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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
222,721 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Honda Accord accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 312009

Accord ULX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 245,442 miles


Car has Aftermarket remote electronic door lock and engine start installed. The door lock started causing 'issues' (locked without signal initiation) (back passenger door will not lock on signal initiation) in early winter 2008 then in March 2009 it permanently locked itself.

Manual key unlock and electronic signal initiation both raise the lock pin but the door will not open.

The Honda dealership speculates it is the door 'actuator' and the cost to replace is $500. The local scrap yard says they have seen this before and with a long shanked chisel on a hammer drill they can solve the unlock problem.

Because the door is locked, the interior panel cannot be pulled out far enough to verify what the actual problem is and I am reluctant to take any drastic action (Hammer drill and chisel).

The mechanical door latch mechanism seems to work fine and appears to be a mirror image of the passenger door which I was using as a template to figure out a solution.

If anybody out there has gone down this road and can offer a 'fix' I would appreciate hearing - Climbing over the transmission shifter almost qualifies this complaint as a Pain In the Ass but for now I am still limber enough to stay clear.

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Mar 122010

Accord V4 Ex

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

My driver side door will not open and it is very annoying, because I have to get in and out on the passenger side. Help!

- , Hephzibah, GA, USA

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