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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 072002

Accord

  • miles

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

Vehicle would intermittently lurch forward when starting, and then stall out. Vehicle been to dealer, and problem reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 102000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Upon shifting vehicle from park to reverse on flat surface with foot depressed on the brake pedal, vehicle suddenly accelerated, running into a fence/trash cans, and a street sign efore vehicle came to a stop. Also, gas tank hose was punctured, causing a fuel leak. Consumer has contacted the dealer.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #4

Nov 151999

Accord

  • miles
Car was parked. When started it suddenly accelerated, first backward onto the sidewalk, resulting in a crash. When put into drive it accelerated rapidly despite applying the brakes full force. I estimate speed of 50+ mph down a crowded city street. When I pulled the emergency.

- Waban, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 201999

Accord

  • miles

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

Whle changing gears vehicle suddenly accelerated, resulting in a collision. Dealer has inspected the vehicle.

- Ross, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 031999

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving slowly & moving into left lane to turn. Tow truck in left lane. Proceeded to apply brakes. The engine started to rev up & sounded like it was roaring. Rearended tow truck. The wheels on Honda were spinning & smoking as if the accelerator pedal was in use. Foot was never on accelerator pedal. Wheel spinning had to be stopped by turning off the ignition. This is the second time engine had revved & accelerated with foot not on pedal, but on brakes.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 251998

Accord 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling into the driveway the vehicle suddenly accelerated. Hit another vehicle and ran onto the stairs of a house, knocked down a fence, and ran into a chipping machine that stopped it. The airbags never deployed. The manufacturer is currently looking into this.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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