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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,718 miles

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1998 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #8

Nov 282005

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I boughy my 98 Honda Accord with 87000 miles. 1 year later with less than 100000 miles my transmission went completly out. It was $3000 to fix. 2 years later with only 140000 miles my transmission went out again. $3000 to fix. It now has 170000 miles and is starting to slip. It also stalls with no warning. It has stalled many times in the middle of an intersection. Honda replaced the ignition switch 1 month ago and since it has continued to stall. Honda will no longer fix it.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 082004

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Question as to whether the dealership have the right to charge $90 to remove wires from an existing alarm system to perform the recall.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 282002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
The consumer received a recall notice in reference to the ignition switch. When the recall repair was done, the dealer unhooked the automatic lock system. The consumer asked the dealer to re-install the automatic lock system. The dealer informed the consumer that they found a keyless entry in the vehicle, but Honda would not pay to reinstall it. The keyless entry was left dangling in the vehicle and the wires were simply left on the center console.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 112002

Accord

  • miles

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

The power locks work intermittenley. Right side car window will not go up or down. The dealership is aware of the problem.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #4

May 242002

Accord

  • miles
The vehicle experiencec symptoms of recall 02V-120 for the ignition switch prior to recall notificaton, also the vehicle experience loss of power on the passenger side. Nlm

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #3

Jun 122002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power door locks do not work properly and consumer at times cannot get out of the vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer will take a look at the vehicle. Consumer also stated that when she turned on the ignition to roll down the windows they would not work as well.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 112000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
When traveling consumer noticed a red light illuminating on the dash, stating danger. Also, consumer received a recall notice for the same type of problem. Manufacturer has yet to send parts to the dealer.

- Dundee, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 151999

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 60 mph a short within the electrical system caused the brake lights to go out/horn failure, and vehicle not shifting from different gears.

- Ballwin, NY, USA

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