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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2005 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 192010


  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the transmission was slipping. While driving 40 mph the transmission failed and the vehicle would not shift into gear. She had to drive onto the emergency lane. The vehicle was inoperable and had to be towed to an auto shop. A mechanic stated that transmission needed to be replaced. The Honda manufacturer was notified and a claim was filed. Contact file a claim and they should be giving her a call back. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 272008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Accord with a 6 speed manual transmission which I bought new in April 2005. I had intermittent problems engaging 3rd gear right from the start. I took the car in for this problem at 5,000 & 15,000 mi. Honda mechanics could find no problem. At 34,712 mi. A mechanic finally verified the problem and replaced the trans fluid per tech line with part #08798-9031. This was in April 07. The problem persisted. In August 07 with 44,000 mi. I took it in again for the same problem. No help. Finally I was contacted by a service manager who verified that Honda had a problem with 3rd gear in the Accord and a fix was on the way. It would be available in December. It is now late March and still no fix. Since that time I have gone on-line and found that Honda has been aware of this problem with the 6 speed transmission in the Accord, the civic and the Acura since at least 2005. There are many sites with Honda owners complaining of this problem and getting no response from Honda. In certain situations, such as merging into traffic from a freeway on-ramp, it is very dangerous to have the car either not go into 3rd gear or pop out of it. The vehicle immediately decelerates and other vehicles traveling at freeway speeds come up very fast. Is there any way to make Honda fix these cars? below is an excerpt from and also a service bulletin related to this on-going problem. A few of our editors have noticed in the past that the transmission shift lever in our long-term 2006 Honda civic si will occasionally pop out of gear or grind when making a 2-to-3 upshift. This trait does not seem to be endemic to our car as other civic si owners have made forum posts about this topic. (other six-speed manual Acura vehicles might also suffer from this problem.) brent romans, senior automotive editor, tsb #1205 -- transmission grinds at shifts, skip shifting. (NHTSA id #10018868, December 16 2005).

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

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