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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.


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Average Mileage:
91,695 miles
Total Complaints:
57 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (52 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. change torque converter (2 reports)
2005 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #57

Aug 012012

Accord EXL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,748 miles


My post reflects that of sjosh28 almost to the letter. Substitute Honda Canada for Honda America & we have the identical story. Buying new every 4-5 years for over 30 years, every service interval complied with using OEM parts.

Honda had (has) an issue that should have been handled better. Countless long time returning customers walked away. We repaired ours out of pocket as it was due to start serving university student duty. We were currently in the market for a new Accord at the time.Yes it was out of warranty but my cash on hand certainly wasn't.

Long & short........I would have been happy with a complimentary oil change from Honda Canada, a ball, hat, a cup of coffee.............anything but the one-fingered wave I received.

"So sorry, yada, yada,,yada, we hope to be able to continue to provide better products to you in the future etc.."

Subsequent follow up was replied to stating we had changed brands & wouldn't be looking back.

- , Saint John, NB, canada

problem #56

Jan 152015

Accord 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,946 miles


- , Jeddah, S, Saudi Arabia

problem #55

Dec 242014

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

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This Honda Accord SE v6 coupe is junk , bought it from a dealer and after 6 mo the transmission failed , it's at the Honda dealership getting a rebuilt transmission for $4,500. Where will I get this kind of money? Honda isn't as great as they say .

- , Greenville, TX, USA

problem #54

Oct 102014

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,872 miles


Total sudden transmission failure merging onto Interstate 95 during Friday rush hour, afternoon traffic. No dash lights and no warning of a transmission problem prior to this event. Transmission fluid changed every 30K knowing that Honda likes to claim that this will prevent premature transmission failure. This is not the case, it is clear that a design issue is at play. This issue was poorly addressed by Honda in 2003 and seems to still persist into the 2005 model year.

- , Spring City, PA, USA

problem #53

Sep 232014

(reported on)

Accord 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 497,097 miles

Good old Honda have done it again. Bought this car a while ago got the car checked out before purchasing. Never thought to question the slight whine one could hear whilst driving at high speeds. Well that was a stupid decision. After much researching found out that the gearbox differential has a bearing issue. What a pain in the a.. Good old Honda screwed it up again the last thing someone wants to hear is an annoying high pitch whining sound whilst driving on the motorway. I regret buying this stupid car and would have touched it with a ten foot barge pole otherwise. Repairing the transmission is a costly expense and is not even guaranteed to outlast the car. Stupid piece if sh.. Last Honda I buy.

- , Auckland, N/A, New Zealand

problem #52

Sep 212014

Accord EXL 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

First of all I want to take this opportunity to mention that me and my family have been driving Honda for nearly 30 years and this is the first time I have experienced a transmission problem and this experience has certainly shaken my faith in the bullet-proof reputation of Hondas. I thank CAS and NHTSA for their ongoing efforts to provide consumers with information to ensure their safety and help them make informed decisions. Until this incident we have been taking pride in recommending your Honda to our friends and associates via word-of-mouth.

I have been advised by my auto service agent to notify Center for Auto Safety. I am reaching out to you after I have exhausted all the customer care channels and I do hope to receive a resolution of my issue. This incident is concerning my 2005 Honda Accord EXL V6 . I am the first owner and car has 80000 miles on it. On 21st September 2014 automatic transmission failed without any warning while I was driving on freeway . Check engine light never turned on .The car just stopped on a crowded interstate, which was very frightening. This vehicle has been properly maintained and I've never missed an oil change, timing belt, etc. I can't believe the transmission would just fail like that! I've never had any major problems with this car, no leaks, no engine issues and this leads me to believe there is some sort of defect with this automobile which needs to be recalled.

Now that I did a little research I see that it seems to be a common issue. My situation with the transmission is obviously NOT an isolated incident and Honda needs to step-up to the plate. The mechanic who looked at my car said that he has seen this same problem time and time again with Honda's especially with 2005 Accord V6 transmission failures. Apparently the transmission commonly overheats and Honda is aware of it as they have sent bulletins regarding the problem to repair shops. Why wasn't I, as a Honda owner, made aware of the problem? Why didn't Honda offer to have something put in the car that would prevent the transmission from overheating?

