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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
135,425 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. transmission rebuilt (2 reports)
1997 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 162013

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


Automatic transmission failure at around 175,000 miles. Likely caused by the torque converter. I replaced this with a used Accord transmission with 60,000 miles. Transmission failed again at less than 9,000 additional miles. Mechanic refused to honor warranty. Honda auto transmissions are garbage.

- , Norcross, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 122011

Accord LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,550 miles

Four speed automatic transmission completely failed for my 1997 Honda Accord LX, 4-door, with only 69,550 miles. The "Check Engine" light illuminated, while the "D4" automatic transmission indicator flashed off and on at same time. Honda wouldn't drive in fourth gear and acted as it was slipping. Vehicle was brought to Ed Voyles Honda, Marietta, Georgia on September 13, 2011 for diagnosis. Honda technician(s) advised that the "ECM Code" disclosed that the transmission had completely failed and required replacement.

I was not notified and/or offered any information regarding Honda extending the transmission warranty for this 1997 Honda Accord LX.

Is the Honda extended warranty still valid? If so, please advise asap at (770) 980-0019.

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 112010

Accord EX vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Away from home 100 miles, after no problems, the tranny fell out of gear, clunk, at 40 mph and would sometimes catch 1st or 2nd gear for a while before dropping out again. Had to coast to stops with flashers on, let it rest, start up again, till safe. In the shop now, 100 miles away. I have to trust the mechanic. I'll find out Tuesday.

- , Weeki Wachee, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 082010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 215,000 miles


Friday night went out. When I came home I parked my car but I needed to straighten up when I put it in reverse it started making a loud grinding noise and the car wouldn't move backward...I think my reverse went out...but I'm not sure what to do about fixing it..

- , Greensboro, NC, US

problem #2

Jun 102008

Accord EX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

i love my Honda don't get me wrong. one day i pull in my drive way the next day no reverse

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 122007

(reported on)

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

my car died on the road while i was going on road, the transmission oil was leaking and there was burning smell. once i stopped it will start and run at 15mile/hr at 5000rpm. i guess i killed my tranny, any one had similar experience before. i never know Honda are so bad for transmission until i saw this site.

- , Houston, TX, USA

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