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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:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 2
Average Mileage:
44,472 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Nov 132006


  • 20,000 miles


With in the first year of owning our Honda, the clutch went out. We paid $2700 to dealership to replace the entire assembly. Ever since then the clutch or related parts such as the master cylinder goes out suddenly every 12 months.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #39

Jul 182013


  • miles
In several occasions I've experienced my car pulling itself to drive forward when I am at a complete stop.

- Sun Valley, CA, USA

problem #38

Mar 212014

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle independently decelerated and when she depressed the accelerator pedal the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 55,500. Updated 06/10/14 MA the consumer stated she paid for a re-built transmission and torque converter. Updated 07/23/14

- Pittsburg , PA, USA

problem #37

Oct 122013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles


Accelerator jammed in cement garage causing car to hit the wall of the garage at very high speed and severely damaging the front of the car (essentially totaling the car).

- Merion, PA, USA

problem #36

Jul 282013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed into the contact's home. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the neck, back, arm and leg. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an auto body shop. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 134,000.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #35

Aug 102013


  • 75,000 miles
Unintended acceleration with car going out of control on the highway and the car failing to slow down after pressing on the brake. Most terrifying experience of my life.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #34

Jul 082013


  • 65,000 miles


Car details: - 05 Accord SE coupe with ~65K miles (automatic transmission, 4 cylinder) recently, I have noticed that the car will not accelerate even when I keep pushing the gas pedal. Typically happens at around 50 to 60 mph marker (the mph needle will just stall at one location and not move). I have to tap the brake lightly a couple of times or let the car coast down without giving it any gas (it kind of releases whatever is holding the car from accelerating and releases the mph needle). I then accelerate the car again and it will go higher than 60 mph. Keeps happening often (not every time though). My gas mileage is lower which confirms that something is happening. This is a serious safety issue on highways. I am not sure if this is related to all the transmission failure issues that Honda Accord continue to see on models manufactured in the mid 2000S.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #33

May 172013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I was driving on interstate 20/59 near ft. Payne, Alabama with the cruise control set on 75 mph. I changed lanes to pass a slower car but did not touch the gas pedal. The car started to accelerate on its own. I tapped the breaks to turn cruise control off but the car continued to accelerate without touching the gas pedal. The acceleration was not a full throttle acceleration, just a moderate increase. I then shifted the car from drive to neutral and the RPM's jumped up to redline, again without touching the gas pedal. Luckily, a rest area was approaching and I managed to pull the car into the rest area parking lot playing with the drive/neutral of the transmission and using the brakes. Once I made it to a parking space I turned the car off and shifted it into park. I waited a few seconds and turned the car back on. The RPM's again jumped up to redline without me touching the gas pedal. I shut the car off again and put my foot underneath the gas pedal and pulled up. I cranked the car again and it acted normal. I checked under the hood and everything looked fine. After some deliberation, we decided to continue on our trip and the car was fine for the next 4.5 hours. We drove back Sunday, May 19 and the car again drove fine for 6.5 hours and hasn't had a problem since. The morning before the incident, I changed the alternator and oil. I strongly believe that this had nothing to do with the alternator or oil change. Also, I doubled checked the carpet mat in the car and it was not even close to the gas pedal. I am not sure if anyone else has experienced this problem with a Honda Accord. I am a mechanical engineer and I am dumbfounded by this. Being in a car with uncontrollable acceleration is quite unnerving.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #32

Apr 102013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My brother was driving our car on the 278-bqe in brooklyn, NY. The RPM on the car suddenly went to 7000 RPM and then the car started to decelerate. The car would not accelerate and it ended stopping on the express lane on the highway. He had the hazard lights on but cars were still coming at 60-70 mph, many barely missing the car as they swerved into the next lane. We took the car to the mechanic and though the car only has 78K miles on it, he said that the transmission is dead. Everything else was in order in terms of fluids. I took a look at carcomplaints.com and there are 43 complaints on this exact issues of 2005 Honda Accord owners with 60-80K miles on their car.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #31

Nov 282012


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 3 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact was able to stop the failure by depressing the brakes. The contact powered off and restarted the vehicle, and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised the contact that the idle air control valve needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that there were no recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000 and the current mileage was 123,993.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #30

Nov 132012

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph uphill, the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently reaching speeds over 100 mph. The contact was able to slow the vehicle down by shifting into neutral and engaging the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 110,000.....updated 12/20/12 the consumer stated middle town Honda replaced the throttle body. That is what caused the cable to get stuck. They did not repair any of the brakes or emergency brake. They claimed that is was normal wear. He consumer found 32 incidents of vehicles with the same problem. Updated 12/28/212

