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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
139,809 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,809 miles


The rust is bad on the whole car but especially under the door trim. The trim was just hanging there and was posing a hazard so we removed it and duct taped the door. Honda -please fix our car up -Gratis.

We love our Honda Accord. It is a great car apart from these problems!

- , Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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