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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 2
Average Mileage:
37,728 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Oct 061999


  • miles


I was traveling approximately 35mph when a minivan turned in front of me. The front of my car slammed into the passenger side of the van. My insurance company and other drivers (accident was his fault) insurance company have determined that my car was totaled. My concern is that going at the rate of speed I was, and the damage to the front of my car (I have taken pictures)was great enough to have it totaled, the air bags should have deployed.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #3

Feb 111999


  • miles
No deployment of air bag during a frontal collision causing damage to engine shaft and bumper.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 281998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No deployment of airbag resulting in injury to driver during vehicle collision.

- South Hill, VA, USA

problem #1

May 261998

(reported on)


  • miles
Sudden acceleration resulting in vehicle collision, no deployment of air bag during collision.

- Sunnyside, NY, USA

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