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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?


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 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 #8

May 282011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


Suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles. Certain vehicles were manufactured with ball joints that can prematurely wear out and, in the worse case, the ball joint would separate causing the front suspension to collapse. Consequences: This condition would result in vehicle deceleration and a sudden loss of power. Also steering controllability would be reduced. My car VIN is not listed under this recall but I just had an estimate to fix those exact parts. The swaybar bushing is breaking according to the dealership service manager but I cannot afford to remedy the situation. I am afraid something bad will happen as I must drive over 2,300 miles this week. Is there any way to see if Honda's recall will expand its vehicles it covers under this safety issue?

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 232011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact felt the front end of the vehicle wobble. The contact stated the failure would occur intermittently. While the contact was driving in reverse, the wheel separated from the ball joint. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the technician stated the lower ball joints on the front driver side separated. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer was contacted and stated there was a recall NHTSA campaign id number: 99V069000 (component: Suspension: Front: Control arm: Lower ball joint) but the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 122002

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving front end becomes erratic with movement from left to right, also, vibrates in the front end of vehicle. Took vehicle to dealer. Dealer stated stated that problem were hankook tires.

- Jefferson City, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 012000


  • miles


I purchased the vehicle in June 2000. As certified vehicle from dealership, , certified for safety inspections 150 point" I noticed when test driving vehicle. Front of vehicle had severe vibration, I noticed that the tires were low on air pressure. Problem continued, I contacted the dealership numerous time to resolve the matter. At the time of sale the inspection was to be final. I later found out the inspection was never completed properly, ther are two active titles currently on vehicle, Ohio and California California is now salvaged title as of 2/04/2001. Contacted dealership numerous time regarding the findings on the bumper cover that had medical tape holding the side secure fastners together. And bumper cover out of allignment. Radiator support had been buckled and not repaired correctly, primer on the inside of right front hood, head L ight assembly unit not complete and out of allignment, uneven tire wear, no owners manual, tires switched at time allignment was performed by dealership, dealership rented vehicle for 10 days., dealership represented preferred body shop american autobody and paint as boar official that was misrepresentation, contacted american Honda as well as Honda care regarding this vehicle and dealership? I asked the dealership what the certification applied to? it was to be warrantied just like a new vehicle..vehicle warranty docs were incomplete and not voluntarily submitted? dealership employee pushed husband against wall? no owners manual? michellon warranty came with vehicle docs. But at time of allignment federal tires were replaced without warranty? I was told the new tires were magical? I totalled the vehicle and later found on ccc report from the insurance company, that vehicle had previous damage done.. and all the above problem pertaining to previous damage"

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As soon as vehicle's speed is over 60 mph, it shakes very badly. Steering wheel and front end shake.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 151999


  • miles
Vehicle experiencing problem with wandering to the left while traveling at highway speed of 50 or more mph. Probelm was corrected by dealership.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

May 021997

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle pulls to the right. Dealer has been unable to fix this continuous problem, cause is unknown.

- Baumont, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 311996


  • miles
While driving at 55 mph, esperiencing wind noise, wind noise is so loud and annoying.

- College Park, GA, USA

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