Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,760 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #12

Apr 072004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,122 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving between 0 and 5 mph when I was hit from behind. The vehicle that hit me was a 1997 Toyota camery. His appx. Speed was between 40 and 50 mph. When I exited my vehicle I noticed that the drivers seat was completly layed back. I didn't know it at the time but it appears the metal in the seat broke, causing the back of the seat to collapse. The seat was in the total reclined position. When it was delivered to combs collision, it was determined that the metal holding the top of the seat to the bottom had broken. They were not able to push the seat back up all the way. The passenger seat also had damage to it.

- Milford Center, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 132004

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Consumer applied brakes at 70 mph to avoid a deer and driver's seat detached from some of the bolts. Driver was not injured. Consumer indicated that seat looked like a rocking chair.

- Carrollton, GA, USA

problem #10

Oct 072002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
Upon acceleration driver seat fell back into back seat area. Dealer has been notified. It was determined that the weld used to tilt the seat broke, in turn, caused the seat to detach from the base.

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 102002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer was at a stop, when vehicle accelerated and the driver seat collasped, dealer determined that bracket of seat bottom had broken.

- Mullica Hill, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jan 152001

Accord

  • miles
After turning off the ignition and removing the driver's seatbelt, when exiting the car the seatbelt has become entangled in the motorized seatback control. While I walked around to the rear seat to take my infant out of her car seat, the seatback motor smashed the seatback into my child's legs and pinned them between the seatback and her carseat. This caused her tremendous pain and is a serious safety hazard.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 152001

Accord

  • miles
After turning off the ignition and removing the driver's seatbelt, when exiting the car the seatbelt has become entangled in the motorized seatback control. While I walked around to the rear seat to take my infant out of her car seat, the seatback motor smashed the seatback into my child's legs and pinned them between the seatback and her carseat. This caused her tremendous pain and is a serious safety hazard.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #6

Jan 222001

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The driver seat got loose and while doing the 22,500 miles maintainance, I requested the service person to look if some bolts had gone loose. He later told me that the seat was broken. I hence called up the dealer to find out the issue. I got an appointment on 01/30/2001 and on the appointment day the dealer's technician confirmed the following: The seat's slide adjuster was broken and replaced it as needed.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 082000

Accord

  • miles
While at a stand still vehicle was struck from rear, estimated speed was not determined. But, it forced vehicle into another vehicle in front. Also, caused seatback to collapse. Dealer / manufacturer were not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Fullington, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172000

Accord

  • miles
My vehicle was hit directly from behind at high impact. At impact, my driver's seat went to the reclining position. After the impact, it was noted that the manual seat back adjustment lever had been pulled completely off of the seat, apparently due to entanglement with the seat belt during the impact.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 071998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side seatback broke while in a rearend collision, causing the consumer to be thrown back into the back seat. Passenger also felt as though the seat released slightly, but caught itself.

- Trinity, AL, USA

problem #2

Apr 071998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side seatback broke while in a rearend collision, causing the consumer to be thrown back into the back seat. Passenger also felt as though the seat released slightly, but caught itself.

- Trinity, AL, USA

problem #1

Oct 131997

Accord

  • miles
Driver's side seatback rocks.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

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