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:
No data
Average Mileage:
116,504 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace engine (1 reports)
  3. replace with a rebuilt engine (1 reports)
1999 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 302012

Accord LX 2.3L Vtech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,017 miles


My first car was a Honda Civic from the 80's and it was an awesome car that lasted over 400K miles with the original engine & transmission. My mom & dad drove Accords, one was a '79 and another was from the 80's like my Civic and they performed well and lasted over 200K miles. My wife & I have purchased two Honda Accords recently that have both failed in ways that are about as expensive to repair as the value of the cars in good working condition. The 02 started slipping in 2nd and 3rd gears and would require a new transmission, and this '99 that we just bought started pumping its oil into the cooling system due to a cracked block and will require a new engine. This is ridiculous (and expensive) we've always recommended Honda's, and maintenance by Honda dealerships to our friends, but now we're definitely turned off to Honda's unless Honda restores our faith in their cars by helping with the repairs on these two that we recently purchased!

- , Arlington, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 182011

Accord LX Vtech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

I have been looking up problems with cracked blocks in Hondas and I can't believe how prevalent the problem is. My car may have a lot of mileage on it but I've had two Mazda's with over 200,000 miles that still run without problems. I bought a 2009 Honda Accord and am now worried about that one ending up with a cracked blocked. I thought Honda was a reputable, quality car but based on all the problems with cracked blocks, even on new Honda's, I won't buy another one. Especially since Honda has known about the problem and never issued any notices or recalls, I don't trust them.

- , Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 012009

Accord 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

First quote from mom/pop mechanic for used engine w/ no warranty $2500, dealer today quoted $3800. I'm seeing lots of postings re this model year/engine. Please advise what others have been able to do w/ regard to recourse w/ Honda USA. Thx.

- , Milton, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 042008

Accord EX 4 cyl. Vtek

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

1999 Honda Accord 80,000 miles. It has always been serviced on time and oil changes every 3,000 miles. Small oil puddle on garage floor diagnosed as cracked engine block/contaminated cooling system. Dealer wants $3,200 to repair. Body and interior perfect.

Does anybody have information I could use to negotiate with dealer/Honda to repair at no cost to me? Dealer unable to tell me what caused crack.

- , Loveland, OH, USA

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