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:
110,637 miles
Total Complaints:
83 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (31 reports)
  2. replaced transmission (27 reports)
  3. replaced transmission with a rebuilt transmission (18 reports)
  4. rebuilt the transmission and replaced torque converter (6 reports)
  5. seal by dealership $400.00 failed again needs, xmsn (1 reports)
2000 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2000 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #23

Jul 012009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,847 miles


Transmission keep slipping unless I accelerate slowly.

- , Brantford, ON, Canada

problem #22

Sep 182009

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

Transmission failure again at 123k in 2000 Honda accord. The 1st time I had this problem was immediately after my purchase in 2000. I had my Honda taken care consistently by Honda recommended dealers and adhered to all their recommendations. The current failure happens after 20k miles of a major service done at a dealer and had paid extra to perform Transmission flush etc to protect the health of my transmission. What a disappointment. No respect to loyalty, trust and relationship you build with the dealer, Honda brand etc. They take the advantage of warranty being expired and would not want to listen and acknowledge a problem on critical component that is failing in their product. Highly disappointed and will never recommend a Honda/Acura for anyone and definitely to a Honda dealer for any kind of service.

- , San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #21

Mar 042009

Accord SE 2.3L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

A well maintained car with automatic transmission. I replaced the synthetic oil every 3 to 5k miles. This Honda Accord is mostly used on highway and flat land driving back and forth from work.

Last weekend while going through mountain roads, Honda started to change gear erratically downhill by itself; Honda would pull back dragging the Honda close to a halt and followed by an acceleration. It just went on and on and jerking the car all the way. The dreaded orange engine light lit up. On uphill, Honda shifted itself to neutral a number of times and started to roll backward and I had to use hand brake to stop the fall. It could have been a serious accident had there been a vehicle behind. I brought it to the dealership and found out to be P0740, the torque converter failure which is another word for kiss-of-death. The dealership wanted $4500 to replace the entire transmission with a used transmission. As I found out there�s no brand new transmission in the market apparently, and they�re all refurbished, which meant the inherent problem with the Honda transmission design is likely to exist and the same problem to occur for the replacement.

I did talk with Honda �good will� and they insisted that it�s out of warranty and would not bulge. I also found out that there was a class action suit earlier and was �settled� with the gov�t which Honda created yet additional business by selling extended warranty to cover 7years or 109K miles.

This Honda Accord is now completely worthless and useless.

It�s a good lesson learnt and will research this for future purchase and it will not be Honda for sure.

Update from Jul 4, 2009: Have the transmission overhauled by a private mechanic for the reason that there is no new Honda transmission in the market. The dealer is carrying the refurbished as well. This way I know the body is good and the overhaul kit, and torque converter are Honda originals.

I'm told the toothed rings for 2nd and 1st gears were "burnt", whatever that meant.

Here are the breakdowns: overhaul kit is $550, torque converter at $160, Honda ATF/AEF $15. This also come with a one-year warranty. The total material cost is $725. Overall, I spent $1250.

- , Campbell, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 242009

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


The mileage is highway mileage. I drove the car very carefully. For having driven 158,000 miles, my car only changed had the tired changed twice (the third set of tires was installed in Feb 2009). I am not sure why the transmission could fail. The car must have quality problem.

- , Carmel, IN, US

problem #19

Apr 032007

(reported on)

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,999 miles

The transmission completely failed and we have received notices that there is some class action law suit on this issue. We took to the Honda dealer who quoted us close to $4K to fix, but at the time the vehicle was worth the same amount. We sold it for a pittance to someone who works on cars and he replaced it with a junkyard transmission. Works like a charm - makes you wonder what Honda had in there?

- , Yorkville, IL, USA

problem #18

Feb 272009

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

I've always heard so many great things about Hondas and that's what prompted me to by one but after my experience, I COMPLETELY disagree. I bought my used car, a 2000 Accord in 2005 and never had a problem with it until now. Last Friday while driving my son to school, I didn't have a chance to warm up the car and took off on my way. About a quarter mile down the road my check engine light came on and the D4 light began to blink, the car lost all power and as I hit the accelerator to move the car, it just wouldn't go. I continued on my way at about 2 miles an hour to drop my son off and then went straight to AAMCO. I was informed by the owner there that my transmission was shot and it needed to be rebuilt. Not believing him I took my car to a transmission specialist in which he changed the solenoids. My car drove fine for about a week and then the same thing happened all over again. Currently my car is in the shop and now it seems that the error message for the torque converter has come up. After reading all of these horror stories and people with the same experience as mine I realize that this problem will never really be fixed. I also called Honda and they stated that they couldn't do anything for me since the extended warranty has expired but they filed a complaint. So much for the useless warranty extension. That really doesn't do anything for me especially since my car just may end up being a pile of scrap metal. I've learned my lesson and have lost all faith in Hondas. Never again. I hope there is another lawsuit for this problem since they turned out so many of these cars with BAD transmissions. Where is the protection for consumers? Honda should not be allowed to get away with this.

