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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Car did fine for a while then it went crazy on us. Accelerator petal sticks, brake lights don't work, horn does not work, cruise control does not work, door locks wouldn't work, front left blinker works only sometimes!

- Slaughter, LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 172003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
While driving doors would unlock and lock on their own. Took vehicle to dealer for mechanic to check. As of yet cause of the problem had not been determined.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 012000


  • miles
Left rear passenger door will not open. Dealer would not fix under warranty.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998


  • miles
Rear passenger's side door will not unlock, it will not open at all. Honda dealers are aware of the problem. They cannot duplicate the problem. Vehicle is still under warranty, and cannot remedy the problem.

- Overlend Park, KS, USA

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