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:
119,652 miles
Total Complaints:
36 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. transmission replaced or rebuilt (27 reports)
  2. not sure (9 reports)
1999 Honda Accord transmission problems

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1999 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Apr 102008

Accord LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


I always thought Honda accords had great reliability. This was until I purchased a 1999 Accord with a V-6 for my daughter. She's had the car about a year and a half. My daughter has kept fluids changed in the transmission and engine. About 6 months ago her transmission started jerking, and when the transmission moves into the next gear it has hesitation until it reaches a certain RPM. trans is consistently slipping.

We had a Honda dealer look at it and they claimed someone put the wrong fluid in it. Not the problem! These V-6 , 3.0 transmissions are all appearing to have the same troubles and the dealerships will make excuses, but will offer you a fluid change/filter cleaning for $75.00 to pacify you. This is not going to solve your problem, neither is blaming the last oil/ lube/filter place....Now I have to purchase a new transmission/rebuild maybe... for her to have transportation again...

- , Yakima, WA, USA

problem #15

May 072008

Accord EX V6 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

yea i don't even know what to say really i have spent more money on this tranny and it just never cooperates you know i don't understand how you can go through 3 trannys in one year and not be a nascar driver well bottom line this car is junk i wont be buying a honda with the money i dropped in this heap of poop i could have had a new benz or lexus

- , Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #14

May 152008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

For over a year I have put up with the slipping from 1st to second gear. I took it to multiple transmission auto shops and nothing appeared on their little diagnostic tests. I was advised to drive it and I should be okay. So googled honda and transmission and realized I was not the only one with a lemon transmission. I thought I had made a great purchase when I bought my honda, I was wrong because the transmission went from slipping to dropped in one trip, in the middle of Boston. I am not sure if I will have it replaced, right now I am looking for a way to receive compensation from Honda for a piece of crap transmission for a car that is supposed to last for over 200,000 miles!!!

- , Durham, NH, USA

problem #13

Apr 102008

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


Two years ago I purchased a 99 Honda Accord. I bought it only because I heard that Hondas were the best cars and would last forever. Before last week I was thinking wow 2 years and nothing wrong I guess it is true. Well turns out last week my reverse stopped working in my car. It made this horrible annoying grinding sound. I called around and was told it was my transmission. After I found that out I was told that there was a recall on the 98-02 Honda transmissions. I was ticked off and still am. It will cost about $2900 to get a new tranny. After reading some reviews it makes me not even wanting to fix it. I really see no point when it's just going to happen again.

Not to mention my ignition switch is going out. My car dies randomly everywhere!! It died 6 times the other night trying to get it home and it was only a 20 min. drive. I was going to get my tune up this month. Good thing I waited because that would have been $250 down the drain for nothing. I'm highly disappointed in this car now and in Honda. I just bought brand new tires for it and now I can't even drive the thing! I must say I don't think I'll buy a Honda again after this. I'll just stick to Chevy's and Toyota's because I know they aren't crappy.

- , Hungry Horse, MT, USA

problem #12

Jan 032007

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Well I don't know where to start from, but any way I really wanted to talk about the recent purchase of my (1999 Honda accord EX 3.0L v6) Honda . I paid almost 12,000 dollars for the car thinking it will be a good deal to buy a used certified vehicle directly from the dealer. Because I always believed in quality products and thought it would be a good idea to get a certified vehicle and also believed that it will last for about at least 3 to 4 years or may be more.

But what happened was the car I bought from you stared to give me trouble somewhere after 3 months. Right after the car started to break down it has never stopped, the day I fix one problem after few days another problem arises and till the date, with labor and parts it has already cost me more than 4,000 dollars just to fix it, and now again I have a major problem of transmission and the break system and now that will definitely cost me over 2,500 dollars. I can understand that if u doesn�t take a good of cars then they do give problem sometimes, but didn�t realize certified cars give�s more problem than non certified cars.

In my residence we have 2 more Honda�s vehicle (1999 Honda accord and 1998 civic) which were not purchased from the dealer or neither they are used certified Hondas, but it�s been about 3 years and not even a single problem has arise yet. Well all I want to say is that my family members did suggested not to get a car from a dealer, but ignoring their advice has cost me a lot, and I am just tired of fixing it, its been like a pain in my ass.

I am very much disappointed with the car that I got from Honda Dealers, looks like they slipped off a worst car to me but anyway I have lost the belief of used certified Honda or any cars.

- , Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #11

May 212007

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,500 miles

I used to drive a volkswagen passat, it was totaled. I bought a Honda because everyone I talked to said they are the greatest car known to man. I bought a 1999 Honda Accord V6 just 18 days ago, and the transmission needs to be replaced. The dealership promised that they didn't sell defective cars. HAH! The car died just 6 DAYS after buying it! I'm a college student and I bought this car because I thought it would get me through my broke college days. It has caused me so MANY PROBLEMS! Never ever ever will I ever buy another honda! If anyone starts a class action lawsuit give me a call- I'm all ears.

- , Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #10

Nov 082007

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Owned my 1999 Accord 4cyl LX for almost 8 years now. Few weeks back noticed slight jerk when accelerating and decelerating. Within days it became really bad. Took it to tthe repair shop. The mechanic said it is most likely the transmission slipping. Then took to the dealership. They charged me $100 to chekc it out and confirmed it is the transmission.

For the lst 17 years I always drove Hondas. My previous 1992 Accord was hit by a van and totaled. Till then that Accord was running excellent and the mileage was 158,000.

I am really disappointed with Honda. I swear my next vehicle will be a Toyota.

No Honda or Acura. BTW, my Acura had the transmission replaced too. But it was in warranty.

Besides, the AC on my 1999 Accord stopped working 4 years ago. Go figure. It seems like Honda has really gone down in quality. Recently a friend of mine was in the market for a new car. Guess what, after hearing my story and doing some research he bough a Camry. Smart guy.

- , Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 302007

(reported on)

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,987 miles

don't know why honda always got the transmission problem, even pay 1000 to rebuild it, after half year, still dead again, that's why honda never beat toyota in the world,

- , Grover Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 012007

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,193 miles

My transmission failed at 82,000 miles. I had to have a new transmission installed in the car.

- , Blanchester, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 232007

(reported on)

Accord CP V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

At 66,000 miles and 3 yrs after it was purchased new, my 99 Honda Accord V6 Coupe had to have the transmission replaced. Living in a different area (Miami Beach) than it had originally been purchased(Myrtle Beach), I went to the North Miami Beach dealership. They told me that it would cost $5000 to fix, but because it had happened sooner than it should, Honda would pay for the parts and I would still have to pay for the labor, $3500. I told them I would think about it, as the car was still driveable. I called 3 different transmission shops and they gave me qoutes of $1600-2200. Not knowing nor having anyone explain to me the difference between rebuilt and remanufactured transmissions I chose to go to the non dealer for $1900 instead of paying the $3500 for just the labor. The problem took a week to fix because the parts they said they were getting were all bad since there is no such thing as a brand new transmission except in a brand new car, therefore it was hard to fix something that would probably go bad again because it is the same exact transmission and its same problems.

Fast forward 1 and half yrs later, living in Wilmington, NC, the transmission goes again, about 75,00 miles. This time the car barely rolled into the lot and died just before the service bay. They told me I needed a new transmission and said that they would pay for the parts once again and I pay for labor, this time at only $650. They were shoked to hear that the original qoute Miami Beach gave me was $5000. I said I would have had Honda fix it the first time if I knew it would only cost $650 for labor and they said they wished I had because Honda would probably had done it for free the second time around.

Anyway, seeing all these complaints really miffs me and shows that Honda really isn't taking responsibility. The first time I had my transmission done in Miami, there was a girl waiting in the waiting area, she had overheard our converstion and said that she had the same car as me V6 99 and her transmission went out at 60,000. They told her to go ahead and trade it in, she did. That same day as I drove home, I saw my same car. I stopped to ask that person had they had any problems with thier car and they said yes, the transmission at 60,000 miles.

When will Honda take ownership of this problem?

- , Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #6

May 132006

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 220,000 miles


First car I ever bought was a 1995 Honda Accord LX; It lasted 320,000 miles before I traded it in. I told everyone how great Hondas are. I used my College financial aid money and traded my old 1995 Honda in for a 1999 Honda Accord LX. I barely got financed. Then I drove my car home from college one night and it was fine.

The next day the Accord started JERKING, SLIPPING, and the ENGINE would just spin, REVERSE wouldnt Work, it got progressively worst. Now it stays in 3rd gear and wont go into forth. I took it in to the Honda dealer and they want $120 to computer scan it and $3000-4000 just to replace the transmission. I called Six Honda Dealers and four Honda certified repair shops. They all referred to my car as THAT CAR and told me all Hondas 1998-2002 have the same problem and I need to buy a new transmission, which they said may not even fix the problem. One shop told me they replaced a transmission twice on one car. One Certified Honda Shop in Chandler Arizona told me to trade the car in and get another one. Another Honda Certified shop told me it was a Lock UP solenoid so I spent $220 at Bell Honda, it still jerks, stays in 3rd Gear, etc.


Hondas official response is that problems exist: (1) problem is centered around the 3rd gear clutch pack (2) combination of multiple design issues which include problems with low oil pressure to the 3rd gear clutch pack (low oil flow), (3) problems with oil pressure changes (needed adjustments to reduce thermal loading), (4) problems with the surface of the clutch plates, (5) problems with the filter, (6) and more!!

