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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
201,399 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
1999 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 142015

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles


Front Sub-Frame rusted out right below the A/C condenser drain. Honda will not admit that the A/C drain location is the issue, but the drivers side of the car's Sub-Frame is practically rust free. I've always liked Honda products, but this has me thinking that this may be my last Honda that I'll own. Corporate greed is getting in the way of a very series design flaw that's a great safety issue. Honda, do the right thing and recall these cars before someone is seriously hurt or killed.

- , Cedarburg, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 012014

Accord Coupe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 297,000 miles

This problem was brought to my attention by my mechanic and I had it verified by another mechanic who as advised me that the sub-frame is rusted and I should consider retiring the vehicle. That's a shame given that the body is in decent shape except for the doors that have started to rust and that I was considering to change. I love the style of the vehicle and was hoping to keep it for some time in the future.

- , Orleans, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Dec 012009

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,198 miles

I was advised by the Honda service people that the subframe was rusted to the point the vehicle is unsafe to drive .It sure smells like a defect to me. I purchased this vehicle new and have had it serviced regularly . Apparently between the last oil change ( 3 mos. ago ) and this one all this rust out happened ??. Has anyone else experienced this problem. I have heard of cars thirty years old that have a gazillion miles on them and are still on the road!! I thought it was only the big three that built crappy cars

- , camlachie, ontario, Canada

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