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?


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
170,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

engine problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 062016

Accord EX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


Had this 97 Honda Wagon 4 cylinder for about 35,000 miles and no major problems until tonight while driving on a two-lane mountain road. Was driving around in a valley about 100 miles before the tach and speedometer cut off. Then the fan died along with the AC. After the first switchback into the first incline, about five miles later, hit the gas and the engine died. Got a half crank and that was it. Engine compartment was extremely hot. Two hours later, the tow truck guy said 170,000 was awful early for a Honda alternator to die (if that was what it rreally was). Still awaiting diagnosis. Really like the car so if anyone has a constructive bit of advice or an idea please share. I recently had an aftermarket stereo installed if that offers any hints. Any help appreciated!

- , Monterey, VA, USA

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