really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,867 miles

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

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 #68

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 #67

Oct 112016


  • 53,000 miles
Oct 11, 2016, I drove the kids to school and parked the vehicle on the street. After walked then class, I returned to the vehicle. The car did not start on the first try, second try, but it started on third try. Since purchased, I replaced battery twice due to the above reasons. I had battery checked and it's still good. Please investigate.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #66

Aug 262016


  • 66,000 miles


Two weeks ago my Accord began having issues starting. After a few attempts the engine would eventually start and I would be on my way. Until last Friday, August 26, 2016. I drove to a friends house, parked, came back out to start my car and would hear a "popping" sound like the engine was trying to start up, but to no avail. Friend's neighbor is a retired auto mechanic. He looked at the car and found that the issue was not the battery, and determined it was the starter itself. Almost magically, the car randomly decided to start again. Drove it straight to an additional auto mechanic, he tested the vehicle (battery, cable connections, wires that attach to starter) and also found that the issue was the starter. My Accord has 66,000 miles on it. The total cost to fix this issue will be $680, kind of ridiculous. This seems to be a common issue from what I've read. Please investigate.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #65

Aug 012016


  • 50,000 miles
Push start failure my car had 50000 miles on it when it started having trouble with the push start button. It did it once a week sometimes and eventually happened every time I tried to start the car. I took it to a mechanic and they were unable to pin point the problem. The starter checked out ok but since they could not find any other problem, they replaced the starter and kept the original incase I continued to have the problem they could return the original and give me my money back. It's been two weeks and so far I havent had the problem anymore. Only time will tell.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #64

Aug 122016


  • 35,000 miles
I parked vehicle on residential city street. Returned to the vehicle 15 minutes later and vehicle would not start. Many of the indicator lights came on. Called aaa, initial technician responded and could not start the car by jumping with battery pack. Battery tested ok. Tow truck was called, operator tried to jump the vehicle again with battery pack and the vehicle started. Tow truck operator suggested I tell the dealership he suspected the starter or the wiring to the starter was the problem. A/C prior to this event had been working now had no power. Drove the vehicle immediately to dealership. Vehicle was left and diagnosed with faulty starter. Fuse was blown to A/C. (we did note that the car had been harder to start recently - having to turn the key more than 1 time to get the car to start. Still this was hardly noticeable or apparent that a problem was developing.) starter and fuse to be replaced at dealership will be picking up car hopefully today. This was not merely inconvenient and unpleasant but extremely dangerous emergency for persons with health/medical issues - it was very hot out with poor air quality and passenger and myself were stranded and without A/C for 4 hours. Concerned about this happening again and why this happened. Vehicle is maintained, 3yrs old with approx. 35,000. I am seeing numerous similar/identical reports from other owners.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #63

Aug 112016


  • 126,000 miles


I am the first owner of my 2013 Honda Accord sport and 2 months ago I developed an issue with the starter. I've replaced the starter twice and tonight got stranded and had to call a tow truck to bring it home. I've gone to the Honda dealer and, of course, there's an issue with the starter, but it will cost $1000+ to fix! this issue must be investigated and recalled as soon as possible. Honda is fully aware of all of these issues and if you get the right technician at the dealership - they'll tell you Honda is fully aware, but couldn't care less! 2 starters later - I'm still in the same position!

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #62

Aug 022016


  • 53,486 miles
Intermittent engine starting. Starter is energized but fails to start motor. A loud gnashing or grinding can be heard as the starter tries to turn motor. It sounds as if the starter doesn't fully engage the flex plate/flywheel. Engine eventually starts after several (as many as 10) attempts. The problem is not consistent with any condition. I've driven 2 weeks with no issues then will have 5 episodes in 2 days. A completely random occurrence but very frustrating and embarrassing.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #61

Aug 012016


  • 57,742 miles
The key turns over but engine does not crank

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #60

Jun 212016


  • 48,425 miles
Starter motor had progressive premature failure. Began having problems with car not starting about a month ago. Loud click, all dash lights would come on, but no crank or start. Eventually would not re-start and left car stranded. Car started with jumper cables. Dealer diagnosed starter failure. Vehicle is 2-1/2 years old with 49,845 miles. Dealer did not offer warranty repair. Cost for replacement was $724.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #59

Jun 142016


  • 72,000 miles


Starter motor doesn't engage. The motor turns but doesn't make engine turn over.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #58

May 302016


  • 46,000 miles
This issue stared last week I didn't think too much on this but as the days goes on it take longer for me to start my car and me day I have to stop at lease 2 to 4 times to get the car to start. As I continue to search online to see what was the issue I am seeing more and more of this problem of what I am having. My car has been parked and there is no wires connected to the car to drain the battery, I have change both my car battery in my key battery already. This is very annoying I've been using Honda for many years now and I never had this problem. With my other pass Honda I would have to turn the key.

