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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
116,265 miles
Total Complaints:
43 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (19 reports)
  2. not sure (18 reports)
  3. rebuild transmission (6 reports)
1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #3

Feb 222007

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,500 miles


Bought my 1998 V6 Accord EX new. Only driven carefully by me and my wife. Always received factory service. Took it to local Honda dealer for 90,000 mile service (at 90,500 mi) and also mentioned that the last few months the transmission has been shifting roughly from time-to-time and sometimes clunking into gear and slipping, especially when cold. Dealer called back this afternoon to say my car needed a new transmission. Did not admit this was a common problem. I'm trying to determine how pervasive this problem is and what Honda is prepared to do about it. This website has been helpful and informative.

- , Wichita, KS, USA

problem #2

Dec 182006

(reported on)

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

i had the same problem and i got my transmission rebuilt and it doesn't seem to help at all. my RPMs rev up to about 4-5 until it gets past 40 mph then it is fine.

- , Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202006

(reported on)

Accord Limited

  • 80,000 miles

The dealership pushed the issue past warranty. Always saying there is no major problem. 1.5 years later the transmission is shot and they don't care.

- , Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

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