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.


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 1 of 2)

problem #30

Apr 142012

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 194,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord ex. The contact was traveling 30 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed that the vehicle had already inspected for NHTSA campaign id number :03V423000(electrical system:ignition:switch). The manufacturer was also contacted but provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 194,000 and the current mileage was 194,700. Updated 8/8/12 the consumer stated when the outside air is 95 degrees and above the vehicle stalled.a new ignition switch was installed on 6-30-2012. The vehicle no longer stalls. Updated 08/14/2012

- Springtown, TX, USA

problem #29

Aug 192010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The ignition switch was repaired under recall campaign number 03V423000 which deals with the ignition. The vehicle did not have a problem stalling prior to the recall repair. After the repair the contact stated that the vehicle began to stall without warning. The vehicle was turned off for a few hours and was difficult to start after 3 to 4 attempts. The failure mileage was 105000. The current mileage was 107000.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #28

Apr 082008


  • 176,360 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. After turning the key in the ignition, the key must remain in the run position to keep the vehicle on, even while driving. The key is currently stuck in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and the contact was informed that the ignition lock assembly needed to be replaced. Afterwards, he will be able to take the vehicle to the dealer to reprogram the key. The current and failure mileages were 176,360.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #27

Mar 062007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle stalls and has to be restarted each day. He also stated that occasionally the vehicle does not start on the first attempt. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) in September of 2002. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the ignition switch failed. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 130,000 and failure mileage was 127,000. Updated 10/10/07

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #26

May 012003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Last spring (4/25/03), I took my 1998 Honda Accord in to the dealer for brakes and while there, they fixed the ignition switch which had been recalled. Ntil then, I had never had a problem starting my car. After the recall replacement, I now have starting problems! it seems that my car will crank normally but not turn over. It appears not to be getting fuel. The car will then start normally after an hour. I have had the car back to the dealer and they can not find anything wrong. I have had the battery and the alternator replaced but I still have this problem. Strangely enough, it does not seem to happen in the cold weather, only on hot days. I am told by the dealer and private mechanics that they need to see it when it will not start in order to diagnose & fix the problem. As I have stated above, it will start after an hour or so, it will start before I can have iit towed to the dealer. I have 39,963 miles on this car and I am the original owner. I have never had any other problems with this car. My daughter's friend had the same year & model car and had the same starting problems. She got rid of the car. I do not want to do this.

- Wood Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #25

Aug 142004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
Unable to remove key from ignition after turning off car in the "park" position.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #24

Dec 062002


  • 67,574 miles


Ignition key sometimes won't come out of ignition when transmission is in park. (nar) dealer was notified.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #23

Apr 302004

(reported on)


  • miles
Request reimbursement for part and labor for ignition switch interlock recall work that was performed. This is because the consumer had the repair made in germany.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #22

Dec 182003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,720 miles
Onseveral occasions car would not start when parked on incline. After a few hours car would start. Check engine light was lit at this time. Took to dealer and he indicated to me that it was a catalytic converter problem. Dealer referred to emission specialist. I had the catalytic converter replaced and reset check engine light. Check engine light turned back on after a few days, car would not start after a couple of weeks. I took the car to a local mechanic, he could not find the problem. Now car stalls while at least once a week while in use. I have been parking my car downhill and it starts without a problem. Today, on two different occasions car stalled on the road. For some reason I did not receive notice of ignition switch issues and did not have it replaced.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #21

Sep 232003

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
The key could be removed from other gears besides park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that was the way the vehicle was made. The key could be moved from any gear when the engine was off. (should be manufacturers responsibility)

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #20

Apr 112003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


1998 Honda Accord LX, 43,000 miles. Car's engine quit on two separate occasions about a week apart while driving at 45 mph. After coming to stop, engine started back up immediately. Replaced ignition switch (under recall) and no more problems.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

problem #19

Mar 042003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was charged for ignition recall repair.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #18

Feb 072003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This dealership is serramonte Honda their contact number is (650) 758-4800. I would like the transmission replaced before my insurance expires.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 272002


  • miles
Dealer charge for reconnection the alarm system, after disconnection for recall repair. Mfr was not notified at this time.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #16

Nov 062002

(reported on)


  • miles
Recall notice received in July of 2002, ignition recall part still not available to fix problem.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #15

Oct 232002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that her vehicle model was recalled and they have replaced he ignition switch twice and vehicle is worse than ever. Dealer is been notified.

- Spring Valley, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 092002


  • miles
Consumer states that the ignition will stay running after the key is removed from the ignition. Dealer wants to charge the consumer for the repairs. Nardi Honda St. James, NY 631-724-0500

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #13

Oct 032002


  • miles
Consumer states received a recall letter for ignition. Dealer is not able to performed recall till December 2002. Dealer feels unsafe driving.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 022002


  • miles
Consumer states that the engine will stall out at any speed with out any warning, due to the defect with the ignition. Contacted dealer and the dealer stated that the vehicle is not included in the recall.

- Alameda, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 012002


  • miles
Consumer made an appointment for a recall repair and was told the wait would be at lease two and half months. Consumer feels unsafe driving.

- Cornetlius, NC, USA

Read the next 10 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?