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.

6.8

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,480 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

problem #10

Oct 012003

Accord

  • miles

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

The clutch engaged and would not shift out of gear until vehicle died. Brakes had to be applied firmly because vehicle was moving erratically. Consumer went into web side, and found the same problem she had as stated in complaint #8013574, filed on June 1, 2002. Also, vehicle experienced suddenly acceleration.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #9

Jul 222003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 94,799 miles
Master cylinder on clutch failed. Had no clutch. It took Honda a week and me calling customer relations at american Honda to locate the part. The car rental was $315. Customer relations is "playing games" with customer requesting reimbursement for car rental. They are not "user friendly." I have had to rent a car or loose time from work many times because of this car. Honda is not responsive to these problems.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #8

Nov 042002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
Consumer had experienced problems with the transmission.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 312002

Accord

  • miles

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

Consumer stated that while driving at any speed and without the transmission failed causing the vehicle not to accelerate. Dealer notified.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 152002

Accord

  • miles
While driving the transmission slips the gear automatically down shift from drive to 2nd gear.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232002

(reported on)

Accord

  • miles
While driving the consumer began to hear noise, the vehicle was taken to a technician who test drove the vehicle and determined that the noise was coming from the transmission, the consumer had the transmission rebuilt and is requesting reimbursement. Nlm

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 232001

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

When applying clutch it went to the floor and vehicle jumped light. Clutch stuck to floor, and vehicle was stuck in first gear. Technician told consumer about clutch being faulty. Contacted Honda, and Honda was suppose to call back, but has not responded.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 172001

Accord

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Without any warning, my clutch went out my gear shift locked up and the car died in the middle of a very busy thoroughfare in dallas. After the service center received the car they said that the master and slave cylinder were defective.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #2

May 201999

Accord

  • miles
Clutch pedal releases in jerks causes the car to lunge. Bad at stop signs and slow travel traffic.

- Williamsport, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 021998

Accord

  • miles
Transmission does not shift into second gear. Once rpms rev to approx. 4000-5000, transmission violently shifts into gear.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

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