1997 Honda Accord US Wagon SiR 2.2 VTEC Twin Cam petrol


An excellent family car, but the performance isn't up to expectations


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

This car is our third Accord, so I know they’re a great car. We needed a wagon with the impending arrival of a second child, and nothing else appealed in our admittedly low price range.

From experience, I wanted a VTEC engined car, having had Accords with and without that technology. I ended up buying a Japanese Import US Wagon with the rare (for a wagon) “black top” twin-cam VTEC head and 190hp. Really, this engine is miss-suited to a family wagon and it doesn’t go like the rocket I was hoping for. The VTEC change over happens at 5,500 RPM and from there to the limiter at 7,900 RPM it pulls quite hard, but who’s going to do that with the family in the car….? At that point you’ve also exceeded the NZ open road speed limit in second. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cracker of an engine at high revs and quiet and smooth when cruising, but it’s just not quite what I was expecting. The single cam VTEC is more frugal and has a better spread of power.

0-100kph is 10.2 seconds, which is the same as my previous LXi Accord without VTEC and 50 less hp.

Otherwise this is a great car – it has lots of the little features I wanted like climate control, ABS, air bags and the heavily tinted rear windows really do reduce the in car temperature in the summer sun. The rear disc brakes don’t work better than drums though. Steering is very light and it rides and handles well.

Reliability has been faultless so far, as I’d expect, and when this car has done its dash I’ll certainly be looking for another Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2009

30th Nov 2010, 23:01

I own the exact same vehicle, and agree with your comments regarding performance completely.

1997 Honda Accord VTI-S 2.2 SOHC VTEC


Great family car


The climate air conditioning had electrical problems with the fuse. When you turned the air conditioning on, it would blow out hot air. Also the unit had to be gassed as one of the solutions (not a biggy) Only cost $160 NZD to get fixed.

Also there is an electrical problem in the car with the locks; for some reason the car can't automatically lock itself when it's suppose to.

General Comments:

Although the car has had a few minor problems, it is still a fantastic car. It drives along the road beautifully, and the VTEC engine gives it great power on kickdown and high revs.

The car is reasonably economical; we get between 500-550 kms out of a tank, depending on how we drive it.

The leather interior is also a great feature, and so is the cruise control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2006

1997 Honda Accord VTI 2.2 VTEC


Excellent family car very economical and reliable


Battery that's all!!

General Comments:

First Automatic car we have owned so is very nice.

Economical specially on long trips (with V-TEC engine) and improvement over the allready excellent 1997 Civic we had and still has Hondas wishbone suspension design which is brilliant for cornering.

Huge boot

Great family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2004

1st Jan 2006, 23:54

I can only agree fully with this review. I had a 1993 (used Japanese import) auto with VTEC and it gave faultless performance for over 2 years. I only sold it as we went overseas and still miss it. Went really well, loads of room and returned 31 – 34 mpg. Even now these are still look very handsome and you can pick 'em up for little money.

Why are there so few reviews of these excellent cars here??!!

17th Jan 2009, 18:41

Agree with the above comments - just sold a 1996 Accord VTi-S that I owned for a couple of years - and bought the next model Accord!

Handling and performance are at least above average for mid 90's medium size automatics (eg. Telstar, Corona, Camry, 626, Bluebird).

Mine did 600+ km for a full tank!

Never broke down or gave any real trouble - although maintenance costs are admittedly a bit on the high side, and brakes wore out fairly quickly.

Would reccomend the Accord for anyone looking for a cheap, reliable and practical car.

27th Nov 2013, 16:50

Still going strong. Now in my 10th year of ownership, and I have worked out I have only spent $2,700 on repairs and routine maintenance, plus the cost of regular oil and filter changes over the last 10 years. Mileage was 136,000 km when bought in 2003; it's now up to 225,400 km.