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:
119,872 miles
Total Complaints:
76 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay to have the transmission replaced (36 reports)
  2. replace transmission (19 reports)
  3. not sure (13 reports)
  4. replace the car w/different year (5 reports)
  5. prayer (3 reports)
1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #56

Nov 212008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


Replaced transmission at 56,000. It lasted 2000 miles and failed. The third lasted 15 miles. We paid for the first, the second two are covered. Honda dealer knew it was problematic but not covered under recall, even though it is the same transmission. There are enough owners who bought these lemons to start a class action suit.

- , San Diego, CA, US

problem #55

Aug 272009

Accord LX 2.3L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

The car transmission fails after 112000 miles. I thinks this is so bad because you pay for a good car and the service you received is not good. I went to the dealer and they told me no recalls for this type of problem when the check my car vin number. At this moment the problem is a lot of people here in Puerto Rico have the same situation also for V6 models. I try to find a used transmission in order to fix the problem then i will sell the car or give a as trade in to buy another car. This time I will try another car manufacturer. At this moment Honda lost reliability and quality.

- , Guaynabo, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #54

Jun 012009

Accord LX 4 cyl Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I bought Honda accord thinking of driving it atleast for 200000 miles, I see the 1995 models still running smooth. But now iam disappointed

- , 1582 Parkside Dr, IL, USA

problem #53

Apr 252009

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


the fu+*^ transmission fail when I was on the highway. the check engine light came on then the revolution jump to 4000-rpm the car was going 40 mph on second gear consuming a lot of gas. the next day I took the car to a mechanic he told the transmission have to be fix or replaced I decided to fix it this cost me $1000.

and this is not the only accord v6 did I know with the same problem. there are thousands of accords with the same problem

honda should do something to prevent this. now I hope the transmission does broke again!

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #52

Jun 012009

Accord LX 2.3lvtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 315,900 miles

the car hit over 300.000 m and the tranny died i know why the tranny died its because i was hitting it in neutral and kickt it in too drive i did it and it broke the tranny damit

- , Burlington, VT, USA

problem #51

Mar 022009

Accord EX-L 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

I got this 1998 Honda Accord V6 brand new..... It was my 4-5th Honda.....LOVED Honda.......UNTIL this piece of sh*t hit my driveway! We replaced the transmission at 76,000 miles for $1300.00, again at about 125,000 miles for $1800.00, and NOW with it will not pass inspection (to get it registered), they said it needs ANOTHER transmission for $2300.00!!!!! I gave this car to my 17 year old son a year and a half ago. He has put a stereo system in it, has Sirius radio, brand new tires, excellent body and interior (Had it totally repainted when I t-boned and totaled a brand new 2007 Nissan) My Honda only needed the front bumper things replaced.....NO OTHER DAMAGE! Long story short, should I replace the transmission for the 3rd time????? I have never had any other problem with the car, and I LOVE the body style.....HELP!

Oh, by the way, I bought a 2007 Accord 2 years ago........40,000 miles on it, and I'm not SURE, but I think I feel it slipping occasionally. I really HATE this one, the turn ratio sucks, you need 40 acres to turn in a parking space, and you still have to back out and try again! NEVER AGAIN, LAST ONE, I promise!!

- , Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #50

Apr 052007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


I replaced the transmission in May 2003 and guess what it failed again March 2007. This time it had something to do with the radiator too.

- , Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #49

Jul 012005

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Check engine light came on...took it to the dealer to find out what was the problem. Honda told me it was a "TCC" solenoid code that was tied to the transmission and could be fixed for $300. "This will prevent the transmission from failing". So I paid for the part to be fixed. I had no problem for 3 months, then the tranny started slipping. I took it back to the Honda dealership, and was told that the "TCC solenoid" went bad and that it caused the tranny to break, therefore I needed a new tranny! The solenoid isn't covered under warranty, and that the new tranny would cost around $3500 to fix. I took it to another transmission shop and had it fixed for $2300.00.

