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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
127,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1998 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 002006

Accord Gold Package V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


My sweet ride looks great inside. The interior is like new, the original Honda floor mats are in excellent condition and everything works wonderfully. I really love my Honda Accord. The exterior is like someone duct taped really coarse steel wool to a troop of monkey's feet and covered my car with bananas.

Little by little, the entire car has become affected by the body cancer and it looks just horrible. When I'm driving my car, I feel great but at the same time, I'm also happy that I'm not outside looking at this mess. Certainly the Honda Corporation should be proud that I'm driving one of their very efficient, comfortable, dependable and reliable cars that is 14 years old. What Honda should be concerned about is how these cars look on the road. It's a bad representation of the company as a whole. I don't plan to sell my Accord (mainly because it's so dependable) but if I wanted to, what would it be worth with this cancerous paint job?

- cclaar, San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles

I've always taken good care of my car and as people say have "babied it". I took care to always have the oil changed when I was told to. I carefully washed it by hand. Parked farther away to avoid dings. etc... Several years ago the roof started to look blotchy in spots. Then, it looked like a disease! It stayed mostly on the roof for awhile. Now, it has slowly spread all over the car! I always loved my car and thought it was great and felt proud of how great it looked because of the care I had taken of it. Now, I am embarrassed whenever I drive it or park it and get out , especially if someone is watching me. I feel like they think Im poor and cant afford a decent car! All the other cars in the parking lot at my work are always nice and clean and shiny, and then there is mine, clean and splotchy! Makes me so sad that my beautiful car is now just pathetic looking! After reading all the other complaints and seeing other cars like mine with the same problem , I just cant understand why Honda wont help us.

- megc, Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009

Accord LX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

Paint on car began looking awful about 2.5 years ago and has spread - looks like clear coat has come off, looks oxidized. Problem began as a few small patches and has now spread to entire trunk panel, roof and hood. I know of several Honda owners who have had similar problems, but owners of other makes of cars don't have the same issues. For example, my husband's Toyota Avalon, 1 year older, looks perfect! My brother's 10-year-old black Infinity has a great looking paint job. Both have been driven in the same conditions and temperatures and both have far more miles on them than my car. I believe in driving cars until it is absolutely necessary to replace them for mechanical reasons, but I am now embarrassed to drive this car that looks like it belongs in a junkyard. I have loved this car because mechanically it has been very reliable, but I will never buy a Honda again. I am debating whether I should paint this car and get a few more years out of it vs. selling it and starting over with another car...however, with the crappy looking paint, I'm sure I will have a much harder time selling this vehicle than I would have if the paint job had held up!

- Jill H., Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 012008

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

over the past two years its looking worse and worse... first started on the lop of the trunk not too noticeable having a silver car but when you walked up closely to it, it looks like discolored splotches with no apparent peeling at all. after about a year it spread to the top of the car and is now on the hood and now is very visible (splotches became darker, bigger and more noticeable) seems like its a car paint disease, very crazy and trashy looking....

- Jessica J., Katy, TX, USA

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