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.

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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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #19

Mar 232001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Engine is overheating. Dealership is unclear as to what is causing defect. This defect occurs randomly regardless of weather conditions. Honda stated new head gaskets were needed, after repair check engine light illuminated, dealer then stated #5 cylinder was misfiriing, dealer cleaned plug, engine light illuminated again, all plugs were replaced, computer was reset, and #5 spark plug wire was replaced, engine light still illuminated, consumer had thermostat replaced and examined it finding burrs were evident on the stamping surrounding the movable bellows, a lot of shiny ridges were evident on the bellows, he ran a hot water test to see if the burrs would cause the device to remain closed, however it stuck close, consumer removed the burrs and the thermostat operated properly, on one occasion all lights went out at night due to steam from thermostat, consumer feels the radiator recovery tube was being blown off by the steam also, check engine light still illuminated and code P1399 comes up, which noone knows what the code stands for, engine runs rough.. vehicle experienced gas gauge problems.

- Berry Creek, CA, USA

problem #18

Nov 112000

Accord

  • miles
Fuel guage failed.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #17

Feb 011999

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge was not registering the proper amount of fuel in the fuel tank. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that this part was not covered under a manufacturer's recall, and repairs would be made at consumer expense.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #16

Jun 011998

Accord

  • miles

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

Fuel gauge reads inaccurately despite 4+ repair attempts.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 011998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Chatsworth, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 201998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Thousand O, CA, USA

problem #13

Oct 011998

Accord

  • miles

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

Gasoline gauge.

- Rancho Palos Verders, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Gas gauge.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #11

May 011998

Accord

  • miles
Fuel meter, RPM gauge.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 011998

Accord

  • miles
Fuel gauge.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 011998

Accord 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Gas gauge malfunctional.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 281998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas gauge failed, delear repaired and failed again.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 041998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas guage failed.

- San Clemen, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 011998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gas guage failed.

- Laguna Nig, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 091998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- El Toro, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 141998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel gauge failed.

- Bakersfiel, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 151998

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Fuel gauge indicates empty tank with warning light on with 5 gallons remaining in tank.

- Somers Poi, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 011998

Accord

  • miles
Fuel gauge never shows past 2/3 when gas tank fully filled.

- Montogomery Village, MD, USA

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