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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Honda Accord suffers from transmission failure. It's not a huge widesperad problem like in prior years, but definitely still something to consider.

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

Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,685 miles

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 072009


  • 31,349 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated automatically and the brakes failed. The contact had to drive off the road and crashed the vehicle into a small tree. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an auto body shop for repairs and to have the brakes inspected. He discovered online that other vehicles were experiencing the same issue. The contact feels that Honda is at fault and are not doing anything to correct the issue. The current mileage was 32,000 and failure mileage was 31,349.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 212008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact had a 40,000 mile repair performed at the dealer. Four days later, the gauge control module shorted out internally. The dealer attempted to reprogram the module, but was unsuccessful. The module was sent out to paolo alto, ca to be reprogrammed. Once it was completed, the module was returned to the dealer for installation in the vehicle. A couple of months later, while driving at an unknown speed with the cruise control activated, it would not disengage when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was locked in the cruise control mode and it continued moving towards oncoming traffic. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into two vehicles. The contact and another person were injured. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The investigator stated that the instrument cluster module caused the crash. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 172007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I feel that the cold idle RPM on our car is set too high and causes the car to lurch when put in gear following a cold start. I have contacted both the manufacturer and the dealership and both say that the cold RPM setting on my car is within specifications and cannot be adjusted. There has been no failure or incident or consequences, but I feel that under certain conditions such as a cold start on an icy driveway with an inexperienced or elderly driver, there may well be a failure/incident/consequence.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 042006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was trying to maneuver through a crowded gas station and had backed up. When I put the car into drive, it lurched forward and accelerated. Pressing the brakes as hard as I could had no effect. The only way to stop was to hit something (which ended up being cars stopped for a red light, but it could easily have been a gas pump, pedestrian or personal property). My car had to be towed and is in the body shop now. I will have Honda investigate the engine.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 042006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
My car suddenly accelerated upon exiting a car wash as I changed from neutral to drive. The design of the exit lane from the car wash driveway and access to the four lane street where the car wash is located does not allow for any speed as there are two sharp turns. My car sped across the driveway, into a culvert and toward the heavy traffic. I applied the brakes immediately and steered the car away from the street, crossing several business parking lots and landscaped areas. My 2005 Honda Accord received several thousands dollars in damage. Honda denied it was warranty and did not show me the computer diagnostic evaluation. In fact, this information seemed to be closely guarded by the service department at Honda orr in hot springs, ar. I was told to contact my insurance company for repairs. This car experienced what I would explain as an open throttle which may be a new problem for computerized cars. I have taken several photos of my car and the scene, which shows several feet of skid marks.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #5

Sep 112006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,500 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 75 mph with the cruise control on, the vehicle lost power. When the gas pedal was depressed the vehicle felt like it as braking and acelerating at the same time. The vehicle was pulled over. Whilepulled over the consuemr turned the vehicle off for one minute, then turned it back on. Prior to the vehicle being pulled over the iol and engine lights were on. When the vehicle was restarted the lights were off. The consuemr attempted to drive off but the vehicle began to perfor erratically agian. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. The dealership was unable to determine the cause of the problem. The vehicle was traded in for another model. Updated 10/25/2006 -

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 042006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


This vehicle lurched toward and accelerated and would not stop even when the brakes were applied. We have photos showing the tire imprints on the garage floor up until it impacted with the house.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #3

Jun 042005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
: the contact stated upon purchase of the vehicle the check engine light, the traction control light and the tcs light illuminated on the dashboard. Also, while attempting to put the vehicle in park, the drive and park lights illuminated. Upon inspection the dealership determined the sensor needed to be replaced. Four days later while pulling into the driveway the vehicle accelerated without warning and crashed through a fence and into a boulder. Although seat belts were worn and the air bags deployed, the driver and passenger sustained injuries. The vehicle was totaled. There was property damage and a police report was filed.

- Highland, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 012005

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Honda Accord experienced cold engine start and unexpected acceleration. At start up the engine would run at 1500 RPM. When placed in gear with the brake pedal depressed, the RPM would drop to 1000. Upon release of the brakes, the vehicle would begin to roll as normally expected for about 2 seconds and then the RPM would suddenly jump to 1500 and the vehicle accelerates immediately to 10mph or less. Honda suggested that this was normal.

- Massapequa , NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 232005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defect in cold start idle control of the 2005 Honda Accord 4 cylinder engine that causes the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly a second or two after you remove your foot from the brake pedal.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

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