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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
106,504 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. clean egr valve or have dealer replace & clean pvc system (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 212004

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 100,009 miles


I would like to know asap about my car not going past 4000 rpms. my driving has been limited to to only so many rpms.

- , Hollywood, FL, US

problem #1

Jul 122006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 113,000 miles

Car would not pass emissions.p0401- egr valve malfunction. Told by Honda dealership that this problem was covered under an extended warranty (80,000 mi cutoff), but I would have to pay since my mileage was over 80k. $369 to fix prob. Turns out, prob can usually be corrected by cleaning the EGR Port located in the intake manifold. The 1998 Honda EX is nothing but problems and Honda offers no help. I have had to replace transmission, alternator, EGR Valve, fnt axles, suspension and more. All of this occurred before 90k. Even though I had done all required maintenance, Honda Corp. didn't give a rats ass. Won't buy another Honda.

- , Smyrna, GA, USA

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