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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
108,235 miles
Total Complaints:
122 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint entire car (65 reports)
  2. not sure (32 reports)
  3. Honda should fix/repaint or reimburse owners for lost value (14 reports)
  4. to keep me as a honda owner i want re-embursement (5 reports)
  5. Honda paid to repaint the entire car (4 reports)
  6. repaint only roof and hood (2 reports)
1998 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #2

Sep 062006

(reported on)

Accord EX Coupe

  • 82,000 miles


My 1998 Honda Accord V6 2dr coup starting showing signs of clearly what is a Manuf paint defect. The clear coat peeling started on the roof and now has progressed to the hood/trunk/sides. I received an estimate of $5,000 (8/24/06) to have the whole car repainted. On another website at least 50 other 1998 owners are all having the same problem with little luck from Honda America. Anyone else?

- , Dublin, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 142006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 89,000 miles

The clear coat is peeling from the hood and above the windshield

- , Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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