1998 Honda Accord EX


Bad year for Honda!


Transmission went out TWICE: first in 2007 at 110k and the rebuilt one went out in 2011 at 154k, prompting me to sell the car; cost $2500 and $1700.

Clear coat was peeling badly - a repaint cost $3k and I didn't have it repaired because I can live with that!

Radio conked out in 2010 so I bought an aftermarket unit: ~$100 (can't remember the exact cost)

A/C stopped working in 2009 and got it repaired - can't remember the cost.

General Comments:

I purchased this car new in March 1998 after my 1989 Honda Accord got totaled when it was broadsided by a pickup, and I walked away! I aimed for this car to last me at least 15 years without any serious problems & to keep me safe, like my previous Accord did. Obviously I was wrong! How come my friends 1991 Corolla's transmission and paint are still intact, and it had over 220k miles when he sold it! I have to say I was disappointed with this product, and when the transmission failed a second time in December 2011, I traded it in for a Chevy Sonic. The Sonic's a fine car and I hope it lasts!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2017

22nd Oct 2017, 03:25

Re: Transmission - bet this is a V6 ;)

22nd Oct 2017, 18:36

It was! I decided to treat myself to the top of the line model, which is yet another reason why I'm disappointed with the car's problems! If I spent nearly $25000 on a car in 1998, I should get my money's worth and at least 15 years out of it! But, that's just my opinion!

21st Mar 2018, 15:54

This must be exclusive to USA Honda Accords from this time period. In the UK we have late 1990s Honda Accords still going strong; even after 20 years and high mileage, they are regarded as very reliable cars. Mostly 2.0 petrol manual transmission cars, not V6 Autos though. Don't know much about the V6 models over here.

1998 Honda Accord LX 2.3


Get a 5-speed, and do NOT consider this car if you can't drive stick


- Paint clear coat peeling, common problem.

- Driver's door latch broke, $100 for the part at the dealership. A good price, since it comes with the whole lock system. It's a pain in the *** to destroy the latch, as the door won't open, so you have to somehow remove the door panel with the door closed and drill through it until it breaks.

- Manual transmission leak through C.V. seal; replaced seal, $5 or so for the part.

General Comments:

This car converts from a nightmare to a very reliable piece of engineering with a manual transmission. If only Americans weren't lazy about changing gear, you would easily find manuals for a reasonable price.

Got the car in horrible condition. Every single thing that needs maintenance was ghetto-holding itself until I bought it.

- Balance shaft belt broke at 160k, remember that's the original. He was so cheap that he changed the main belt only. Luckily, this doesn't damage the engine. The engine idles rough. $800 timing belt change + unnecessary repairs due to a wrong diagnosis by a horrible rip-off shop.

- Wheel bearings, all 4.

- Front rotors, rear drums needed replacement too, but I didn't.

- Engine mount damaged while replacing the timing belt; probably was worn out already though. Changed all 4, $200 kit.

- C.V. axles, both.

- Tires.

- Every single ball joint in the front.

Other than the door latch and clear coat, there is nothing that was outside of scheduled maintenance. The engine at 190k still felt and performed like new. "I did 140 mph before I sold it, remove 10 from the speedometer and that's the official top speed at brand new".

It is smoother than older and newer Accords. Newer models have a stiffer and more stable suspension. It still handles way better than a Camry and steers more precise, but not like a BMW's steering and suspension, which a new Accord gets closer to.

Very quiet with quiet tires, and the engine has a decent sound with decent performance for a 4 cylinder sedan.

I got 38 MPG all highway doing 70 in cruise control with the A/C on in July! I did around 40k miles in a year and a couple months with excessive amount of city "delivery" driving. I got 25-27 MPG pure city driving, and around 30 combined. Decent space in the back and perfect dimensions. Newer ex-mid-size brands like the Camry and Accord are now large category by EU standards. I say bring back the small size that still comfortably seats people in the back, and the soft suspension that still holds to the road. I regret selling it really, and I'm looking for another one; an EX though.

If you find a 5 speed, buy it. Don't take your chances with an auto. EVERY single auto transmission in those Accords WILL blow at any time. It's a 100% percent chance, and I've seen an auto Accord slightly slipping at 330k all highway miles at the auction, which is impressive, but as soon as someone drives it in the city, it'll surely go bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2013

22nd Oct 2017, 11:05

We have a 2005 Accord with the V6 manual 130k and it is a champ. And we had a mid 90s over 200k with a manual; never a trans issue. The cars bought new this way are far more fun to drive and are easier on your brakes. Shift easily. I don’t think resale is affected, and if you keep one for a long time it’s not a factor anyway. If you buy a 4 cylinder Honda, it will feel more powerful too than an automatic. But the 6 is better. The biggest key owning these cars is keeping the oil and filter changed. It’s cheap and important.