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.

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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.

7.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,667 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

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

May 052004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

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

I have a 1998 Honda Accord ex coupe V6. I recently had the cable reel assembly fail on this vehicle (pn: 77900-S84-A22). This is the part that attaches the electrical connections from the steering wheel to the rest of the car. This part failed causing all of my switches on my steering wheel to fail and there is a high likelyhood that the airbag was inoperable also. The Honda dealer told me that these parts almost allways fail on 1998 Honda Accord. This part is critical to the operation of the airbag, and this creates a safety issue. Honda does not list a recall for this issue on this vehicle. Someone should look into this issue to see if a recall needs to be made.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #5

Dec 282000

Accord

  • miles
Wiring short near glove compartment. Car was in parking lot at work. Started internal fire. Interior completely destroyed. Car totalled. Car still under warranty.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine control module failed.

- Aliso Viej, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 312000

Accord

  • miles

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

On 3 occasions the car has died while accelerating up a hill. All the indicators light up on the dash. The car loses power steering and braking ability. It starts right up after this occurs. I explained to the technician that the car is hesitant when going up inclines. He told me this was normal.

- Little Rock Ar, AR, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Clock is unreadable in day time.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electronic control module failed.

- Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

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