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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 162001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While the contact was driving approximately 25-30 mph, the windshield became extremely foggy making it difficult to see. The defroster was activated which failed to effectively correct the failure. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The windshield was replaced on two occasions by an independent auto glass company. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000. Updated 08/27/10. The consumer stated the windshield was replaced three times. Updated 08/30/10

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 152001

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle has an antifreeze smell coming through vents of vehicle. Odor is getting worse and very sickening. It makes consumer sick when driving vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer couldn't find anything wrong with vehicle. Please add VIN.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Heater is inoperative, resistor failed twice.

- Westlake V, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 121998


  • miles
This car is a lemon. I have had so many problems I can not believe it. The sunroof has been replace 3 times, the headliner 2 times. The fuel gauge sticks at times, even after filling the tank it only shows it's half full. The egr valve has been replaced once, and it now is bad again. I burn 93 octane gas, supposedly the cleanest, but my dealer tells me it's from dirty gas. The fan for the climate control chirps like a bird.

- Pearl, MS, USA

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