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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,303 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Accord suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 262009

Accord

  • 250,876 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 approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the front suspension collapsed. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the ground. A police report was not filed, but the contact suffered injuries from the crash. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop where the body damage and lower ball joints were repaired. The failure was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 250,876.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 142010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The front suspension, control arm and lower ball joints are becoming worn and causing loose suspension.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

problem #10

Aug 152002

Accord

  • 70,000 miles
Right front ball joint collapsed -separated from suspension, luckily while entering a driveway, at slow speed - car became immobile. This recall exists as campaign #99V069000 for this year and model, but according to Honda, not for this car's VIN number. Leads me to think that this is more prevalent than at first thought.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 202008

Accord

  • 89,760 miles

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

During the first month of purchase, a strong rattling sound coming from the front end everytime the car goes over a little bump on the road. Years later the noise got louder, the front end, front stabilizer arm, ball joints, bushes got worsen. The car is very unsafe to drive.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 151998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The front end of the vehicle made a rattling noise while driving various speeds. The dealer could find no failures with the vehicle. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 89,000 and failure mileage was 3,000. Updated 11/19/08. Updated 11/19/08

- Floral, NY, USA

problem #7

May 272008

Accord

  • 117,000 miles
While turning left from a stop sign, across two lanes of eastbound traffic, the driver-side front suspension collapsed. Car could barely be directed to the side of the road out of the way of on-coming traffic. Assessment at repair shop was that both upper and lower ball joints had separated resulting in collapse of suspension. This also caused in a broken driver-side axle. Repair shop replaced upper and lower driver-side ball joints with after-market parts. The vehicle also had the passenger-side, upper ball joint replaced (February 2008) with Honda parts. This vehicle has had consistent suspension problems, both front and rear including looseness and clunking that Honda dealers and independent shops have not been able to diagnose effectively. There is a recall on 1998 Honda Accord lower ball joints, but allegedly this VIN number was not affected. Vehicle had 117,000 miles on it at the time of the incident.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #6

Feb 062002

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states that the vehicle produces a loud rattle after going over small potholes, consumer states the ride is very harsh and rough.

- Rego Park , NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 062002

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle produces a loud rattle after going over small potholes, consumer states the ride is very harsh and rough.

- Rego Park , NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 022001

Accord

  • miles
There is no adjustment for the right rear camber. The car therefore has never been in proper alignment. The result is that I have had premature wear on my tires. I went to have my front end aligned when the dealer informed me of the problem. I feel Honda should be responsible for replacing the parts that would put the car in proper alignment. The car has never been in an accident and shows no signs of impact.

- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 201998

Accord

  • miles
Vibration thriughout the car over 62 mph, wheels balanced 8 separate times at 4 different shops.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 201998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the left. (qcaw)

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 191997

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiences extreme vibration when going above 90 mph.

- Shaw Afb, SC, USA

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