really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,552 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #58

Feb 232016


  • 30,000 miles


Serious engine vibration when cold, began around 30,000 miles. Recently, computer generated mpg numbers fluctuate wildly for same trip. Example, today 10 mile trip, 23.3 mpg going 33.3 mpg returning. Inaccurate oil life reminder, showing 70% left after 7,000 mi. Used to show 20% after 5,000 when I have oil changed. Dealer says all normal, call Honda ifi have a problem. Radio on off problems since new. All occur regardless of vehicle location or moving or not.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #57

Sep 192015


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new battery. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #56

Nov 132015


  • miles
I would like to make a complaint about a serious safety concern that happened to me recently while driving my Honda Accord 2013, luckily I was able to avoid an accident.I am afraid to drive my car for fear for my life.I was driving in Pennsylvania on rt 33 South traveling at about 65 mph when my steering wheel locked.I had to lean into the steering wheel with all my body weight to try to get it to turn but it was locked.I was able to stop the car and shut it off.after a few minutes I started it back up and it returned to normal, I was lucky that part of the road I was driving on was straight and curve or mountain section like most of Pennsylvania.I am afraid that this will happen against and I won't be so lucky.please investigate my vehicle and work with Honda to get this fixed so no one has to die. It more than this, I been having problems with the radio, sunroof, kieys alarm go on went I was driving.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #55

Nov 212015


  • miles


Car will not start in the mornings: Within a months 3 times. Engine check light constantly lighting up. Back and butt pain including legs falling asleep

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #54

Sep 132015


  • 45,000 miles
It so far has happened to me twice that I need to jump-start the car. There probably has some electrical leakage issues or something related to it. The first time it was more than a year ago that when I came earlier to a doctor appointment waiting for the clinic to open, I turned off the car and left the cd player on. But it only played for about half an hour or so it turned off automatically due to the battery power has already been depleted and the card could not start at all that I had to call aaa after the doctor appointment to jump-start for me. I thought at that time it was due to the cd player took too much power so I did not complain about it. But the second time it was a few weeks ago on Sunday, which give me the concerns that there must be some electrical leakage on my car. After parking for the church meeting and turned off the car, both my wife and I decided to open the window a little bit to let the air flows in the hot weather since we parked under a covered parking and would not worry about possible rainfall. So before we open the doors, we opened both front windows a very little bit and left for the meetings. Then about 3.5-4 hours later when it was time to go home, we found out the car would not start, and we had to ask for help to jump-start it again. This time it gave a definite guess that there must be some electrical leakage in the car. I also complained in early June of this year about the steering wheel lock issue. I received a mail from Honda to fix it, but when I call the dealers, none of them even offer loaner cars for such recall and manufacture failure repairs. Honda is bad for things like this. I don't know whether I should purchase Honda again in the future. I never complained once for my Toyota for years. Even they schedule for manufacture recalls, which I never encounter myself, I did not have to worry about the loaner car.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #53

Sep 282014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine failed to start. The failure had recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #52

Mar 162013


  • 10 miles


Since delivery date of vehicle from dealer my vehicles navigation and stereo have not worked. I brought it in the service dept could not figure out what was wrong, they replaced the navigation and stereo and the problem still to this day exist. When this radio is on sometimes it freezes and the nav unit states the radio is off and other times it just stays on, volume increases on its own, cannot use touch screen, cannot change stations and then the lights on the dash go on and off and car shuts off. I have gone online and see that there are many other people reporting the same problem and when I take it to the dealer if it goes back to working the service dept tells me that they cannot diagnose the problem to keep driving it and bring it back. On Sept 21 I brought it in to dealer and it shut off at dealer 3X's making them jump start it and I have once again received my car with no assurance that it works. They said the battery and computer test come back ok but they changed the battery in hopes that that will resolve the issue. It is 9/24/15 and same thing happened this morning. But since after 3 hours of trying to turn it back on it did and I cant go back to being without a car because I have a 2 year old daughter, have to work and know the dealer will say its working again I have to just pray it will not happen while on the road

