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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:
32 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,727 miles

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1998 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Jan 292006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

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

I had a front end collision with another vehicle while going approximately 35 mph and my airbag did not deploy. My car is a 1998 Honda Accord.

- Hopkins, SC, USA

problem #32

Oct 252004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
While driving consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, and it collided into another vehicle from the driver's side. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained head and back injuries, and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. Vehicle was towed, and totaled by the insurance company. The consumer stated that brakes failed to stop the vehicle.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #31

Jun 052003

Accord

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at 35mph the vehicle was in a head on accident. Consumer states that both of the front air bags did not deploy. Dealer notified.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #30

Jun 022003

Accord

  • 120,000 miles

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

Vehicle was in a head on collision. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #29

Jun 012002

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Skidded on gravel and hit a tree--airbags failed to deploy and I, driver-occupant sustained serious personal injury

- Middleburg, VA, USA

problem #28

Jul 102001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
While driving was involved in a 55 mph frontal collision in which driver's air bag did not deploy. Vehicle was also equipped with a passenger air bag which deployed upon impact.

- Almont, AR, USA

problem #27

May 252001

Accord

  • miles

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

Was in a 35 mph zone and was to stop for red light and to turn left. Service road between me and flat-back big truck that had already stopped for light. Put on brakes and started accelerating, and had no brakes or steering. Was raining. Probably hydroplaned. Picked up speed and went head-on into back of parked truck. I am injured and am under doctors care. Bag should have deployed but didn't. whole front of my car was smashed. Have pictures.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #26

Jun 112001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a 50 mph frontal collision in which driver's air bag did not deploy, cause has not been determined.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #25

Apr 202001

Accord

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 40mph on a side street 0N a rainy night. She had the right of way, and another vehicle veered into consumer's vehicle, and she ran into him. Upon impact, airbags didn't go off at all.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #24

Apr 202001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was in a residential area going 40mph in rain and another vehicle crossed in front and the 2 vehicles collided on front end side of passenger. Upon impact, airbags didn't deploy. Honda dealer was giving consumer some problems to have fixed.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #23

Feb 232001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles

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

Vehicle has been involved in 2 front end head on collisions; one at 30 mph, and other at 45 mph. Both times dual airbags did not deploy.

- Munroe Falls, OH, USA

problem #22

Oct 202000

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at about 60 on the highway another car hit consumer's vehicle in front at about 60mph. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, and consumer's seat belt didn't hold.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 022000

Accord

  • miles
The whole front end of the car is totaled and neither one of the left or right front air bags deployed. My friend and I were wearing our seat belts and both of us have face and head injuries.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #20

Sep 042000

Accord

  • miles
Consumer was driving atapproximately 35 mph when another vehicle jumped into her lane, hitting consumer's vehicle head-on. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy, and there was no indication or prior warning of defect. Vehicle has never been in an accident. Consumer and passenger received head injuries. Please provide furtehr information.

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #19

Jul 032000

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle was driven by unauthorized driver. Driver lost control of vehicle while driving 60mph. Hit another vehicle. Upon impact with the other vehicle, air bags failed to deploy.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #18

Apr 162000

Accord 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling 40-45mph while it was misty outside, another vehicle cut in front of the consumer. Consumer tapped on brakes & vehicle spun out of control. Did 3 360 turns & each time vehicle hit the guardrails. Brakes did not stop the car. Airbags didin't deploy..et.

- St Albans, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 282000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a frontal collision in which air bags did not deploy.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #16

Mar 302000

Accord

  • miles
Consumer was traveling 55mph and clashed head-on into another vehicle. Upon impact, airbags didn't deploy. Dealer told consumer to call NHTSA hot line. Also, it could be because of the sensor.

- San Bernadino, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 242000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a rear end collision and was then rear ended itself at speed of 25-30 mph. Upon impct, air bags did not deploy. The dealer has not been contacted.

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

problem #14

Jan 242000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a rear end collision and was then rear ended itself at speed of 25-30 mph. Upon impct, air bags did not deploy. The dealer has not been contacted.

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

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