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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1997 Honda Accord suspension problems

suspension problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 242003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Squeaking noise when going over bumps during cold weather. Replaced sway bar bushings but problem has not gone away. Have found out after talking to Honda technician that the struts in the front and rear struts are worn. This is a known issue according to technician from Honda. Very annoying problem that Honda knows about and will not fix.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 292003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The consumers vehicle experienced the same failure as the vehicles that were recalled by the manufacturer. The consumer was told by the manufacturer that the vehicle VIN number was not included in the recall. The vehicle has experienced a "popping sound" especially when turning a corner from the front end. The owner was told by a mechanic that the struts were failing.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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