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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,094 miles

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1998 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #87

Jun 022016

Accord

  • 140,000 miles

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

The engine randomly shuts off while driving. Extremely dangerous! it is not the ignition switch which is the subject of a past recall. Honda does not have a clue about what is causing this issue and if you check the internet all kinds of Honda owners are experiencing this problem. I bet someone has already been killed because of it.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #86

Apr 132015

Accord

  • 148,000 miles
The ignition switch is faulty. The car will run and suddenly cut out and has difficulty starting. Most other models of Accord manufactured in this timeframe were covered under an ignition recall in 2002. I owned a different Accord in 2006 that was repaired under the recall. However, I was told by a Honda dealer my particular model is not covered under the recall.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #85

Jan 012002

Accord

  • miles
Horn pad on steering wheel has never worked properly. It takes excessive force to operate when and if it does work.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #84

Sep 112015

Accord

  • 393,033 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 393,033.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #83

Sep 062015

Accord

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system); however, the remedy failed to repair the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #82

Aug 302015

Accord

  • 239,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving at 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The details of the repairs were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 239,000.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #81

Sep 022002

Accord

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times without warning. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Downers Grove , IL, USA

problem #80

Jun 012015

Accord

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the distributor, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 165,000.

- North Tazewell , VA, USA

problem #79

Jul 102015

Accord

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While at a complete stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #78

Jun 092015

Accord

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving at 40 mph, the vehicle started to slow down and then stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the brakes failed and the steering would not turn. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road, where an independent mechanic diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the failure was due to a faulty wire harness. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #77

Apr 232015

Accord

  • 180,000 miles

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

Car died when I was driving. All the dash lights went off. I let the car sit for a while and then was able to start it again. I drove a few more miles and the same thing happened again. I have done some research on this and it appears that the ignition switch has had a recall for this problem. I called Honda and they said they don't have a recall for this year.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #76

Jun 012010

Accord

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to multiple independent mechanics who were unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system) but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 98,000. Updated 8/10/15

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #75

Apr 012015

Accord

  • 192,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the ignition switch failed, the lights on the instrument panel started to blink, and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and it was confirmed that the ignition switch failed. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V012000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 192,000.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #74

Jun 072014

Accord

  • 192,442 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 192,442. Updated 04/13/15 updated 11/12/15

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #73

Jul 302004

Accord

  • 99,999 miles
Notice ref: Honda lawyer statement on recall notice July 2004 ref. Letter to nvsc on 01072015 this is recent notice to bh, ie beaverton Honda, I am still am complaining that beaverton Honda has continued an ongoing refusal to repair / replace "? with Honda Accord LX ??starter switch?? Y 98 problem I have purchased new from B-H, which shuts off the engine at 50-60 mpg on the interstate highway. I have had this car in for maintenance repeated;U at bh maintenance dept. On canyon rd. With this complaint for several years, including 2004,5,6,7,8,9,2010,11,12,13,14. T question: Have you changed your position, of, refusal, to replace this defective part.? do you still need recall statements, which I have provided you in the past". ref see recall notice Honda lawyer statement on recall notice July 2004 letter www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/acm2840814/rcdnn-03V423-6128.pdf information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #72

Oct 012014

Accord

  • 120,000 miles
Car randomly stalls at different speeds at any given time.could do it sitting in driveway or on highway. Not weather related or how long the car has been running.might happen 4 or 5 times a day or just every 3 or 4 days. No engine lights nothing. A few mechanics think its a ignition switch problem.this car has been recalled for this a number of years ago. Honda dealers in area want to charge me a large sum for finding the problem and repair. I know this is unsafe and should be repaired. Do I have any options" do you know anything about this problem? can you help in any way" [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Selkirk, NY, USA

problem #71

May 012014

Accord

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving various speeds, the vehicle suddenly shut off and caused the power steering and brakes to stop working. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified, but no remedy was offered. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #70

Sep 042014

Accord

  • 102,264 miles
We were charge for a recall on this electrical ignition switch. We have talked to a the recall service department at Honda automobile customer service. That person told us that this should have been no charge to us. They told us to file a complaint with you. We will also be faxing the bill to the number[xxx]. faxing on Sept 10, 2014, here is the case no. [xxx]. please your immediate attention to this matter will be greatly appreciated. May contact us at[xxx] thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #69

Jul 102014

Accord

  • 133,000 miles
When driving the car, it suddenly loses power and shuts off. You have to restart it again, with traffic behind you, who could suddenly rear-end you, when not expecting your car to shut off, in the middle of the road! this is an ignition switch problem that was a recall. Honda has "fixed" this part the first time, and refuses to pay for the recall the second time. Can I be any less dead the 2nd time? Honda needs to reimburse for every bad, defective ignition switch issue that results in a car that shuts off! apparently, they have not fixed the problem and could be life-threatening!

- Knightstown, IN, USA

problem #68

Jul 012014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 333,233 miles
I have a 1998 Honda Accord when I call Honda to let them know my car is stalling while driving they tell me this is not a covered recall on my certain car for my VIN also the lower ball joints are not covered but they have a recall for the parts on line for other 1998 cars but it is crazy neither of these items are covered on my car.

- Lebanon , TN, USA

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