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:
116,968 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

engine problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


fMy engine light just came on. I took it to a mechanic, who said it was the sensor. After paying over $500 to have the sensor replaced, I drove for about 2 months and the light came back on. I took it back to the mechanic, who had no clue what the problem was. I eventually found a new mechanic who also tried replacing the sensor. After the first time and it came back on, he advised me that the check engine problem is common with Hondas. He thoroughly checked the car and told me that unless something significant happened, I should save my money. After a lot of timing to pass NYS inspection every year, I've been driving for over 4 years with a check engine light. Any suggestions?

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 252007

(reported on)

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,904 miles

I don't know why but i just bought this car from a 2nd owner and me being the 3rd owner now, the damn "check engine" sign came up the very next day after buying it. Now is that just tough luck or what? I mean how does that happen and its the most scariest indicator for me. i mean i would have to think twice on going on a long drive or across states. I don't know what the solution is but i was wondering does anyone know how i can make it go away? or has it ever happened that the light came and it automatically goes away? i sure hope that a thing like that happens to me...


problem #1

Feb 152007

(reported on)

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Well it started as a check engine light, then i found out what codes they were which were. P0301 & P1399. The first thing that came to my mind was to replace the distributor cap, spark plugs and spark plug wires. Then the problem is still there. So now i don't know what to do next. please someone help me.Thanks.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

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