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?


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. honda should tell me the new code free (1 reports)
1997 Honda Accord miscellaneous problems

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 132015

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


I was a happy '97 Honda Accord owner for 17 years until last week when my alternator went bad and I had it replaced, along with the battery since it was very old. After the repairs, the radio and CD changer need to have the theft-protection code re-entered in order for them to operate. Great, I reached into the ashtray for the original card (in its tiny plastic bag) for the code I was given when I purchased the Honda – the code no longer works. Called Honda's hotline and they tell me they changed the code and require $55 to access the new code!! What? Thanks a lot. This former "happy" Honda owner is now forced to drive without a radio playing or CDs playing just because corporate Honda arbitrarily changed the security code. What a way to treat a customer!

- , Quincy, MA, USA

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