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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
32,235 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 10)

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problem #119

May 112016


  • 39,080 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer (coral springs Honda, located at 9400 w atlantic blvd coral springs, fl 33071) where it was diagnosed that the battery, clamp, and cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened case number: 04760408. The failure mileage was 39,080.

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #118

Aug 162017


  • 44,500 miles
Sometimes when the key is turned, nothing happens. The car won't start. I took it to the dealer 16 Aug 2017. They wanted to change the starter. I said no. This is a car with less than 50,000 miles. Sometimes I need to turn the key several times before it starts or cranks or does anything. Dealer also said it wouldn't start with them.

- Old Town, FL, USA

problem #117

Aug 052017


  • 56,000 miles
Intermittent starting issues, push start button, car makes grinding noises and clicking, brake then locks down to the floor. After repeated attempts to push button, car will eventually start..this is an intermittent problem, has occured at least 6 times in past 4 months. Does not happen all the time. Have had car to Honda dealer for diagnostic, they cannot find problem but state there has been multiple complaints from other Honda consumers. This issue has no certain time of happening, has occured on a cold and warm start. I never know when car will start or not. Taking car back to Honda service next week to try to diagnose again.

- Shippensburg, PA, USA

problem #116

Jul 312017


  • 54,000 miles


Vehicle is 2013 and I have replaced the started and battery 4 times due to engine failure, it turn on and immediatly dies off, my car has been towed 6 times or more since I bought, I have done all the maintenance all the time and computer never identifies this problem. I am so tired of this trash car, I stillowe on it or else I would just park it on the front lot of a dealer and put a big sign saying do not buy Honda Accord, many problems always. Lastly, I asked the driver for the tow truck which kind of cars he tows the most due to engine failure and he said, laughing "Honda"...first time it fail to start was at 54K miles.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #115

Jul 282017


  • 51,000 miles
The I4 engine will not start intermittently. The battery is new and fully charged. Many times, I get it started by straightening the steering wheel. The car is 4 years old with 51K miles so outside of warranty. The dealer wants a diagnostic fee to test other components. This is potentially dangerous to consumers for the electrical component but also a consumer hazard in terms of safety not to mention T reputational risk to Honda.

- Geneva, IL, USA

problem #114

Jul 082017


  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle has had to be towed twice in the past four months due to failure to start, only clicking sound. Before completely unable to start, I would have to try 3 or more times for it to start. First time I changed the battery an vehicle was ok for a while but then started failing to start intermittently and would only start after several attempts. I do not mind replacing the starter but it bothers me because the vehicle is only 3-4 year old and believe replacing the starter may not fix the problem in the long run as it would have to be replaced with the same starters that are failing. Please help. Thanks.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #113

Jul 052017


  • 22,000 miles


There are many many complaints on line about the starters on the 2013 Honda Accord - but Honda still has not made a recall"? this is an expensive part to replace and they are not helping anyone" I am afraid I will get stuck somewhere and my car will not start - but it is almost one thousand dollars to get it repaired!!!! I have to crank it many times before it will start. The one shop made me get a new battery - but that did not make any difference. I feel like I will get stranded somewhere unsafe!

- Moon Twp., PA, USA

problem #112

Jul 062017


  • 40,000 miles
Push button start does not work sometimes. Getting progressively worse over time.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #111

Jan 122017


  • 50,799 miles
Vehicle intermittently wont start when start button is pushed.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

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

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