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?


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
119,735 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
1997 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 022012

Accord EX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,206 miles


i have honda accord 1997 which i bought for about 3 months ago. i was having some problems mixing or jerking. it is likely the electrical system.

- , Kaduna, Kaduna, Nigeria

problem #2

Nov 012011

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Driving with no music sucks! This electrical malfunction happens when I'm driving the radio and clock will short out then I have to re-program everything. I start my car and I have to re-program. This happens way too much for me! I know somewhere around 1999 there was a recall for the wiring harness....has it malfunctioned again???????????hhhhmmm

- , Havre de Grace, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 012010

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

The dashboard controls are flickering often (radio goes out, needles flicker). looks like some loose connection but not sure. Did anyone got the solution for this?

- , Durham, NC, USA

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