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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
158,189 miles
Total Complaints:
29 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. recall on ignition switch (2 reports)
  3. had to replaced the fuel board /relay because it over heated (1 reports)
  4. new ground wires worked (1 reports)
  5. relay main system (1 reports)
  6. replace distributor cap and spark plugs (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord engine problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jun 042008

Accord LX 2.3L Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,404 miles


Ok I'm 18, I went 1 year without a car and said enough I need one. I came from a family of Toyota loyalists (1980 something Corolla, 86, 93, 98, 04 Camry) I wanted to get something different, so I get a well used 98 Accord LX at, ironically a Toyota dealer. The car had a broken axle, missing control knob, bad breaks, and dirty oil. My dad and bro are extremely good with cars and these were easy fixes so i got the car.

I start driving in NYC (land of the potholes) and one night I hit a crater in the night and my car dies and I say to myself, what the hell??? I start her back up instantly and say to myself it must have jolted something loose or the key was turned by my knee. So I leave it be.

Few days later, it dies again, no pothole, flat land and I go ok this isn't good. It wouldnt start for 2 mins in the middle of city traffic in the middle of teh road. I was pissed, I was cursing out the dealership because they put a distributor in my car and I figured the timing was off causing teh car to stall. They said they would check it but I thought to let my dad and bro check it first as I do not trust any mechanic or dealer in the world.

After readjusting the idle, checking teh distributor, and changing spark plug wires and plugs, it still stall randomly, most of the time with AC running. I didn't know what to do, my first car which I spent all my money on was pretty much a deathtrap!!!!

However, by the grace of god, me and my bro were in the car and I had to close a window, I go to turn the key to On but nothing. Thats when my bro goes to turn the car and hits the key to show the engine stall and come back. Low and behold the problem found: THE IGNITION SWITCH!!! The switch was so worn that it would have to be jiggled to get the On position engaged and the while driving, would come out of on while driving, hence engine stall.

With the knowledge of whats wrong in my mind, I knew the car dealer would not have known of this problem as the test drive for the car was only around the corner so the likelihood of them knowing that the switch was bad was unlikely. I proceed to look at recalls to see if I could get a fix and to my surprise yes, theres a recall on the ignition switch. I call up Honda give em my info and yes, my car is eligible and was never serviced so in I went and my car was good as new!!!

Overall, it has yet to stall and the switch is brand new. If your car stall randomly do the following:

1- Turn your car on and hit you key while its on, if your engine shows signs of stalling or if your car dies, you need a new switch which is covered on warranty. Call Honda and they will accommodate you. Love the car, but hesitant to buy another due to the one other problem this car seems to have that I will write a revie on next...the Tranny!!!

- , New York City, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 152008

Accord EX 2.3L Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

This has happened three times so far and it's scary enough that I don't want to drive the car. After talking to the Honda service people, it sounds like they have to experience the problem themselves before they can fix it. Here is are my experiences (all 3 on warm days with A/C running):

1. On a short drive of less than a mile, I came to a stop sign and the dash lights started flashing on and off while there was a clicking sound. I turned the ignition. Started it right back up again and drove off. One block down the road all the lights came on again, but the car seemed to still be running. I turned off ignition and tried to start it up again. The engine would turn over, but die. It took five tries before it stayed on.

2. Driving on the highway at 60 MPH with the A/C on and suddenly there is no power. The dash lights did not come on that I noticed. The engine died, but I still had full control of the steering and brakes. Luckily I was right by an off ramp and was able to coast to the side without disrupting traffic. I took the key all the way out of the ignition, put it in and started it right back up again. Drove the remaining 10 miles home without A/C with no problems.

3. 9 days later: driving with the A/C on for the first time since the above problem. We were driving about 25 MPH when the airbag light came on, went off, then the ABS light came on, went off and the engine ran a little rough. It seemed to stall and then turn itself back on about four times right in a row. I never lost steering or brakes. We pulled into a parking lot and it steering or brakes..had to push the car into a stall. It wouldn't start for about 10 minutes. When it did, it ran about 1 minute and died. We shopped for about an hour. It started right up and we drove home 10 miles with no A/C and had no problem.

- , Richland, WA, USA

problem #7

Oct 232007

Accord LX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

So, starting in October 2007, my car would at first start turning off while i was driving then start right back up on its own. Then it would just completely turn off and not turn back on until i put it in neutral and start it back up. I replaced the spark plugs and wires. I got a recall down on the ignition switch. I had the fuel pump replaced, because it seemed that it was losing gas intake when it shut off. Had it in to the shop 8 times and no one could find anything. I then was tired of it, so i was going to buy a new car. I was talking with the service department at the Honda dealership about recalls on the Honda I wanted to buy, and i asked him if he knew anything about problems with my car and shutting off. He told me that the relay main system piece was notorious for going out, but wasn't on the recall list. I bought the piece which from Honda cost 65 bucks and now it appears the problem is fixed. After about a 1000 dollars in fixes, if a 65 dollar fix was the only thing needed, then I will be super pissed.

- , Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #6

May 232008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


the car had been dying at red lights about a month ago. it ran ok after that, then started dying again at red lights. today, it died at 30 miles per hour. getting it checked today.

- , Charleston, SC, USA

problem #5

Nov 012007

Accord LX Coupe 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Same as everyone before, but dies usually when in idle at a red light. But also dies when going 50, 60, or 70 mph. Very Scary. I've taken it in twice to get checked out, but Honda guys don't know know what's going on. Recently my ignition is locking when I try to turn on the ignition. Plus, everytime it happens it takes longer and longer for me to be able to turn the car again. If you have any solutions, to this problem, please let me know ASAP b/c it's becoming very dangerous!

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 252007

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

had the issue of it "stalling" while driving also. normally happened around 60-65 mph. then would start back up on it's own after letting off the gas. i called the dealer, they never heard of the cars ever doing it. it kept doing it for about 4 weeks when i got tired of it and drove it to the dealer. told them to leave it overnight and in the morning take it our for about 15-20 minutes around those speeds. tech called me the following day and said the car scared the crap out of him.

finally after tests and tests and more tests.... found the fuel line plugged, which had already been fixed by the recall for that, so that was not covered again. Also found that there was a fuel relay or board that from the sun beating on the car all day caused the board to "arch" out and had that replaced.

all seems to running good now but we'll see.

- , Jefferson, WI, Afghanistan

problem #3

May 202007

(reported on)

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


Its really annoying and scary because i'd be driving and all of a sudden it shut downs and stalls its pretty freakin scary. HELP!!!

- , Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 082007

(reported on)

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

The power just cuts out. I could be driving 70 plus and suddenly car dies. It will restart but, scary. I did have the ignition switch replaced from recall of 10/03 and yet...the problem is back.

- , Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 112007

(reported on)

Accord 2.3L 4cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

It dies while driving with no warning, it happens with full power. This started about 2 months ago when I was traveling at about 55-60 mph. It seems to happen only when moving, it has not done it at an idle. It will immediatly restart when putting the car in neutral and turning the ignition. It is geting worse with time. It has happened about 15 times total. Please help!!!!!!!

- , Fayetteville, OH, USA

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