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
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,695 miles

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1999 Honda Accord electrical problems

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jun 012011


  • 230,000 miles


The contact owns a 1999 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10-50 mph, the vehicle would stall sporadically and without warning. The vehicle would restart after several minutes. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised the contact that the ignition relay failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the ignition relay. A few months later, the failure had recurred and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired a second time. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 230,000.

- Magnolia, NC, USA

problem #32

Feb 172010


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda Accord. The driver stated that her vehicle was parked. The driver was able to insert the key into the ignition; however, the vehicle failed to start. The driver was able to start the vehicle after several attempts. The dealer cleaned an unknown component on the vehicle and the vehicle began to function normally for a short time. The vehicle was at the dealership when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 89,000. The current mileage was 98,000.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #31

Jun 232008


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda Accord. While driving at any speed, the vehicle shuts off without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the ignition interlock was replaced. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000. The contact was not involved in a crash due to the failure. The current mileage was 134,000 and failure mileage was 120,000.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #30

May 192008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 224,528 miles


My 99 Honda Accord ex cuts off while traveling down the road without warning. This is due to ignition sensor which I corrected shortly after buying my car with rick hendrick Honda. Now years later there is a recall on the ignition interlock. But, Honda will not fix the ignition senor because it has nothing to do with the recall. Certainly this is a serious safety matter and I feel it's unfair that Honda will only fix half of the problem and burden the cost to me. I don't think I'm alone with this type of problem. Please investigate this matter. I feel I shouldn't have to pay for this ignition sensor. I had the recall ignition interlock fix at Honda of columbia, P.O. Box 8234, columbia, SC 29202.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #29

Sep 092007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 191,000 miles
I was trying on the highway going about 65 mph when the car stalled. When I realized what happened and tried to coast off the road, the car started back up without me doing anything. It continued to stall and restart nine times in a 3 mile stretch. The last time I pulled off the road because the car did not restart. I waited a few minutes and tried to start the car. It started. I drove the next 10 miles holding the key steadying in the ignition. I don't know if that helped but I got home without it stalling again. I knew it was the ignition switch because it had been recalled and replaced twice previously. When I took it to the dealer they told me it was my emission system and I had to have my evac canister replaced ($250). I did that and was driving home from the dealer when my car stalled and restarted again. I took it to a local repair man who took care of the problem. He replaced the ignition switch and the car has been fine since.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #28

Nov 162007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda Accord. When the contact turned the ignition, the vehicle would immediately shut off. Occasionally, the vehicle would stall while driving 35 mph. The failure has occurred several times. There were no warning lights prior to the failures. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch), although the failures were identical. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a similar recall repair, but the failure was still not corrected. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 107,000 and failure mileage was 104,000.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 232008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Sometimes my car will just stop running without warning. Extremely perilous when it happens in a turn and at low speeds because of loss of power steering or if sitting at a traffic signal. It appears to be related to the ignition. Dash lights may or may not flash on an off. Adjustment of the ignition key position/angle fixes it until it happens again. Has happened about 10 times in the last year.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #26

Sep 052007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,500 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda Accord. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle completely stalled without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle took between 5 minutes to an hour before it would restart. The dealer stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced and they replaced the key portion of the ignition lock. The current and failure mileages were 148,500.

- Westchester, PA, USA

problem #25

Jul 012006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda Accord. While driving at any speed, the vehicle would shut off without warning. The dealer stated that the ignition switch assembly needed to be replaced. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in recall # 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The contact felt that her vehicle should be included. As of July 10, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage is 109,000 and failure mileage was 89,000.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #24

Nov 212006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,109 miles
I was driving back from sf to our home in santa rosa, and I noticed smoke streaming from the top of the steering column. Then the odometer dropped from 65 to 0, went back to 65, then fluctuated. As I took the exit off the freeway, the car was losing power, and jerked when I gave it gas. I pulled over and called the tow truck. The engine did not start when the tow truck driver tried it, although it cranked. The car was towed to marin Honda. They tested and found the electrical portion of the ignition switch had failed. They replaced it but at the same time the D4(trans gear selection)light began to flash. The service advisor said that it's a completely different problem, and that we should take the car back to the mechanic who replaced the trans fluid 7 weeks ago.(my wife told the customer service advisor that we had the trans work done a couple of months ago when it fact it was just changing fluid as part of regular maintenance). Marin Honda charged us $205 for the replacement of ignition switch. The D4 starts flashing when the engine is started and shift to any one of gears. And it makes a big clunk and the whole car shakes when the gear is shifted to reverse or drive. I called marin Honda cust advisor and told him it must be related to ignition switch replacement, but he's adamant that it has nothing to do with it. When we checked your website and looked under "recall" for 1999 Accord, we found it had ignition sw recalls in three different years, 2002, 2003, and 2005. Ignition switch(2002), cylinder wear, collar, plate latch(2003), interlock function(2005). Could trans range sensor ckt malfunction be caused by heat from the ignition wiring burning out?

