3rd Generation (1986—1989) Accord Problems

This generations ranks 22nd out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (41%), electrical (13%), and the transmission (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 3 complaints at an average of 133,333 miles in the 1989 Honda Accord.
  2. A/c Doesn\'t Work 1 complaints at an average of 93,500 miles in the 1986 Honda Accord.
  3. Engine Turns Over but Will Not Start 2 complaints at an average of 176,500 miles in the 1989 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 1989 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1989 16 1 0 4.31
1988 13 2 0 2.53
1987 2 3 1 0.2
1986 15 2 1 2.69

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