6th Generation (1998—2002) Accord Problems

This generations ranks 62nd out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and will be a constant headache to anyone who owns one. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (60%), body (14%), and the engine (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Slipping and Jerking 353 complaints at an average of 94,831 miles in the 2002 Honda Accord.
  2. Clear Coat Is Peeling From Hood, Roof, And/or Trunk 127 complaints at an average of 108,169 miles in the 1998 Honda Accord.
  3. Hesitates and Shifts Hard 190 complaints at an average of 99,539 miles in the 2002 Honda Accord.

What Accord Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 979 14 196 86.23
2001 593 17 275 72.38
2000 478 19 253 61.55
1999 360 16 226 37.3
1998 434 18 255 44.41

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