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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.

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1998 Honda Accord cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 162002

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I provided you the dealer info. Where I purchased the car. Now my car is at 'mckean Honda' : 5033 Liberty ave. Pittsburgh, pa 15224, (412)683-3800. Radiator suddely blew up after a 10min. Of driving. A mechanic at the dealer says that the engine's got overheated first and then possibly the cylinder head damaged leading to a mixture of engine oil and anti-freeze. No warning light was on at the time of incident. They haven't dissasembled the engine yet but I asked them to do it to find out the actual damage. Honda says it can happen when it's overheated but don't explain why it's overheated. I followed all maint. Schedule and got my car inspected(including oil change) just 2 months ago(July 10 2002) at that dealer. I can't understand how an engine with 37K mileage can fail this easily. They're talking about a possilbilty of a crack on the engine block. The $4K estimation is true when the whole engine needs to be replaced which is the worst case. It can be very dangerous if I was driving on a highway. The radiator exploded with lots of smoke with 4in long split on the top. Fortunately I was at a stop light on a way back home after picking up my wife and kid. The car was immediately towed. I can't believe if any vehicle engine can fail this easy. The 3 year long warranty's been expired and I didn't get any extended warranty. Is the only thing I can do is repenting not having one? nlm

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 102001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle experienced a coolant leak due to a faulty radiator, consumer was charged for labor and feels he should not have been due to service bulletin 98054.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 102001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle experienced a coolant leak due to a faulty radiator, consumer was charged for labor and feels he should not have been due to service bulletin 98054.

- Herndon, VA, USA

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