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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 electrical problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #22

Sep 162002

Accord

  • miles

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

Mfr# 02-031 & 02 V 120 000/ignition switch: Consumer states that the dealer, pohanka Honda in college park. Phone# 301/899-7800. Did not reconnect the alarm system after recall repairs was made. Consumer want to know does the dealer have that right" and can NHTSA assist in this matter" feel free to provide any further information.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #21

Sep 052002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
When consumer brought vehicle in for recall relating to ignition switch, dealership would not perform recall repairs stating that consumer is reponsible for disconnecting the alarm system that was installed on his vehicle. Dealership was willing to disconnect the alarm system but was not willing to reconnect after recall repairs were performed.

- Congers, NY, USA

problem #20

Sep 182002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Dealership is charing consumer to remove a factory installed alarm system to fix ignition switch recall.

- Monterey, CA, USA

problem #19

May 242002

Accord

  • miles

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

The vehicle experiencec symptoms of recall 02V-120 for the ignition switch prior to recall notificaton, also the vehicle experience loss of power on the passenger side. Nlm

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #18

Jul 312002

Accord

  • miles
Consumer brought vehicle to dealer for recall repairs, 02V12, consumer was charged with the explanation being that the car alarm had to be removed in order to change the ignition switch, consumer is requesting reimbursement, lionel barnet, attorney for client.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #17

May 152002

Accord

  • miles
Recall 02 V 120 000/ignition switch: Intermittently vehicle would not crank properly. Vehicle been to dealer, and they were unable to locate the problem. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Ashland, MO, USA

problem #16

Sep 162002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles

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

Ed boyles Honda, marietta ga 30060; parts for ignition switch recall 02V120000 were on national back order until unknown time. Vehicle was experiencing symptoms of irregular starting. (no parts).

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #15

Sep 162002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Dealers will not reconnect the alarm system after removing it to do ignition recall repairs.

- Holtsville, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 042002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
On 8/30/02 I took my car to immke nw Honda to have the ignition switch replaced due to a Honda recall. I left the car at the dealer for the weekend because I went away on a trip. When I returned Sunday night I had a voice-mail message from jason white saying that the ignition switch could not be replaced and that the car would not "be touched" because of the anti-theft device that was connected to it. He said that they could not reconnect the security system and would rather leave it alone until I agreed to incur the cost of reconnecting it. The following day I went to pick-up my car with the idea that I'd call Honda about this. When I returned home, I found that the security system in my car had been disabled and the ignition swith was not replaced. I called immke about this and have called them several times since only to get people blaming others and nobody taking responsibility for the problem. The service dept. Manager (terri nader)does not return my calls. I called Honda and they say its their policy not to re-connect after market security systems. In other words, they don't fix the problems they cause after their recall.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #13

Jul 192002

Accord

  • miles
After recall for ignition switch was done, describtion stated in recall happened.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 312002

Accord

  • miles

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

Dealership ran out of parts to do recall O2V120000 repairs on ignition switch. Consumer was told that will be notified when they receive more parts. But consumer never heard from dealership.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #11

May 102002

Accord

  • miles
The car engine stops suddenly at various speeeds. After stopping completely, it will restart. It has no warning and has stopped suddenly at 65 mph on interstate. Extremely dangerous. Dealer was informed and did not know the problem. Had to take to a non-dealer to determine that the problem was the faulty ignition switch.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #10

Aug 052002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer received recall 02 V 120 000. Took vehicle to dealer. Since consumer had an alarm sysem she was charged for dealer to cut alarm to install ignition switch recall.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 022002

Accord

  • miles
Dealership wants to charge for removing a manufactured alarm system, and to replace recall 02V120000 ignition switch.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 052002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine check light has illuminated. Cause unknown. Dealer has been contacted. The front brake pads were worn, in which the dealer replaced, the engine would stall while driving, the catalytic converter was replaced, the ignition switch was replaced which was the cause of the check engine light coming on and the stalling.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012002

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Labor for removing aftermarket alarm system in order to fix recall 02V120000 concerning ignition switch failure should be at cost to maufacturer whether it is an aftermarket product or not.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 261998

Accord

  • miles
Dealership refused to honor recall 02V120000 concerning ignition switch failure because consumer didn't purchase vehicle from them.

- Displains, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 192002

Accord

  • miles
Recall 02V120000/ignition switch:dealer boch Honda in norwood, MA. Phone# 781//255-6000.is unable to honor recall. No parts are available.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 042001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
The ignition switch failed, this has occured several times while the vehicle was in motion, in one instance the vehicle was stuck while stalled out in an intersection. Nlm

- Warren, RI, USA

problem #3

Dec 192001

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle turns itself off. First time while in park, second time while on hwy at 45 mph, losing ability to control vehicle. Dealer states needs new ignition switch.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

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