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:
115,946 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 #12

Aug 082013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 238,000 miles


Failed clear coat and faded paint were the first problems to occur with my silver Honda Accord. Next was the gas tank leak, where fumes and leaked gas could be smelled and seen on the ground when filling the tank more than half full. Finally my passenger side front subframe rear cross member rusted thru and now the car isn't safe to drive and won't pass inspection without major repairs to the frame. None of the rest of the under body is rusted, just that section. Not happy!

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 092014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
Noted excessive smell of gasoline in and immediately outside the vehicle, and later determined gasoline mileage had dropped dramatically from 30+ mpg to 18 mpg. Upon securing the first available diagnostic check from my local mechanic it was determined there was "fuel leaking from the top area of fuel tank, but many items would have to be moved out of the way to lower the fuel tank to make a more specific location of the site and cause of the leak, which would be labor intensive and costly because the entire rear cradle would have to be removed with the danger that old rusting bolts would break and might not be able to be replaced. Possible items that might need to be replaced, include the fuel tank, fuel filler neck and fuel pump."

- East Bridgewater, , MA, USA

problem #10

Jun 262013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 157,800 miles
1998 Honda Accord: Vehicle lost power several times at highway speed. Motor stopped, powers steering and brakes lost, gauge needles spun to zero, as if car was shut off at during normal operation. We did not touch key! almost got run over by car behind us. Problem occurred six more times before we could get to local Honda dealership. They charged me $186.26 to replaced defective ignition switch and they advised they fix a recall for switch interlock while car was in shop for four days! we sent a letter to Honda, [xxx] from Honda America California called me to decline reimbursing my cost! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #9

Mar 042013

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


I have had so many corrosion issues with this car, it is structurally dangerous. The car has 160,000 miles on it but has been kept in a garage and has had the under carriage frequently washed since I live in the northeastern us. In the last 2 years I have had to replace both the brake and gas lines do to corrosion. The gas line ruptured during a drive. Fortunately there was no fire. The gas tank rusted through and was replaced. It was leaking for some time. The leak was near the half way mark and only leaked when over half full and during driving or going up hill. Fortunately we did not have a fire. I just found out the front sub frame is completely rotted out and will not pass inspection this year. Body rust is minimal and normal for age and the northeast winters. The clear coat is pealing off everywhere. I am very disappointed with my first and probably only Honda. Looking back, I am very lucky that the car didn't catch fire and kill someone.

- Falmouth, ME, USA

problem #8

Feb 172011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 134,043 miles
The engine fails while driving for no apparent reason. The car is running fine, then at different speeds, the engine fails. All braking and power functions fail. This occurs at different times and dates. There does not seen to be any reason for it. The engine runs fine when it is re-started.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 222011


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord LX. The contact was driving 50 mph when the check engine light illuminated and the smell of fuel emitted inside of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 119,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #6

May 222011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles


1998 Honda Accord shuts off by itself while driving. Happens sporadically. Replaced fuel pump, fuel igniter, cap, rotor, plugs, wires, etc. Nothing fixed it. Now they say it might be the ignition switch. There was a recall for this in 2002 but my VIN doesn't come up as part of that recall so I have to pay to have it replaced. And that may not fix it either.

- Blaine, WA, USA

problem #5

Nov 152010


  • 77,000 miles
Throttle body pulley. The pulley for the throttle uses two cables, each anchored in the pulleys. The anchoring area for the cruise control cable has broken, possibly from corrosion. The same material and assembly also is for the accelerator pedal, so this break in the pulley could also mean the accelerator pedal would not work. Broken part is the throttle body pulley.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #4

May 102010


  • 90,000 miles
Honda Accord accelerator cable failure. I picked up my son from school. I started to drive away from the school and the accelerator pedal stopped responding. I steered the car back to the curb using the remaining momentum, stopping near the curb at an angle. I opened the engine hood to locate any loose cables going from the engine to the accelerator pedal. When I touched the accelerator cable, the metal cable was loose and fell out of the housing, revealing a broken frayed cable. I called a tow truck to deliver the car to a Honda dealer for repair.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #3

Mar 202010


  • 170,000 miles
My 1998 Honda Accord 4 door sedan L4 engine stalls and the engine dies while driving in traffic. I am very concerned about this issue as it relates to my safety and the safety of my family. The first time this event happened the car stalled then died. The check engine light came on. After I let the car sit for awhile I attempted to start the car. It took four times. I then sought service or repair. Four attempts have been made to correct this problem. None of which are successful.

- Middleton, WI, USA

problem #2

May 282008


  • 107 miles
My car started leaking gas. When I took it to the dealer, where it was bought and has had all of its service, they told me that the gas tank would need to be replaced and had rusted through. This doesn't seem like normal wear and tear for a 10-year old, dealer maintained car that has never been in an accident. But Honda could provide no other reason for the tank to have begun leaking.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 282003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,400 miles
Fuel gauge sending unit failed 4 times: 12/98, 12/99, 8/00 and 4/03. American Honda would not admit that there is a generic design problem with the fuel gauge sending unit. Did not offer to replace the 4th failed sending unit free of charge.

- Walnut, CA, USA

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