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:
56,156 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 072009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles


I have had 2 Honda Accord and my girlfriend has a 3rd Honda Accord. Overall the cars are great, but there is an issue that Honda refuses to address. The evap system is flawed and especially in new england weather, the canister and shut valve get attacked by road conditions in the winter and something fails. Why should we as consumers have to pay for the repair constantly when the issue is simply an over-sight on packaging the unit to protect it. Look on the internet and run code P1456 and P1457. If you live in new england you will have this problem or you will be very lucky. You ask, how do I know so much about this" I am batting %100. 3 Honda Accord 1998-2000 year models and 3 check engine light code P1457. It is pretty ridiculous. They should have done a voluntary recall on this problem ages ago. I just spent money to get it fixed on the 2000 Honda Accord. Wouldn't you know, right around a year after the 1999 Honda Accord. Coincidence? I think not. Please take the time and do the research. These are great cars so you probably don't get many complaints, but Honda is getting over. They screwed up and they know it. Look at the new Honda Accord, totally redesigned evap control unit. Coincidence" I think not. Thanks for your time.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #7

May 012009


  • 120,000 miles
I smell the gas around tank area with my 98 Accord LX with cel on, took vehicle to dealer and found out the code P0420 and need to replace catalytic converter.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #6

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,250 miles
The catalytic converter failed but was under some special extended warranty so I didn't have to pay a cent. But, it failed, and I am not pleased. The second problem which is my major complaint is that I am being told that I will have to replace my transmission on a car that only has 83K miles on it! Honda knows that this is a problem with 98 - 01 Accord models, but only extended the warranty to 00-01 models. I believe Honda should be force to do a recall! it is very dangerous to be driving in southern California I-5 with a car that doesn't shift properly. Please help all us 98-99 Honda Accord owners.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


The problem with my 1998 Honda Accord has been the check engine light. The light came on several times early on. Honda said that I either left the key in the ignition while refueling of didn't properly tighten the gas cap. The light came on at approximately 95,000 miles. The Honda dealer in gainesville, fl said the catalytic converter was bad. They quoted $800 for the part and about $300 for labor. I personally feel that the sensors are bad, rather than the converter. The car runs fine and the gas mileage is still good. Honda said tha earlier models with similiar problems had the emission control warranty extended to 120,000 miles, but not on the 1998. I always drive my cars at least 200,000 miles and have never experienced such a failure. Thanks for your assistance.

- Starke, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 282002


  • miles
No summary.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 092000


  • miles
In July 1998, I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord V6 ex. In February 2000 the first problem with the engine check and egr defect occurred. The problem was resolved with the replacement of the intake manifold and repositioning of the PCV valve and hose in accordance with Honda recall instructions and resetting the "check engine" light indicator at no cost to me. Service occurred at dealer. In April 2000, the second problem with the egr valve as manifested by the "check engine" light occurred. The problem was resolved by replacement of the PCV hose in accordance with Honda recall instructions and resetting the "check engine" light indicator at no cost to me. Service occurred at dealer. In October 2000, the third occurrence of the egr valve failure occurred. This problem was resolved by cleaning the egr port and valve. This was performed at a cost of $66 plus tax. Service occurred at dealer. In January 2001, a related occurrence of the egr problem occurred with an idle air controller (iac) motor failing. The egr port and valve were not checked, however the symptoms of the problem were resolved by replacement of the iac motor and clearing of the check engine light indicator. This resulted in a cost to me of $226.69. Service occurred at dealer. In November 2001, I was sent a notice by american Honda concerning the egr failures and extending the warranty to 80,000 miles. Service occurred at dealer. In May 2002, the fourth egr problem occurred with the check engine light indicating a problem. The problem was diagnosed to be the egr valve failure and the catalytic converter failure. This repair has been estimated to be $800. Honda?S district service manager has denied the claim, since the failure occurred at 81,000 miles, it has been considered to be out-of-warranty by Honda and therefore repairs would be at my cost. Service occurred at dealer in tucson, AZ. As a further point, Honda has denied all claims for work done under warranty.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 062001


  • miles
Engine check light continues to come on at more frequency than it should (7 times ) for emisssion failure.

- Mt. Juliet, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Emission control system failure caused low idle and stalling.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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