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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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 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.

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 #13

Aug 012008

Accord

  • 87,000 miles

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

Drivers seat acts as if the two front seat mount bolts are not bolted to the floor it rocks back when you accelerate. It started with just slight movement back and within a 30 days it now moves several inches everytime you accelerate. You have to keep a tight grip on the steering wheel when you drive or you could move back far enough to have your hands slip off the wheel. Nothing has been done to fix the problem but I have had estimate for a $1200 repair as they said the entire seat track and motor will have to be replaced.

- Bel Aire , KS, USA

problem #12

Jul 082005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle was involved in a multi car collision, both the driver and passenger seats failed. The rear and the front end of the vehicle were damaged. Upon rear impact, a popping noise was heard and the seats reclined. The driver and passenger suffered back injuries. The police filed a report at the scene and the insurance company deemed the vehicle totaled.

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 022004

Accord

  • miles
Problem involving broken seat rails on 1998 Honda Accord. The consumer found a recall through a Honda service update 03-034 concerning seat linkage assembly. The problem that the update indicated was the same type of failure that the consumer's car exhibited. The consumer was told that although his vehicle was built between the dates given that his vehicle was not included in the service update due to VIN. The consumer contacted that manufacturer for assistance but they were unwilling to provide any financial assistance.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #10

Oct 082003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I own 1998 Honda Accord uex, and I'm told the rail that holds the drivers seat is broken. This makes seat belts and other safety devices useless as the seat is essentially a rocking chair and unsecured. The dealer refuses to fix the problem even though it was brought to the dealers attention while it was still under warranty.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #9

Jun 062003

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The automatic drivers side seat became detached.

- Stanton Island, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 282002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The passenger seat of my 1998 Honda Accord broke upon rear-end crash(my Honda was hit in the rear) and the seat did not hold the recoil impact of a seat-belted passenger causing injury to passenger.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 012002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

A pick up truck traveling at 45 mph slammed in the back of consumer's vehicle while was sitting. Driver's side seatback collapsed and consumer suffered a ruptured disc in neck. Vehicle was stopped to make a left hand turn. The vehicle was deemed destroyed.

- Iberia, LA, USA

problem #6

May 232001

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The seat on the passenger's side moves back and fourth on the track.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 011998

Accord

  • miles
Driver's seat track doesn't function correctly

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 011997

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat would not lock, kept sliding.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 071998

Accord

  • miles

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

No summary provided by consumer

- Hattieburg, MS, USA

problem #2

May 041998

Accord

  • miles
Interior of vehicle was damaged when delivered from factory (two door panels and back seat covers).

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 141998

Accord

  • miles
Seat belt trapped underneath the seat-back lever causing seat to recline fully and uncontrollably, due to design flaw of lever.

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

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