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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,500 miles

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 052014


  • 125,000 miles


While I was changing the passenger side drive axle of a broken cv joint boot last year (July 2014), I noticed that the subframe had rusted out (about 60% came through and off when I punched the area with a screw driver) where the stabilizing bar bracket and lower control arm pivot are mounted to the frame. The problem area of the subframe is right under the drain hole for the A/C evaporator. The subframe to the driver side is clean and has no rust issue. The location of the rust area suggests that it may be related to the drain hole of the A/C system or/and something similar (such as rain) that had led to water staying in the area. The rust is getting worse over time. I checked it today (July 23, 2015) after noticing yellowish dripping marks left on the driver way. My wife drove the car the day before when there was a heavy rain. The car was parked on the drive way (up hill about 15 degrees) over night. When she pulled the car out of the drive way the next day, we saw yellowish water dripping from under the car. So, I looked at the area. For sure, it's getting worse than last year. I punched around and got about a couple of spoonfuls of rust off the frame. I used my pry bar to pry around the area and I can see that the frame is getting very weak. Now I can see the rust is progressing over time. As the area is getting more rusted, the structure is losing its strength. The lower control arm and/or the stabilizing bar will come off the frame, causing disaster on the road. I searched the inernet on the issue ("Honda Accord subframe rust"). the issue seems very common. There must be a design flaw (A/C drain or rain water) with the car. It seems that the issue had not been understood and taken care of by Honda. I am urging somebody looking into the issue and have Honda do something about it before it's too late. Thanks.

- Hainesville, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 092015


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. While driving at 40 mph, the vehicle started to slow down and then stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the brakes failed and the steering would not turn. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road, where an independent mechanic diagnosed that the ignition switch was defective. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the failure was due to a faulty wire harness. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

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