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: 1997 is the last model year in the 5th generation of Accord. Which means it's also the last model year before problems like widespread transmission failure, subframe rust and peeling paint took over.

Does the 1997 have problems? Sure it does. Any car this old will. Some owners say their engine started to cut out around 147,000 miles. That's still not bad, and getting to 200,000+ miles isn't out of the question.

Does anyone believe a newer Accord will reach 200,000 miles?


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
131,226 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1997 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 132014

Accord 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 262,000 miles


My a/c doesn't work at...kinda hard taking kids around town when its 100 outside....just stopped working...the wiring harness is not able to be found...also my ball joints are gone...scares me taking my kids out...there is recalls on both...never got the money to fix it...shouldn't have to pay for it cause its Hondas mess up...i can say my heat works very well...cant run it but it a min cause my fans don't work either since my ac went out...kinda weird but ok

- , lawndale, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 011997

Accord SE 1.32l4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

My AC takes forever to cool off, and city driving, when it's hot out, forget it, it will never cool, I have my refri at max and it will only work good if on the freeway, that's it. Then if I have to slowdown, which is always on CA freeways, it gets warm again. I have an aluminum racing double core rad in it, it never overheats, but I wish my AC would stay cold. I can't even drive it on the hottest days.

- , corona, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 082008

Accord SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

Ok i got the car its my first the ac seems to work when its about 70 out side but after that it just seems like it dose not get cold and dose not hav enough power to cool the car

- , Keyes, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 252007

(reported on)

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,904 miles

I got a/c but no cold air comes out. i think freon will do that trick but i will let you guys know whats going on. thanks.


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