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.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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1998 Honda Accord fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 282005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I boughy my 98 Honda Accord with 87000 miles. 1 year later with less than 100000 miles my transmission went completly out. It was $3000 to fix. 2 years later with only 140000 miles my transmission went out again. $3000 to fix. It now has 170000 miles and is starting to slip. It also stalls with no warning. It has stalled many times in the middle of an intersection. Honda replaced the ignition switch 1 month ago and since it has continued to stall. Honda will no longer fix it.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 012000


  • miles
1) the emergency brake light came on and would not go off. A bump would finally make it go off. Paid to have fuel cap replaced, didn't help. Put fuel cap of 2000 Accord on, didn't help. Disabled sensor from cap, finally resolved light issue. Became invalid, and drove with brake on several times due to frequency of light being on. 2) SRS light came on without reason. Diagnostic checks (3) indicated nothing was wrong. Finally replaced the sensor and problem was resolved.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas compartment latch failed.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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