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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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,988 miles

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Apr 062016

Accord

  • miles

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

My ingine switch. Does not want to turn. My key on and off. I been having lots of problems with the key. It starteda while ago. My weel locks on me not letting it. Turn no were causing. An accident

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #41

Dec 132015

Accord

  • 55 miles
I bought this 1998 Honda Accord and I want to know why my car VIN number is not in the recalls for this no warning cutting off while driving and its very dangerous to drive it and sometimes it takes a long time to start up and then continue to cut off I have replaced fuel pump distributor full tuneup and next my ignition coil which is a recall for my year Honda Accord and this cut off problem should be taken care of for my safety because I own this vehicle and would appreciate your support and concern of the recalls on my car please. When I first bought the car the next day I was on the freeway and the car just cut off and I didn't even know it was off until I realize I was slowing down and steering got hard and traffic was yelling at me from their vehicles and I was scared pulling over to the side of freeway.and as of today it does it more frequently and take longer to start back up than it did when I first got the car so I think it is unfair that my VIN number for this can't be taken care of under this unsafe recall that my car is included in onthis recall please help me understand why im not included and that's not ok.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #40

May 212016

Accord

  • 150,000 miles
Vehicle shuts off while driving. Almost got into an accident. Will restart after a few minutes.

- Dickson, TN, USA

problem #39

Oct 012015

Accord

  • 200,000 miles

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

Car randomly stalls or locks up when driving, able to pull over and restart it just fine

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #38

Jul 102015

Accord

  • 159,900 miles
The car just shuts wherever you are, in the middle of the highway. It happened numerous times. Sometimes it wouldn't start. But my daughter was driving the car and it shut off in the middle of the highway. She was very lucky that an accident didn't occur. This part (ignition switch has be on recall) for the 98 Accord but not my particular VIN# which I think is ridiculous. Why would it be on 98 Accord and beyond but not this particular VIN and we had the same issue as the others.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #37

Jun 262015

Accord

  • 5 miles
Transmission goes out on all of the Honda brand vehicle. This is very scary and not safe to drive. I was on the highway getting off my exit and crashed because of their faulty transmissions. I looked up what was going with my car and their was several complaints about theses cars. This needs to be a recalled!!!!!!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #36

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 #35

Dec 232013

Accord

  • miles
"have a 1998 Honda Accord 4 cylinder V tec engine manual transmission runs great clean interior clean outside some minor dings nothing big small amount of sun damage car has 158xxx miles if you are interested in it please give me a call at [xxx] my name is [xxx] it also has auto page alarm and a double din stereo " denver.craigslist.org/cto/4241444804.html this I did a carfax report and someone rolled back the miles. Seller says it has 158xxx miles and carfax shows 218,489 last reported odometer reading. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rifle, CO, USA

problem #34

May 102012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
On my way to work I was driving at 45mph and the car began to slow down and shut off in the middle of traffic. I noticed as it slowed down the ignition key light was flashed. Five mins later the car came back on and I took it to several auto shops and they couldn't determine what was wrong with my car. For a month this problem seemed to stop all together. Recently it did this stopping while I was driving on the highway but didn't come back on. I had the car towed to Goodyear vespia auto shop. Here they determined that something might be wrong with the car's computer. During a test drive the car shut off on the mechanic he place the code indicator to determine what was wrong with the car and here he discovered that car's computer was dead again he waiting 10mins and the car came back on without any indication for its shutting off.

- Piscataway , NJ, USA

problem #33

Jan 012008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Accord automatic transmission 68,000 miles the date I listed was the date I took it to a body shop for repair. I believe I began noticing it at least a year before but didn't have money to do anything about it then. (on ssd) the roof, trunk, L panel R & L lens & housing, rear bumper had to be repainted/repaired. It started before that particular date. It began with white spots that started peeling and it spread like wildfire. Could not afford a new car and since the mileage was low and I need a car I decided to have it repaired. It runs good, but looked terrible!! the money I spent was an extreme burden on me. I am on a fixed low income. I read here that in '98 they changed the painting process.now I discover many complaints witht same problem on newer years. They apparently started a faulty paint procedure and still use it and are ripping people off. I know cars, no garage, with no peeling, etc. Now less than a year later: There are white spots showing through where it was not painted, R front and rear panel!!!!! Honda should, at the very least reimburse for what I spent and fix the current problem at no charge. When I mentioned it to Honda they just said they didn't do that type of work. At the time I was not aware (but they probably were) that this is a widespread known problem!! anyway, Honda should be sued!. I've already had people thank me for telling them about this saying they won't buy a Honda!!

