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:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,817 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. new transmission (1 reports)
1998 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 132004

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


the transmission blew at 80,000 miles all the transmission leaked out along with 2 broken motor mounts this is not suppose to happen in a Honda accord! then a day after I get the car back it won't start I turn the key and nothing tried to jump it and nothing

had to have it towed turned out to be a loose ignition wire they swear it wasn't their fault

cost me $150.00. I had to take it back 4 more times because I couldn't get the key out of the ignition

- , Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 072007

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,450 miles

I bought this car used. I noticed that problem a week after I bought it. I had to fuss with the car lot to have it fixed. Now, I have fluid leaking all over my driveway. I am very upset because Hondas are supposed to be excellent cars. I'm about to give up. What could be the problem with this fluid?

- , Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202006

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

A transmission leak?This car has been taken care of and has never been abused. I got under the vehicle after spotting oil in my garage and to my surprise almost the entire transmission case is covered with oil. I am heading to the dealer to see what the problem is.

- , Yuma, AZ, USA

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