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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.

8.9

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,283.00
Average Mileage:
119,296 miles
Total Complaints:
72 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay to have the transmission replaced (35 reports)
  2. replace transmission (19 reports)
  3. not sure (11 reports)
  4. replace the car w/different year (5 reports)
  5. prayer (2 reports)
1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Feb 072010

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

the car started having many gremlins after the transmission went out. the car started shutting off while driving on the freeway. Then just recently the reverse gear in it just failed, so we finally have to give up on the car. so sad to see it go.

- , Anoka, Minnesota, USA

problem #71

Nov 182013

Accord LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

I bought a used 1998 Accord for my daughter who is a single mother who cannot afford a new car. This car has a perfect maintenance record and was actually owned by a "little old lady" who was a retired school teacher. I purchased the car approximately 2 years ago from the retired teacher's estate. She was documented as the only owner and the car was immaculate. The school teacher's brother who was executor of her estate gave me all maintenance records. I've always heard of Honda's well-known record as being some of the best used cars. The car had approximately 85,000 miles on it and now has 127,000 miles. I am angered and confused how a car with such a good reputation can have so many documented problems with transmissions dating back to the 6 generation of the model, but apparently Honda has refused to rectify these issues with a recall. My daughter's Accord began to have transmission issues last month which at first was minor slipping but culminated in total failure to the point it had to be towed. I didn't check with the dealership because I knew the repair cost would be more than the cars value. The best estimate I was able to get was 2400 dollars at a chain transmission shop. I ultimately had to take it to a friend which was still 1300 dollars. Of course, my daughter could not afford this due to being a single mother and only making 8 dollars per hour. I had no options but to pay for the repairs myself which drained my savings.

- , Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

problem #70

Sep 302008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Honda tanny's are the worst. I have to baby the car because it's SO fragile.

Never buy another due to there customer service.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #69

Jun 152012

Accord LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,150 miles

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

1998 HONDA ACCORD LX, 4-DOOR, 4 CYLINDER - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FAILURE AT 92,150 MILES

I have a 1998 Honda Accord LX, 4- Door, 4 cylinder, automatic transmission. At approximately 91,000 miles, I noticed that the automatic transmission started to "slip" shifting from first gear into second gear, especially right after the vehicle was just started. This issue would get worse under medium to heavy acceleration.

Having had another 1997 Honda Accord LX, 2 door, automatic transmission, that failed at 66,000 miles, I suspected that the transmission was failing on this 1998 Honda Accord LX. The vehicle was taken to Cottman Transmission for evaluation, and the technician test drove the vehicle immediately after starting up the vehicle in the morning. The technician confirmed the severe "slippage" from first into second gear and ran diagnostic tests on all the electric components, including automatic transmission solenoids. Upon completion and additional examination of the problem, the technician stated that the automatic transmission was failing, and required a total rebuild.

Once the Honda Accord automatic transmission was removed from the Honda Accord and taken apart, it was noted that the internal metal filter was plugged with metal savings, the clutch bands were burned, and an internal electric switch was defective.

Cottman Transmission has a reputable reputation for specializing on rebuilding transmissions, and is very familiar with premature automatic transmission failures on Honda Accords involving numerous years of manufacture. The transmission failures generally occur between 80,000 to 130,000 miles. Yes, Honda Corporation is aware of this major issue, but fails to correct the cause.

The technician explained that there is no way to gain access to the metal automatic transmission filter because there is no transmission pan to unbolt and allow access. Therefore, the metal filter gets plugged up with metal savings and other gunk, plugging the filter, thus starving the transmission of vital transmission fluid, while over-heating the transmission fluid, which further accelerates transmission failure, as heat is an enemy of the automatic transmission.

Cottman Transmission recommends to have the automatic transmission fluid properly flushed between 25,000 to 30,000 miles, while installing an add-on transmission cooler to assist in reducing excessive heat. Hyden makes reputable add-on automatic transmission coolers that will fit Honda Accords and are reasonably priced. Approximately $75.00. Well worth preventive and costly repairs.

Lastly, and most importantly, having the transmission properly flushed is imperative. Most service stations use a detergent mixture during a transmission flush which can actually exacerbate premature transmission failure for the Honda Accords. This causes metal shavings and gunk to further cling to the internal metal transmission filter. Instead, specialized dealers, such as Cottman Transmission, utilize a high pressure flush with their own filters to observe the clarity and accumulation of gunk and metal savings before refilling the automatic transmission with fresh fluid. They do not use a detergent during their flush for the aforementioned reasons.

