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Is Your Accord Having Problems?

vehicle cockpit with instrumentsHonda has historically been considered a trustworthy brand that consumers could rely on. However, the Honda Accord has had numerous problems develop across generations and model years. Each iteration of the Accord seems to have something new go wrong.

If your Honda Accord is giving you serious problems and sending you to the mechanic’s shop over and over again, don’t worry. It’s not you, it’s the vehicle. From brake problems to engine and transmission problems, this car can be quite a headache to own.

The sections below go over common problems you might face while using your Honda Accord. If you’re thinking about replacing your vehicle, start by getting a quote from CarBrain. We’ll buy any car in less-than-perfect condition at a fair market rate. You could get paid for your clunker and start looking for a new car in under a week.

Common Accord Problems

Some Honda Accord problems show up across generations, while others are model-specific. The sections below go over problems that appear over and over again.


mechanic checking vehicle under hoodUnfortunately, the Honda Accord has had dozens of recalls over the years. The 2003 and 2005 model Accords each have had 20 recalls apiece, and other model years are not far behind. Recalls include airbag problems, seat belt problems, light problems, transmission problems and more.

Luckily, if a part of your vehicle has been recalled, the work will be done for free. However, it still requires time to bring your vehicle in and have work done. You could be left without a vehicle multiple times if your Accord has multiple recalls. Worse, an unaddressed recall could lead to a serious car accident.

Transmission Problems

The 2002 and 2003 model Honda Accords both report high rates of transmission problems, which can be a costly problem for those who develop it. Those with the 2003 model report that it fails outright, while those driving a 2002 Honda Accord say their transmission has a tendency to jerk and slip between gears.

Unfortunately, the solution for both problems is a transmission replacement, which can cost $2000 or more. This can be a hefty chunk of change for a part that should last for at least 150,000 miles. Drivers who have to replace the transmission at under 90,000 miles might feel rightly put out.

Individuals successfully brought a class-action lawsuit against Honda for transmission problems in the 2000 and 2001 Honda Accords. However, those with later models weren’t included in the lawsuit. If you have a later model Accord with transmission problems, you won’t benefit from the lawsuit.

Brake Problems

abs red lightNumerous model year Honda Accords are prone to wearing out their brake pads exceptionally quickly. This shows up particularly often in the 2008 and 2009 model Honda Accords. However, reports show up across models.

Drivers report having to replace their brake pads as frequently as every 12,000 miles. The problem may be caused by the new Electronic Brake Distribution system. The problem was so severe, some Accord owners brought a class action lawsuit against the car maker in 2010 to address the problems.

Unfortunately, if you’re driving a Honda Accord from 2008-2009 whose brakes weren’t replaced with the lawsuit, you might not have any options for getting financial assistance. Replacing the brake pads can cost between $200 and $300 each time. A few replacements could add up fast.

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Models With Higher Than Normal Complaints

Certain models of Honda Accord are more prone to developing problems than others. Find out if you’ve got a Honda Accord that’s prone to developing issues.

Honda Accord 2002 and 2003

gear stickAs stated earlier, the Honda Accord 2002 and 2003 models have serious problems with its transmission failing early. The transmission may slip and jerk around excessively. However, it also has numerous problems with its airbag system.

Lots of drivers report that the airbag system light comes on, indicating a problem. However, even after servicing the vehicle, the airbag system may still not work.

Dozens of Honda Accord 2002 and 2003 drivers have ended up in accidents where their airbags didn't deploy, leading to more severe injury than they otherwise would have experienced. While servicing the airbags isn’t necessarily expensive, paying for medical bills incurred because they didn’t work definitely can be.

Honda Accord 2008 and 2009

The 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords had a particular problem with premature brake wear, causing owners to need to replace the pads every 12,000 to 20,000 miles. These expenses could add up fast over the lifetime of the vehicle.

In addition to premature brake wear, the 2008 and 2009 models also had problems with their engines. Many drivers reported that their Honda Accords had engine problems regarding oil consumption. The engines would burn through oil far more rapidly than usual, forcing drivers to replenish their oil too often.

Replacing the oil could add up fast, and fixing the actual problem can cost $1,200 or more. Some drivers were forced to completely replace their engines in order to stop the problem. If your 2008 or 2009 Honda Accord has engine problems, this might be the issue.

Finally, the 2008 and 2009 models also had similar problems with the airbags as the 2002 and 2003 models did, although they were not as widespread.

Honda Accord 2013

The 2013 model year Honda Accord is the most recent iteration of this vehicle to accumulate a number of complaints. Drivers are reporting difficulty with the vehicle’s starter failing, often just after the warranty expires. This leaves drivers on the hook for the $700 bill to replace the starter.

However, that’s not the only problem the 2013 model has. Other owners report that the power steering function on the wheel can fail while driving, which can be a major problem for some drivers. Since it happens while on the road, it can lead to risk of a major accident. Some drivers reported that the cost of fixing the problem was covered by Honda. However, others were left to foot the bill, which could come out to $500 or more, by themselves.

Less significant but still consequential problems for the 2013 Honda Accord include uncomfortable seats and difficulty with the audio on the radio system.

Finally, many drivers report that their 2013 Honda Accord has engine problems similar to those found in the 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords. The engine can consume excess oil and require a total replacement in some cases.

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