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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Honda Accord electrical problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 192002


  • miles


Dealer: Coral springs auto mall, coral springs, fl 954-346-1000 wants to charge consumer to reconnect original manufactured alarm system.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
Dealership is charing consumer to remove a factory installed alarm system to fix ignition switch recall.

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 042002

(reported on)


  • miles
On 8/30/02 I took my car to immke nw Honda to have the ignition switch replaced due to a Honda recall. I left the car at the dealer for the weekend because I went away on a trip. When I returned Sunday night I had a voice-mail message from jason white saying that the ignition switch could not be replaced and that the car would not "be touched" because of the anti-theft device that was connected to it. He said that they could not reconnect the security system and would rather leave it alone until I agreed to incur the cost of reconnecting it. The following day I went to pick-up my car with the idea that I'd call Honda about this. When I returned home, I found that the security system in my car had been disabled and the ignition swith was not replaced. I called immke about this and have called them several times since only to get people blaming others and nobody taking responsibility for the problem. The service dept. Manager (terri nader)does not return my calls. I called Honda and they say its their policy not to re-connect after market security systems. In other words, they don't fix the problems they cause after their recall.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car alarm system locked up vehicle could not be started. Mjs

- Hemet, CA, USA

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