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 172006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My husband and I bought a 1999 Honda Accord ex in 2002. Not long after buying the car we noticed that the car acted sluggish when going from a stop. It wasn't that much of a problem so we didn't do much about it other than adding heet to the gasoline thinking we had bad gasoline. Then we started noticing a sort of grinding noise when we would start the car which came from the key ignition. The car wouldn't start so we would try again and then it would start. This year 2006 we started having problems with the car stalling when we would stop at stop signs. We took the car to a mechanic and we paid for new spark wire and plug. Soon after the car started stalling as we were driving down the highway! we immediately took car to a Honda dealership where we were told our catalytic converter needed to be replaced! my husband didn't think this was the problem so we didn't have it replaced. The car kept on getting worse almost causing a couple of accidents when it would quit going down the highway. We then heard of a recall on 1999 Honda Accord through consumer reports. We made an appointment with the Honda dealership again but were told we would have to pay for the repair since our car wasn't included in the recall! we called Honda Corp to find out why it wasn't included and were told they recalled only certain makes and models and ours wasn't one of them. We of course went ahead and had the ignition switch replaced. We can't understand why Honda didn't have our model and make recalled when we could have been in a serious accident. At the very least we should have been told of a problem so we could have repaired it right away. We did keep the ignition switch. We just had the car repaired but haven't had any problems with it stalling.

- Gering, NE, USA

problem #22

Nov 242004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph on normal road conditions, the engine stalled. This incident reoccurred three times a week in a period of several years. No warning lights illuminated prior to the stallings. The vehicle now had problems to start the engine. The contact was aware about recall # 02V120000, which described the ignition switch defect. The vehicle was taken to the dealership three times who could not determine the cause for the repetitive failure. The manufacturer was contacted, and indicated the vehicle was not included in the existent recall for the ignition defect due to the VIN.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 012006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 102,000 miles
I own a 1999 Honda Accord ex and am the original owner. This summer, my car has been difficult to start during hot weather. The car gives a healthy crank but will not fully turnover. Usually after waiting for the weather to cool down, the car then starts without any problem.

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #20

Aug 032006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,805 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled suddenly while stopped at an intersection. Prior to this incident there was a recall performed on the vehicle NHTSA campaign id # 05V025000; electrical system: Ignition: Switch. 1,000 miles later, the vehicle stalled suddenly in traffic. The dealership determined the ignition switch was bad and replaced the switch.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #19

Nov 182005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles
The contact stated while driving vehicle it stalled and lost power. There were no prior warnings indicating a problem with the vehicle. The only dashboard light that illuminated was the green key light. After the vehicle stalled it immediately started up. The vehicle has been inspected by the dealer on many different occasions, but they could not duplicate the problem. She believed it may be a problem in the electrical ignition system.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #18

Apr 012004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
1999 Honda Accord ex coupe V6 (California) engine stalls immediately when blinker/signal lever is used, for left or right turn signal. When engine stalls, green "key" light flashes on dashboard. Otherwise, failure happens randomly. Failure has occurred both while driving at 60+ mph and while vehicle is stopped. At high speeds, engine stalls and then restarts in a few seconds. Has not occurred when engine was cold/not-warmed-up. Failure occurred about once a month at first, but in the last three months, averages about one failure a week. Failure started happening at around 70,000 miles. Car now has ~92,000 miles. Car has had one owner since purchased new. Car recieves regular scheduled maintenance. Car had complete tune-up (oil/filter, spark plugs, ignition cap & rotor, ignition wires, transmission fluid (Honda), air filter, fuel system cleaner, etc...) after first failure. Alternator failed and was replaced many months after "stalling/blinker" failures first occurred, and had no apparent affect on stalling problem. Stalling still occurs, and have no idea what cause is.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 102005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph vehicle stalled. Driver was able to restart vehicle. Consumer will contact the dealer in the near future. This information was provide by phoung's brother dong ngo.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 082004

(reported on)


  • miles
Extreme dissatisfaction with Honda's response to the consumer's mechanical problem. (nar)

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #15

Mar 312004

(reported on)


  • miles
Honda refused to reimburse the consumer for having to replace the ignition switch prior to the recall.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #14

Apr 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer received two recall letter on June 2002, and January 3, 2004, recall #02V120000 and 02V43000. The dealership still does not have the parts available to conduct the recall.

- San Sebastian, PR, USA

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