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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,665 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 suspension problems

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Jan 212013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 164,100 miles


Clunking noise when going over bumps or turning right. Got the noise inspected by a mechanic and found out that the passenger side subframe is rusted out.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 312012


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while at the dealer for a safety inspection, the technician stated that the front frame was corroded and the front passenger side axle shaft boost was fractured. As a result, the frame and axle needed to be replaced. The technician advised the contact that the vehicle should not be driven. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Clarksdale, MS, USA

problem #6

Mar 312010


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact stated that whenever a turn was made at any speed, the vehicle vibrated and a clunking noise was heard coming from the front end. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, where the ball joints were replaced on two different occasions. The failure continued. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #5

Oct 202008


  • 89,760 miles


During the first month of purchase, a strong rattling sound coming from the front end everytime the car goes over a little bump on the road. Years later the noise got louder, the front end, front stabilizer arm, ball joints, bushes got worsen. The car is very unsafe to drive.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 102002


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed there is a heavy vibration in the vehicle causing it to be hard for the consumer to drive. Dealer notified.

- Camden, TN, USA

problem #3

Jul 152002


  • miles
While on a hill vehicle drifts back about a car length.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 202000


  • miles
Car shimmied at 20 mph. Took vehicle to dealer, and they said it was consumer's fault, and they were not going to repair it.

- Bensonville, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 061999


  • miles
I brought the car to two different dealerships for them to fix the rattling noise from the windows. I also spoke to the regional customer service and district service manager to find a solution to fix my car but it still making the smakes noise. I believe I got a lemon. Therefore, I hope manufacturer would help solving the problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

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