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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2000 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,458 miles

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2000 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

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2000 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Aug 052010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 106,275 miles


2000 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated on August 5, 2010, he spent $2488.77 to have the transmission replaced. He recently began experiencing transmission problems again. It was then, he decided to do some research, and discovered there was a known issue with the automatic transmission starting with model years 2000-2003. The consumer was denied reimbursement, due to the fact the warranty had expired. Honda stated they did not why the consumer was never informed of the extended warranty.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #38

Sep 052013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Dashboard light go out without notice and they turn back on at times. Unable to see at night the speedometer. Gears in car jerk while driving at all times from gear to gear, signs of sand like metal residue in transmission fluid when changed. I purchased the vehicle a little over a year ago and did not think much of it until it became worse and I began to research the possible issues.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #37

Sep 022013

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2000 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to transmission failure. The consumer stated while driving one night, the vehicle started making strange noises and it would not pick up speed after braking or halting at traffic signals. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and inspected. The dealer informed the consumer, there was known recall on the vehicle regarding the transmission. The consumer stated he was never notified about the recall.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 142012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles


I was driving my Honda Accord on a residential street, when the transmission started to shift erratically. The D4 light started to flash and the 'check engine' light came on. The Honda dealership that serviced the vehicle told me that the transmission had failed. This from a car that I had purchased six weeks earlier. Luckily the incident happened on a vacant road and not a highway on-ramp where smooth shifting is a life or death scenario.

- Ardmore, PA, USA

problem #35

Feb 152011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Transmission has begun slipping, jerking badly. When coming to a full stop, noticeable jerk of transmission. When starting from full stop, significant drag, then thump as transmission engages.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 032013

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Honda Accord. The contact stated that she entered a parking space, removed the key from the ignition and exited the vehicle. As she exited the vehicle, it began to roll away. The contact then realized that the vehicle was still in drive so she applied the brakes, restarted the vehicle and pulled shifted into park. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 195,000..... updated 02-20-13 the consumer stated there where recalls for vehicles that are the same make and models. The recall was dependent upon where the vehicle was manufactured. So the consumer's vehicle was not included in the recall. Updated 02/25/2013

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #33

Dec 172012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


Experiencing transmission problem which Honda is refusing to repair/replace. Honda is aware of this problem and has extended the warranty to 7 year 7 months or 109K miles but my car happens to fail just outside of the warranty. The on time scheduled maintenance and proper treatment is probably to blame. Consider this as my formal complaint against Honda for not standing behind their product and inadequate customer service.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #32

Oct 112011


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle would sporadically become stuck in second gear. When the vehicle independently shifted out of second gear, it would cause a violent jerking motion. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the failure would recur mostly in colder weather. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 148,000 and the current mileage was 168,000.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #31

Jun 082010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Transmission started slipping just outside of the 100,000 extended warranty Honda did because of multiple complaints about transmission issues.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #30

Jun 152012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Transmission failed but car was far past the extended warranty that existed from the 2006 class action lawsuit covering this make/model vehicle. Dealership never informed the existence of a recall.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #29

Apr 152012


  • 213,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and did not accelerate over 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who inspected the failure and stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced at least four prior times by the dealer. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 213,000.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #28

May 022012


  • 126,000 miles
Car will not shift out of park without holding down key in emergency interlock near shifter. Interlock solenoid went bad.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #27

Apr 122012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Transmission was starting to jerk forward and balking when starting from a start. Transmission started to over heat. My son said that the car seamed to just give out on highway and scared him as it caused a strange feeling of something terrible wrong. Now when transmission is put into reverse a very startling noise like a loud bang is happening. Now I am afraid to let my son because of safety reasons use it. I am on a fixed income and I always take care of this car, but this is just going to break me to try to get fixed. I have read so many complaints since I started to investigate this problem that I just can't believe that Honda and the NHTSA has not remedied this dangerous and expensive problem. I had the same problem with Toyota on rusting frame rails that almost killed me and my daughter. I had to try to sell my Tacoma truck at more than half its resale value, because Toyota just like Honda just wont admit or fix this serious problem. By the time the NHTSA did get Toyota to do something about the unsafe frame rust most of us owners had already had to try to get what ever money we could try to get. It was horrible to lose all that money and try to get another vehicle. Now Honda is playing with NHTSA and it is starting all over again for a lot of us Honda owners.what more can us owners do to get our fair share. I know I filed a complaint against Toyota and now Honda. I hope nhsta does something fast because as of now I have no car to use. Lets right this now. I know that a lot of hard working people deserve better than what Honda is even thinking of doing or not doing to right this problem.

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #26

Dec 022011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 84,600 miles
Warning light and the vehicles can't drive more than 20 miles an hour. This happens a few times within the last 6 months. Park the car for a few days and the problem goes away for a few weeks. This has not happen on the freeway, if it has, we would have an accident for sure. It happens again 2 days ago while driving and D4 lights came on, the car can't go more than 20 miles/hr on residential street.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #25

Oct 122011


  • 95,000 miles
Transmission became unreliable, never shifts properly, and sometimes doesn't shift at all. I have to pull over and wait a while until traffic is clear, then I try again.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #24

Nov 142006

Accord 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Abnormal downshifting of gears. Hardshifting gears between 1 and 2. reported this issue to Honda dealer in year 2006 and they said its all okay and no issues. I experienced the same issue over the years. When I initially reported this issue in 2006 for my Accord was covered under Honda extended warranted for transmission recall, but the Honda dealer refused to acknowledge this issue. In year 2010, another Honda dealer diagnosed it as a transmission failure, when the car was out of warranty. I have gone to independent repair shops and they also confirm its a transmission issue due to internal mechanical issue. Honda customer service is denying the warranty coverage even though the first instance of report was done while the vehicle was in warranty period.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #23

Feb 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the driver gear light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The contact had to wait ten to twenty minutes to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the transmission shift malfunctioned. The vehicle was also experiencing problems with the ignition where it would not read the key to start the vehicle. The private mechanic stated that it would take ten attempts to start the vehicle so that the ignition could read the key. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 132,346.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #22

Jan 102012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 110,112 miles
Transmission & internal parts failure during very busy morning drive in atlanta>>>almost caused a multiply car collusion>>>>part of the junk Honda has put in these cars & denied any liability>>>>also have an )@ Odyssey with a junk transmission>>>I will never buy another Honda>>>anyone need some Honda garbage cheap?

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 072012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 172,300 miles
Ignition key can be removed when the shifter is in non-park position and couple of times when this happened, the vehicle rolled away. This failure symptom was captured in NHTSA 05V-025, but, when asked, Honda motor company responded that the NHTSA mandate didn't include this VIN number. This suggests there may a reason to expand the VIN numbers affected by this mandate.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #20

Apr 302003

Accord 4-cyl

  • 73,680 miles
The first failure was in 2003. While I was driving on the highway my transmission went out completely in traffic. I was able to get off the street before the car completely stopped. The repair was done in 2003 during a national recall. The car started showing signs of slipping in 2009. I contacted Honda about the replacement transmission and they said it was out of warranty. The transmission completely failed in March, 2010. I was traveling at 55 mph when the car started to lose power. This is the second incident with this car where the transmission went out while I was driving this car.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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