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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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Honda Accord engine problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Sep 022002

Accord

  • miles

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

Consumer states that the engine will stall out at any speed with out any warning, due to the defect with the ignition. Contacted dealer and the dealer stated that the vehicle is not included in the recall.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #32

Feb 012001

Accord

  • miles
The service engine light illuminated and the dealer replaced valves.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #31

Nov 062001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Engine has developed a crack which has caused coolant and oil to mix together.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #30

Jun 032001

Accord

  • miles

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

Consumer was traveling about 55mph on highway and vehicle stopped without prior warning. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Charleson, SC, USA

problem #29

May 142001

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling noticed a noise, had vehicle serviced. Technician stated engine had a crack. The crack in the engine creates an expensive repair and potential safety hazard.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #28

Jul 072000

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle will stall intermittently and, without prior warning. It will not crank back up right away, causing a safety hazard. Dealer cannot duplicate defect and determine cause.

- Fosters, AL, USA

problem #27

Jun 212000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles

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

I noticed the engine oil consumption problem at around 7K miles, but I did not believe it at first. I checked the oil level once a week. The engine burns close to 3/4 quart of oil every 1,000 miles, but the Honda dealership said it's fine. I believe it is excessive for a relatively new car, and Honda has a known reputation for excellence in relability and low maintenace.

- Sf, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 211999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine continually stalling experiences hesitation, unable to be rectified. Mjs

- Mission, TX, USA

problem #25

Jan 032000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Engine quits without warning when coasting to a stop with clutch in (about twice a month). Dealers have inspected with no diagnosis; independent of engine temperature and weather.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #24

Sep 141999

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
While driving and without warning the vehicle completely shut down, cause unknown.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #23

May 011998

Accord

  • miles

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

Engine stalled (after vehicle has stopped and accelerator then slightly depressed).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Engine stalls out when idling.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 061998

Accord

  • miles
Since it was brand new, the car has stalled periodically. Usually from stopped position, but sometimes when braking/slowing. Air temp. Not a factor. Has happened anywhere from 20F to 80F. Dealer apparently unable to replicate

- Fayetteville, NY, USA

problem #20

Aug 201999

Accord

  • miles
No summary

- West Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #19

Aug 151998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When pulling out, vehicle stalls and hesitates, this has occured since purchase of thr vehicle.

- Staton Island, NY, USA

problem #18

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine stalls.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #17

May 011998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine losing oil pressure.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #16

Jun 251999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hesitates intermittently upon acceleration. Nlm

- Greenfield, MA, USA

problem #15

Oct 011998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Porous engine block caused oil leak, nlm

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine compartment makes noise, unable to identify source. Mjs

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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