CarComplaints.com 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 2014 Honda Accord seats are uncomfortable. Uncomfortable seats has been a significant complaint with the Accord since the 2008 model year.

8.1

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$540
Average Mileage:
47,900 miles
Total Complaints:
42 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (19 reports)
  2. replace starter (13 reports)
  3. replace battery (4 reports)
  4. replaced battery (3 reports)
  5. great dealer (1 reports)
  6. replace alternator, battery (1 reports)
2014 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2014 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Oct 012019

Accord ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2015 Honda Accord ES with only 48000 miles but the push button starter is only working intermittently. Some times when I press it, I only hear a click but usually it will start after a little while. It is beginning to happen more often, however, and after reading this column, I am getting a little concerned that this might be an ongoing problem. I have checked the battery, alternator, and starter which were all good and I have replaced the batteries in my key fobs but the problem still persists. Has anyone had any luck with a permanent fix?

- Matthew F., Pensacola, US

problem #41

Jul 062019

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 35,500 miles

I bought a 2014 Honda Accord EX model from an individual seller, who had just bought the car few months back from a dealer. After few months using the car, I started noting that the car did not start up in the first attempt. Sometimes it took more than 5-6 attempts to start the car (my model had push-button start). Then I started searching in internet and found this is a very serious niggling issue that 2013-2014 models of Honda Accords have and Honda is not acknowledging it or there was no recall for this issue. Now, yesterday, my car did not start at all, and the battery had also become dead due to numerous attempts to start the car. The Honda dealer quoted me approx. >$900 for replacing the starter and also he quoted >$160 for replacing the battery as well. I am waiting for the weekend to be over and tomorrow (Monday) I am planning to call Honda customer service and yell at them for these issues. I will never buy or recommend a Honda to anyone ever!!!

- rajaramg, Herndon, US

problem #40

Jun 222019

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

A few weeks ago, we started having issues with our car not starting consistently; there's a click sound, the dash lights turn on, but the engine does not start. Starting the car was sporadic. I first took the car to a local auto-shop. They could not figure out what was wrong with the car and reported that the car successfully started after ~100 times of turning the key; they also said they drove it around. I then took the car to the dealership for diagnostics and they said it was a bad starter; a representative of the repair shop said their department had recently experienced an increase in starter repairs. I repaired the starter and the car started great for a couple of days. Note: Before replacing the starter, there were periods when the car had no issues for a couple of days at a time.

My wife drove the car on a business trip to Chicago and ended up getting stranded when the car did not start again. I had the car towed to a trusted mechanic we know in Chicago. He said that the new starter was not an issue and believes the original starter did not need to be replaced. He suspects that there is an electrical glitch somewhere between the ignition and starter. He said that he was able to start the car after grounding a cable, but is not confident he's identified the problem. He's going to have a Honda technician assist him with figuring out what is wrong with the car. Based on my personal experience and reading the comments of other Honda consumers, I suspect this is an issue with manufacturing. Honda needs to address these concerns and complaints.

- kristich, Davenport, IA, US

problem #39

Oct 182018

Accord Sport 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have 2014 Honda Accord Sport, it won't start. Only clicks but no start. Battery okay.

- Emir K., Rockwall, US

problem #38

Mar 182019

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

As others have said, the car just stopped turning over. Wiggle the steering wheel, or jiggle the gear shift, and then it may start, but was not reliable. Took it in to the dealer and they happily changed the battery (replaced under warranty less than a year ago) and replaced the starter for $900+. Hoping this fixes the issue but seems to be an issue that needs to be covered under recall. I will contact the BBB and Honda directly.

- mrmagoo, San Antonio, US

problem #37

Mar 132019

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Car won't crank or turn over. Battery, charging system and starter all checked out good. It's a Honda problem and I'm not the only one with this problem. Honda needs to step up if it wants to sell me another Honda.

- Alvin A., Concord, US

problem #36

Feb 062019

Accord Sport 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just like many others on here, I started having intermittent issues with the car not starting. It started happening near the 90k mark about every 20ish or so starts. Turning the key would activate the dash power/electrical but I would only hear a click from under the hood, the car would usually start the 2nd/3rd time.

