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:
194,184 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. casting flaw porosity problem oil pressure galley (2 reports)
  2. honda should replace the short block...its a defect (2 reports)
1999 Honda Accord engine problems

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 032012

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 212,000 miles


i purchased this car on 2012 with the problem. i supposedly fixed it by changing some engine parts, gasket etc. it did work for 2 months but after that problems are coming worse and worse...

- , Folsom, PA, US

problem #3

Jan 182012

Accord EX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Recently a friend of mines Accord overheated and he called me to have a look at it. Well to my disbelief, Because I'm an avid honda lover. I found the most paculier problem (and I've seen alot) and that was water in the oil.

We went online just to discover that this wasn't the first of it's kind. There had been other reports of the poristy of the engine blocks. My feeling (like others) was HONDA should recall or just replace the engine blocks that pop up or reported to Honda that there car is affected. I think that this a very irresponsable thing for such a large and respected auto manufacturer to just sweep this one under the table.

So my friend was so bumbed out at what it might cost to repair the car that he turned and asked me if I wanted the car because to him it was worthless. Well I figured I could find another engine and fix it. Untill I found out what the dealer wanted for just a short block. Which is just the bottom end of the engine that doesent include the head and all other componants. Try $4,000.00 and I would do all the swapping myself.O.K. so lets get real I can do with a used wrecking yard engine. OOOPPS How would I know if I'm getting the same leeky block like I have now?

So yes I'm pissed, Now I have car I don't know what to do with. It's too nice of a car to just junk! Yes everybody that has this same problem should raise holy hell and get a class action suit started!

Ohh and by the way I've already gone through three used engines not to find one good enough to run in my car. So what to do, What to do?

Bumbed out Dale.

- , Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 132011


  • Manual transmission
  • 147,526 miles

Man this is some serious BULL! Me and my wife own about 3 honda products, and 2 out of the three have problems. Honda has lost all kinds of credibility with me. The accord has a weird problem with the oil mixing with the coolant and I'm just shocked that they didn't recall this years ago. A company of this stature, you think they would back their product. THIS IS A DEFECT AND A RECALL SHOULD BE ISSUED. I've changed the oil religiously and taken great care of this car. I need more people to step up and lets go after this company.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 082009

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 312,208 miles

I Am A Honda Fan This Block Problem Should Have Been Caught In Time 1998-2000 models and the blocks Replaced By Honda And Fixed as Hondas Will Go For Half A Million Miles If Maintained

- , Boost, TN, USA

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