the only reason why they even offered 250 to help the cost of painting it. If anyone has luck with this problem, please let me know. I dont know about you but with the economy the way it is, I can't afford to have the car painted anytime soon.

- , Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #10

Jun 012007

Accord LX 2.4L Ulev

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


My black 99 accord car has the same problem. The paint peeled off on the trunk, roof and side of the rear windows on the passenger side. Looks really bad with those white blisters. I only bought the car last year with 100K on it. It looked absolutely fine then but the paint started peeling off within next few months. May be the guy hid it with some professional detailing or stuff. But whatever, too bad!! With so many similar complaints Honda must step in.

- , Manchester, CT, USA

problem #9

Jun 262006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 89,000 miles

It just looks tacky. I see alot of green Honda accord with this same problem... Other colors don't seem to have this occur. It also does not seem to happen with any other make of car that is around the same year. I clean and wax my car regularly, so this should not be happening.

- , Durham, NC, US

problem #8

Jul 212006

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I called Honda's customer service number shortly after noticing that the clear coat of my green 1999 Accord was peeling and getting worse quickly. The representative's friendly professional tone changed when I mention that my problem was paint related. I was read the standard corporate line that my warranty had expired and that Honda would not address any paint related problems. I told the representative that if I was aware of Honda's "we don't care about your problem attitude" I would have never purchase my 2004 Pilot. I am the original owner of both vehicles which are regularly hand washed and waxed. I have owned may cars, both American and foreign and never experienced this type of problem. My Honda experience has not been as care free as I had hoped. My Accord has be recalled several times and the Pilot once. If Honda's corporate stance does not change I will look at other car manufactures in the future.

- , Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 012006

Accord EX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My once beautiful Honda developed an atrocious case of the clearcoat coming off of the roof at first. Not thinking anything of it, I noticed the problem went away when the car was wet. OK, maybe its just some extra soap or something up there that I didn't rinse off. Then, it slowly start to spread to all of the leading edges of the car, and the high spots in general. Front of the hood? Yep.

Corners of the hood just above the lights? Yep.

Right under the windows on both doors? Yep.

I called in to Honda to voice my displeasure over having peeling clearcoat, and the paint underneath being exposed, and coming off very easily from the metal. No sooner did I say what my problem was, did the person on the other end of the line say 'Your paint warranty has expired. There is nothing we can do about it."

Goes to show you that Honda knows EXACTLY what this problem is, and wont do a damn thing about it.

Never again will I buy a Honda product. At this point, I'm about 15 minutes away from dousing it in gasoline and videotaping it for YouTube.

- , Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 102007

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have a raisin pearl (purple grayish) '99 Accord. The clear coat is peeling. It has actually been peeling for about 1 yr. now. At first, it was bearable, but it keeps getting worse. It looks really bad. I have noticed SEVERAL other '99 Accords with the same problem. Some of the others' peeling clear coat is way worse than mine. It seems as if there should have been a recall from Honda for this problem. It doesn't matter the color of the Accord, because I've seen all different colored Accords from 1999 that have this annoying clear coat peeling problem. Other than this, I like the car.

- , Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012005

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

The clearcoat is peeling on the roof, hood and trunk of my car. Everyone I know who has a car from this year is experiencing this problem. Has Honda helped anyone solve this problem or did you just have to pay to have it fixed on your own?

- , Hanover, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 222007

(reported on)

Accord EX-L 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

For Honda's top model in Accord in 1999, the clear coat is poor and coming off. Also the fake leather trim around the window sills is discoloring with a pale yellow tint instead of the gray. Has anyone got any satisfaction from Honda about this problem?? The paint color is dark purple and the car is very well cared for.

- , Stratford, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Oct 172007

(reported on)

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

I own a 1999 honda accord, dark purple in color. The clear coat is peeling on the hood, roof and trunk. I have three other friends with the same year, make and model accord who are also all have the same issue. Honda should really be responsible for this issue. I love my car, and have owned three hondas, but, should not be responsible for repainting. Has anyone had any luck with Honda?

- , Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 232007

(reported on)

Accord EX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My Accord is black and has the horrible paint delamination problem. I called American Honda in CA and was told to take by my local dealer and they would write a report and a regional Honda rep would review. So far no contact and the paint just gets worse. I had this happen to an Oldsmobile in 1990 and GM said take it wherever you want and we will pay 100%. This is the way Honda should be because unless this is resolved fairly I will never consider another one and I will share the POOR customer care Honda gave me. I have started noticing many cars like mine, so the problem is across the board. COME ON HONDA, DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 192007

(reported on)

Accord EX 2.0L 4cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

My car is green. The clear coat is peeling on the hood and trunk. Other than clear coat peeling... I love the car. Power steering pump makes bearing noise but keeps on working.. not leaking. Had to replace drivers side rear wheel bearings. Tire air pressure really makes a difference in steering pull. But has been a good car except for looks.

- , Strafford, NH, USA

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