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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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,754 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 282008


  • 107 miles


My car started leaking gas. When I took it to the dealer, where it was bought and has had all of its service, they told me that the gas tank would need to be replaced and had rusted through. This doesn't seem like normal wear and tear for a 10-year old, dealer maintained car that has never been in an accident. But Honda could provide no other reason for the tank to have begun leaking.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 282003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,400 miles
Fuel gauge sending unit failed 4 times: 12/98, 12/99, 8/00 and 4/03. American Honda would not admit that there is a generic design problem with the fuel gauge sending unit. Did not offer to replace the 4th failed sending unit free of charge.

- Walnut, CA, USA

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