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1998 Honda Accord
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 1998 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, peeling paint, & subframe rust. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.
The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000.
Peeling paint has also been a huge issue for these Accords. Most of the complaints are with darker paint colors -- especially green & blue.
Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.
Worst 1998 Accord Problems by Category
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- transmission problems178NHTSA complaints: 231
- body / paint problems140NHTSA complaints: 27
- engine problems49NHTSA complaints: 142
- interior accessories problems17NHTSA complaints: 61
- seat belts / air bags problems4NHTSA complaints: 83
- suspension problems4NHTSA complaints: 34
- wheels / hubs problems4NHTSA complaints: 26
- fuel system problems3NHTSA complaints: 66
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 18
- cooling system problems2NHTSA complaints: 7
- exhaust system problems2NHTSA complaints: 42
- AC / heater problems1NHTSA complaints: 6
- steering problems1NHTSA complaints: 17
- windows / windshield problems1NHTSA complaints: 15
- electrical problemsNHTSA: 195
- brakes problemsNHTSA: 50
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 35
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 16
- clutch problemsNHTSA: 12
- lights problemsNHTSA: 7
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