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:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 011999


  • miles


When driving at any speed and applying the brakes, pedal is very hard, and there isn't any power steering. Also some type of noise is coming from the vehicle due to lower ball joins wearing out..

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #1

Feb 071998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving straight on highway steering doesn't handle properly. It shifts and is hard to control, speed limit up to 65 mph is more dangerous. Honda service manager was contacted two times and stated other complaints, but cannot fix the problem. Dealer representative test drove vehicle, and stated that it was like a pickup truck that has too much weight in the back end.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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