4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,606 miles

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problem #23

Mar 252020

Accord

  • 230,000 miles
Came to a red light then tried to drive and the while still on would not move, it was if like in didn't engage the gear, when I put on gas the only thing it would do is the RPM would go up but the speedometer wouldn't.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #22

Jul 022005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,000 miles
My car (1996, Honda Accord ex) was parked in my driveway after the last time it was driven prior to the incident. The next we noticed was the car was rolled off the driveway (in reverse) and had climbed the curb (both rear and front wheels) and ended up on the lawn of the house across the street from our house. Additionally the cars gear was not in park (my son who drove the car back to our driveway from the lawn failed to notice in his haste and excitement what the gear was in). Additionally now the cars gear can be switched without the foot on the brake. Also, the ignition key can be turned and the car started without the foot on the brake. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the incident.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jul 152003

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
When you step on the gas to accelerate from a stop, the car bogs down, goes very slowly - like it is working very hard to accelerate. The check engine light comes on and the square around the D4 gear flashes. The car eventually gets up to speed and will continue without a problem until you stop again. This is an intermittent problem. I have brought it to the dealer at least 7 times for this. I have never been charged for the repairs but I would like to have the problem resolved. I am afraid I am going to get hit by another car if I pull ouy and suddenly have power.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #20

Feb 022004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,940 miles
Oil from my 1996 Honda Accord poured out of the front balancer seal while warming up in my driveway. Luckily I noticed it before I had engine trouble. I had it towed to my mechanic's shop and had it repaired for about $500. My mechanic said that the balancer seal had worked itself out and sitting on the crankshaft. I have only 68900 miles on it.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 202002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
1996 Honda Accord. Dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis---------------770774.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #18

Mar 232002

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
At 65 mph oil light came on shortly after engine stalled. Dealer determined that an oil seal blew.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #17

Sep 152001

Accord

  • miles
Starting in Sept. Of 2001 my vehicle would not change from 3rd to 4th gear. The engine light came on, took it to a local mechanic. After checking it with his computer he found no problem, reset the check engine light. He researched the vehicle and told me that Honda was having problems with transmissions when it was humid!"!"! so I thought that I would see if it continued to do this when it cooled off. It has and it has gotten to the point that every morning it will not change gears until I have driven approximately 1/2 mile, stop and go again. Even then sometimes it doesn't change.

- Tobaccoville, NC, USA

problem #16

Oct 162001

Accord

  • miles
Driving down street and oil light came on..proceeded to store and put oil in car, drove approximately 10 miles and oil light came on again. Then I determined that all the oil had drained out. Oil is pouring out of my car faster than I can put it in. Searching on the internet I've found that other Honda Accord owners of the 1996 model had the same problems. I even noticed that one had a recall for the damaged part. I have no recall and have lived in the same location..just 5 minutes from the Honda dealer where the car was purchased. My car is soaked in oil from the front to the back..tires included. I'm surprised it didn't catch fire. People need to be aware of these defects and shouldn't have to pay.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #15

Sep 302000

Accord

  • miles
While stopped at a traffice light, the oil pressure light started flashing. I immediately pulled into the nearest business I thought would have a mechanic, which was a quick oil change type place. Oil was pouring from my engine. Seals and belts had to be replaced, including the timing belt so the repair was over $500. However, my car was still leaking oil (which it had never done before). Soon after I received Honda's balancer shaft seal recall info in the mail. The problem described seemed to be precisely what happened to me. I took my car to an authorized Honda dealer to have the repair inspected and to have the oil leak checked out. I left with another $250 bill and the mechanic felt that my problem had not been the balancer shaft seal because the mechanic at the quick change place incorrectly listed a part replaced as an oil seal on the invoice. The mechanic who did the original repair told me that it was definitely the bal shaft seal that he had replaced and offered to consult with the Honda tech. Honda tech was unresponsive and uninterested in hearing from the mechanic. After I sent in all the documentation and request for reimbursement I recently received more info from Honda, which instructed me to again have my repair inspected by a Honda dealer. Again I left with a $450 bill in another attempt to fix the persistent oil leak. I have submitted all the info and invoices to Honda and am waiting on reimbursement.

