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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,050 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 132006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,300 miles


Check engine light came on. Had it scanned and produced code P0401 - egr insufficient airflow. Told by Honda that this was a recognized problem and a warranty extension had been issued, but since my car has 113K miles, it won't fall under the extension (80K) and it will cost me $370 to fix. I have not fixed it due to money and it cannot pass emissions, therefore, I am driving on an expired tag (cannot get tag without passing emissions).

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #5

Jun 202004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
I have experienced the check engine light problem several times starting the very first year that I bought my 1998 Accord. I have received error code P0401 insufficient egr flow detected and P1456 evap system leak. This seems to be a very common problem with these models. I have tried the "gas cap not being tight enough trick", I have had the car test for diagnostics and recieves no errors. I only use mid grade gasoline but have recently tried premimium. I have used fuel cleaners and have had the egr replaced. This light still comes on.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Apr 102004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I have a 1998 Honda Accord LX V4. I have repeatedly had problems with the check engine light comming on. I have already replaced the O2 sensors and had the code cleared at least 4 times within the last year. My mechanic has noted that he can not find anything wrong with the car. I have recently found this website, and it has become apparent to me that this is not an uncommon problem with these models. Because I currently have 87,000 miles on my car Honda has said that it is no longer under warrenty. My car does not drive roughly and I have driven for miles with the light on. It generally stays on for about 1,000 miles or so, then resets itself for a few more thousand miles. After worrying about the light repeated comming on after it had reset itself I brought it into my mechanic again, only to find out that when an emissions check is ran on the car that nothing is wrong. Since I live in California, having this light on means that my car will fail a smog check, even though the emissions are well under the limit. Because so many people are complaining of an odbii code issue and other emissions related problems, I feel compelled to file a complaint. Honda was forced to do something about this problem on their 95,96, and 97 vehicles and I believe that they will not recognize these problems until they are forced to. This problem has caused me to give less importance to the check engine light, cost me over $200 without solving the problem, and hinders my ability to sell or even smog the vehicle. Recently, I was advised to replace the catalytic converter, even though the two O2 sensors are not giving the same output, thus showing that the cat. Is in fact doing its job. This would cost at least $400, $1100 at Honda. I feel that a recall is neccessary on the emissions components, and that those of us who have tried tirelessly to fix the problems should be recompensated for trying to fix a significant design flaw.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 032003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


98 Honda Accord with a check engine light caused by a clogged egr valve: I've had multiple occurrences. This is a well known design problem for Honda for 10+ years.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 311998

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Check engine light remains on in the vehicle, although perform was great. State requirements for motor vehicle registration recently changed. Catalytic converter failure, 02 sensor (both) failure, problem persists. Check engine light remains on. As of today, no help from Honda, although many attempts have been made. Problem began a few months after car purchase. While under warranty technicians reiterated there was no problem and reset light many times. Now this is a big problem; every year faced with same issue. Not mention vehicle does not perform at optimum performance level. Vehicle loses gas.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 301998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oxygen sensor failed. Nlm

- Fontana, CA, USA

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