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Honda Accord vs. Volvo S40 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Accord or Volvo S40 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Accord and the Volvo S40 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Honda Accord and Volvo S40 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Honda Accord and the Volvo S40 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Honda Accord and the Volvo S40 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Accord 113 Accords, 7.4 months of data per Accord, average 7600 miles13
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Honda Accord 146 Accords, 9.9 months of data per Accord, average 17500 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Accord 38 Accords, 9.9 months of data per Accord, average 27500 miles3
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Accord 35 Accords, 8.0 months of data per Accord, average 49800 miles17
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Accord 48 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 50900 miles23
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Accord 49 Accords, 8.7 months of data per Accord, average 68400 miles20
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Honda Accord 84 Accords, 9.5 months of data per Accord, average 73100 miles

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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Accord 106 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 89500 miles30
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S40   18 S40s, 8.2 months of data per S40, average 73900 miles

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2006 Honda Accord 77 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 104400 miles38
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo S40   14 S40s, 8.9 months of data per S40, average 85900 miles

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2005 Honda Accord 66 Accords, 8.3 months of data per Accord, average 119400 miles42
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volvo S40   20 S40s, 9.6 months of data per S40, average 118900 miles

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2004 Honda Accord 68 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 128500 miles61
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Accord 75 Accords, 7.6 months of data per Accord, average 137800 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Honda Accord 40 Accords, 9.0 months of data per Accord, average 142700 miles70
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Honda Accord 43 Accords, 8.7 months of data per Accord, average 164400 miles45
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Honda Accord 45 Accords, 7.8 months of data per Accord, average 164300 miles34
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Honda Accord   23 Accords, 6.1 months of data per Accord, average 165800 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Accord

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Proven track record. Have owned other accords
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Our two previous Hondas gave us exemplary trouble-free driving. In eleven months and 19,000 miles so has this one.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
It is my 6th Honda. % previous ones gave no reason to suspect anything down the road.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Amazing reliability track record
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 2dr Coupe 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2003 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S40

Volvo S40 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 160hp 1.9L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
After 75k miles the dealer who sold it to me and where I had been servicing it told me I should get rid of it. The problem is sludge due to infrequent oil changes. The check engine light keeps coming on. This first happened before 40k miles.
2002 4dr Wagon turbocharged 160hp 1.9L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
In general the car is well built, durable, and for the most part reliable. However, The electrical/electronic system is over-engineered, prone to failure, and expensive to repair (alternator $800!).