1998 Honda Accord Consumer Review: Better than it looks

1998 Honda Accord - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Better than it looks
By Tom on


1998 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan


Purchased the car with 127,000 miles and now has 142,000 and the only problems were a failed cam sensor ($400) and corroded plug wires ($120). Not bad for its age and mileage. Have heard horror stories about Accord auto transmissions. Mine has been fine but doesn't shift smoothly and sometimes makes a really unnerving clunk. I've driven similar Accords with manual transmissions and the experience is much more rewarding. Four cylinder models seem to be more reliable than V6s. The six was all-new in '98 and had some kinks to work out, apparently. Both are terminally boring to drive so you might as well save gas and money with the four. A great transportation appliance, but kind of a sedate car

Best Features

Visibility is great and everything is perfectly in reach. Everything actually works even after 10 years. Lots of storage bins. Wipers automatically switch to intermittent mode when car is stopped. Handles more cargo than you'd think. Fuel econ is outstanding even with auto transmission (27-34 mpg)

Worst Features

Mechanically solid but cosmetically crap. Paint finish wearing off even with regular washing and waxing. Visible rust creeping out of rear wheel wells. Beginnings of rust in several other spots. All the noise and stiffness of my 95 Civic with none of the driving fun. Cruise control tricky to operate
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