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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
147,506 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace lower ball joint and axle (2 reports)
  2. legal actions because car was totaled (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 162006

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 197,517 miles


No need to gripe. I am alive and hopeful this will let people know that others has been affected.

- , Charlotte, NC, US

problem #2

Jul 182006

(reported on)

Accord LE

  • 95,000 miles

Car was totaled and I could have been seriuously injured, and i would like legal advice on this situation.

- , Bronx, NY, USA

problem #1

May 032005

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 150,000 miles

Riding down street and the driver side wheel broke off the frame at the lower ball joint. The body came crashing down on the frame and ground bending the wheel out and denting the quarter-panel. No warning or problem prior to losing the wheel. Luckily I was traveling at slow speeds making a turn when this happened.

This is dangerous and could have been deadly!

- , HAmilton Sqyare, NJ, USA

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