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #51

Dec 302014


  • miles
I purchased my 2013 Honda November of 2013 at rock Honda in fontana, ca. When I first purchased the vehicle it had to be jump started, which I thought was from the car sitting so long & it being so cold.(this should have sent a red flag). After a few months & then the car began to act like it did not want to start. I was then stranded on the freeway. I called Honda care. The first driver came to my car took two minutes tried to start it, said there was something else wrong (as he was rushing & did not have time to look) he asked to use my phone charger, left my hood up (which caused dents in my hood from being on the freeway with strong winds) & left. The second driver came & had to give me a jump start & do something with the gas. I brought my car to the dealer upon getting my oil change, explained the problem, & they said they found nothing. Then my car died again. I called Honda again & they were sending someone out to jump start it but I walked over to the sears next door & they jumped it. Then it happened 2 days in a row. The first day, the Honda care driver had to use two sets of jumper cables to jump my car. The second day the driver had to jump my car again, but this time I recorded it. I then again brought my car to penske Honda in Ontario where I explained to a service technician what happened & I called Honda corporate offices while at the dealership. I told Honda corporate about my hood & how many times I had to call Honda care. They supposedly opened a claim but never called me back & gave me the run around when I called them. The dealership then did my oil change & checked the car out & found nothing. I then goggled the symptoms of my car & found recall with the fuel system which shuts down the battery on this site. I believe rock Honda sold me the vehicle without remedying the recall prior to sale. Honda corporation did nothing.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #50

Feb 062014


  • 27,000 miles
Drivers window would go half way up stop on it's own then go back down and stick, drivers door would not open from either inside or out. Could not get out of car, had to crawl over to pass. Side and get out. Passenger side door started exhibiting the same behavior, still not resolved. Doesn't happen all the time but it does happen, safety issue. Back up camera went black, they replaced camera, still the color is off at times, other times it is black or becomes distorted, color at night is in negative at times. Showed them the pics. And I was told it does what it was designed to do. Bought the car brand new, it shouldn't have these prob. The door is the most concerning part, if my child is in the pass. Side seat and I have to get them out, and the door decides it doesn't want to open, then we have a very serious safety issue. I have had the car to the dealership 8 to 10 times since Feb. 2015, I have called customer service, they don't seem to help, I am out of options. This is only July 2015, I need help in resolving this matter with the door, I can live with the camera even though it is not working properly.

- Kirtland, OH, USA

problem #49

May 082015


  • 35,989 miles
The vehicle has an electronic power steering problem. The car was being driven and the car eps light came on while I was driving at about 30 mph and coming of the highway ramp. I lost control of all steering and almost caused an accident. This car cannot be considered safe at all. I was not able to drive my car afterwards and was forced too without power steering because I have to drive to work. If this is not a safety hazard I dont know what would be considered then.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #48

Jun 132015


  • 60,402 miles


Electronic power steering system has failed for the 5th time in the last month. Eps light illuminates on dashboard, total loss of steering control. Vehicle is not safe to drive. Was originally cleared by turning the car on and off, but now fails immediately upon starting vehicle. Dealership quoted $1,700 repair - this should be a recall.

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #47

May 162015


  • 12,000 miles
So this has now happened 3 times in the last few months, once about a month ago and twice last week (after having the car dropped off to fix the brake tsb that causes a squeak on turns). I will be driving down the road from aggressive to normal driving and all of a sudden I look at my dash only to see all the warning lights on. Once this happens you can see the mpg indicator has a delay, a change in behavior of the cars controls, ldw switch no longer functions, and ldw and fcw stop working. The car continues to drive but you can tell all electronics are experiencing a delay or issue with the exception of the navi and radio. Some of the lights go away and come back as you drive, and after turning the car on and off a few times all lights turn off with the exception of fcw and ldw with the "fcw system failure" message which remain, that goes away after a few hours.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #46

Jun 142015


  • 25,000 miles
When I started my car today I got a blinking light on the dash that looked like a battery. I looked it up in the owner's manual and it said "battery not charging" and to "contact the dealer immediately for repairs". I'll call them tomorrow. About a month ago, my car wouldn't start. I had to get it jumped and later took it in. They replaced an under dash relay. My car has been ok otherwise.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #45

May 132015


  • 11,600 miles
During three hour night drive the dash display dimmed to black at interstate speeds. After an hour or so the panel lights came back on. After a few minutes they went out again. The next day during the return drive in daylight panel seemed normal.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #44

May 022015


  • 24,000 miles
I got off work and the horn was honking. It had been honking so long the battery was dead. And then when someone jump started it and I started to drive off, it honked some more. A few minutes later entering the freeway it started honking once again! each time the honking stopped when I turned the wheel. 3 times in one morning it honked and would not stop until I turned the wheel. Since I have had this vehicle the honking comes and goes about every 6 months. But this latest incident has been the worst by far. I took it to the dealer and the fella behind also had the same problem..he called it random honking.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #43

