3rd Gen (1986 – 1989) Honda Accord Problems

The 3rd generation of the Accord has a cumulative PainRank™ of 2.44. That can be compared against other Honda generations. Shopping for a Honda? This generation is generally a good bet.

Owners of the 1986–1989 Accord model years have sent in 46 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (41%) followed by the electrical (13%) and the transmission (8%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 1989 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
1989 16
4.31
1988 13
2.53
1987 2
0.2
1986 15
2.69

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