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:
Average Mileage:
150,364 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced starter (1 reports)
1997 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 252014

Accord SE 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles


I bought the car from previous owner at 106K miles. Records and proper vehicle maintenance as required since mile #1. However while the vehicle was with me, problems started right about 120K. CV Joints need replacement, Alignment needed every 4 months or so. Oil leak from engine, need to change oil every 2500 miles instead of every 3K. Starter died at 133K. Maybe more to come.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 022010


  • 208,000 miles

Car will not start whenever temperature drops to 30 degrees and will immediatly start when it warms up to over 34 degrees. This has gone on for five years and was towed into dealer twice where it starts when they pull it into a heated garage - DUH. Thousands of dollars have been spent with no solution.

- , Seaford, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 032008

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,091 miles

Took it to Sear to test Battery, Battery tested good. Still doesn't start, just clicks. After a few clicks it fires up. Took to Honda they tested as bad battery. Installed new battery same problem. Honda tested starter & alternator. Same problem.

- , 7866 Montero Dr, CA, USA

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