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.

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1998 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was restarted. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the alternator was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Jul 112002


  • miles
Alternator also has need to be replace dat 39000 miles.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 062002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system shut down while driving, causing engine to stop which was due to an alternator failure.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 202001


  • miles
Alternator went out while traveling at 60-70 mph on freeway. This was the second time that consumer has had to replace alternator.

- Sandemes, CA, USA

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