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:
34,638 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012006


  • miles


SRS light keeps coming on even after having car inspected by my local Honda dealer at a cost to me of over $100. They told me that they found nothing wrong with the SRS system and reset the light. I've been told that many Honda autos have this problem. I don't want to keep having to spend $100+ to have the car inspected only to be told there is nothing wrong (and the light reset) but at the same time I don't want to be in an accident and have my airbags not deploy.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

May 182001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,913 miles
SRS light is on; therefore, is not working. Light has been on since 5/01 pulled a code 06-3. cost over $600 to reair, owner (friend) declined. Bought the car used (friend), dealership reset the light but it came back on. I have read numerous complaints online of others with the same situation. This is a major issue with Honda, needs to be a recall as this is such a key safety feature.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
On Sunday Sept. 28, 2003 my door locks failed, the electric window controls on the drivers side failed to operate the passenger side windows (however the window controls on the individual doors still worked) and my SRS indicator light came on. I had the ignition replaced and it cured the door lock and electric window problem. The SRS indicator light is still on. The dealer refuses to reset the code fro the SRS light and wants to charge a $88 diagnostic fee. This problem is a direct result of the faulty iginition switch and should be fixed!

- Englewood, CO, USA

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