Apr 212015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
My vehicle shut down while parked in an plaza on pembroke road at the beginning on March 2015. This happened again X 2 while the vehicle was parked (engine running) on separate days. The last time it happened I was driving along pines boulevard in peak hour traffic (Tuesday April 21st 2015), as I approached the intersection of hiatus road and pines boulevard, I started slowing down for a red light. The vehicle then shut down/stalled again. The fact that there was a red light helped to prevent and accident, as everyone driving in the same direction had to stop. This time I had to call for a police cruiser to stand in place until I was able to get a tow or get it started again. After about 30 minutes, I finally got it started again and made it home. I took it to a Honda dealer on Wednesday April 22, 2015. They were able to replicate the issue but after replacing the battery (4-23-2015), fuel pump (4-24-2015) they said that the issue still persists and is now getting more frequent. They (autonation Honda in miami lakes) have been trying to 'fix' the problem but they have not yet succeeded. Today is May 3rd 2015 I am asking that the ntsb looks into this issue, as the last time it happened I was in peak hour traffic, this issue can lead to an accident.. I also contacted Honda corporate customer service and reported the issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pembroke Pines , FL, USA

problem #42

Apr 092007

Accord 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Went to wedding 125, miles away, at the reception noticed my cell phone charger laying in the seat" berried haft way in the leather seat burnt a hole in the seat. Wife not happy her car. I took the first charger to verizon to be check out at the same time I perches a second charger and to let them no a bought the burn in the seat, after verizon checked charger it was determined not to be there charger after coming home from the wedding T went to rock Honda to ask if there was or is a recalls on the electrical the Accord for this year, not that they a where of. I check in to the cost of having this seat repaired, the cost was small but significant. I waited to see F there where going to any more occurrences be for taking the vehicle passenger seat to be repaired, yes there was a third incident. My wife and I where returning from a funeral on 4/21/2015 when the rear view camera froze on the window screen keeping from viewing any in my blind spot or to the rear of my vehicle. I drove from the cemetery to rock Honda with the problem still showing on my dash. The wait was long at the dealer, but be for I turned off the car I took a picture of the of the dash board shoeing it was frozen. I received @ 12:22 4/22/2015 telling me that they were going to replace the rear view camera but not going to do any thing for the charger or the burn /hole in the seat. There words where: I must not have pushed the charger all the way, thus causing the charger to get hot" screen going dark-2 charger melting and camera freezing, its some where in the electrical. Note there was no mention on the dimming or brightening of our dash lights, when I ask' they told me they did a complete reset of the computer and this will take care of the problem.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 192015


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated when driving at low speeds or coming to a stop, the lighting on the instrument panel would dim and the vehicle stalled without warning. Upon placing the vehicle in park and restarting the engine, the vehicle resumed normal function. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was not able to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #40

Mar 292014


  • 1,182 miles
I have been experiencing problems with this 2013 since purchase. Brought it in to mike smith Honda on various occasions for problems such, as the car will not accelerate at times, the brakes something is wrong (makes a noise) car has a suction to it, barely accelerates when leaving a red light or stop sign, one time it accelerated to much and I like to hit the wall of my garage. Fcw lights somes on some time for nothing, , noise from behind and under the vehicle when driving up and about to put in park. And some times when backing up. The fcw defaults. Overall this is not a good running or performance car. Everytime you bring it to the shop the servicemen said I sorry but that is normal when they can not fix or know how to fix something it is easy for them to say I sorry that is normal or you got to bring it to the shop when it is acting up at the time. I told them that is hard to do it may not be doing it when it is there at that time. But I thought that what the machines were for to find the problems. The appearance is good but the performance is bad. Had the car seal for bugs paid over $700 they did not do a good job or did not do what they were paid for at all. Bugs are hard to come off of the vehicle.may be other problems but this is a few that comes to mind at this time. The biggest thing is the brakes and the acceleration and suction of the vehicle.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #39

Jul 232013

Accord 4WD 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
This is a keyless car. Drove to store listing to music on the radio. Pulled into parking spot, put the brake on put the car into park and turned of car. I got in the car put foot on brake and touched button to start car. Put car in reverse, backed out of parking spot and after coming to a complete stop put car into drive and my display said there was no cd. I didn't touch any buttons and I was not playing a cd when I parked I didn't have a cd inserted in the cd player. This same problem happens on and off many times.

- Wintersville, OH, USA

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