On further research on NHTSA website, I found NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V395000 addressing similar problem and as of 23rd September 2014, 1.5 million (1512107) vehicles has been recalled for similar issue.The Honda recall number is R89 and the recall was placed on August 27th 2011, for Honda Accords 2005-2010 for the transmission.

I took my car to, Grossinger Honda, my local Honda Dealer who has confirmed the diagnosis and told us that the transmission had completely failed although fluid levels were normal. DTC codes were P0741, P0746, and P0777. Since most places do not rebuild Honda transmissions, so they would have to order a new one and will cost $4,300.00 to replace.

I contacted Honda and they opened a case and gave me a Case No:N012014-09-22-02450. However Honda Customer Service told me that my car is not part of the recall and it is out of warranty . Even though everything they described about what the car would be doing is exactly what happened with mine; the abnormal noises, shifting in and out of gear, etc. and the problem diagnosed by Honda Dealer is similar to the recall , still American Honda told me that it's not covered and they are not willing to help. Even though more than 1.5 million vehicles are affected from this recall and they tell me my car isn't one? Both the Honda agents refused to escalate my case for further review. Here are details of my interaction for your reference. Complaint No- N012014-09-22-02450 Talked to agent at 6.30 PM central time on 22nd September 2014. Talked to superviser at 6.44 PM central time on 22nd September 2014.

We purchased the Honda because of its reputation for reliability and dependability. I've followed the recommended maintenance verbatim. This is completely unacceptable and has this experience has certainly shaken my faith in the bullet-proof reputation of Hondas. I've done absolutely everything right that I've needed to and this happens? I just don't understand it, I don't. I know that Honda had previous transmission issues with the 2001-2004 Accords but did they not correct the issue for 2005? Even after getting the diagnostic done with dealer, the "Check Engine" light had not turned on.

Just the thought that what if I would have got into an accident on that day because of transmission failure! Thank God I didn't. We were lucky that nobody was hurt when the transmission gave out . Honda should own up to their transmission defects instead of continuing to sell a product they know is dangerous and hoping the warranty runs out before they have to foot the bill. I think Honda is greatly under estimating the value of a satisfied customer and the ability of a dissatisfied customer to "spread the word."

I strongly feel that my case is genuine and with refrence to NHTSA Campaign ID number : 11V395000, my vehicle should be considered for this recall by American Honda . I am hoping that my case is further reviewed by American Honda Customer Care Executive team for further review. On that note, I do hope to receive a resolution response , in a timely manner, from your executive team or someone else that is in a position to do the right thing and restore my faith in American Honda.

NHTSA’s safety complaint (ODI Number) is: 10638514

- , Chicago, Illinois, USA

problem #51

Jun 052014

Accord ES 3.0L V5 Vtech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles


I hate honda engine missfires after changing plugs every year oil changed every 2 months and car is always checked. The tranny failed today and i feel like beating everyone's ass in honda because they are going to run me 3-4 grand for something that shouldn't have failed. F*ck THIS ALL.

- , Monrovia, MD, USA

problem #50

Jun 142014

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Had two Honda's in the last 14 years - 4 failed transmissions!

Will never buy Honda again.

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #49

Nov 242013

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I have an 05 Accord v6 w/110K on it and I just found out recently that my transmission is dead. I bought the car new. Judging from all the complaints, it looks like I am not alone. I bought a honda b/c of its good reputation and reliability. Guess I was wrong??!! I noticed the problem started occurring 2 days ago, where I would I give it some gas and it doesnt move but the speedometer moves to the appropriate mile. I had to turn the engine off and restart it in order for me to drive it. I was so scared I wasnt gonna make it home when I was driving home from work on the highway! But fortunately I made it home safely. I didnt want to take any chances to drive it myself to my mechanic so I had to get it towed there. Such a headache!

I was hoping this car would last me another 2 yrs at least, I have no idea how I am going to pay for this or just buy another car. And of course it has to happen around the holidays!!?? Thx alot!

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #48

Jan 212014

Accord EX-L 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,500 miles

Problems shifting, no grinding noises, but literally 8+ seconds to shift gears. Leaking transmission (CAM, crank, all went bad).

No "get up and go" and a month prior to failure I had it inspected. Never showed any sign of problems.

I need my car for my job (real estate) and this was an absolute shock with a well-maintained vehicle at 98k miles.

