Notes: The 2000 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

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

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
117,170 miles
Total Complaints:
27 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (15 reports)
  2. not sure (12 reports)
2000 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2000 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jan 012007

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


My Dad before he died in 2000 took me to the Honda dealer with his walker and feeling quite weak and purchased this 2000 Honda Accord EX or ES for me. It came with leather seats, air bags and everything he could think of to make it a safe and great car for me that would last. We purchased this car when they first came out in 1999. The car never really gave me a problem but after my Dad passed away, my Mom who didn't go out that much leased a 2003 Honda Accord and had the lease for 12,000 miles per year and I probably put 30,000 miles on her leased car so I rarely drove the 2000 Honda on highways but used it to run around town and work which was 2 miles away. . After my Mom turned in her leased car, we started to use my 2000 Honda Accord and actually I complained to my Mom about something happening when I drove it and it was probably the gears slipping. My Mom at that time got into the car and drive it around the the area we live in and thought I was just trying to get a newer car as she found nothing wrong at that time but she probably didn't go over 30 miles an hour. At that time I was afraid to drive the Honda and leased a Volvo and let my Mom drive the Honda to the store, etc. Since that time I have lost my job and my Mom is paying for the lease and considers the Volvo her car and I started to drive the 2000 Honda again and noticed the same thing when driving on the highway. My Dad who was an airplane mechanic while in the Air Force took care of everything and my Mom and I are really dummies when it comes to cars. My Mom never had a clue that possibly the car had to be driven on the highway to detect that something was wrong and because of this we never looked into the problem. I just put some money into my 2000 Honda with new tires and new brakes and took it over to be inspected and unbelievable the engine light comes on at 113,000.. My mechanic felt so bad that I just paid so much for front and back brakes and new tires that he hooked the car up to his computer free of charge and told me it was the transmission. I talked to American Honda on the phone and they said they would try to help me and told me I had to take it to the Honda dealer for diagnosis and I did and again it was the transmission. The District Service Manager said he would take 25% off the price of a new transmission and that is the best he could do...Honda is a big company and my parents not only purchased 5 Hondas in their lifetime and leased one but recommended Honda to other family members and my family is probably responsible for the purchase of 15 Honda automobiles. Taking 25% off the price of the transmission leaves $1900 and there is probably a labor charge and that is just too expensive for me at this time without a job. So Honda is getting away with doing nothing because my Mom and I knew nothing about cars and that in order for a transmission problem to show up, you would have to drive a car on the highway. Possibly an ethical company like Honda would have put that in the extended warranty that the car should be run at a certain rate of speed and until the engine warmed up. My transmission was acting up many many miles before the engine light came on. My Dad wouldn't let me buy anything but a Honda. . My 2000 Honda Accord is still at the VIP Honda and the only one who made out was the dealer who is getting paid $90 for the diagnosis which we already knew. We are the losers all around. My Dad must be very upset with Honda. I would be very interested in a Class Action Suit as I feel that Honda should have told owners of the 2000 Honda that the car would have to warmed up to see the problem. Unfortunately, I like nice things and my Mom thought I was just trying to get her to lease another new car for me to drive when in fact I was afraid to drive the Honda on the highway.

- , Edison, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 082008

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

Honda made a bad transmission as far as I can tell. Stay away from this model year unless you want to continually replace your transmission. I have heard that they extended the warranty but mine is now beyond warranty. I have read other horror stories of people going through 2-3 transmissions before 100k.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

problem #5

May 292008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Transmission delays shifting while engine revs that jerks into gear very hard sometimes chirping the tires. Very bad on an incline when starting up again such as at a stop sign. It also shifts hard often going from 2nd to 3rd gear as if you were double clutching a manual transmission. Problem is worst in the morning when car is cold.

I had the Honda dealer check this about a year ago when the problem was minor. They said it was fine. My 1998 Camry is the smoothest shifting card I have ever owned. I'm only buying Toyota from now on and NO MORE HONDAs...PERIOD!!!

I am going to contact Honda today to see if they are as reputable a company as they want us to believe.

PS. My daughter's 1999 Accord has been an absolute money pit. She is planning to replace it soon with a Camry.

- , Cumming, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042006

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,962 miles


I fixed the transmission of my car at the local Honda dealer in the month of April 2006 which cost me about US$.2000 recently about month ago I took the car for maintenance i received a call from the Honda dealer that the the transmission of my car has problem with the transmission again the estimate was made for US$,2000, I decided not to get it fixed by the Honda dealer and took it to a Mechanic he tested it and told that there is no significant problem with the transmission. as a matter of fact I did not feel any fault in the transmission when i took the car to the Honda Dealer. I dont why they told me that the transmission of my car has a problem. I believe that Honda should take the responsibility of recalling the accord and fix this problem. Frankly speaking I asked four more people they have gone through the same problem with their Accord of year 2000.

No doubt that Honda accord are good cars but have this major problem.

- , Santo Domingo, D.N, Dominican Republic

problem #3

Jul 062007

(reported on)

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,055 miles

my transmission is not shifting smoothly

- , San Diego, CA, US

problem #2

Dec 042007

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

My 2000 accord ex transmission started shifting hard only in the morning when it was cold. When it warmed up it shifted smooth the rest of the day. One morning after a hard shift from 1st to 2nd the engine light came on. Honda says it needs to replace the shift solenoid A and B for $500.00 dollars which might not fix it. In that case the transmission will need to be replaced. I bought this car from a private party used and verified through the Honda dealer that the transmission was replaced at 60,000 miles with an updated version. I thought It was a safe buy.

After investigating more I found out if I complain to the corporate office I can get them to replace the transmission but I will have to pay the $1100 dollars in labor to install it. I'm still deciding what to do. Any suggestions are welcome.


- , Murrieta, CA, US

problem #1

Nov 132007

Accord EX V6 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

I have 2000 Accord EX V6. The tranny just started giving me problem. when i put in reverse gear it jerks the first time. It seems like everytime i start the car and put in reverse gear it jerks and then its ok. I dont know whether the transmission is going bad or not. when i put on D its normal. After i put in D then i again put in R its normal . I dont know why its doing that the first time. If anybody experiencing the same issue and have any cure of it please let me know.


- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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