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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

1998 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 271997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Master cylinder failed. Nlm

- Apple Vall, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 221999


  • miles
Master cylinder failed to operate on two occasions which causes the brake pedal to go to the floor, leaving vehicle without brakes. Dealer notifed.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 221997


  • miles
This problem has happened twice in the 11 months we have had the car. Not known if the problem is inherent with the part or the car.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 221997


  • miles
Power brakes master cylinder on the vehicle keeps going lower. Incident has occurred two times in 11 months. Dealer stated a defect, and replaced the master cylinder, but the problem still exists.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 021998

(reported on)


  • miles
Master cylinder malfunctioned.

- Oakton, VA, USA

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