Couple this with power steering system replacement, fuse problems, recall for power steering lines, possible recall for computer system, and I will never buy another Honda. We were going to purchase a new CR-V, but I think it's time for a Toyota or Subaru. This is ridiculous. Like people have $3000 lying around.

- , Portland, OR, USA

problem #47

Jan 082014

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles


puchased vehicle 7 montha ago from dealer & was a problem from jump where headlights were out, tail light, brake rotors. I also did a power steering flush * o ring replace.now the transmission is worn & torque converter needs to be replaced cost $3200.

- , bronx, NY, USA

problem #46

Jun 172013

Accord LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

I have a 2005 Honda Accord V6 brought it @ 29,000 it was running good and then about 55,000 ( almost 3 years) transmission just shut down no warnings it was under warranty so they had to fix it but now its again (almost 3 years later) and i have the same problem car will not move. I had refinanced and so i didn't put the warranty back on the car because transmission was done previously so i figured it would be no problem but was i so WRONG about that. Tried calling Honda Prime where i brought the car and the lady tells me that there's nothing they can do because i'm no longer under warranty which is BS. they fixed my transmission and now its not their problem but then tells me that there's a recall on the power steering which i put $700 into and i never received any paper work stating that there was a recall. so yes i do want my money back. My question is if all these compliants why in the HELL is nothing happening no one has $4000 laying to around to be fixing problems that have already been fixed. HELP I NEED ANSWERS!!!!!! They knew something was wrong with that transmission the 1st and 2nd time they're really ROBBING people. What do we need to do for them to realize its HONDA'S FAULT.

- , Boston, MA, USA

problem #45

May 272013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Honda is touted as the most reliable car and to have the transmission go out and need a complete replacement at 93,000 miles and around $3000 is ridiculous. I have had previous cars that were much less expensive where I didn't have to do anything but standard maintenance until well over 125,000 miles. I will not be buying a honda in the future. Buyer beware!!

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #44

Apr 102013

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Just wanted to add to the list of complaints. It's been about a month where the car would delay 5-10 seconds when shifting gears. Suddenly on the highway while going 60 mph, the RPM shot up to 6000 and then my car started slowing down. The car wouldn't accelerate any further and ended getting stuck on the highway during a rainstorm. My mechanic took a look and said the transmission was shot. I called up Honda as the mechanic said it may be under warranty. I gave them a call and was told it's not covered. They recommended I leave my mechanic and have it towed "again" to a Honda dealer as American Honda may be willing to give me a discount. I was a bit wary about the 'may be' so when I asked if that was certain, he said he wouldn't be able to tell me. So I chose to avoid going to the dealer as given my luck, they'd charge me and arm and a leg, not cover any cost as offered, and I'd have to pay for towing service again.

Decided to pay the local mechanic $2,000 to have the transmission rebuilt as I only have 78k miles on it.

- , Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #43

Feb 232013

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,400 miles

This car was purchased with about 87,000 miles approximately two years ago. It is the top-end w/ leather, heated seats, etc.

Until this incident we had never experienced any problems with the transmission. However, my wife told me that a few days before when driving the car in city traffic she thought she heard the engine very briefly "race" but she wasn't sure if she was imagining it or not.

Regarding the problem day, about 40 miles into a 60-mile highway trip down the California Central Coast and driving about 75 mph under cruise control the car briefly lost power, the tach went up to 4000-5000 rpm. I turned off cruise control and we continued. After another 15 or so miles the problem reoccurred. By the time we went another 10 miles we found that we could not negotiate even a slightly upward sloping off-ramp. Instead, I had to roll back down the ramp (luckily no vehicles were coming) and turn the engine off.

After having turned the engine off, I noticed that even in Park gear the car was slowly rolling backwards. Fortunately the emergency brake still worked. At this point the "Check Engine" light had not turned on.

After sitting for five minutes or so I found that I was able to get the car moving again and we managed to get to our destination (a dinner house). After dinner I tried the car again. This time the Check Engine light did come on. I found the car to be less and less drivable over the next 10 miles of driving/testing. Ultimately I got it to to a repair shop recommended by a local 76 gas outlet. By then we were smelling overheated automatic transmission fluid.

The diagnosis was that the transmission had completely failed although fluid levels were normal. Metal was found in the fluid and the gears were described as stripped.

The repair shop recommended a Jasper remanufactured transmission which cost about $4,100. It comes with a 3-year parts and labor guarantee. According to the repair shop, Jasper has also made improvements in the transmission which -- judging from the many other similar complaints on this topic for this car -- would be a very good thing.

