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1998 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

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1998 Honda Accord Ex Sedan. Transmission Problem.

by from Hackensack, NJ on May 12, 2010

Bought this car brand new in 1998. Kept up with all the scheduled maintenance. Engine light came on at 80,000 miles, catalytic converter had to be replaced, cost over $800. Summer of 2005 the trans fa...
Bought this car brand new in 1998. Kept up with all the scheduled maintenance. Engine light came on at 80,000 miles, catalytic converter had to be replaced, cost over $800. Summer of 2005 the trans failed at about 134,000 miles. Took it to the Dealer, and the service guy referred me to a transmission place to rebuild the trans. They rebuilt the tran, cost $3200, gave me 15000 mile or a year warranty, car felt great, drove like a new car. 5 months later, trans started slipping. Took it back to the shop, by this time the 15,000 mile warranty had ran out. The guy claimed he replaced sensors, charged me again, $180, and said he needs to open the tran again, because it's still not shifting right, and would charge me again to correct the problem. I told him no, he said the car won't last 9 months. I'm Still having the same problem 5 yrs later at 217,000 miles. Check engine light came on at 197000, replaced oxgen sensor to correct the problem. Cost $119. Replaced starter at 210,000 miles, cost $150. Replaced the radiator at 203,000. Replaced wheel bearings about 4 years ago. Other than the transmission issues, this car is great. I wish i had purchased a stick shift back in 1998 instead of the automatic. Contacted honda of america and they said my vin number was not one of the many cars with the know transmission problems for these honda accords. I think honda should replace this transmission for free, but that will never happen.
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Honda's Are Worth It

by from St Paul, MN on September 29, 2009

My parents bought me my '98 Accord EX and I have loved every mile. A week or so ago, then transmission finally went on the car and it's the only problem I've ever had, and it now has 140K miles on it....
My parents bought me my '98 Accord EX and I have loved every mile. A week or so ago, then transmission finally went on the car and it's the only problem I've ever had, and it now has 140K miles on it. I was the third owner of the car and it has been an amazing machine. I can't afford a new transmission in the car and will definitely shed a tear when I have to say good bye to my baby after six years. I suppose it's never easy to part with your first car, especially when your first car is this awesome.
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Best used car on the planet!!

by from on December 7, 2008

I love my Honda(s).. all I will ever buy. This 1998 Accord LX has been excellent for 10-years and shows no sign of letting up. If maintained properly Honda's will run for 300-400 thousand miles. I hav...
I love my Honda(s).. all I will ever buy. This 1998 Accord LX has been excellent for 10-years and shows no sign of letting up. If maintained properly Honda's will run for 300-400 thousand miles. I have pushed one to 200K and have friends that have as well.
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Great car

by from on November 29, 2008

Bought this car with around 150k miles on it. Its run great ever since! Its very obvious the last owner did not keep up with it which is the only reason for most of its problems. It now has 185k miles...
Bought this car with around 150k miles on it. Its run great ever since! Its very obvious the last owner did not keep up with it which is the only reason for most of its problems. It now has 185k miles and had started having overheating problems. I replaced the radiator and a couple hoses had busted due to wear and tear. This car works great and you can definitely feel the engine is better compared to other 4 cylinders. This car will most likely last us up to 250k at the rate its going!
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You'll never go wrong with a Honda.

by from Nashville, TN on May 1, 2010

I have driven a lot of cars, and this one really stand out when it comes to comfort and handling. Mine is the V6 and it's very strong and smooth. I'll most likely buy another one down the road.
I have driven a lot of cars, and this one really stand out when it comes to comfort and handling. Mine is the V6 and it's very strong and smooth. I'll most likely buy another one down the road.
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My Fifth and BEST car yet

by from Colorado on May 26, 2007

Driving the vehicle will show you that it's worth the money. Smooth ride, especially on the highway and especially if you have VTEC. Has been reliable 9 years later and starts everytime, even in the w...
Driving the vehicle will show you that it's worth the money. Smooth ride, especially on the highway and especially if you have VTEC. Has been reliable 9 years later and starts everytime, even in the winter. The body style is definitely an eye catcher and will not be fading away in the next 5 years. The truck space is extremely sufficient, especially for being a coupe. Great mileage for the gallon. Clean and quiet engine deserves recognition as well.
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Excellent used car option

by from eastern PA on July 11, 2008

I bought my 98 LX used (but it was well maintained) with over 100K mi on it as a car for my soon-to-be driving son. Reliable, 4-cyl, air bag. I now have 166K on it and runs like a sewing machine, and ...
I bought my 98 LX used (but it was well maintained) with over 100K mi on it as a car for my soon-to-be driving son. Reliable, 4-cyl, air bag. I now have 166K on it and runs like a sewing machine, and very little maintenance. With aftermarket intake, header, and exhaust, I regulary do 300 miles per day and get 32mpg at 75mph, run it to redline, and autocross it. 5 speed allows it to be nimble, quick, and fruggle. Comfortable for 4. Only negatives: Not great in the snow, and I should have got the EX in order to get rear disc brakes and ABS.
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Great Car

by from Highlands Ranch, CO on May 4, 2011

This is my second Honda Accord. My first was a 94 LX Sedan. That car was amazing and had 259,600 miles on it the day I got into an accident. My mom and dad had bought that car for me a month before I ...
This is my second Honda Accord. My first was a 94 LX Sedan. That car was amazing and had 259,600 miles on it the day I got into an accident. My mom and dad had bought that car for me a month before I received my license and I ended up driving that car 5,000 miles last summer! This is a great car, still a 4-cylinder like my previous one. And don't get me wrong I love it, but, the transmission is starting to slip and being 17 I don't exactly have 4 grand for a new tranny! I love the leather and the sunroof which are serious upgrades to the old one. And this car only has 162,678 miles on it as of today! I bought it with 157,500 on it and the tranny was slipping even then back in November. If Honda had put in a better tranny I would maybe give the car more credit than I have. Oh and not to mention the fact that i have been getting 19.8 miles to the gallon COMBINED city and highway!!!!!!! The car is supossed to get 23 in the city and I drive very conservatively most of the time! And the car seems to lag at times when pick up is really needed, then VTEC (variable valve timing) and the car gets a sudden boost!
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192K after 9 yrs and still going strong

by from Afton, VA on July 10, 2007

This is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. No major problems in 192K miles highway and country driving.
This is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. No major problems in 192K miles highway and country driving.
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Best Of Any Price Class!

by from Southern California on October 23, 2007

Over the 10 years (purchased 'used' in 1998 w/2,900 miles) I've owned this vehicle, it's rewarded me with unmatched reliability, durability, engineering features, comfort, and pure pleasure. The 3-Lit...
Over the 10 years (purchased 'used' in 1998 w/2,900 miles) I've owned this vehicle, it's rewarded me with unmatched reliability, durability, engineering features, comfort, and pure pleasure. The 3-Liter VTec V6 is the only choice - great performance, excellent fuel economy and this engine is as smooth as a calm lake. The vehicle came completley loaded with options - and they all perform as new today with no repairs. The best point is that Accords reward you with excellent resale value once you've decided to 'move on' to another (and it'll be a n Accord!). In 170,000 miles, I've spent less than $2,500 in maintenance/upkeep/repair (including tires, barkes, oil changes, etc.) and consider this a raging bargain! How many, regardless of nameplate or pice grouping, can match that?
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