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.

CarComplaints.com 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?

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
143,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
1997 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 202015

Accord Nope 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 147,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

EVER SINCE I'VE HAD THIS STUPID PIECE OF JUNK IT HAS HAD PROBLEM AFTER PROBLEM. I HAD TO HAVE THE RADIATOR REPLACED, THE HOSES, THE FUEL FILTER, THE WINDOW AND I KNOW THE TIE ROD ENDS ARE BAD. I NEED HELP BECAUSE I AM A SINGLE WOMAN WITH NO RESOURCES TO GET THIS REPLACED AND A NEW JOB THAT I HAVE TO HAVE A CAR TO DRIVE TO.

- , Thermopolis, WY, USA

problem #3

Feb 102010

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

MY 1997 HONDA ACCORD LX 4DR TRANSMISSION IS GOING! IT DONT EVEN DRIVE ANYMORE...RPM REVS HIGH BUT CAR WONT MOVE!! THIS IS A MANUFACTURE DEFECT AND SHOULD BE A RECALL!!

- , Appleton, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 012010

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

This is the second Honda Accord that I've owned, and the second transmission that has basically gone. I also thought Honda was suppose to be reliable cars and should last for at least 200,000 miles, but it looks like I and many others were mistaken. I guess I should be glad both of mine lasted at least to 150,000 miles. I notice the slipping back on both of them at around 60,000 miles. This is the last Honda for me, and I've already told friends not to buy Honda. They just aren't reliable like they claim to be.

- , Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #1

May 132003

Accord V6EXL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Call american Honda. They sent me to Community Honda. Car as is with crappy tranny. Gave me a $7500 trade in value as is on a 6-7 years old car with no transmission. I went to a 04 Accord and have had no problems. American Honda is well aware of the issue to the extent they added a 100,000 mile warranty on the trans starting in 08..

Good Luck

- , Orland Park, IL, USA

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