We didn't buy this car from Honda and it certainly has some miles. Still, it appeared to be well cared for and checked out fine when we purchased it.

I've been driving for nearly 50 years and this is the first time I've experienced a transmission problem other than a couple of clutch replacements on manual transmissioned cars. This experience has certainly has shaken my faith in the bullet-proof reputation of Hondas.

- , San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 022013

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My 05 Honda Accord tranny is completely dead. Theres a long delay between Drive, Park, or Reverse and slips like crazy. Now it barely moves and I have to get it towed to get it fixed. The dealer quoted me over $4,400 for a new one plus labor. This car only has 65k miles on it. I don't really drive that much and had the car since 2006 and took good care of it. Now that the warranty had expired they don't want to take responsibility for it. I'm very disappointed in Honda and will never buy another one.

- , Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #41

Aug 012012

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I am just in utter disbelief after getting the worst news from the Honda dealer. Here's the backstory...

I own a 2005 Honda Accord EX V6. It was bought brand new from the dealer in September 2005 with only 14 miles on it. Ever since then I have babied it and followed the maintenance schedule to a T. I've never driven it hard and ever since the first oil change I've used pure synthetic oil only in the engine because I wanted only the best for my car. I'm in the US Army and have been deployed for a little over 2 years since owning the car. During both deployments the car was put into storage on jack stands, with battery disconnected, fuel stabilizer added, and a cover put over it. Again, I have treated my car with complete care ever since I bought it including those times where I wasn't driving it. After each deployment I took the car out of storage and to the dealer for a fresh oil change. The car has relatively low mileage for its age because of me not driving it for 2 years. I just passed the 50,000 mile mark. I was even overly cautious at times. About 11,000 miles ago after returning from my second deployment I had the transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant all changed (in addition to an oil change). I'm mentioning all this just to prove how much I've maintained the car and how much I'm concerned with it running properly.

When driving home from work the other day I was stuck in stop and go traffic. Upon accelerating to move along with the traffic I felt a noticeable jerk. I was only going about 20 MPH. I didn't think much of it at the time. I actually thought I ran over something in the road. I came to a stop again. After accelerating I felt a jerk again only this time the malfunction indicator light came on as well as the TCS indicator. I immediately pulled over to the side of the road because I knew that something was wrong. I turned the car off, waited a few seconds, then started it again. The malfunction and TCS indicators were still lit on the instrument panel. Once I put the vehicle into drive I noticed the green Drive "D" indicator on the instrument panel was flashing. Once I began to accelerate I noticed that there was definitely something wrong with the transmission. The engine was revving slightly and the transmission wouldn't shift out of 1st gear. My top speed was about 40 MPH when driving down the road. At this point I knew that I shouldn't drive any further thinking that if I did I'd possibly cause more damage. I pulled over into a nearby parking lot and called AAA to come tow my vehicle to the Honda dealer.

While waiting for the tow truck I pulled out my CarMD code reader which I always have handy in my glove box. I connected it to my car's OBD port to download the fault codes that were causing my malfunction indicator light to come on. It came back with three codes, P0974, P0752, and P0747. I looked up the description for these codes and found that P0974 refers to a "Open in Shift Solenoid Valve A Circuit," code P0752 refers to a "Shift Solenoid Valve A Stuck ON," and code P0747 refers to a "A/T Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Valve A Stuck ON." So I knew that obviously the problem had to do with the transmission. This of course made me fear the worst but I knew that the car only had 50,000 miles on it, was taken care of, that the transmission still had to be good and it was likely just a faulty shift solenoid. So I take it to the dealer for them to further diagnose the problem.

