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:
103,009 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 fuel system problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 092017


  • miles


"takata recall I took my car for inspection and it says safety/emissions recall. I wanted to get it fixed but they told me that I would have to take it to a Honda dealer.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 132015


  • 55 miles
I bought this 1998 Honda Accord and I want to know why my car VIN number is not in the recalls for this no warning cutting off while driving and its very dangerous to drive it and sometimes it takes a long time to start up and then continue to cut off I have replaced fuel pump distributor full tuneup and next my ignition coil which is a recall for my year Honda Accord and this cut off problem should be taken care of for my safety because I own this vehicle and would appreciate your support and concern of the recalls on my car please. When I first bought the car the next day I was on the freeway and the car just cut off and I didn't even know it was off until I realize I was slowing down and steering got hard and traffic was yelling at me from their vehicles and I was scared pulling over to the side of freeway.and as of today it does it more frequently and take longer to start back up than it did when I first got the car so I think it is unfair that my VIN number for this can't be taken care of under this unsafe recall that my car is included in onthis recall please help me understand why im not included and that's not ok.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 092013


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. When the engine was started, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the fuel tank and a strong fuel fumes emitted around the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Lindsay, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012014


  • 120,000 miles


Car randomly stalls at different speeds at any given time.could do it sitting in driveway or on highway. Not weather related or how long the car has been running.might happen 4 or 5 times a day or just every 3 or 4 days. No engine lights nothing. A few mechanics think its a ignition switch problem.this car has been recalled for this a number of years ago. Honda dealers in area want to charge me a large sum for finding the problem and repair. I know this is unsafe and should be repaired. Do I have any options" do you know anything about this problem? can you help in any way" [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Selkirk, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014


  • 160,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that fuel fumes were emitting in and around the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that there was fuel leak and the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 160,000 and the current mileage was 165,000.

- East Bridgewater , MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 272012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
Car suddenly shuts off on its own while driving; all electrical goes off except for check engine light, ABS light, or none at all. Happened 3 or 4 times, sometimes at freeway speed, car restarted from neutral a few minutes later. Taken to Honda dealer & diagnosed with a faulty transmission module, replaced for $450. Yet the problem just recurred not long after that repair. This creates a serious road hazard & potential for crash & serious injury, as suddenly & without warning, the vehicle shuts down & cannot be controlled with any acceleration, power steering or normal braking. This vehicle has always been maintained meticulously, since new, per recommended schedule with Honda dealerships. Browsing the internet shows this to be an unusually common, serious & difficult to diagnose issue with Honda & Acura from ~1997-2002.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

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