Notes: The 2013-2014 Honda Accord is showing signs of an electrical problem with the starter failing soon after the 36K mile warranty expires. It's compounded by reports that the OEM battery doesn't have sufficient amps to start the V6 reliably after a year or two.

For now we are rating this problem with the "Beware" seal because it's occurring so soon after the 36K mile warranty expires. The upshot is when your Accord won't start, that's never good, but especially bad when it's just a few years old.

Also once again, owners are complaining that the 2013 Honda Accord seats are uncomfortable. Uncomfortable seats has been a significant complaint with the Accord since the 2008 model year.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,655 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 9)

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problem #110

Jun 272017


  • 100,000 miles


The fcw 03 system failure light continues to come on. The car is only four years old and has had several electrical problems. On June 27, 2017 the car cut off on me while driving on the highway due to the fcw 03 code flashing on and off. I always thought that Honda made reliable and safe cars, but this is proving to be untrue. I would appreciate your company addressing the issues at hand with my car. Thanks

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #109

Jun 212017


  • 49,000 miles
Car would not start consistently. Push button start needed to be engaged up to 10 times for car to eventually start. Problem continued to become worse over time. Ultimately the starter needed to be replaced after only 3.5 years and approximately 49,000 miles. Problem can leave driver stranded at remote locations creating an unsafe condition.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #108

Nov 012016


  • 28,000 miles
Battery terminal corrosion - the factory battery had severe corrosion problems after 2 yrs (unlike any of my other 3 cars). On the third year it died and was replaced with a aaa battery. After 6 months this battery is also showing corrosion. This seems to be a common issue after doing google searches. What's worse is the positive batter cable is not an easy nor economical replacement once the corrosion finds its way inside. I believe the corrosion is happening because of the 'smart charging system' Honda is using on this vehicle. Never seen this problem in my 30+ yrs of owning dozens of cars.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #107

Jun 012017


  • 39,480 miles


For the last month I have to put the vehicle key into the ignition 4-7 times to start the vehicle. Today, I took my vehicle to pep boys auto parts in el paso, tx and they diagnosed the vehicle having problems with the starter. The mechanic told me that I need to change the starter because it is wearing out and is a rarity because it is not suppose to happen to a Honda Accord that is only 3 + years old. I have a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe and all engine parts are operating normally. Unbelieveable that my Honda Accord is breaking down on me. Please look into this and let me know if there is a recall.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #106

Jun 192017


  • 37,000 miles
Auto has 37K miles and battery has been replaced twice since new. Recently, push button start has failed, requiring multiple tries in kinder to start car. Dealer indicated that starter was defective and was replaced for roughly $720. Not covered under warranty. Internet search reveals that many other owners having similar problems.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #105

May 112017


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the starter misfired and tended to be started multiple times before it responded. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (heritage Honda in baltimore Maryland) where it was diagnosed that the starter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the warranty had expired. The manufacturer offered to pay half of the replacement cost. The failure mileage was approximately 52,000.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #104

May 312017


  • 50 miles


I've own my car for for 1 and 1/2 years and it's dead for the 4th time I had the battery replaced a month after buying the car and am still having problems with it I don't know if it is the starter? it was parked at work for 4 hours then I moved parking spots and shut it off turned back on 10 minutes later to close windows and it's dead.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #103

Mar 012017


  • miles
I own 2013 Accord with 40K mileage and faced starting problem from October 2016, battery was dead suddenly and replaced it in November 2016. Even after that I was facing starting problem and hear a click sound while starting and gets started very next time. Checked with mechanic and I was told starter is dead and not covered under warranty.

- Secane, PA, USA

problem #102

Apr 152017


  • 77,000 miles
I own a 2013 Honda Accord LX and it has started having intermittent issues starting. The battery is two months old and has been check and it's fine. Starter has been checked and its fine. Car will start sometimes on first try, but other times takes several attempts. Turning steering sometimes helps, turning off all lights sometimes helps and pressing gas pedal sometimes helps, but issue is not consistent. See others are having same type of issues on several forums.

