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.


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1998 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 182002

(reported on)


  • miles


My concern is that the lug wrench provided with this car and most others will not allow most people to remove the lug nuts after they have been torqued by a tire dealership. Either the torque being applied is too much or the wrenches are not adequate. Many people theres days have some type of road-side insurance and never really have to remove the wheel, however if a flat happens in a remote area and the only equipment avaiable is the equipment supplied with the car, many people would not be able to loosen the lug nuts. My concern is not only the equipment in the car, but also the amount of torque applied. I believe the torque being applied by the tire dealerships is within the specifications, however I also believe it is more than necessary. If you have lug nuts torqued to specification on your car, ask your wife to try and loosen one. Nlm

- Fairfield, CA, USA

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