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:
30,000 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 252003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


All 4 rims on vehicle are leaking air pressure. Must fill tires on a daily basis. Car is still under warranty and Honda will not replace. This is a serious situation that could cause crash and fatality if tire were to blow out because of under inflation.

- Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer called complaining about the rims on the vehicle. Also stated that he has been loosing air on a everyday basis. Dealer and manufacture were contated and stated that there is no warranty or recall so there was nothing they can do also stated that for the consumer to take the tires off and to clean the rims. Rims were original equipment.

- Zeeland, MI, USA

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