After a couple thousand more miles it would get to be more frequent so I did some testing and ruled out the battery and alternator but still lived with the issue since it would still start on maybe the 4th/5th time of turning the key. Finally at about 95k miles I was leaving for work (35 miles from home) and it took me 10 minutes of turning the key before it finally fired the engine. At this point I couldn't risk it again and immediately started removing the starter once getting home.

I went to a local auto shop and purchased a new one but also had them bench test the old starter. The old starter failed the test instantly blowing their test fuse which gave me some assurance that I wasn't just throwing parts at a problem. $311 later after the core exchange and my hands and arms looking like a T-Rex, the car was back in business. This is likely one of the worst possible locations for a starter to be unless you happen to have a lift in your garage/shop. Entire process took about 3-4 hours with going to the auto shop. Just wish this would have been covered under a recall.

- Nate E., Sumner, WA, US

problem #35

Sep 292018

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 51,000 miles

Shortly after my 2014 Accord 4-cyl passed the 50,000 mile marker, the starter stopped working intermittently. Sometimes I turn the ignition key and the starter does not respond. When I try again, it will work. The problem is increasing in frequency. Yesterday, the starter did not respond to two consecutive attempts to start the motor. It worked on the third attempt. It seems like it's only a matter of time before I get stranded somewhere. I'm not interested in taking it to the dealer based on other users' experiences. Why should I pay almost $1,000 for what is apparently (clearly?) a manufacturer defect? That's 5% of what I paid for the vehicle new, and almost 10% of what it's worth today. If Honda refuses to pay for the fix, I can't purchase more Honda's. I've already had two Accords and a Pilot. The in-laws have had three more Honda's. I was planning on replacing my '14 with a '19, but that decision depends on Honda's response in the next few months. The problem seems widespread enough for a recall or some sort of outreach.

Update from Oct 27, 2018: My dealer quickly replaced the starter without issue.

- hondaaccord2014, Santa Maria, US

problem #34

Jun 092018

Accord Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

2014 Honda Accord same issue at times takes several attempts to start.

- Karen D., Missouri City, TX, US

problem #33

Aug 012018

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 69,000 miles

I purchased a Honda Accord new in 2014. Car has been very reliable up to now. I am experiencing the same issue of the car not starting when I push the start button, click but no start. At first it was just every once in a while but the problem has gotten worse in the last month. Honda needs to be responsible for this issue as I am seeing more and more issues with the same problem. I am taking my car to Honda this week to see if they have a answer for this problem yet. Car has a new battery and when it does start, it turns over just fine which tells me it isn't the starter. When I was younger I use to do auto electrics for about 10 years. This is a electrical problem I can't seem to put my finger on.

- Darryl S., Tyler, US

problem #32

Jan 152018

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2014 Honda Accord, 52,000 miles but started having major issues starting the car around 45-47K miles.

About a year ago I began experiencing intermittent issues starting the car (push button start); replaced the batteries in key fob several times, didn't solve the problem. A few months later, starting the car was becoming more and more problematic; I'd hear a 'click' but no turnover, no juice whatsoever, just clicking and dash lights. I thought maybe it was related to the cooler weather until it became more persistent and was happening when it was cold, warm, didn't matter.

It left me stranded several times; requiring a jump about once a week. Other times if I just left the car (and took a different car) the next time I'd try to start it, it would start right up. Having this issue 1-2 times per week was inconvenient and incredibly frustrating but manageable. Until it started happening daily which is when I eventually had the alternator checked and battery replaced (even though it didn't need to be replaced). After replacing the battery the issue seemed to be resolved except that the car wouldn't always start up on the first try. I assumed maybe it was because the key fob wasn't close enough to the ignition (wishful thinking)

This week the issue started becoming so problematic that I can no longer rely on my car to get me to and from work. I've replaced both key fob batteries AGAIN, car has a brand new battery yet the car will not start. About a week ago it would start after 2-3 tries, this week it started up after about 10+ tries but today it just wouldn't start at all.