Now I have 175k on the car and the same problem is happening again. TCC solenoid failure and another junk tranny!!! This has to be a defective part/known problem. Total of 2 transmissions in less than 175k??!?!?!?

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #48

Dec 082008

Accord EX Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

Sh*t I think it was from neutral bombing it.

But then I found out a lot of Accords have done this.

- , Dothan, AL, USA

problem #47

Jun 192002

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

The transmission was coming apart from the inside. Honda would do nothing, they first started out with a cost of $5000 and tried to tell me this was out of the ordinary. However after they had the car for 45 days, since there was a back order of transmissions, I found out this was a common problem. They lowered the price to $1500 after I bitched constantly to the district Rep. They were not very helpful, especially since I had 3 hondas in my driveway, over $90,000 worth of cars. They did not care.

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #46

Nov 122008

Accord Sedan 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,500 miles


My Honda check light indicator turned on 11/11/2008 when I was driving to work, I then checked the manual, it suggested me to check the gas cap in case I did not close it tightly enough. Today, when I was driving on freeway to go to work again, then the transmission gets sluggish, and it could not change gear smoothly. I stopped by a Honda World dealer to have it checked, after checking it, they said the transmission needs to be replaced and it would cost me around $2900 (part: $2300 and labor + tax about $600). I called America Honda and asked if they could help me out or any recall on this model. They said there is no recall on this model and I have to pay using my money. I don't know what to do now. I just bought this used car few months ago when it was 100,000 miles and now it broken.

- , Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #45

Oct 152008

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

My 1998 Honda Accord Transmission started slipping and the check engine light went on. A mechanic friend of mine told me there had been a recall on 1998 Transmission issues from Honda. I took to Honda dealer where I was told nothing was covered, no recall existed on the transmission and the amount that I had to pay to get it fixed would be $ 1900.00. As a single mom I do not have that kind of money right now i will have to end up junking the vehicle. Thanks Honda for serving the public with great cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never Again will I buy from Honda.

- , Miami Lakes, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 022008

Accord LX 2.3L Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

Ok my story is nothing compared to that of the many unfortunate owners here but I figure to give my story a shot. I own a 98 Accord with 167000 miles, yup you heard me right. All original too! This is my first car and I love it, but I do not love the tranny

My car has the unique problem of shifting in and out of 1st and 2nd gear. It would, when i had the car, be so bad that only on the downshift coming to a stop, it would literally make the car come to a stop!!! Me, my dad, and my bro decided to change the tranny fluid and add Lucas to the tranny and it worked pretty good! Problem remains but 300% better, the shifting is smoother and the feel of the shifting is minimal but there. Obviously the tranny is on its way out, especially witth the way I drive it and the miles it has. The problem exists because Honda beefs up their engines but retains a week tranny so it can't handle it, especially you v6 owners out there!!

My advice to anyone who reads this who has minimal problems or none....yet, is to change you tranny fluid once or twice a year! If you can do it yourself, it will cost you 40 for Honda fluid and an hour of your time. If you cant do it yourself, i dunno how much it would cost as I will NEVER let a "mechanic" touch my car! If your car is showing signs of slipping, start saving for a new car or a new tranny and get it fixed with a good tranny that can handle your engine!!

As for me, I'm riding my car into the ground and saving money now. If I can find a nice car for cheap, I'm buying it and selling the accord for parts to pay for my new car. If I can't find something nice, I'll replace the tranny and have the car last me another 100000 miles till the engine blows!

If you never want to experience a problem like this ever again, go Toyota! They never break and run great! American cars all break within 100000 miles and other foreign cars have their flaws. I will be keeping an eye on Honda's trannies in the coming years as I would like to own another but for now, the Scion tC is my next car!

