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:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,660 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 11 of 11)

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problem #4

Aug 251998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Transmission fails to engage at low speeds.

- Lake Fores, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 201998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While cruise control is used at speeds of 65 mph transmission shifts down without warning. Cause unknown.

- Yale, OK, USA

problem #2

Jun 031998


  • miles
Transmission does not fully lockup in overdrive.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 201998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has received a recall notice. Dealer has not received the parts. Vehickle has not been repaired. (98V-018).

- Laselva Beach, CA, USA

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