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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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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
168,572 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 022015

Accord

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving at any speed, the engine seized without warning. The vehicle was restarted and driven to the contact's residence. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #13

May 282016

Accord

  • 128,000 miles
My car's engine was shut off while I was driving 65 M/H in the freeway and regular road. Also I couldn't re start my car right a way. It is happening more when is hot days than cold days. When I turn to ignition side nothing happened and it's so hard to see regular lights including airbag and engine light etc. I almost got get into accident couple time during at night cause I was trying to get my engine turn on middle of street. If this were one or two time incident I wouldn't report but as summer is getting closer it is getting worst. Now I am getting afraid of when I could get hit and I can't get into freeways. Please check on it. I will try to make some kind of recording.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Feb 252016

Accord

  • 259,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 259,000.

- Scappoose, OR, USA

problem #11

May 142015

Accord

  • miles

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

Vehicle inspected by mechanic who determined that the passenger side of the engine cradle is corroded and will need replacement. Subsequent internet search indicates that this is a common issue prior to a design change in the 2003 model year. Spoke with manufacturer customer service rep (csr) who claimed that they have no record of ever having received a complaint about this issue, though NHTSA complaint ids 10668618, 10632816 and many others indicate that manufacturer was made aware of the issue. Csr stated repeatedly "there is nothing we (Honda) can do", but on further questioning agreed that it was more accurate to state "we [Honda] will not do anything about this". as Honda claims to not be receiving these complaints, a copy of this is being sent usps priority mail with tracking to ensure that they are aware that complaints about this issue are being lodged. Tracking #9505 5000 0753 5133 0002

- Commerce Twp, MI, USA

problem #10

Aug 162014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
On August 23, 2014, I went to get my oil changed at the Honda dealer and they said the sub-frame on the passenger's side had completely broken and the car is now a safety issue. I find this to be horrible. I've had this car for about 3 years now (a gift from my grandmother) and all oil changes and services have been done at the dealership on time and they are just now telling me about this!!! I have searched and found that I am not the only person with this problem. It seems Honda has known about this rusting problem for years and has done nothing about it. What does it take to hold them accountable? I now have to either buy another car or get this one fixed.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #9

Jul 152014

Accord

  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine indicator illuminated. The vehicle was able to be restarted after several attempts, but the failure recurred three times. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 210,000.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 152014

Accord

  • 231,000 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. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 231,000.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #7

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

problem #6

Oct 012012

Accord

  • 48,500 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the front passenger's side engine cradle was rusting. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 48,500.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 032013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 260,000 miles
I have a 98 Honda Accord LX that dies at random times while driving. It takes a few minutes to get my vehicle to restart. I've called Honda and they told me it was the electrical portion of the ignition switch that wasn't covered by the recall and is expensive for labor and the part. I've done some research online and this seems to be a lot of Honda owners who has this problem and the dealership won't replace the part.

- Escalon, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 142013

Accord

  • 212,272 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact was driving at various speeds when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted and performed normally however the failure later recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 212,272.

- Infield , CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 182013

Accord

  • 155,000 miles
A clunking noise was noticed while driving. The vehicle was taken in for service and it was advised that the passenger's side sub frame was rusted. The private mechanic stated that the entire sub frame needed to be replaced and that the vehicle was not safe to be driven. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure.

- Carrboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Aug 272012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
Car suddenly shuts off on its own while driving; all electrical goes off except for check engine light, ABS light, or none at all. Happened 3 or 4 times, sometimes at freeway speed, car restarted from neutral a few minutes later. Taken to Honda dealer & diagnosed with a faulty transmission module, replaced for $450. Yet the problem just recurred not long after that repair. This creates a serious road hazard & potential for crash & serious injury, as suddenly & without warning, the vehicle shuts down & cannot be controlled with any acceleration, power steering or normal braking. This vehicle has always been maintained meticulously, since new, per recommended schedule with Honda dealerships. Browsing the internet shows this to be an unusually common, serious & difficult to diagnose issue with Honda & Acura from ~1997-2002.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 102012

Accord

  • 305,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 55 mph the engine stalled without warning. The engine was restarted and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The malfunction recurred five times after a previous repair under NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The vehicle had not recently been taken back to the dealer for diagnosis or possible repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 305,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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