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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:
1 / 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.

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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 132004

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The driver has difficulty steering the vehicle because the steering wheel is tight and vibrates while driving.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 062002

Accord

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and without warning the steering wheel will lock up and it will be hard for the consumer to control the vehicle. Dealer notified.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #4

Feb 222002

Accord

  • miles
Investigated 2 accidents in the last 1-1/2 weeks on 97 and 98 Honda Accord that was going at highway speeds when driver said steering column locked up when passing another car. Resulted in head on collision at highway speed. Unable to find any problem with steering or suspension parts on either car at time of inspection. Nlm

- Clive, IA, USA

problem #3

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles

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

The steering wheel in my vehicle has slack in it sometimes and get hard to control.

- Warren, AR, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel finish came off causing discoloration. Mjs

- Cherry Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 091997

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Steering wheel design is defective, horn location, to activate horn driver has to remove hand from wheel.

- Grosse Poi, MI, USA

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