I love my car, its the best car I ever had. I dont have enough money for a Honda Transmission and I still owe Chase bank $5000 dollars on my Honda Accord LX. I bought my car in 2003; and in March 2003 Honda recorded a record income of $3,550 million dollars. $13,000 dollars of that Record High Income was because of me, I bought a Honda Accord 1999 LX. My Current 1995 Honda Accord transmission went out at 220,000 miles; versus my previous 1995 Honda Accord which was still running at 320,000 miles when I traded it in for the 1999 Accord..

Honda knows there is manufacturing Defect with the MAXA/BAXA Transmission for the 1998-2002 product line. Hondas, product line (1998-2000 and others) overall has defects which are also effecting Acura. Acura is Hondas luxury product line, which uses Honda engines and transmissions, has similar defects in the transmission: The models that have been proven effected are: Honda Accord V6, Acura TL, Honda Odyssey, AND THE HONDA Accord 4 Cylinder!!!!!

I bought my Second Honda ACCORD, because I thought I was buying Honda quality thats why I bought it. I even made the dealer find me a Honda Accord. I thought I would be able to get the same amount of quality I got from my first 1995 Honda Accord, which was still running at 320,000 miles; thats why I bought the second Honda accord!! I didnt know I was buying a defective transmission.

Currently my engine stays in 3rd gear, it slips, jerks, makes noises and it is turning into a road hazard on the freeway and main streets. I dont know what else to do? I owe bank One $5000 dollars on my Honda Accord. And, I work at a Temporary Employment Service, So no banks will finance me to trade my car in and get a new one. A $4000 Honda Transmission cost almost as much as the car Is worth.

I dont usually become a corporate advocate or wear name brand clothing, but Honda used to make a damn good car. I wish the President of Honda, Mr. Takeo Fukui, would step up and take responsibility for my defective 1999 Honda Accord LX, cause I really need a new car.

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- , Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #5

Feb 172007

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

I purchased my car preowned and at the time I purchased it, it had 76,000 miles on it. After only 11 months of driving it, the transmission started to shift roughly. I took it in to the Honda dealer and they told me that I would need a whole new transmission. I contacted the previous owner who informed me that he serviced his transmission every 1,600 miles at the Honda dealer and it was at 69,000 miles when the transmission started to slip on him. I get the records from Honda to confirm this. I contacted Honda's corporate office and they could care less. I am very concerned because I have a '91 Honda Accord with over 300,000 miles and not once did I have to change the transmission on that car. My '91 Accord has been through snow storms and hot summers and it is still running like new. Come to find out, this is a common problem with 1998-2001 Honda Accords but it will cost Honda too much to recall these cars. The only thing that Honda has recalled for this car is the headlights and ignition switch, what an expense. Honda has gone down in quality and I have learned my lesson. What Honda needs is a class action suit.

- , Orlando, FL, US

problem #4

Oct 252006

(reported on)

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,500 miles

Remember the Twilight Zone TV program. That's how it is when you enter FROM the automobile sales room TO the maintenance section of the dealership. In the sales room you are treated as "king" in the maintenance section as you don't exist. My transmission for a 1999 Honda Accord failed completely after 85,500 miles ! Ourisman -- where I bought it (2nd car I bought at Ourisman)-- found all kinds of excuses not to extend the warranty when they know most models for many years have had transmission problems! One cannot fight corpocracy. The economic slavery continues and the atrocities of corporate America becomes bolder. Once the customer leaves the showroom he/she does not count until he/she shows interest to buy another car. That's Honda for you, part of the corpocracy.

- , Rockville, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 052006

(reported on)

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This is my 3rd Honda. Always thought it was a great car. Now I wouldn't be caught dead buying one. They make a piece of sh*t now!! Who ever heard of a trans going out with such low mileage and they didn't recall what they knew was a lemon transmission. Never again!! Good Bye Honda forever

- , Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012005

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 88,000 miles

This has been the case of the Mysterious Problem. Car first went into the shop about Nov 1 where it made it's home for the most part until mid-February. First, there was a problem, but what was it. After one fix after another, Honda says there's no more problem. But, we have (had) a problem.

Then the problem was transmission. But, we were under an "extended" warranty, until we picked up the car. Then it only covered 2000-2001 AFTER over $1000 of unauthorized work was performed and $900 spent on rental vehicles over the nearly 4 months! We got the car back about Feb 15. We still had a problem. Honda says, "No problem, give it 200 miles." So, we did.

Then, Sunday 2/27 we had to have the car towed back in. Transmission coming apart!!!

- , Palm Desert, CA, US

problem #1

Jan 242005

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 97,000 miles

There is a known factory defect in certain 1998-2001 Honda transmissions. Honda issued an extended warranty for 2000-2001 years, but if you own 1998-1999 like me, you are screwed, even though it's the same stupid transmission. Honda has really fallen in quality and they won't even stand by their product.

This is said because they used to make such high quality cars. My last car was a '91 Civic with 300,000 miles and still running great! This is absolutely the last time I buy Honda though, beware and stay away from this junk! No wonder everyone said to buy Toyota!

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

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