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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
108,235 miles
Total Complaints:
122 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint entire car (65 reports)
  2. not sure (32 reports)
  3. Honda should fix/repaint or reimburse owners for lost value (14 reports)
  4. to keep me as a honda owner i want re-embursement (5 reports)
  5. Honda paid to repaint the entire car (4 reports)
  6. repaint only roof and hood (2 reports)
1998 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #2

Sep 062006

(reported on)

Accord EX Coupe

  • 82,000 miles


My 1998 Honda Accord V6 2dr coup starting showing signs of clearly what is a Manuf paint defect. The clear coat peeling started on the roof and now has progressed to the hood/trunk/sides. I received an estimate of $5,000 (8/24/06) to have the whole car repainted. On another website at least 50 other 1998 owners are all having the same problem with little luck from Honda America. Anyone else?

- , Dublin, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 142006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 89,000 miles

The clear coat is peeling from the hood and above the windshield

- , Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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