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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.

7.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$0.00
Average Mileage:
140,418 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. press tiny switch under plastic covering shifter to reset it (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 212011

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

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

Bought car at Repocast auction. Got it home and it has no second gear. Slips terribly. Cost to repair is more than I paid for the car. Thought Honda Accords had a great reputation and were highly rated. This is a disaster.

- , Dorr, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

ITS A TINY HOLE UNDER THE CONSOLE THAT COVERS THE SHIFTER, TAKE A PAPER CLIP AND PUSH IT DOWN WHERE THE SWITCH IS (YOU CAN FEEL IT GIVE A LITTLE) THATS THE AUTOMATIC UNLOCKING MECHANISM FOR THE SHIFTER AND IT RESETS IT WHERE IT WONT LOCK UP ANYMORE!

- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

i have bought honda cars since i can remember. I have also bought a honda motorcycle. After this problem, I have found so many others who have had Honda problems, that I will probably never buy honda again. It is a shame that a car brand once associated with quality, is turning out so many defective cars and not fixing the problems that were built into the cars. The transmission in my car was not meant to handle the power of the motor it came with. Shame on Honda!!!

- , Lexington, SC, USA

problem #2

Jan 212008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,605 miles

AutoBeef is good and you should keep it up. I will recommend many people to Autobeef.

How can i get fault detecting machine that is handheld? I will be glad to get other Honda mechanical equipments because i want to get a workshop, so that Honda will rule Nigeria.

Thanks.

Azih N. Kenneth

- , Abuja, FCT Abuja, Nigeria

problem #1

Jun 032007

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,486 miles

I start the car, but can't get it out of park. If I tap on the brake many times while holding the shift lock button, it will let me shift out of park. any ideas on what may be wrong. I am fairly handy mechanically.

- , Bellingham, Mass, USA

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