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.

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

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1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 8 of 11)

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problem #64

Nov 252002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,500 miles

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

The transmission failed at a low mileage, also the front brake pads was replaced and the rotors were resurfaced.

- W. Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #63

Nov 112002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The vehicles transmission failed which caused it to jerk excessively while shifting gears.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #62

Jun 012002

Accord

  • miles
I have a 1998 Accord V6 with 78K miles and slipping transmission like many many others. Honda has extended the warranty only on 2000-2002 models as they would be under warranty anyway. But this is design/quality control issue and the transmisions from 98-02 are all the same. So 1998 & 1999 cars should also be included in this recall as they all have the same problems. You can go to complaintstation. Come for some people's post on these transmission failures, and many other internet sites as great many people are affected by this. This is greatly a safety issue as well, because you can never rely on your car to accelerate when you need to, and transmission downshifts on its' own in highway from D4 to D2 causing an immediate engine braking.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #61

Oct 022002

Accord

  • miles

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

Mr

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #60

Oct 062002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Consumer stated there was transmission fluid leaking through the bearings when driving. The manufacturer had not extended the warranty on the year make and model. Mr the leak was discovered while the vehicle was in for it's routine maintenance. The manufacturer informed consumer that this fault was not a defect problem for the model and year of the vehicle.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #59

Sep 152001

Accord

  • miles
Transmission unexpectedly shifts into a lower gear at high speed causing loss of vehicle control. D4 light commences flashing indicating transmission malfunction. Vehicle changes gears at random speeds up or down without warning. Honda dealerships are unable to fix the problem. Manufacturer issued problem report NO12002-08-2800-1311 and assigned case officer, ron robbins. Inspite of multiple phone calls since August 2002 they are not responding. Nlm

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #58

Sep 102002

Accord

  • miles

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

Consumer states that when starting the vehicle with a remote starter the vehicle surged forward into a bush. The vehicle was in park. Contacted dealer and the dealer is taking a look at the vehicle.

- Wakefield, RI, USA

problem #57

Jul 152002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While standing on a hill car drifts back a car length. Has aautomatic transmission.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #56

Aug 022002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is not working properly. Transmission will shift into gear while consumer is driving. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- Tampica, KS, USA

problem #55

Sep 152001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission unexpectedly shifts into a lower gear at high speed, causing loss of vehicle control. D4 light commences flashing, indicating transmission malfunction. Vehicle changes gears at random speeds up or down without warning

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #54

Apr 252002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

As transmission shifts from first to second gear vehicle lunges forward and RPM's go up. Vehicle has not been examined by dealer. Please add further information.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #53

Jun 202001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car hesitates upon acceleration primarily as it shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. This hesitation can and does occasionally cause the vehicle to lose speed in traffic.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #52

Jun 241998

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure. When vehicle is changing gears, vehicle stops before going into another gear.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #51

Apr 062002

Accord

  • miles
Recall 98V018000;while vehicle was parked and turned off it started to roll back and picking up speed. Finally stopped by running into someone's yard. Contacted dealer, and dealer noted that VIN number does not match.

- Buringham, AL, USA

problem #50

Mar 152002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #49

Nov 012001

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
At 60000 miles transmission started leaking bad took it to dealer they put new seals in it and it continued to leak took it back at 65000 miles and they said it needs a new transmission. Honda has many transmission failures but refuses to stand behind thier product.

- Fairfield, TX, USA

problem #48

Jan 152002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 17,000 miles first reported a "rumbling, rotational noise" to dealer. Dealer was unable to locate. At 52,729 problem with rotational noise again reported -- this time louder. Dealer again unable to locate. At 57,000 again reported. Mechanic unable to hear during test drive. At 70,000 miles, the problem turned into a severe grinding which makes owner believe failure is imminent. Cost for and wait fo rebuilt transmissions extremely long; only other option used with 34,000 miles (from accident) -- unacceptable. Owner decided to trade in vehicle at a considerable financial loss rather than experience catastrophic failure.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #47

Dec 142001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission came apart internally.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #46

Dec 012001

Accord

  • miles
Transmission totally failed at 41,000 miles. Honda informed me that a new transmission would cost $4,100. Care driven and maintained carefully.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #45

Oct 142001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer states that a shaft in transmission has come apart, causing the transmission to fail.

- Manteca, CA, USA

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