Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,033 miles

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2005 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Nov 252009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2005 Honda Accord. Consumer request full reimbursement in regards to recall repairs the consumer stated the transmission was making a bad whining sound. The dealer replaced the transmission and torque converter.

- Panorama City, CA, USA

problem #36

Jun 062011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Transmission stutters in between 1st and 2nd gears on decelleration and acceleration. Transmission seems to overheat. Anticipate failure due to this anomoly. Do not want to experience a lock up or loss of control of vehicle.

- Lady Lake, FL, USA

problem #35

Feb 012011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle would make a loud noise when shifting into drive or reverse. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 62,000.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #34

Feb 242011

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 55-60 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate independently and then shifted back into gear. The contact stated that the failure had been on-going since February 2011. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and then to a dealer where both confirmed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The contact authorized the dealer to replace the transmission. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered to pay half of the repair costs. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 61,888. Updated 4/25/11 updated 08/22/11

- Eastchester, NY, USA

problem #33

Mar 042011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Our 2005 Honda Accord V6 suddenly stopped accelerating and behaved like it was on neutral. The engine revved but the car would not move forward. I had to stop the car in the middle of the road and put my hazards on. After a few minutes I started the engine again. When I put the car in drive there was a grinding noise and I felt the car go into gear a few seconds later. When I accelerated the car started to move slowly forward and a whirring noise came from the engine. I had to stop and start the car 3-4 times on the remaining 3 mile drive home. I took it into a Honda repair shop. We contacted Honda corporate and they have offered to pay 75% of the cost of repair which is estimated at $5000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #32

Dec 272010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I drive a 2005 Honda Accord, we noticed that the transmission fluid was low so we added Honda transmission fluid. That's when the cars rpms shot up and I wasn't hardly moving. Honda said do a 9 quart flush, which we did. For a day or two things seemed better, then it was far worse than before with the rpms at 6,000 and I'm only going 30. Hoping it was a problem with a censor, we took it to Honda, they tell me don't worry it'll be fine. Hour later they call and say your transmission is shot. Now they tell me I can trade it in, or get a new one for $3800. I say I'm taking it elsewhere, to another trans shop, who asks me which Honda I called about he's had 3 calls that morning and has 2 waiting to be fixed. He says Honda trans are poorly designed in that first the filter is hard to get to and that there is a very small hole for fluid to get through and that once clogged with no fluid the trans fails. Now he's rebuilding it and our supposed trusty Honda is going to cost us $2400 of which we do not just have sitting around. I hope that there will be a recall, this is truly awful of Honda a name I trusted in, but, now would never recommended to anyone.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #31

Dec 122010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 91,245 miles


While driving my 2005 Honda Accord V6 on the highway it slipped out of gear and violently down shifted to 2nd gear almost causing an accident! thank god the driver behind me was aware or it could have been fatal. From that day the transmission kept doing the same thing. The car has 95K. Honda has refused to take any responsibility for the failure!! this also happened to my 2002 Accord!! something needs to be done before people get hurt! you would think Honda of all car makers would stand behind what they make...but they don't...time to think about another car to by in the future!

- Mount Kisco, NY, USA

problem #30

Dec 012010


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle would rev when accelerated but would not move forward. The contact was able to restart by shutting the vehicle off and on again. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who informed the contact that he needed to replace the transmission. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 43,000.

- Oak Forest , IL, USA

problem #29

Aug 252010


  • 60,000 miles
There is a rumble noise that happens at 25, 40, & 55 mph. It doesn't happen consistently and so it has taken me 2 years to finally get an answer to the problem. It appears to be the transmission.

- Presque Isle, WI, USA

problem #28

Aug 022010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Accord V6, 85K miles. It happened all of a sudden (no computer warning) and it was in a serious situation (on the highway traveling between cities). The gears slipped and out of nowhere I'm drifting without any gear traction. I pulled over to the side of the road, turned it off, waited 20 minutes and then started it back up only to put it in drive and the car went in reverse! now they say its a transmission problem. How can a car of less than 5yrs have this issue? and a lot of people have complained about this issue to Honda, only to claim there is no defects.. here is a url of complains you see from people about the same issue on transmission.

