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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
116,618 miles
Total Complaints:
42 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (19 reports)
  2. not sure (17 reports)
  3. rebuild transmission (6 reports)
1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #2

Dec 182006

(reported on)

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


i had the same problem and i got my transmission rebuilt and it doesn't seem to help at all. my RPMs rev up to about 4-5 until it gets past 40 mph then it is fine.

- , Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202006

(reported on)

Accord Limited

  • 80,000 miles

The dealership pushed the issue past warranty. Always saying there is no major problem. 1.5 years later the transmission is shot and they don't care.

- , Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

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