- Lindsay R., Kissimmee, FL, US

problem #31

Mar 012018

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles

I purchased a Honda because they are generally a reliable vehicle. I have always bought American vehicles up until we purchased this Honda Accord EX 4 cylinder. We were very happy up until we started having starter problems. My car only has 63,000 miles on it and now the starter is already going out on it. I google searched "COMPLAINTS ABOUT 2014 HONDA ACCORD STARTER PROBLEMS". To my amazement there were hundreds of complaints about people having to pay for new starters because Honda is not willing to admit there is an ongoing problem with their starters in a couple of their vehicle lines. I don't understand how Honda can say there is not an issue with their starters when there are so many complaints online. This should be considered a RECALL item with so many complaints. I am going to take my car in to get it repaired and I am NOT willing to pay for a Honda problem. If Honda does not do me right by fixing this vehicle with NO CHARGE I will get media involved and make sure that consumer affairs hears about this.(As if they probably know already.) I have read multiple complaints and the answers that these people are getting from Honda repair shops. A lot of them saying that it is wear and tear on the vehicles. What kind of wear and tear can 1 push button get after 4 years of owning a vehicle. If this push button is an issue then go back to using a key to start your cars. In all reality it is not the button but the starter that is the issue. Honda should be replacing these starters, free of charge, for going out so quickly. This ends up being a "CASH COW" for Honda by allowing Honda to make nearly $1,000.00 to repair or replace a starter when it goes out. I am very disappointed in hearing that Honda is not making this a recall item. I will pursue a class action suit if Honda tries to bill me for it. Had I known that the 2014 Honda Accord had starter problems I would not have purchased it. Let's get the word out to try to get this on a RECALL LIST.

- Darryl S., Glendora, US

problem #30

May 022018

Accord LX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

This has been an intermittent problem with my 2014 Honda Accord for about the last 30,000 miles. When I turn on the key, dash lights come on but nothing happens with the starter part. There is no sound, no clicking as it would with a low battery. Sometimes it seems like there is a faint “humming” noise. The car can start as normal several times without an issue, then begin failing the first, second, or third try. The issue has gotten progressively worse. Today (May 2, 2018), with wife, child and dog in the car, I could not get it to start for over 30 minutes after continual trying (40-50 tries at least). About 15 minutes after calling AAA, it started. Each time I have asked mechanics and dealer, they have said it must be happening when I bring it in. They also say they are not aware of any reported issues such as this. One dealer said they did not have proper equipment to even check it. This is not what one would expect from a Honda.

Update from May 8, 2018: I printed out various complaints regarding the 2014 Honda starting issue and delivered to the dealer. They ended up duplicating the issue. The solution was to replace the starter. One particular complaint I had read described the same identical issue. After pushing by the owner, Honda stepped in and took care of it at no charge. It appears that they did the same with mine. I am guessing it is being done to possibly avoid a wider recall.

- Greg H., Dexter, ME, US

problem #29

Jun 302018

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

It's 109 degrees outside.. got back from car wash early in the morning so I don't go when hot... parked in garage for 5 min. Came back out and nothing, only clicks... I know it's not the battery because I get 12.8 volts before I try.... and it's new battery, maybe 4 months old... Honda needs to get on this fast ... I'm lucky I still have warranty with Maxcare... but man it's so unsafe.. I can get stranded with baby and wife in this heat.. I can't imagine what I would do...

- Ahskur K., Streamwood, IL, US

problem #28

Feb 152018

Accord LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 32,000 miles

3 year + car failed to start intermittently. No cranking, no clicking. After calling Honda to complain about this issue, they said they needed a diagnosis from a dealer, so I took the car to the dealer and got the problem diagnosed for $130, which would be deducted from the bill if they were the ones fixing it, for around $900.

I'm in the process of asking Honda to take care of this expense, but as the car is out of warranty in terms of time (by months), they told me it might be possible under a "good will" gesture on their part.

So I've been waiting for a response since last week being switched through 2 "case managers" when I started the process, and it may take a couple more days to even find out if they will cover it.

I've been waiting for a resolution and not yet fixed the car. Meanwhile I rented a car... I hope the wait will be worth it and Honda actually takes care of most of the expenses.

- Cy C., Chino Hills, US

problem #27

Mar 122018

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

I bought Honda Accord 4 door brand new and had starting problem as described by others. I brought to dealer but they could not find out the issue, however they did change the starter and the problem went away, so far so good.

Recently I bought another Honda Accord 2014. This car is with 47k and started to show the same problem. Unlike my other Honda, this one showed battery sensor problem. The engine won't turn over, it failed before that. I changed the sensor, it is still the same problem. When the weather is cold, it won't start. It will start in the afternoon hour. At least right now from about two week observation, it is the case. Just do not know when it will happen, the car may start no problem, like my other 2014 Honda. My other Honda does not seem to relate to temperature of the day. I am in Florida, even a warm weather, just drove to the mall, and one hour later, the car won't start, after 10 minutes struggle, it would start no problem.

