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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,390 miles

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #1

Sep 031998


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#1-7941 miles (gas gauge failed), #2-22960 miles (gas gauge failed-replaced fuel sending unit), #3--34496 miles (gas & temp. Gauges fail-replaced entire meter/gauge set-mileage reset to 0), #4-34996 miles (all gauges failed-replaced loose ground connection), #5-44257 miles (catalytic converter failed, PCV & egr-all replaced) ***this car has been a lemon from day one. The true mileage is unknown because it has failed for miles at a time. Honda has done nothing to compensate me for selling me this lemon. I had attempted to resolve the matter with the BBB, three dealerships, the district office and the corporate office with no compensation. I can't trade the car or sale the car because of the odometer replacement. The car is worthless. And worst of all I am still to this day having problems! right now the check engine light is on and the service department tells me it is due to clogg egr valves that need to be cleaned at my expense, although they just covered it under warranty less that a month ago when they replaced the catalytic converter. Where do I go now" what do I do? should I have to keep continuing paying Honda for a defective car"

- District Heights, MD, USA

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