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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,094 miles

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1998 Honda Accord electrical problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #67

Nov 092007

Accord 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


I had car accident and two days after I had picked up car from body shop I notice that a a noise. I called the insurance and the rep. Said to take car back to shop. I did and from what the insurance and we're told the car just needed an alingment., I remember hearing a loud heavy sound on left front end of car on passenger side and all of the sudden the car looses control. I rememberd the vehicle was on its roof I, felt arm getting burn by fire. It seemed that the roof of vehicle was not protected.and did not server it purpose. My speed was about 25 30 mph. The left front side and wheel were sticking out from body frame of car. The same side where shop had made, repairs and the arm axel had been replaced just few days before per insurance request. The insurance had used and after market in invoice. If we check all of the parts the car had put in and the extend of the damage and the wheel not align with body of car along with the loud sound and jolt I felt could only show the neglect and the lack of safety.

- Corona Ca, CA, USA

problem #66

Dec 032013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 260,000 miles
I have a 98 Honda Accord LX that dies at random times while driving. It takes a few minutes to get my vehicle to restart. I've called Honda and they told me it was the electrical portion of the ignition switch that wasn't covered by the recall and is expensive for labor and the part. I've done some research online and this seems to be a lot of Honda owners who has this problem and the dealership won't replace the part.

- Escalon, CA, USA

problem #65

Feb 012013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The ignition switch was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 02V120000 (electrical system) and 03V423000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #64

May 222013

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


1998 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch failure. The consumer stated the ignition switch failure would happen randomly while driving on the highway. The vehicle would cut off without warning. The dealer confirmed, the ignition switch was faulty.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #63

Nov 062013


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated while driving various speeds the key moved out of the on position causing the vehicle to suddenly stall. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician performed the repairs for NHTSA recall campaign number: 03V423000 (electrical system) and diagnosed that the ignition cylinder was defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 170,000 and the current mileage was 180,248.

- West Lake, LA, USA

problem #62

Oct 152013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 285,000 miles
My 1998 Honda Accord would randomly shut off while driving. Incident would happen anytime, any day, weather condition, on any road (highway, interstates, etc). Has happens over 100 times. I wasn't able to turn the steering wheel, or even stop the brakes. Everything failed on huge roads and intersections where my car would shut off while in front of a whole lane of traffic. Ended up finding out that there was recall on the ignition switch. I called a local Honda dealership to see if it has been serviced. It "was". I replaced the part myself and now my car has had a couple good trips. But if I would of taken it to Honda, they were going to charge me which is ridiculous, even though they could of recalled it twice like other people I read about.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #61

Aug 162013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 197,000 miles


Engine stalls without warning. Can happen at any speed. There is an existing recall for this exact same issue (02V120000) for the same make, model & year but my VIN is not covered. Honda says those covered by that recall had a different ignition switch. Well guess what, they need to include mine too!

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #60

Feb 012011


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine failed, causing the vehicle to stall without warning while driving at various speeds. Additionally, the engine would sporadically fail to start. The contact inspected the vehicle and located the failure at the ignition switch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #59

Jun 262013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 157,800 miles
1998 Honda Accord: Vehicle lost power several times at highway speed. Motor stopped, powers steering and brakes lost, gauge needles spun to zero, as if car was shut off at during normal operation. We did not touch key! almost got run over by car behind us. Problem occurred six more times before we could get to local Honda dealership. They charged me $186.26 to replaced defective ignition switch and they advised they fix a recall for switch interlock while car was in shop for four days! we sent a letter to Honda, [xxx] from Honda America California called me to decline reimbursing my cost! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #58

May 032013


  • 65,000 miles
The car engine would turn off with out warning intermittently. The problem was increasing in frequency, so we were in the process of taking it to the Honda dealer when the engine suddenly turned off on the interstate. We were able to coast to a stop and then we called a towing company for fear it would happen again. Thankfully, no one was injured. We bought the car used, but we were informed by the Honda dealer that this particular car had undergone the recall repair for the faulty ignition switch in 2002.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #57

Dec 042012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 222,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle had been previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 03V423000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 222,000 and the current mileage was 222,759.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #56

Jul 182012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 188,000 miles
This has happened several times over the past year, and just yesterday it happened 3 times over a ten mile range. My car stalls in middle of driving, it doesnt matter what speed I am traveling. It has happened at 55 miles per hour while driving on the freeway. My car stalls, the steering wheel locks up, and I have to coast without the ability to steer onto the side of whatever road I am traveling on. Then I have to try to start the car, sometimes this can take up to 5 minutes. I have had it looked at by a Honda dealership and a personal mechanic and both tell me that I need a new ignition switch. There is a recall on the ignition switch for 1998 Honda Accord, but my VIN number is not included in the range, so I am not included in the recall. I have to pay out of pocket to fix a faulty ignition switch before my own car kills me, when it is obviously something that was wrong with the vehicle from the get go. I have a 1998 Honda that is behaving as the cars you describe for this limited recall. Fix it please!

- Springfield, OR, USA

problem #55

Nov 202012


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who determined that the vehicle had a defective ignition switch. The contact noticed a NHTSA campaign I.D. 03V423000 (electrical system: Ignition: Switch). The contact called the manufacturer regarding the recall. The manufacturer stated the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #54

Aug 272012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
Car suddenly shuts off on its own while driving; all electrical goes off except for check engine light, ABS light, or none at all. Happened 3 or 4 times, sometimes at freeway speed, car restarted from neutral a few minutes later. Taken to Honda dealer & diagnosed with a faulty transmission module, replaced for $450. Yet the problem just recurred not long after that repair. This creates a serious road hazard & potential for crash & serious injury, as suddenly & without warning, the vehicle shuts down & cannot be controlled with any acceleration, power steering or normal braking. This vehicle has always been maintained meticulously, since new, per recommended schedule with Honda dealerships. Browsing the internet shows this to be an unusually common, serious & difficult to diagnose issue with Honda & Acura from ~1997-2002.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #53

May 112011


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated that every light on the instrument panel illuminated. The contact coasted the vehicle to a complete stop. Upon restart, the vehicle operated as normal. The contact stated that the failure recurred several times. The contact was taken to the dealer for an inspection and they stated that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there was nothing to be done under a recall because the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #52

Feb 172011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 134,043 miles
The engine fails while driving for no apparent reason. The car is running fine, then at different speeds, the engine fails. All braking and power functions fail. This occurs at different times and dates. There does not seen to be any reason for it. The engine runs fine when it is re-started.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #51

Dec 302007


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the horn was inoperable. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Deerfield, IL, USA

problem #50

Nov 072011


  • 176,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord ex. The contact was driving 45-55 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed that the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) applied to the vehicle but the recall had since expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 176,000 and the current mileage was 176,100.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #49

Oct 032011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 139,750 miles
My car underwent the ignition switch interlock recall in 2002. But this ignition switch was faulty and again in 2011, the switch failed. My car stalled a few times on the freeway and I was in great danger of being in a accident. The system was while driving the car, it would immediately cut off the engine and if I put it back in neutral and restart it would start fine. Honda knew about the faulty switch replaced and now is recommending a new and improved version at the owners cost. I had to tow the car at my expense to a nearby mechanic and spend my money to fix this issue instead of Honda fixing the faulty component.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #48

Sep 172011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
When I stop or slow down the car shuts off. I have no steering and no brakes and no hazard lights. Car shuts down while driving.

- Havana, FL, USA

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