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.

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.

3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,822 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1998 Honda Accord:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #10

Aug 102002

Accord

  • miles

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

Consumer has a hard time starting the vehicle. Dealer notified.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #9

Sep 112002

Accord

  • miles
Problems getting vehicle to start up. Dealer notified.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #8

Jun 022002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
The car will just die going down the road, it will restart most of the time, it will happen without any notice. It can happen in a parking lot or going down the highway.

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 042001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles

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

Entire vehicle shut down, engine, radio, power steering, power brakes, as if key turned off. At a 4 way stop, moving into intersection, halfway through a right turn. When failure occurred, the car shut down with sudden loss of power, could not steer or brake properly, car crossed oncomming traffic lane ending up on wrong side of road. Restarted okay, ran for 2 seconds then failed again. Restarted again after 10 minutes and ran long enough to get home 2 miles then towed to dealer. Dealer cannot find root cause, reproduce the failure, and he does not consider it a safety issue. We cannot drive it thinking it may happen again with potential lethal consequences.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #6

May 292001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Engine quits periodically (at least once a week) when coasting with the clutch in. Dealers who have serviced car have been told, have looked for problem, could not find cause. Has done this since purchased new.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition coil and ECU failed causing vehicle to stall intermittently. Nlm

- Culver Cit, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 011998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Ignition coil burnt out.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Chip in ignition key failed. Nlm

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 231999

Accord

  • miles
Car stalls while driving and all power is lost (no power steering, brakes, etc). There is no warning (I.e. the car doesn't buck or hesitate - it justs shuts off and all power is lost). It was a big problem twice when going around a turn, because I didn't have the power steering or brakes. Real big possibility that someone eventually will be hurt if problem persists.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition key stuck due to failure of the resistor. Mjs

- Hemet, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?