5th Generation (1994—1997) Accord Problems

Accord owners with a 1994—1997 model year have the most problems with the engine (23%), transmission (16%), and the body (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Clear Coat Is Peeling 5 complaints at an average of 123,400 miles in the 1996 Honda Accord.
  2. Transmission Failure 14 complaints at an average of 134,451 miles in the 1997 Honda Accord.
  3. Clear Coat Separating From Paint 15 complaints at an average of 102,800 miles in the 1997 Honda Accord.

What Accord Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1997 67 15 75 8.37
1996 48 13 72 13.76
1995 28 14 77 4.51
1994 46 13 73 8.42

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