Honda Accord Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Honda Accord Problems and Repairs

The Honda Accord is a perennial favorite among automotive critics and new car shoppers alike, thanks to its good fuel economy, enthusiastic handling, and roomy interior. However, a number of problems have put the reliability of older models in question. If you're considering a used Honda Accord, schedule a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure the car is in good condition before you buy. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Honda Accord, which is a used car that has undergone an inspection from a certified Honda dealer and comes with additional warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Accord as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Honda Accord Common Problems

Honda redesigned the Accord for the 2018 model year. It will take some time before any common problems with this new model are identified. However, the previous Accord generation (2013 to 2017) has received many owner complaints about power steering loss, battery failure, and hesitation from the automatic transmission. 2013 and 2014 Accords in particular seem prone to faulty starter motors and high engine oil consumption.

Honda has recalled a number of Accords from 2013 through 2016 due to a defect in the battery sensor case, which can cause an electrical short and may account for some of the battery failure and no-start issues. Honda has also issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) to address the sudden power steering loss complaint; a software fix allows partial steering assistance even if certain sensors fail.

The eighth-generation Accord sedan and coupe (2008 to 2012) have received numerous complaints about excessive brake wear and noise, high oil consumption, engine misfires, and air conditioning problems. The oil consumption and misfire issues seem to be caused by faulty piston rings. Honda has extended the powertrain warranty of these affected four-cylinder and V6 vehicles through separate service bulletins. The automaker now replaces the piston rings if faulty. Many of the air conditioning issues appear to stem from the Accord's grille design; the AC condenser isn't well-protected from road debris and can leak refrigerant if punctured.

Honda Accord Recalls

Use the links below to find recalls for all Honda Accord model years. Notably, all 2001 through 2012 Honda Accord models are affected by the Takata airbag recall. The airbags in these vehicles must be replaced due to a safety fault that could cause them to explode.


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