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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
140,623 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace entire sensor unit (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 082010

Accord EX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 255,000 miles


Was told bad battery may cause light to come on, I asked the adviser "what battery? for the SRS system?" he then said, well a bad battery would cause light to come on, and if we replace the battery, and light comes back on, then you will have to pay $700 to replace srs system..They replaced the car battery, light came back on next day, and two weeks later my car wouldn't start. When my husband checked the "new" battery, the bolts on top of BOTH terminals were loose. I do not want to go back to this dealer since its obvious they are trying to rake people over. Since my indicator light is still on, would like to know how to reset it.

- , Bonneau, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,876 miles

actually i bought a 1998 Honda accord off a auto auction which already got in an accident and has SRS light on and its really bothering me and i want to take it off..i was a frnt end collision ..accident wasn't too major it was only on the driver side fender so i was wondering if i can take the light of by my self or i will have to take it to dealer?


sandeep sidhu

- , Winnipeg, MB, canada

problem #2

Dec 232006

(reported on)

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,445 miles

1998 Honda Accord, my SRS light came on for no known reason. The Honda dealership checked out my car, and informed me the airbag sensor unit is not working and my airbags are switched off. They cannot tell me way, claim they cannot repair this unit, and want $1200 to drop in a whole new sensor unit.

I find this totally unacceptable. I bought a new Honda on its safety record. The seat/airbag system should be warranted for the life of the car. The dealership will not talk to me, just pass me off to Honda head office. No help there yet.

I have been told there was a problem with the 1998 Accord SRS systems, but Honda did not want a recall and made a commitment to repair under warranty. My problem with the SRS is with the car not under warranty.

- , Richmond, BC, Canada

problem #1

Dec 022008

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,170 miles

I started noticing that the SRS light comes on and go off, and comes back on again and stays on for few seconds and go off, and it keeps doing this number while I'm driving. I understand that the light should stay on if there is something wrong with the SRS system, but I don't know why my light comes on and go off like that.

Please advise what I should do and any guess how much it costs to repair

1998 Honda Accord 3.0 liter V-6 Automatic transmission 121700Fuel Injection ABS Brakes

- , Glendora, CA, USA

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