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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,803 miles

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #62

Oct 052002

Accord

  • 48,237 miles

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

Recall repair could not be performed due to the part not being available. After receiving ignition switch recall 02V12 and experiencing vehicle stall-out condition, consumer waited for 60 days and recall repairs had not been performed.

- Carolina, PR, USA

problem #61

Jun 102002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,143 miles
My 1998 Honda Accord (VIN [xxx]) was recalled due to a faulty ignition switch. As a result, I took my vehicle to the dealer on June 10, 2002. Honda stated in its recall notice that it will take several months to manufacture parts for the 1.3 million vehicles involved." Prior to the availability of the replacement part, Honda instructed the dealer to use existing stock to replace the faulty part. This replacement part is now experiencing the same stalling problem associated with the recalled part. The invoice stated the following: Car stalls at times when driving. Faulty ignition switch per american Honda. Replacement of complete ignition switch will relieve ignition recall per [xxx] and [xxx] with american Honda. No further repair or replacement of ignition will be necessary. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #60

Feb 262003

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
The consumer had recall#02V120000 performed on the vehicle, and the alarm system had to be disconnected in order to perform the recall. Scc

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #59

Jan 202003

Accord

  • 85,000 miles

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

The ignition switch overheated, which caused the vehicle to stall.

- Dillsburg, PA, USA

problem #58

Jun 012002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There were no parts available in order to perform the recall on the ignition switch.

- Rio Pieras, 00, USA

problem #57

Feb 032003

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer has experienced an ignition switch and steering recall with this vehicle. (recall # for the ignition problem is-02V120000) scc

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #56

Dec 172002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I received a recall notice from Honda dated "summer 2002" to replace an ignition switch on my 1998 Accord. Within 24 hours I called the dealer from whom I purchased the car, schaller Honda of new britain, conn. I left a detailed message with the service department. Not hearing any kind of response from the dealer even after a repeat telephone call, I waited more than 60 days (more like 120 days) to call the auto safety hotline. This was about two weeks ago, and again I have received no response. Thus this complaint.

- New Britain, CT, USA

problem #55

Nov 272002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
The consumer received a recall notice from Honda in August in reference to a defective ignition switch. The consumer has called to make an appointment but hasn't received a reponse( in over 2 months). And feels that there is always a risk of being involved in a crash.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #54

Aug 272002

Accord

  • miles
Consumer was charged for the reinstallation of the remote control alarm system after the recall repairs was completed for the ignition switch.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #53

Nov 212002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Consumer requesting reimbursement for replacement of remote starter after being removed during ignition switch recall repair.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #52

Sep 232002

Accord

  • miles

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

The ignition switch failed and was replaced. The consumer is requesting reimbursement.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #51

Sep 272002

Accord

  • miles
The consumer was requesting reimbursement of changes made by the dealer for reinstalling an after market starter while replacing the ignition switch that was on recall.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #50

Nov 112002

Accord

  • miles
Consumer stated that the dealer is taking to long to perform the recall#02120000 ignition switch. Kendal Honda 541-485-6111 please provide the address.

- Creswell, OR, USA

problem #49

Nov 252002

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer contacted the dealer in regards to recall number 02V12000. Dealer corrected the problem, however the dealer refused to reconnect the remote starter. Dealer stated the terms of the recall required them to disable the remote starter.

- Lemont, IL, USA

problem #48

Oct 262002

Accord

  • miles
No parts available. Recall#02120000 ignition switch. Heritage Honda of townsen please provide the address

- Lutherville, MD, USA

problem #47

May 012002

Accord

  • miles
While in motion the vehicle suddenly failed and shut off. Consumer was unable to come to a safe hault there by slamming into gears and causing internal transmission failure to occur. After having the vehicle repaired, the shutting off problem would still occur. Soon after consumer recieved a recall notice regarding the ignition switch. Consumer had the recall honored and due to the repair the vehicle is no longer shutting off. Consumer feels the expense incurred was a result of the recall. Consumer requests reimbursement.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #46

Nov 122002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Parts for the ignition switch recall has not been available for 2 months and dealership don't when parts will be available.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 082002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Consumer received a recall notice in the mail regarding the ignition switch. In order to have the recall repair completed, the dealer hadto disconnect the alarm system. The dealer is charging consumer a reconnection fee. The alarm is not an after market product. It is the original system that came with the vehicle.

- Rockland, MA, USA

problem #44

Nov 012002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
After recall for the ignition switch was completed on vehicle. Consumer states that the vehicle power windows and locks are inoperative.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #43

Oct 092002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
The consumer had received a recall notice regarding the Accord ignition switch from Honda. When the vehicle was getting the recall work done, the dealer unhooked the auto lock system that was installed after he purchased the vehicle. The dealer then informed the consumer that they had found this keyless entry system in the vehicle. Honda would not pay to reinstall this system. As a result the keyless entry in vehicle is dangling, and the wires were left on the center console. The consumer states that this is clear that this position has been taken by Honda as solely as a way to reduce their cost, at expense of the customer.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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