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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.

4.5

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,111 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 092007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord ex. There was a safety recall on the egr valve. The Honda dealer stated that because the vehicle exceeded 85,000 miles and was over 8 years old it was no longer eligible for safety recall repairs. The gas mileage on the vehicle was poor, and fumes entered the vehicle, the engine light constantly illuminated, and the vehicle underwent three or four diagnostic tests. The tests verified the failure to be the egr valve. The current and failure mileage were 120,000.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 192005

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Honda Accord has insufficient egr flow indicator light code P0401. The consumer contacted the manufacturer to inform them that a recall notice was never received. The consumer is not satisfied with how the manufacturer is handling this problem mainly because they expect the consumer to pay for the design deficiency modification (service bulletin #99-085).

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 182003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
This car hasn't been a major problem but this is the second time I am dealing with this egr valve on this Honda. First, one year ago my check engine light came on and the car was cutting off when it came to a stop or was idling and the Honda dealer said that there was a warranty repair on the car. They replace the egr valve and said everything was fine. 7 months later my check engine light is back on but the car's performance had not changed. However, I took my car to get an emissions test and my car failed emissions with the trouble code reporting egr insufficient flow. I took it to the Honda dealer and they are telling me that because my car has 97,000 miles on it that they cannot help with this repair. Also the egr cleaning kit is on backorder for 2 weeks, which tells me that there are other Honda all over the country that are having this problem. I also have an extended warranty with smart choice and they are saying that they cannot cover emissions systems under their warranty. The repair and diagnostic fee is going to cost me over $300. Honda knows that this is a major problem and I feel like they should be helping me with this issue. This car will continue to fail emissions if this egr situation is not resolved. I will more than likey sell this car this year once this emissions situation is over.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 092000

Accord

  • miles

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

In July 1998, I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord V6 ex. In February 2000 the first problem with the engine check and egr defect occurred. The problem was resolved with the replacement of the intake manifold and repositioning of the PCV valve and hose in accordance with Honda recall instructions and resetting the "check engine" light indicator at no cost to me. Service occurred at dealer. In April 2000, the second problem with the egr valve as manifested by the "check engine" light occurred. The problem was resolved by replacement of the PCV hose in accordance with Honda recall instructions and resetting the "check engine" light indicator at no cost to me. Service occurred at dealer. In October 2000, the third occurrence of the egr valve failure occurred. This problem was resolved by cleaning the egr port and valve. This was performed at a cost of $66 plus tax. Service occurred at dealer. In January 2001, a related occurrence of the egr problem occurred with an idle air controller (iac) motor failing. The egr port and valve were not checked, however the symptoms of the problem were resolved by replacement of the iac motor and clearing of the check engine light indicator. This resulted in a cost to me of $226.69. Service occurred at dealer. In November 2001, I was sent a notice by american Honda concerning the egr failures and extending the warranty to 80,000 miles. Service occurred at dealer. In May 2002, the fourth egr problem occurred with the check engine light indicating a problem. The problem was diagnosed to be the egr valve failure and the catalytic converter failure. This repair has been estimated to be $800. Honda?S district service manager has denied the claim, since the failure occurred at 81,000 miles, it has been considered to be out-of-warranty by Honda and therefore repairs would be at my cost. Service occurred at dealer in tucson, AZ. As a further point, Honda has denied all claims for work done under warranty.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Sep 012001

Accord

  • miles
Engine check light stays on after having recall done for egr valve. Consumer has taken vehicle into repair shop, and diagnostic reading showed no problem. Consumer has been advised to please attach a copy of recall information with complaint form.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 031998

Accord

  • miles
#1-7941 miles (gas gauge failed), #2-22960 miles (gas gauge failed-replaced fuel sending unit), #3--34496 miles (gas & temp. Gauges fail-replaced entire meter/gauge set-mileage reset to 0), #4-34996 miles (all gauges failed-replaced loose ground connection), #5-44257 miles (catalytic converter failed, PCV & egr-all replaced) ***this car has been a lemon from day one. The true mileage is unknown because it has failed for miles at a time. Honda has done nothing to compensate me for selling me this lemon. I had attempted to resolve the matter with the BBB, three dealerships, the district office and the corporate office with no compensation. I can't trade the car or sale the car because of the odometer replacement. The car is worthless. And worst of all I am still to this day having problems! right now the check engine light is on and the service department tells me it is due to clogg egr valves that need to be cleaned at my expense, although they just covered it under warranty less that a month ago when they replaced the catalytic converter. Where do I go now" what do I do? should I have to keep continuing paying Honda for a defective car"

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 031998

Accord

  • miles

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

#1-7941 miles (gas gauge failed), #2-22960 miles (gas gauge failed-replaced fuel sending unit), #3--34496 miles (gas & temp. Gauges fail-replaced entire meter/gauge set-mileage reset to 0), #4-34996 miles (all gauges failed-replaced loose ground connection), #5-44257 miles (catalytic converter failed, PCV & egr-all replaced) ***this car has been a lemon from day one. The true mileage is unknown because it has failed for miles at a time. Honda has done nothing to compensate me for selling me this lemon. I had attempted to resolve the matter with the BBB, three dealerships, the district office and the corporate office with no compensation. I can't trade the car or sale the car because of the odometer replacement. The car is worthless. And worst of all I am still to this day having problems! right now the check engine light is on and the service department tells me it is due to clogg egr valves that need to be cleaned at my expense, although they just covered it under warranty less that a month ago when they replaced the catalytic converter. Where do I go now" what do I do? should I have to keep continuing paying Honda for a defective car"

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 121998

Accord

  • miles
This car is a lemon. I have had so many problems I can not believe it. The sunroof has been replace 3 times, the headliner 2 times. The fuel gauge sticks at times, even after filling the tank it only shows it's half full. The egr valve has been replaced once, and it now is bad again. I burn 93 octane gas, supposedly the cleanest, but my dealer tells me it's from dirty gas. The fan for the climate control chirps like a bird.

- Pearl, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 011998

Accord

  • miles
Fuel purge valve in the emmissions control system is making loud noise when purging the vapors into the coal cannister. Honda is making no effort to repair because they believe the system is performing the way it should. I believe this vehicle falls under the lemon law.

- Ellicott C, MD, USA

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