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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,858 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 engine problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 012005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Car did fine for a while then it went crazy on us. Accelerator petal sticks, brake lights don't work, horn does not work, cruise control does not work, door locks wouldn't work, front left blinker works only sometimes!

- Slaughter, LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 062006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,434 miles
: the contact stated while pulling into a parking spot, the driver depressed the resume button on the cruise control which reactivated the cruise control. This caused the vehicle to accelerate and crash into a wall. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who determined the cruise control worked as designed.

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Vehicle lunged or accelerated upon final parking space with foot off accelerator and on brake. Car jumped over, and collided with the condominium wall.

- Port Isabel, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 011992


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel injection computer control unit misprogrammed. Mjs

- Redondo Be, CA, USA

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