- , New York City, NY, USA

problem #43

Aug 012004

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


- , Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #42

Jan 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

transmission was slipping then got worst then undrivable. replaced transmission

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #41

Nov 192005

Accord LX 2.3L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

After a couple of weeks of hesitating to get into the right gear, the transmission on my '98 Accord finally went out on 11/19/05. It would not shift past second gear. It would have cost anywhere from $1900-$2400 to replace it with either a rebuilt or brand new one. I decided to just trade in the car for a new one.

Otherwise the Accord was a nice car. Too bad the new ones are full-size now.

- , Cold Spring, KY, USA

problem #40

Oct 182006

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,080 miles

I have everyone out numbered on mine I replaced my transmission 2,000 at a little over 100,000 miles in late 2006 6 months later after the warranty went out I had to take is back cause the fly wheel in it broke but was fixed no charge the second time. a year later I start having alot of other problems that could not be detected for 6 months the car was running hot but not over heating so replaced the head gasket cost me 900.00 was not the problem got a Honda specialist to check it out found out I had a cracked engine block so had to replaced the engine at 156,000 mile but had to also replace the converter that cost me 700.00 2 months after that. now here it is June and now I am having problems again with my car and my check engine light reads the converter and transmission code so I am taking it to a trans specialist tomorrow to see if it is that but I think this time it is my converter again but thank god I have a lifetime warranty on my converter but if it is the transmission guess where my car is going to the junk yard because I am not replacing it again for the third time.

- , Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 012008

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I have a similar problem as many others on this forum. My Honda Accord 1998, V6 just lost its transmission. I have not had any other problems on the car. It is a shame that Honda does not own the responsibility of this widely occurring failure. I am not sure whether to spend $3,000 or just buy a new car.

Honda has definitely lost me as their customer.

- , Edison, NJ, USA

problem #38

Jan 102008

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,274 miles

Honda transmissions are the worst! I bought the car thinking that with Honda's name I wouldn't be facing any issues with the car but thats what it was, just a name nothing more. Their cars are worth jack, one problem after another.

Transmission started jerking hard at 1st, than my reverse gear just completely failed on my trip to the US. Transmission failed while on the road and 1000 km away from home. I had to park the car and take a cab to a hotel because it was late night. Called Honda in the morning and they refused to help, basically yawning on the phone while I was almost literally crying for help from them. As a student it was not possible for me to afford a new transmission especially so far away from home.

Honda straight up refused to help said you were out of warranty and there are no recalls for the transmission, nothing we can do to help you. New transmission would cost you $4,000... so I woke up in the morning and towed the car to AAMCO.

AAMCO took advantage of the fact that I was out of the country traveling, ripped me off big times for $3500 in repairs. However they fixed the transmission but damaged my fender costing me another $300 to get that repaired and painted. I had paid $2000 in hotel expenses, car fare, food etc just because there was no other way to get back home until my car was repaired, it took them a week and half to fix it. I couldn't even fly back home since I came across the border without my passport, just the citizenship card.

I had spent total $5500 on the trip because of Honda's faulty transmission. On the way back home, my ignition failed the car would automatically turn OFF while driving on the highway. Happened a few times, but I managed to get home safely. Turned out there was a recall for the ignition, thank god otherwise that would've been an additional $500 to repair the ignition. Not to mention that the car is giving me crap mileage in the city and on the highway, this is after a full tune up done including spark plugs and what not, I had just paid $800 on the tune up and my car still eats gas like its free.

F*K Honda! and F*K AAMCO!

Karma is a bitch, and I hope they get it bad both companies deserve to burn in hell. I am now in depression and under constant stress still paying off my bills after 6 months thanks to Honda and AAMCO and especially with the economy and prices going up for everything, its hard for me to be able to afford food or pay the rent, etc. Thanks for almost making me lose everything.

- , Brampton, ON, Canada

problem #37

Nov 172006

Accord EX Vtec 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 194,000 miles

98 Accord 212000 miles transmission finally bit the dust. I guess 212000 is not bad for original. They don't last forever. I am going to part out the car. Repair costs $1800. I would buy another Honda but avoid high mileage accords.

- , Bedford, TX, USA

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