Notes: The 2000 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 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.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,361 miles
Total Complaints:
48 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (25 reports)
  2. repaint car (23 reports)
2000 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2000 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

May 012008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Clean paint coat is peeling in the front roof of car.

Would like to find a way to correct that is not expensive.

- , Cherry Hill, NJ, US

problem #7

Nov 052008

Accord EXL 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I'm extremely frustrated at this point and don't really know where to go from here. I have a black 2000 Honda Accord EXL (leather). The clear coat is peeling off in several places on my car. It began with a small spot on the hood a few years ago and now is on my front quarter panel, passenger door, rear quarter panel, spoiler, roof, & trunk. It started off being very small and now has grown at a rapid speed. I use to be proud of my Honda and now embarrassed to drive it. I've gone through three layers at Honda to get the paint fixed and was told today that Honda will not take responsibility for the defected paint and is on me, the customer. I see I'm not the only customer of Honda who has encountered the same situation with the clear coat peeling so why will Honda not take responsibility for their crappy product? The price to correct the issue is so much lower than keeping a loyal customer....Honda should be ashamed of themselves. I will be writing a letter to their Terrance location complaining about the service I've received during this process as well as their product. This is my first Honda and I will not purchase another as this has been an unpleasant experience.

- , Cumming, GA, US

problem #6

Dec 002005

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Clear coat is peeling off of the hood, right fender, part of door. This is also happening on both bumpers. This has been happening over the last several years and has really gotten to a point that I am embarrassed to be seen in the car. My car is garage kept and I cannot afford to get it repainted for the price of the bids I have gotten. I have been told it is a factory defeat but can't seem to get Honda to own up to the problem. Has anyone else had any luck in getting this problem taken care of by them. My car is the dark green color that is almost black. I have seen this on other Honda's the same color. My Honda only has 85,000 miles on it and looks awful.

- , Port Neches, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 012008

Accord EX V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles


My Honda Accord's hood is peeling drastically! I had it washed and afterwards noticed a small spot on the hood that looked like some sap had dripped on it. Upon closer inspection, i noticed it was a crack in the clear coat. It has since popped up in a couple different places on the hood and spread like wildfire. The car looks horrible now. I called a couple of body shops for quotes on repair and was told it would be around $1000. I was hoping to sell this car soon and hate to put that much money into it. Besides doing it myself, does anyone know a cheaper solution?

- , San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012006

Accord EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles

We bought our Accord new in 2000 and have taken great care of it. We washed and waxed it regularly. About a year ago, the paint began fading on the roof and has quickly spread like the plague. I've noticed a lot of other same model Accords on the road with the same problem lately, especially the green (like ours) and blue ones. So, I decided to Google it to see if Honda was doing anything about it. I've found lots of complaints online, but it seems there's been no response from Honda. Argh!

- , Jacksonville, FL, US

problem #3

Sep 082007

Accord V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I bought my 2000 Honda Accord in December of 2006. A few months later, when I was getting ready to make a road trip I was putting luggage in the trunk and noticed a little bit of paint was starting to flake off. At first I thought I had been hit my another car, and the paint had been scratched off, but then I realized that there was no damage from another car hitting me. I then looked closer and realized the paint was starting to peel away from around my windows as well. It is very frustrating, and it seems that any people have had this same complaint. The car runs great, but just has this blasted paint defect. If anyone knows of any solutions or anything that has come out of this reoccurring problem I have seen with Honda Accord's please email me at Thanks

- , Provo, UT, USA

problem #2

May 162006

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I have a dark green 2000 Honda Accord EX-V6 Coupe with the PEELING CLEAR COAT. It started along the sides of the roof and back across the trunk. It is spreading like a disease. I've complained to the dealership and Honda Motor Corp several times and no one will take responsibility. The dealership (Palm Harbor Honda) had a Honda Rep come out who said it was environmental damage!!??? Ok, so Honda's aren't made for Florida, then don't sell them here!!!! Honda Motor Corp. said they can't do anything until they have enough complaints, please call them at 800-999-1009 EVERY DAY!!!!! I have been waiting 4 days for a call back from Honda Motor Corp. for my most recent complaint. All over the internet there are complaints on 1998 - 2002 Honda's with bad peeling clear coat. An Auto Body shop said it is clearly a manufacturer defect and paint/clear coats should last AT LEAST 10 years. Its a total embarrassment. I have to take my car to the dealership for the dashboard lights and removing the key while in drive issue. I am putting signs on my car "Call 800-999-1009 and ask Honda what they are going to do when your car looks like this". I will never buy another Honda for the sheer fact they are not taking responsibility for this. It will cost them next to nothing to fix these cars, but to the individual, we're losing on resale value or the cost of repainting. It will hurt the individual much more than it will hurt them. And I know its an embarrassment driving around with a car looking like a beat up junker, but I suggest everyone leaves it until Honda's fixes it. GOOD LUCK!!!! I'm up for a class action lawsuit as well.

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 242007

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

Starting last year the clear coat has started to significantly peel off the roof of my car. As time goes by the peeling has accelerated. My car is only 7 years old, yet looks like junk. Honda denies responsibility and its going to cost more then I can afford to have a completely new paint job done. From discussing the problem with other Honda owners I'm one of many having the exact same problem. Based on what I've been told, I can expect it to cover my car with a couple of years.

- , Austin, TX, USA

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