- Carrollton, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 032000

Accord

  • miles
Front balancer shaft seal blow, oil gushed out of engine in less then 10 mins est.was told by dealer that happens to a lot of this model that the seal is defective but Honda does'nt have a full recall, will only fix when seal blows which causes permanent engine damage if vechicle is running.after I got my car back the engine light stays on and the dealer says I have to pay to find out why, should'nt Honda of America pay since the light never came on before this problem and start immediatly after they repaired the bad seals.I've done research on your site and others and this seems to be a comman problem in cold regions in the United States it seems the seal is most definetly defective but Honda wont repair until the problem happens. Please respond thank you, james G nascimento jnasc770@home.com,159 jordan ave cranston ri 02910,401-942-3265.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #13

Oct 312000

Accord

  • miles
While driving about 50 mph oil light came on, engine started losing power. Consumer pulled to side where engine check light came on. Vehicle had to be towed. Then, technician told consumer about a recall concerning blowen engine.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Oct 022000

Accord

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #11

Aug 012000

Accord

  • miles
Re-submit//state reported incorrectly. While driving oil light indicator came on/lost all oil in engine. No prior warning. Able to make it to dealer told that balance shaft seal popped out and also cam shaft seal popped out at same time. Required to replace both seals and all fluids/all belts replaced -cost - $483.22. Dealer claimed no knowledge of prior notification from manufacturer of problem or offer to contact manufacturer for payment and cost responsibility. Able to obtain information from this site that service bulletins issued on both 1995/1996 Honda Accord with this problem. Dislodged seal on the front balancer shaft. Dated 10/96. Bill not paid. Contacted manufacturer at first acknowledged defect and remedy but refuses to confirm in writing. Clip is needed to be installed on vehicle which will enable problem from occurring again. Clips are being installed now as part of maintenance when belts are changed at 90,000 and above but manufactuer will not install clips on cars without customer taking financial responsibility. One dealer whom I contacted indicated that I should have been aware of the problem and brought car in before warranty expired. This problem exists on both 1995 and 1996 Accord but the manufacturer refuses to supply me with complete service bulletin and has told me that they are unaware of such a bulletin in existence. I hope that this information in able to be posted in it's entirety so that others who have been or will experience this problem know of the condition and the manfacturer's position.I

- Thornwood, NY, USA

problem #10

Aug 012000

Accord

  • miles
While driving oil indicator light came on -lost all oil in engine. Balance shaft seal popped out along with cam shaft seal resulted in loss of all oil no prior warning. Cost $483.22 repaired at dealership. All belts required to be changed. Manufacturer refuses to accept resp for cost. Dealership did not inform of service bulliten notification dtd 10/96. Clip needed to be installed to avoid re-ocurrance.NHTSA should be made aware that these clips are being installed on cars when belts are changed for masintenance at 90,000. But what of the owners where their engines are destroyed because Honda refuses to make the necessary repair before problem occurrs. They refuse to supply me with complete copy of service bulletin. I have not paid the bill and will not because this is a defective part and manufacturer has been aware of this even on 1995 models. I hope that you consider posting this entire message for other owners.

- Thornwood, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 012000

Accord

  • miles
While driving-oil indicator light flashing. Indication of loss of all oil. Able to make it to dealership where they had no knowledge of why this would happen. Discovered that balance shaft seal & cam shaft had popped out. Resulting in loss of all oil in engine> this is front balance shaft. All belts and fluids needed to be replaced at a cost of $483.22. Which has not been paid. Questioned the service manager regarding this as a factory problem. Told no. Even though service bulletins have been issued regarding this problem for the past 5 years. A clip in needed to be placed on these shaft seals to prevent the problem from continuing to occurr again. Unfortunately when reviewing the work order there is no indication that the clip was applied. Contacted manufacturer said they knew a problem exists but would not accept responsibility for cost and possible permanent damage to engine vehicle. They refused to supply me with the complete bulletin regarding the problem.one service mgr at anotherdealership said this problem is been going on for years and Honda will not acknowledge factory defect.

- Thornwood, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 072000

Accord

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 201999

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
While driving engine check light came on, and the vehicle stopped running due to the engine overheating. Mechanic said it had no oil. Dealer had just changed oil.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 231999

Accord

  • miles
Engine check light came on after arriving home. Took to dealer next day. Was informe D by mechanic a faulty ignition switch which needed replacement.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 241996

Accord

  • miles
Engine overheats and has made noise since ownership, overheats even when gauge does not indicate. (attorney for consumer).

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #4

Jul 121998

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle overheated, causing the ignitor to burn out and the vehicle was smoking. Also, when driving the engine check light will come on.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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