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:
121,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

fuel system problem

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 062011

Accord EX 2.3L I4 Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


I bought this car used about a month ago, so I saw no DECREASE, but I figured I'd add to this category.

The reason I bought this car, was because it was a mid-size 4 cylinder, that got good fuel economy ratings. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to determine fuel economy during a test drive.

I'm averaging 18 mpg...

I'm not a terribly aggressive driver, there's no leaks or anything... The only thing I can think of that might be hurting fuel economy is the wheels that the prior owner put on. They're 16-inch rims. I never thought when buying the car, that a 1-inch increase would hurt fuel efficiency so much.

Does anybody know what could be causing this dismal fuel economy?

- , Uniontown, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 142009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

I bought my car new in January 2000 in California. Since then I have run the heck out of it. Every recall, brought it in to the dealer for a fix. Transmission got the additional cooler and transmission doesn't burn oil or slip. Seat belt buckle fixed. Alternator kept on blowing up battery until I put in a 3rd party one. But I recently had just an oil change (trans and engine) and tune-up done and new tires put on, suddenly my gas mileage went from approx 20 (city) and 40 (hwy) to 10 and 15 respectively. The car surges, RPMs run from 1500 to 3000, and the check engine light comes on and off. I could tell the mechanic was having problems with it, when he kept on getting "consultations" with other mechanics. They gave me the car back and said it is just normal "burn-in" for the plugs they used. WTF?

- , Pasco, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152003

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 60,000 miles

I was averaging close to 400 miles to a tank of gas and now I am lucky to get 320-350. I have had it at the dealership 2X and still not fixed. Replaced O2 sensors and still nothing.

- , Marietta, GA, USA

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