- Lithia, FL, USA

problem #101

Nov 022016


  • 16,000 miles
Apparently, Honda has been using wiring harnesses that are coated in some sort of soy based material in an effort to go green. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an unwanted consequence of rodents being attracted to my car. They are constantly trying to chew through the wires and this can result in a very expensive repair bill from Honda. This is something they did to the vehicles they manufacturer, and the fact that they're making us vehicle owners pay for the repair bills is unacceptable to me, but what can you do? I've read online this is not just affecting vehicle owners in rural areas, but owners who live in cities like I do. So far, I've had to use some bitter apple spray that only causes the rodents to try nibbling elsewhere in the engine bay. I don't have any pictures, but I can take some upon request. I'd hate to be driving when something fails.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #100

Apr 012017


  • 40,800 miles


For the last year, the car has been unable to start after parking it for a few minutes. Usually after a few key turns it will start. A month ago it would not start at all so we towed it. The dealership decided it was the starter. After 37,000 miles? it's a Honda! it worked fine for 5 weeks and then it died again after being driven just a few miles. This time the dash lights flashed and clicked for a few minutes but would not start. After towing it, the dealership hooked it up to a jumpstart and it started! three lights continued to flash so the dealership hooked it up to the computer. I called them a couple days later and they have no answers. I hate letting my wife drive an unreliable vehicle.

- Orcutt, CA, USA

problem #99

Mar 132017


  • 88,874 miles
I currently have the front collision warning and lane departure failure readout display along with the following yellow service lights; fcw, ldw, esp, ABS, electronic steering and tps lights activated. The front collision warning, lane departure safety feature, anti-braking system and electronic stability are not working at this time as I drove to the dealership this morning while it was snowing (vehicle obviously in motion). I"M currently waiting for resolution from the dealership and american Honda corporation.

- Red Bud, IL, USA

problem #98

Dec 212016


  • 42,000 miles
Push start doesn't start the car, there is only 42,000 miles on the car and I've only had the car a little over three years. This should be a recall as it appears to be an electrical issue.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #97

Dec 142016


  • 53,000 miles
2013 Honda Accord won't start. Lights, A/C, radio, windows work. This occurred after 50,000 miles. I would have to turn steering column at first to get it to start. Now it doesn't start at all! the vehicle is stationary

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #96

Aug 262016


  • 38,000 miles
When driving all of a sudden power steering fails all the lights on the dashboard flash on and off and all the electrical's shut off including heat/ac. Everything goes back to normal after a few seconds. This happens randomly and at various speeds.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #95

Nov 292016


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. When the vehicle was started, the fcw, ldw, ABS, traction control, and power steering warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Pima, AZ, USA

problem #94

Nov 192016


  • 39,000 miles
My car is not starting. Turn the key and nothing. No dragging noise and no clicking. All the lights come on. Seems to be so common at the Honda dealership they tell me whats wrong before even examining the car. They say its the starter. Having it examined by the 3rd auto mechanic today. Only 39,000 miles, should not be having these out of pocket expenses. From all the research I am doing, this should be a recall.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #93

Oct 112016


  • 17,500 miles
While parking, but stopped, the car sped out of control. Foot brake and hand brake failed to stop the speeding car. It leaped over a curb and into a retention pond. The doors refused to unlock. Driver and passenger escaped thru windows and onto the roof. Previously, the unattended car had locked itself and windows and sunroof had opened on several occasions the two fobs were on cup hooks in the house. Honda shows no interest.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #92

Apr 202016


  • 58,000 miles
Vehicle was stationary and in park. Vehicle intermittently will not start. When you put your foot on the brake pedal you hear a "click" and then push the "start" ignition button, the car does not crank, but the electrical instruments in the car cabin come on. Replaced batter and still have the same problem. Takes multiple attempts before vehicle will finally start. Vehicle started doing this at about the 33 month of ownership (I purchased it brand new). Vehicle had approximately 58,000 miles on it when it started having this problem. Vehicle continues to intermittently not start. Honda dealership can not find any faults or codes. Dealership is unable to and un willing to troubleshoot until they can detect a code/fault or observe problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #91

Sep 192016


  • 65,000 miles
***happens when vehicle is parked and turned off*** this car has a "feature" that is not disclosed to customers upon purchase which can lead to a dangerous condition for property and the interior of the vehicle. If the key fob is placed in a pocket with keys (as everyone does), there is a combination of inadvertent button presses (specifically unlock / unlock / unlock) which causes all of the windows and the sunroof to open. This has lead to my car being soaked by having all the windows open during a rainstorm while I was inside my office (with the vehicle parked right outside - the key fob works from quite a far distance). It has also lead to my belongings being compromised due to all of the windows opening when I parked in the city and was sitting in a building with the keys in my pocket, among other times. When I returned to the selling dealer I was told that they were unaware of this feature and I should read the manual. It is not detailed in the manual and there is no way to disable it.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

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