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:
101,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace catalytic converter (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 182008

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


i got inspection check for the car and it got failed with

diagnostic fault code P0420, P1491 in Honda accord car inspection

- , Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #1

Oct 272007

(reported on)

Accord LX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I had a "check engine" light on for a while, but the car was running fine, and I didn't bother getting it checked right away. Turns out it was my catalytic converter. I found out because I had to register my car in California and pass a smog test. Then my car failed the smog test because the catalytic converter failed the functional test.

So, word of advice, if the engine light comes on, get it checked right away! If I had, I would have saved $600. Honda extended their warranty to 8 years or 80,000 miles on the catalytic converter. If I had still been under 80,000 miles, it would have been a free replacement. Honda wanted about $1100-1200 to replace it. Got it done at Midas for half that!

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

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