At first the service adviser called me back to inform me that they changed out the shift solenoid that was giving a fault. The cost was going to be around $240 but they had to first give it a road test to see if that cleared the problem. I had my fingers crossed hoping that was going to be the extent of the repair. The service adviser called me back about an hour and half later to deliver some pretty devastating news. He said that after the road test the problem still existed. He told me unfortunately the transmission had to be replaced. My heart sunk and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was and still am in complete shock. And this was before he quoted the price for replacing the transmission! He said it could cost $5,400 to replace my transmission for a remanufactured one! I asked him how could this be, I only had 50,000 miles on the car and that I've followed the recommended maintenance verbatim. He couldn't provide much of answer but after talking with a very knowledgeable mechanic at AAMCO he explained why. He said they have several inherent design flaws that can cause them to fail prematurely. He said he was part of some national task force to reverse engineer Honda transmissions to find out why they were failing. The main problem he mentioned in because they are prone to overheating. He said that there are no lines that run to the radiator to allow the transmission fluid to be cooled. Instead Honda stuck some smaller cooler onto the transmission itself which is far inferior. He kept going on and on about their crappy transmissions and the experience he has had with repairing them.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I've been a loyal Honda owner for years. I even bought a Honda lawnmower which thankfully doesn't have a transmission. I've always recommended Honda and have talked very highly of the brand. The whole reason I chose Honda is because of their reputation, their rankings, and their outstanding reliability. So how in the hell does a car with 50,000 miles on it need a new transmission!?!? This is completely unacceptable and has made me turn my back on Honda from this point forward. I've done absolutely everything right that I've needed to and this happens? I just don't understand it, I don't. I know that Honda had previous transmission issues with the 2001-2004 Accords but did they not correct the issue for 2005?

The powertrain warranty is 60,000 miles or 5 years, whichever occurs first. Unfortunately this means that I'm out of warranty because of time.

After explaining my deployments which was evident by the low mileage the service adviser spoke with his district rep. He called me back to tell me that the district rep thanked me for my service and that they were going to cover everything but $1,600 for the transmission replacement. I guess this means that I was extended a "good will" replacement. Hopefully this rebuilt transmission doesn't have the same design flaws that my previous one had. I don't want this happening again so soon. Luckily it comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty and I'm strongly considering selling the car within that warranty period before I have to pay out of pocket again.

I am aware that not all Hondas have faulty transmissions but this experience has tarnished Honda's image forever with me. No longer will I consider them first when purchasing a car. While Honda might make rock solid engines they could certainly use some help in the transmission department.

Honda you've lost a loyal customer and after reading several other similar complaints on this website I know I'm not the only one that you've lost.

- , Grovetown, GA, USA

problem #40

Aug 112012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Suddenly, while on the freeway, my transmission went out. I had my car towed 200+ miles back to where I live. The mechanic who looked at my car said that he has seen this same problem time and time again with Honda's. Apparently the transmission commonly overheats and Honda is aware of it as they have sent bulletins regarding the problem to repair shops. Why wasn't I, as a Honda owner, made aware of the problem? Why didn't Honda offer to have something put in the car that would prevent the transmission from overheating? I contacted Honda and they said it's not covered and they are not willing to help.

- , Brea, CA, USA

problem #39

May 162011

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,370 miles

Honda Accord 2005 V6 under 25,000 miles suddenly started having problems with the automatic transmission which finally failed on May 2011 while driving on the highway. A complete automatic transmission overhaul and torque converter change were performed at a Honda dealer at a cost of over $2600. New transmission felt great during the first 3 months (even though either the transmission or the torque converter started leaking oil and I had to take it to the dealer for repair) but recently I have notice abrupt delays (slow down) while shifting gears, like its is pulling you back and strange kicks while shifting. Car accelerates slower as well and does not react as quickly or smoothly as new. I took the car to the same Honda dealer and they say nothing is wrong with the transmission.

Update from Oct 2, 2012: trasmssion doesnt shift well or smoothly. Honda dealer always says its ok.

- , Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #38

Feb 232012

Accord EX 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I just got off the phone with American Honda “customer service” chick Marshawn who gave me education on how to talk and listen on the phone and then “told” me that is an independent transmission repair shop does not replace with official Honda parts there is absolutely nothing available from Honda. I then called Quality Transmissions and found out the replaced transmission is a Jasper not a Honda. If they had used a Honda tran it would have cost 6000 for the transmission alone. Quality stated will be done some time tomorrow. THIS IS FROM 2/29/12 Honda Customer Service basically told me there is no recall on my Honda, it is out of warrenity and even though I was stuck on the Pennsylvania turnpike outside of my area knowledge I should have taken it to a Honda dealer, used Honda parts and maybe Ithey "could do SOMETHING The transmission place that completed the repair told me that place has had a "lot" of 2005 v-6 transmiddion failures. I thought I had found my favorite auto manufacturer----I am on the look again for a company that has customer service and product back up. Can anyone let me know.

- , Heidelberg, PA, USA

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