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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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 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.

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1998 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 262004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

I own a 1998 Honda Accord and the retractor on the drivers side front seat has frequently failed to re-coil catching on the lever that moves the seat to a reclining position. Due to the fact that I failed to notice that this was happening until to late, it eventually caused the seat motor to "burn" out.the local Honda dealer wanted to charge me just under $800 to replace the motor, obviously that is un -acceptable to me. Do I have any recourse ?

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 272002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 1998 Honda Accord 4-door. Sometimes the seat belt on the driver's side does not recoil when I remove it. I gets hung up in the switch that moves the seat back. On the date below, I had my son in a forward facing car seat in the middle rear sear. I parked and unclipped my seat belt and opened the trunk. I got out of the car and shut the door but didn't realize that the seat belt was pushing against the seat back switch and lowered the seat back all the way down. It caught my son's foot between his car seat and the seat back. He was not seriously hurt, but this could have been much worse. It only took the time from me to get out of the car and go to the trunk to retrieve his stroller for this to happen.

- Hauppauge, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 302001

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Driver's seat belt does not release from retracting mechanism

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 281998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Seat belt would not release from the seat back where it retracts into the seat causing passenger to be trapped in seat.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 251997

Accord

  • miles
All rear seat belts ratchet tight if you move just a little bit and pin you to the back seat, choking the passenger. It is very uncomfortable and the belt has to be removed and then rebuckled and my passengers feel so constricted that they do not feel comfortable wearing the seat belts at all!!!! not safe!!!

- Mckinleyville, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 211999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On the 3 rear seat belts, the emergency locking retractor locks under normal driving conditions therefore can not be unlocked unless you remove the belts and allow them to fully retract.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 251998

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat belts gets trapped underneath seat back electric switch. Qcaw

- Lake Fores, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 101998

Accord

  • miles
Rear seat belt failure. When the passenger leans forward, the belt locks and does not release. Once the passenger sits back again, the belt retracts and locks not allowing the passenger to move at all. Belt must be completely removed to release the lock.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

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