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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,008 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 092007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,232 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. The contact purchased four Grand Am lxe tires. While driving 60mph, the vehicle began shaking and the tires weren't making proper contact with the road. The two front tires were worn, uneven and the tread began tearing apart. The remaining tread depth is approximately 5/32. The tire mileage at the time the failure occurred was unknown. The tire pressure was not available. The tire size was P205/65R15. The dot number was 08407540. Pictures available. The current and vehicle failure mileage were 157232.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 242007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a full set of futura 775 P205/65R15 tires for 1998 Honda Accord on 05/01/2005 from pep boys store. Within aprox. 6 months, two of the tires developed broken/ separated belts causing severe handling/ drivable problems. The store was reluctant to replace all tires, but replaced the two faulty tires with 2000lte tires. Now a third tire has developed the same issue. I replaced it with a good used tire and have kept the broken one for possible return to store.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 182004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,818 miles
Front tires started shaking and didn't know which one. Tread separated from the tire at 73 mph one the right side front, causing the right front fender to collapse plus other damage in this area. Tires were bridgestoneturanza H revo P205/65R15 92H on a 1998 Honda Accord sedan. Tires replaced. Tire available at dealer. Front end damage ($1800) pending results from Firestone/Bridgestone office.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 262003


  • miles


While traveling 55mph on the highway and without prior warning there were a loud noise. Consumer was able to pull over to the shoulder.the left front driver side tire tread separated from wheel. Dunlop, size 14, dot # dbr48188E.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222000

(reported on)


  • miles
Treads separated on both rear tires @ 37,000 miles. Vehicle became very unstable. Dealer acknowleged defect and discounted 2 new tire but with both tires failing it may be a manufacture problem thanks. (tiresize: 14inch)( dot number: Tire size: 14inch )

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #1

Nov 011998


  • miles
Tires came apart as, tread came apart from tire, could lift it up.( dot number: Tire size: Original )

- Houston, TX, USA

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