Sadly, after owning two (2) Honda Accords, 1997 and 1998, I will NOT purchase another Honda Accord that are prone to costly transmission repairs. Furthermore, Honda Corporation in California are aware of this major defect, but still manufacture the Honda Accord with an automatic transmission in which one cannot access the internal automatic transmission to change and/or clean out.

Expect no help and/or compensation from Honda Corporation as pursing that route has been futile. It would seem that Honda Corporation had been over confident in the sale of Hondas in the United States, that the "quality" of their product now suffers.

For additional information, please feel free to contact me at: wlpatch@bellsouth.net.

- , Marietta, Georgia, USA

problem #68

Jul 112006

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Interesting. Looks like Honda transmissions have been troubled for a very long time. I am a former Honda owner (1984 Prelude, 1990 Civic, 1996 Accord). Both the Prelude and the Accord needed new transmissions under 100,000 miles. (The Civic was totalled in an accident).

After needing a transmission for a second time, I walked away from my beloved Honda dealer and switched to Toyota. Low and behold, I traded my used, unsatisfactory 2004 Camry for a new 2009 Corolla, which at 44,000 miles, now has developing engine failure, a problem apparently common to Toyota owners!

I came here to check how Hondas are doing, since I actually considered going back, thinking the transmissions must surely have been corrected by now. NOT.

I bought each of these brands due to their reputations for still running beyond 200,000 miles. NOT again! So, my faith in both Honda and Toyota has been shattered, as well as my finances. Where does one find a reliable car on this planet?

- , Sleepy Hollow, IL, USA

problem #67

Jul 012011

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I bought this car 2 years ago from my father--who did not drive the car very much at all. I didn't have it long when it starting giving me problems with the reverse and then it just went out completely. I took it back to my local dealer but since the are was over 10 years old they wouldn't even talk to be about it--thought I should just trade it in--but I can't afford a car payment right now and I surely can't afford a $2800 transmission. I had a 1999 Honda Odyssey before this though and the same damn thing happened with Reverse--since I couldn't afford to pay Honda--I found a local mechanic to rebuild the transmission for $800.00-- it lasted about a month and went out again. I went back to Honda--but they said since I had let someone other than a Honda mechanic work on the car--they could not help me. I ended up paying another local mechanic $600.00 to put in a new reverse and it went out after about 2 weeks. I ended up selling the Odyssey for salvage prices. You can't convince me that I'm that rough on a transmission--something is wrong with these cars and Honda will not admit it!!! HELPPPPP!!!!

- , Laurinburg, NC, USA

problem #66

Apr 042011

Accord ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,100 miles

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

It was a proud moment when I was able to buy my 1998 Honda Accord as my second car mainly driven in the winter. It had 113,493 mi on it when purchased in 2007 and 10,000 mi later the transmission has failed and now it's a lamp that won't fit into my living room. I am greatly disappointed. I expected many good years of service from my Honda and was greatly let down. I guess all I can say is buy American.

- , Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #65

Aug 012009

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles

At The first time, My Honda first started slipping going from first to second it was on september 2009 and the car was having 95000Km.... and has progressively gotten worse and now 20 000 km after she's finished.. the transmission would not engaged in the first gear...and need to be replace ? 120000 km.. that's a joke

- , Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

problem #64

Aug 032010

Accord Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,987 miles

i bought this car from the honda dealership in chesapeake virginia as a certified pre-owned car. i had all of the maintenace performed there as well. one day while leaving work, the transmission just started shifting between gears. i took it to the dealer a few days later and was told that the transmission needed to be replaced and it would cost $3100 dollars. this is rediculious. i will NEVER purchase another honda and i am also reporting this issue to the BBB.

- , Suffolk, Virginia, USA

problem #63

Mar 082010

Accord 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

i got problem with transmission my car won't go , 98 Honda accord v6

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #62

Aug 162006

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles

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

I had the car tranny fixed on 2006 then it broke again on june 2009, even though I had it repaired once again, the tranny kept jerking, very annoying.

- , Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia

problem #61

Mar 202008

Accord EX V6 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,960 miles

Given the know issues with the automatic transmissions in the 98-01 accords, I had anticipated this problem.

- , Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #60

Dec 302009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

I've owned 2 Honda Accord EX's, a 1992 that I drove to 180,000 miles before selling it and then my current 1998 Accord that that I purchased w/ 15,000 miles and it now has 140,000 miles on it. I started having a problem when putting it into drive; it would NOT engage. The car would roll forward, and if you hit the accelerator it was as if you were in neutral; then after about 100-200 yds, it would kick into gear. I took it to my local Honda dealer, the only place I've ever had the car serviced; and was told that my transmission was bad and that I would need a complete replacement. The estimate provided was $3,500 and Honda would not cover any of it. I called Honda customer service and was also told the same thing; that they would NOT cover any of the repair b/c my vehicle did not qualify for a "goodwill" repair. I asked which vehicles do qualify for a goodwill repair and was told that it was a case by case basis and that my case would not even be considered to turn over for futher review. I was told by Honda corporate to go back to the dealer and ask them for assistance. These transmissions should not be failing; it is clearly a Honda design flaw and they won't do anything about it. I've always said I would only drive HONDA; not anymore!

- , Fishers, IN, USA

problem #59

Jun 062006

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have owned this Accord since 7 miles, maintained 100% to standard even choosing the dealer maintenance almost every time. at 15k mileage the engine light was on and has stayed on since then. I have had multiple tests run, spoken with Honda USA and above them a few times to see if they would spend more time to isolate the issue. I wasn't having any trouble with the trans per say except the hard gear switching that the dealer said was normal. well now I have replaced the transmission 3 times and it is getting expensive and frustrating. I like Honda but this seems to be something in the construction of the Car and not just an isolated event. I will definitely look at Toyota much closer the next time considering I have owned a few of those and have never ever replaced a transmission.

- , Longwood, FL, USA

problem #58

Nov 172009

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles

My 1998 Honda Accord LX-V6 transmission died for a second time. I had it replaced about four years ago at around 55/60 thousand miles. Now it has failed again at 119,000. I have put so much money into this car between the catalytic converter, starter, timing belt, interior lights, automatic door and winds. I was going to replace for a second time until reviewing this site. I need a reliable car. So I will now purchase another vehicle, but I will NEVER buy another Honda. There should have been a recall and Honda has really dropped the ball.

- , Stockbridge, Georgia, USA

problem #57

Oct 262009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Ok I bought this car because Hondas are supposed to be so reliable. The first transmission started to go at ~65k it took about 15k miles to find someone who could diagnose and get our warranty company to believe that a Honda had a problem. So now my daughter has the car and at ~138k guess what? The transmission is failing AGAIN. HONDA SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!! I wll never buy another Honda again and I will tell everyone I have the opportunity to that Hondas are JUNK!

- , Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #56

Nov 212008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Replaced transmission at 56,000. It lasted 2000 miles and failed. The third lasted 15 miles. We paid for the first, the second two are covered. Honda dealer knew it was problematic but not covered under recall, even though it is the same transmission. There are enough owners who bought these lemons to start a class action suit.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #55

Aug 272009

Accord LX 2.3L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

The car transmission fails after 112000 miles. I thinks this is so bad because you pay for a good car and the service you received is not good. I went to the dealer and they told me no recalls for this type of problem when the check my car vin number. At this moment the problem is a lot of people here in Puerto Rico have the same situation also for V6 models. I try to find a used transmission in order to fix the problem then i will sell the car or give a as trade in to buy another car. This time I will try another car manufacturer. At this moment Honda lost reliability and quality.

- , Guaynabo, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #54

Jun 012009

Accord LX 4 cyl Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I bought Honda accord thinking of driving it atleast for 200000 miles, I see the 1995 models still running smooth. But now iam disappointed

- , 1582 Parkside Dr, IL, USA

problem #53

Apr 252009

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

the fu+*^ transmission fail when I was on the highway. the check engine light came on then the revolution jump to 4000-rpm the car was going 40 mph on second gear consuming a lot of gas. the next day I took the car to a mechanic he told the transmission have to be fix or replaced I decided to fix it this cost me $1000.

and this is not the only accord v6 did I know with the same problem. there are thousands of accords with the same problem

honda should do something to prevent this. now I hope the transmission does broke again!

- , Miami, FL, USA

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