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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
140,602 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace ball joints. (upper w/ control arm) (1 reports)
  2. tighten nuts on rear stabilizer bar (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 182010

Accord EX V6 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 234,204 miles


The lower ball joints can be replaced individually, however, expect 2 hours labor charge per side. The upper ball joints could not be replaced individually (welded to control arm in this case). New upper control arms w/ ball joint approx $110 each. Labor estimated at $90 per side.

- , Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 042001

(reported on)


  • 47,000 miles

Rattle is caused by loose nuts on the rear stabilizer bar

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

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