- Zhen S., Largo, FL, US

problem #26

Feb 112018

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I push the starter button, it just clicks. Sometimes it will crank on the second try. Sometimes it won't start even after 30-45 minutes of waiting and trying over and over. Then, if you let the car sit for several hours it starts right up. This started happening a few months ago, when it had about 65,000 miles on it. The battery has been replaced. The batteries in the keyless fob are good. It has happened numerous times now.

I've been stuck an hour from home, thought I was going to have to have it towed and then after about an hour of sitting it started right up. Last week I had bought groceries, loaded them in the trunk in the pouring rain and the car just "clicked" would not ever start. I had to call for a ride home, then later on that night hubby went back and it started.

Friday, February 9, it left my husband, son, and dog stranded. They had to walk about a mile to find a ride. Then went back later that night and it cranked right up.

- Lori B., Baldwin, US

problem #25

Dec 112017

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 34,321 miles

Our low mileage (1 family) 14 Honda Accord EX 2.4 CVT (purchased new) is now out of warranty and it push button start system began to fail. I jump started the car about 8 times to keep it going. After having the factory batter tested (it was still ok). I went online for advice.

After reading alt. and starter replacements that didn't cure the problem I found a practical cure.

The 4 cylinder 2.4 Accord uses a very small battery. The V-6 model uses a much higher cranking amp battery but it needs the larger battery box (cheep fix / order at the dealer).

After replacing the battery (and its box) my car runs like new, even in cold weather!

Before replacing major parts buy yourself a V-6 rated battery and enjoy your Honda again.

- clydenva, North Chesterfield, US

problem #24

Sep 022017

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I have a 2014 Honda Accord EX, bought it new and now it has 45,000. This is my second time I am having same issue with my Honda not starting. First time was two months ago and now again last night.

I have a push button and it just makes a few clicks when I push the button, but does not start. Last time It happened I had a friend to jump start me. I took it to dealership and they said nothing was wrong with my battery. I am not sure if its the starter or battery this time, but I just wanted to post this in case someone is looking into this matter to get this issue recalled with Honda. This is my third Honda Accord, I had two Civics and one CRV and If Honda does not do something about this issue this will be my last Honda.

If anyone has any suggestions on this issue or had this problem fixed please let me know so I can get this fixed.

Thank You

- Demir K., MEMPHIS, TN, US

problem #23

Sep 192017

Accord Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,020 miles

Bought this Honda Accord Sport brand new in 2014. Began having problems with it just three years later..right after warranty ended. First it started not turning on once every two tries of turning the key. The ignition would just click and everything else seemed to work, but the engine would not turn over. Then it became a couple of times within days every now and then. Then it progressively got worse as the weeks passed. About one month later it became turning the key ten or more times to try to get it to start, but it wouldn't do it every single time, which I thought was weird and probably why it took me so long to get it checked. We switched the battery because it needed to get replaced, which might be yet another issue with Honda. Keep in mind that this car was still under 27,000 miles. The final time before I had no choice but to take it in to the dealer, it refused to start. My husband finally got it to work and we took it straight to the dealer. They told us it was the starter. I had already looked up this issue online and found several complaints about it. From what I read, some people had been told it was the battery, others the alternator, and others miscellaneous issues. It seems none of those "fixes" actually fixed the problem for these people. So I was pretty skeptical that replacing the starter would fix this issue. It's been about a week and so far it's been working well, but I've read a previous complaint here where after getting the starter replaced the owner began having problems again after six months. I'm hoping that will not be my case, so I will keep my fingers crossed. My warranty had just expired, but because I was covered for mechanical breakdown through my auto insurance, I only ended up paying the deductible for getting the starter replaced ($250) as opposed to paying the almost $900 full cost. I hope Honda considers recalling vehicles on this issue because it seems it's happening to a lot of Honda Accord owners. I used to own a 2003 Honda Civic before this Accord and it lasted me over 10 years with no major issues. I definitely never had this problem with my old reliable. Honda needs to stand behind it's brand and continue making quality vehicles for it's customers.

- Sonia G., San Antonio, US

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