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #32

Sep 172011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles

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

When I stop or slow down the car shuts off. I have no steering and no brakes and no hazard lights. Car shuts down while driving.

- Havana, FL, USA

problem #31

Jun 012008

Accord

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that there is a recall on the 2002-2003 Accord. Once the key is removed from the ignition, the vehicle rolls away. The failure has occurred for the past ten years. The dealer could not find any failures with the vehicle. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Carson, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 152002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Problems began when I took my 1998 Accord ex in to have the 30,000 mile service. I was told that the brake pads needed to be replaced. I had them replaced and went in for another major service check a year later and was told the car needed new brake pads again, that's only 18,000 miles later. The Honda dealership mechanic told me replacing the pads every 20,000 miles is not uncommon for these cars. I, then, took the car to a non-Honda repair shop who replaced the pads and guaranteed them for 48,000 miles. When I took the car in for the second major service check my car horn was working. After leaving Honda's service shop the horn has not worked properly again. When I turn the engine on the horn turns off. As long as the engine's off the horn works without a problem. I took it back to Honda who told me that the problem is probably related to a cable in the steering column and would cost me over $200 to repair. They also told me that it could be the key switch and there has been a recall on the switch but my car was not included. Again they estimate $200 to repair. This car has not had excessive wear, it is a 1998 and has less than 48,000 miles on it today. I have no confidence in what they are telling me and am very displeased with my Honda and the service that I am getting.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #29

Mar 152003

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
This is my mothers car (1998 Honda Accord ex-vl) which was totaled in an accident due to a sudden unintended acceleration.my wife was the first owner of the vehicle and my mother has had the car for about 2 years. She had stopped, put the car into park, got out to open a parking lot gate, got back in, stepped on the brake, and shifted the car into gear. It immediately went into a high rev and accelerated uncontrollably resulting in the car smashing into a wall about 60' away. Luckily the air bags worked and neither her or my step father were seriously hurt. Her foot was definitely on the brake pedal as there is a lockout mechanism that prevents the car from being taken out of park if the brake pedal is not pushed. This may or may not be related, but she was having difficulty getting the handle to move. The problem with it not moving had occurred previously, usually on a slight incline, but the Honda dealer looked at it and told her nothing was wrong. My mother is a retired bus driver with a perfect driving record, no accidents, and only uses one foot to control the vehicle.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #28

Dec 152002

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I purchased a 98 Honda Accord in October of 2001. It has been in the shop approximately eight times since it was purchased for numerous problems. The brakes had to be replaced about four months after buying the car. The paint has faded on the roof and is now fading on the trunk lid. The key has gotten stuck in the ignition twice and would not come out until the next day. The gas pedal has gotten stuck after cranking the car and pedal had to be "punched" to get it to accelerate. The cd player has been replaced. The doors would not lock using keyless entry or manually and the door accuator was replaced. The keyless entry has also been replaced. These are some of the things that are going on. Currently, the back window is vibrating and it is unclear whether it is loose or not. I do feel this is a lemon.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #27

Dec 152002

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I purchased a 98 Honda Accord in October of 2001. It has been in the shop approximately eight times since it was purchased for numerous problems. The brakes had to be replaced about four months after buying the car. The paint has faded on the roof and is now fading on the trunk lid. The key has gotten stuck in the ignition twice and would not come out until the next day. The gas pedal has gotten stuck after cranking the car and pedal had to be "punched" to get it to accelerate. The cd player has been replaced. The doors would not lock using keyless entry or manually and the door accuator was replaced. The keyless entry has also been replaced. These are some of the things that are going on. Currently, the back window is vibrating and it is unclear whether it is loose or not. I do feel this is a lemon.

- Lillington, NC, USA

problem #26

Jun 152003

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,804 miles
Alternator died, with only warning was ABS light on, could not even make it to the shop 10 miles away. Car died completely. I was told that Honda should have recalled these alternators for the 1999 and 1998 models.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #25

Jul 152002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The engine completely blew out one day. I was on the way to work and there was an explosion under my hood. Honda put in a re-built engine and I have had nothing but problems since then. A few months later...the paint gradually started to fade away on the roof. It has only gotten worse and will get much worse. It is a 1998 Honda!! this stuff shouldn't be happening!

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #24

Nov 052003

(reported on)

Accord 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Complaint for 1998 Honda Accord vehicle problems are not listed.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #23

Nov 012002

Accord

  • 58,717 miles
1998 Honda Accord. Dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-*****over to artemis******770807.

- Miami, FL, USA

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