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #57

May 232016


  • 45,000 miles
I got in my car this morning and couldn't get it to start again. I had to call aaa to jump my car.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #56

May 142016


  • miles
2013 Honda Accord sport is starting to have starting problems, sometimes engine doesn't turn over when first turning the key. And from what I have read on this site it sounds like it is progressively going to get to the point of having to replace the starter, not happy I was hoping on having a reliable car.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #55

May 142016


  • miles
2013 Accord sport is starting to have a starting problem. Sometimes engine does not turn over when first turning the key. And from what I have read on this site it sounds like it is progressively going to get to the point of having to replace the starter. Not happy. I was hoping on having a reliable car when I bought this car.

- Hawaiian Gardens, CA, USA

problem #54

May 182016


  • 69,000 miles
I had to tow my car home today. It wouldn't start. I have had trouble with it in the past weeks now but it would start eventually. But not this time. I might lose my job because of this car failure. Weither it was stationary yes but could of been blocking traffic.

- Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #53

Mar 312016


  • 58,303 miles
Car won't start, about a month ago I bought a 2013 Honda Accord exl V6, it worked fine for about a week, but soon after that I started experiencing starting problems. I have taken it to the mechanic many times, I have had the electrical system checked, replaced starter, the battery etc. The problem still persists, after doing much research I have learned that this is a problem that is very wide spread, there are several you tube videos, and posts of frustrated owners unable to start their cars constantly having to replace the started in most cases. Every car from 2013-2016 is suffering from this problem, of being unable to start, as a college student I don't have that much money to constantly fix it as it happens. This was supposed to be a reliable car, to replace my old car which was developing major problems, but at least the car started every time. Please, address this issue with urgency many people depend on these vehicles, to get to work school etc.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #52

Apr 102016


  • 64,102 miles
My family and I were stranded due to our 2013 Honda Accord not starting. We just came out of the movies and the car was stationary in the parking lot. I turned the key and it would just click. I had to pay for towing and over $800 to have the starter replaced at the Honda dealer. It would have been more, but I called another dealer and they price matched the starter. I drive a lot of mile to work so I have over 60K miles in 2 years. After doing a little research I found that this problem is happening to a lot of people. The problem can be seen on forums and youtube videos. This problem seems to affects new cars, base models, push buttons, V6's etc. I think the starter should be recalled because many people are being forced to replace starters that the dealer seemed to know was bad.

- Accokeek, MD, USA

problem #51

Mar 072016


  • 60,000 miles
Check engine light keeps going on since the car hit exactly 60,000 miles. Code said it is related to the fuel system. Changed the sensor; light was off and now back on. Continuously occurs while driving the vehicle on the highway or city streets. All gauges are fine and car is maintaining gas mileage. Could it be that the O-ring and fuel tank are only slightly better than that on the original 2013 Honda Accord (built with faulty fuel tanks) causing the O ring to wear out? how can this be checked. Also just want to note that my wife had a 2009 Pilot that kept needed spark plugs and had excessive oil consumption--she got rid of the car because she kept arguing that something was wrong with the vehicle with the Honda dealership--Honda admitted to the problem and extended the powertrain warranty right after she got rid of the car.

- Mapleville, RI, USA

problem #50

Mar 032016


  • 42,000 miles
2013 Accord sport is starting to have a starting problem. Sometimes engine does not turn over when first turning the key. And from what I have read on this site it sounds like it is progressively going to get to the point of having to replace the starter. Not happy. I was hoping on having a reliable car when I bought this car however I have had multiple issues two being major but thank god it was under warranty. One being transmission replacement at around 8,000 miles and the timing belt/tensioner issues.

- Ventura, CA, USA

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