- Roanoke, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 52,300 miles


2005 Honda Accord V6 ex sedan. While entering the freeway the car fell out of gear and then I had to quickly pull off (nearly getting hit by merging cars) and call the highway patrol to block oncoming traffic from hitting me as I did not have enough momentum to get out of the far right lane completely. Towed car to Honda dealership which resulted in them telling me I had a failed transmission. A failed transmission with 52,300 miles on the car. Transmission and oil change was just done so why this failed leaves me shaking my head.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 172005


  • 67,900 miles
I bought this brand new car in 2005 and good maintenance on it. For about a month, my car had been acting funny when I came to a stop, periodically. Maybe once a week or so. By acting funny, I mean it did not seem to downshift immediately when I came to a stop, sometimes acting like someone bumped the car from behind barely. Last Saturday, around 9 pm right at the stop sign, the transmission locked up and I could not reverse or downshifted. I had to pull the car to the road side. It was towed to the dealer where I purchased it next morning that was Sunday and I had to pay $181 for towing. Monday, the dealer ship service called me and said transmission failure and I have to pay $4200 to replace it. I told them how can I bought the brand new car and it was only 67K miles, the transmission failure and I have to pay $4200.....after that they did contact to Honda's corporate and told me that I have to pay $750 for manufacturers warranty deductible and Honda will pay the rest. I have no choice so I let them fixed my car. But I would like to say is that why the car's transmission failed at 67K miles so who will buy the new Honda with the problem like this. It cost me a nightmare to think about that night and I think the Honda's corporate should responsible this problem and I don't have to pay $750 plug $181 towed car only 67K miles driving. Otherwise, I am keep thinking that it could have accident when the car stopped at that night or my car was died on the trip around 100 miles away from home.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

problem #25

May 192010

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,271 miles
2005 Honda Accord ex-V6 auto-transmission gave out at 50mph. Luckily it was the middle of the night and there were no other vehicles on the road but had their been someone behind me it would have been bad. The vehicle slipped 5th, 4th, and 3rd gear then slowed to a stop. The only reason I am bothering to file this complaint is that I have done some research online and have found that many other people which this same car have had similar problems (10 similar reports on since Jan. 2009 alone). I am in luck because I have an extended warranty and it should be covered. It is currently at the dealership for repair.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #24

May 122010


  • 66,900 miles
Without warning my automatic transmission completely failed getting off the freeway today. When I went to make a right hand turn at the end of the ramp, the car wouldn't shift any higher than 2nd gear, couldn't increase speed to avoid oncoming cars, had no power. I was able to pull to the curb to avoid being hit. Transmission needs to be replaced.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 272010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving various speeds, the vehicle would not shift gears and suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was being repaired when the complaint was filed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 33,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #22

Jan 312010


  • 96,391 miles
My 2005 Honda Accord ex-L V6 (2 door) suffered a sudden catastrophic transmission failure while cruising at 70 mph resulting in a near accident. I could not accelerate and the vehicle would not downshift into any other gear. I was nearly hit by vehicles following me and had to merge across traffic into the emergency lane where I "coasted" down an offramp. The vehicle has been properly maintained to the standards listed in the owners manual. The transmission has been serviced twice in 96,000 miles which exceeds the standards in the owners manual. The owners manual also specifies only genuine Honda transmission fluid which was used on both transmission services. The vehicle has been diagnosed with a total failure of the transmission, and there were no warning signs at all (slipping gears, grinding, etc.). if the incident happened in a different location (crossing an intersection, more cars in traffic, on a wider highway) it is very likely that I would have been struck by another vehicle.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 302009


  • 50,000 miles
The accelerator stuck and the engine kept revving at a high speed. When the brakes were pressed it barely slowed down. Was able to stop the car at a fast food establishment. It continued to rev when the gear was placed in "park." The car was turned off and then restarted, and the engine was still revving at a high speed. A tow truck took it to the Honda place and they could find nothing wrong. Evidently the tow truck driver moved the pedal around and the dealer said he should not have done that.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 082010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
2005 Honda Accord LX (4dr, 4 cyl) shakes/shudders very badly when trying to accelerate between the speeds of 55 and 65 mph. This is very dangerous while merging on freeway. Dealer says transmission needs to be replaced. The vehicle has only 46 K miles. There is a possibility that the car will suddenly stop causing a crash. The same problem has been reported for 2003 and 2004 Honda Accord too.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 312009

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Problem with my Honda Accord 2006 V-6 automatic the problem is the transmission is fail the 3 gear with sound strange and the oil transmission smell like oil burn and some smoke comes out of the oil. My car visit my Honda service every 3 month to change oil motor and filter....and change oil transmission.

- Rio Grande, PR, USA

problem #18

Sep 052009


  • 75,000 miles
Transmission failure on 2005 Honda Accord with 75K. It went out all of a sudden, almost causing an accident.

- Lamar, SC, USA

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