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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,500 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.

1998 Honda Accord cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

May 012009


  • 90,000 miles


The A/C lights wont work, the A/C wont work, the mileage odometer numbers disapeared.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 092001


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 232001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine is overheating. Dealership is unclear as to what is causing defect. This defect occurs randomly regardless of weather conditions. Honda stated new head gaskets were needed, after repair check engine light illuminated, dealer then stated #5 cylinder was misfiriing, dealer cleaned plug, engine light illuminated again, all plugs were replaced, computer was reset, and #5 spark plug wire was replaced, engine light still illuminated, consumer had thermostat replaced and examined it finding burrs were evident on the stamping surrounding the movable bellows, a lot of shiny ridges were evident on the bellows, he ran a hot water test to see if the burrs would cause the device to remain closed, however it stuck close, consumer removed the burrs and the thermostat operated properly, on one occasion all lights went out at night due to steam from thermostat, consumer feels the radiator recovery tube was being blown off by the steam also, check engine light still illuminated and code P1399 comes up, which noone knows what the code stands for, engine runs rough.. vehicle experienced gas gauge problems.

- Berry Creek, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cooling system leaking.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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