- Middletown , NY, USA

problem #29

Nov 072012


  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated without the accelerator pedal being engaged. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by shiftingto neutral and pressing the brake. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who was unable to duplicate the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 21,000.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #28

Dec 142010


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated abnormally and crashed into a tree. The contact and a passenger were severely injured and transported to the hospital via ambulance. The police were notified and a report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that there were no failures within the vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Leicester, MA, USA

problem #27

Feb 162012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine was started and the vehicle surged backward until crashing into a parked vehicle. The contact suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash. The vehicle was then towed to an impound lot. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unknown.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #26

Feb 252012


  • miles
I have an 05 Honda Accord coupe. Neither window will roll down, had the relay switch replaced but 6 months later back to the same problem. Radio would go on and off, even when car was off. Now the radio will not come on at all unless I unplug/plug the battery, then the result is only temporary. Now the cruise control button will not work. If I push it down the green indicator light comes on but the button will not stay engaged. I've seen so many of the same complaints I was sure there was a recall I missed but there isn't??!!

- Alma, AR, USA

problem #25

Dec 172011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning and the brakes would not engage. The contact also stated that he had to engage the parking brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 85,000.

- Berkley, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 93,241 miles
On Saturday at 11:50 pm, I was cruising at the 169th & maple rd, omaha, ne parking lot.. at a front parking junction, I made a right turn at about 2-3 mph speed. I slowed and braked for a pedestrian walking across my path. My car started revving and accelerating rapidly. I immediately pressed the brake pedals harder. The harder I pressed, the harder the acceleration became. I became very concerned and scared that the car might accelerate suddenly and may cause a terrible accident. I quickly move the gear hand pedal shifters foward to (P)ark. The car jerked forward a bit and then stood still; however, the engine started revving with a loud din and then back to normal.I started to slowly move the gear back into (D)rive mode. The car behaved normally and I parked my car in a available parking slot. Prior to this incident, I had a minor incident similar to this. This was a about 2 weeks back. I was slowed and stopped at a traffic light to make a right turn to maple. While in stop mode pressing the brake, the car started jerking and accelerating forward slowly. I quickly pressed the brake harder and it jerked forward and stopped. At that point, I just shrugged it off, thinking that was unusual but wasn't really bad to take issue. All this happened when I changed my Accord hybrid battery and a hybrid controller over a month back when I had a hybrid battery and the controller that needed to be replace on account of a safety issue with the car. The car felt ok after the change. However, I had the car since 2005 and never did I encounter a sudden acceleration on this car, not once until after the battery and controller change. I can only relate now to what actually has happened and is very concerned for my life and my family to whoever drives the vehicle.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #23

Nov 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While parked, the contact started the ignition while depressing the brake pedal and the vehicle jerked forward independently. The failure recurred intermittently when the gear shifter was placed in reverse or drive. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 11/01/11 the consumer stated on a cold start, with his foot on the brake, after the transmission was put into gear, there was a momentary pause before the engine revved. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for a transmission software recall. Updated 11/30/11

- Shawano, WI, USA

problem #22

Jan 112011


  • miles
I previously drove my aunt's 2005 Honda Accord hybrid on several occasions. Almost as soon as the vehicle was purchased, on more than one occasion, the brakes failed and caused accidents. The accelerator would also accelerate on its own. The car would simply speed up on its own. The car would also at times stop or turn off on its own. I assumed because the car was a hybrid or different that it was normal. At times when accidents would occur, I couldn't believe what had happened. The car literally drove away. A few times others drove the car and mentioned the same. My aunt previously tried trading in the vehicle, but it was too expensive to trade in. On January 11,2011. A fatal accident occurred while driving this vehicle. My mother, whom is a precautious driver was driving my cousin to school and were involved in a fatal car accident. The Honda struck a school bus right in the middle. I believe the car like on many other occasions accelerated on its own or the brakes failed. I feel devastated that I have lost my mother and cousin because of this accident, but feel that my mother was not at fault. She was always a safe driver and in this case I believe the vehicle was at fault.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #21

May 082011


  • 60,000 miles
Sudden acceleration of car. Pulling into a car bay, almost stationery. Accelerator appeared to be sucked away from under foot. Brakes applied, but car accelerated very fast over the curb and into wooden bollards (hitting so hard it ripped them out of ground, and broke in two), the car felt like cruise control had kicked in. I did not "accidentally" hit the accelerator, and my floor mats are no where near the accelerator (they are hooked down). VIN [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Western Australia, 00, USA

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