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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,050 miles

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the paint is eroding from her vehicle. She called the dealer (american Honda) and sent pictures, but they stated that the failure was due to the weather and acid rain. Her insurance stated that nothing could be done because of the vehicle's age. The claim adjuster stated that the vehicle's paint did not have enough clear coat finish. The engine size is not available. The current mileage is 176,000 and failure mileage was 100,000.

- Sandston, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 091999


  • miles
Clearcoat and paint faded on roof. Dealer had repainted. 6 months later same thing happened to trunk. Dealer had repainted again. A few months later clearcoat was coming off the doors. Dealer refused to repaint. Said this has never happened before.

- Hbg, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,200 miles
Faulty sealant on black Accord. Premature degradation. Began in small area on roof. Not too bad at first. Over past winter, sealant breaking down in about 15 places. Car has been garaged and not subject to automatic car wash (unless that is what local Honda dealer uses). Considerable devaluation of vehicle advertised as holding its value.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #1

May 042005


  • miles
Follow-up to previous complaint. Had catylitic converter replaced after check engine light problems, light came back on after only 30 miles with different error code. I wonder how long Honda will let this problem go with out recognizing there is a obd computer problem! if this is not fixed soon I will never buy another Honda.

- Conyers, GA, USA

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