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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
121,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
1999 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 122010

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


On occasion, in wet weather the car would not start. The engine would turn over but the starter and gas were out of sync. It would take a lot of patience and repetition to ignite the engine so to speak. Other times I resorted to squirting the system with WD 40. I took it to two repair shops more than once each at different times over the next couple years. Of course dry inside a shop they could not reproduce the problem. Eventually I had the plugs and wires replaced ($450). But after a year of no problems, three times in the past 10 days the problem reoccurred. #$%^&*()

- , Lexington, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 172007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I have paid over $500 since 12/24/06 to find out what is wrong with my 1999 Honda Accord. It doesn't start when it is rainy/wet/damp; I had a tune up, new points/plugs and a new cap/wires and removed the car starter and nothing has worked; It is like the ignition is locking my key as to say you are stealing the car. There is a flashing green light that shows a key.

- , Troy, NY, US

problem #1

Jan 232006

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 93,000 miles

I have a 1999 Honda Accord LX coupe. I just got a remote car starter and all was okay UNTIL a rainy morning last week when the car would not turn over. I got a jump and it worked later that afternoon. A check was run on the computer with my battery, starter and alternator and they were fine. It has been fine until this morning, a 25 degree and snowy morning, when it took me 15 minutes to start it. Then it stalled and puttered, but I got it again.

I noticed that with the remote starter the temperature sits at the C until I start it regularly.

Is it the moisture? Is it the cold? Is it the remote starter? Is it in need of new wires? Please tell me why this is happening???

- , Auburn, NY, US

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