- , Manville, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jan 142009

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


I called the local dealership and told them I have had 5 Honda's and all were over 120,000 miles before I got a new one and never had any transmission problems with them. They said "sorry, the car ran out of warranty in 2008". I could not afford what the dealership was going to charge for a new transmission and so I took it to a certified Honda mechanic and he rebuilt the transmission. Then I had to replace 2 solenoids and the check engine light came back on again!!!!! I am so done with this car and I have a 2005 Accord so I think I am going to sell both of them and NEVER buy a Honda again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #16

Nov 182008

Accord LX 2.3L Ulev

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

Spoke to American Honda Customer Service and asked for help. They basically told me to go to hell because I am out of warranty!!! The wouldn't even consider a hardship or goodwill (discounted) repair. This after a complete failure at 20 miles per hour!! I have babied this car since buying it new. I just had the tranny serviced!! I come to find that I didn't change the tranny fluid every 30K miles, as recommended so I will take some blame. The warranty went to 7years/100K mi and I have 8yrs/130k mi!! What to do? I will probably get it fixed and buy a Toyota Camry in 2 years. Freaking car failures always seem to happen at the worst possible time!!

- , Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 312008

Accord DX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,702 miles

My 2000 Accord was my 4th and last Honda. I started noticing problems a long time ago and had it checked out when I had the seat belt sensor replaced (which they tried to charge me for!). They said nothing was wrong. Then when I went back in again when I heard of the recall on the Transmissions I was over 160k so they wouldn't touch it. I kept driving it and it just got worse. I tried a few more times with Honda Canada even asking for a pro-rated warranty coverage as I was over the KM's. They declined me. Now I have a car that runs great and can't change out of 1st gear. I am now driving a KIA and can't see myself buying another Honda again after the way I've been treated.

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #14

Jun 082007

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

I bought my Honda accord 2 door with about 86k in 2007. A month after buying this car I noticed that the transmission was constantly slipping gears and failing to engage. I brought it to a Honda dealership that said it was a bad transmission. They replaced it for free because they said that a certain Honda plant was turning out bad transmissions so Honda is replacing them for free... Great except it cost around 700 in labor to get it installed.... Jump to almost a year later (2008) the same exact problem with slipping gears starts happening again... ON A BRAND NEW TRANSMISSION with less that 10K miles! I brought the car back to the Honda dealer and they said that this new transmission was also faulty and this new transmission was still under warranty, so i got yet another new transmission...DO NOT BUY HONDA ACCORDS, they are the biggest piece of crap I have ever driven.

- , Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #13

Jun 072008

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The SRS light came on at one point. We had to take the car into the shop to get it fixed. It was some faulty seatbelt thing. Then the check engine light came on not long after. While my husband was away on a fishing trip in Idaho, the transmission started acting up on his way home. The D4 light started flashing and the RPM would go up really high, but the car wouldn't move. We took it to the transmission shop to diagnose the problem and they said that the computer was showing four different and maybe serious codes and that the transmission would need to be replaced or rebuilt.

- , Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #12

May 132008

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,895 miles

A car with such low mileage should not have any transmission problems. The car has been well maintained and driven by my mom, who is definitely not hard on a car (8 years and only 43M miles). I have searched and could not find any transmission recalls on this model.

- , Rowlett, TX, US

problem #11

Apr 282008

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

So much for Honda being a good brand. I bought this thing with 63000 miles and treated it very well. The transmission seems to be causing problems for many people. I will have to get rid of this car and will probably never buy Honda again. If you're lucky enough to read this before you have a failed accord transmission, then DON'T buy one.

- , Ypsilanti, MI, US

problem #10

Mar 192008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

This is a 2000 Honda Accord with only 65,000 miles. I noticed the car acting strange when it was shifting. I drove it not even a week and took it to the mechanic where he sent it out to a transmission place and found the transmission had to be totally replaced. I'm looking for information on why this wasn't a recall if so many HONDA cars are having problems. The transmission specialist said he fixed another Accord last week with only 61,000. Well HONDA needs to RECTIFY this problem with their customers. This is NOT the way to do business. Cost me $3,000 to have fixed. I bought the car used and am still paying for it. Now on top of my payment I have to dish out the $3,000. HONDA needs to put their hands in their DEEP POCKETS AND SUCK IT UP! DO RIGHT BY THEIR CONSUMERS OR they WILL LOOSE BUSINESS. If I'm stuck with this cost I doubt ever I'd buy another HONDA. NOT with the aggravation or COST!

- , 100 Hope St, CT, USA

problem #9

Jan 032008

Accord EX Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

I had a 1992 Accord that was running strong when I sold it with 175,000 miles on it. New baby was on the way, so I decided to get a good car that would last a long time, bought a 1998 Accord. Later our other family car got totalled in a wreck so I bought a second Accord (2000 model). My tranny just died on the 2000 Accord and that is when I found out that 1998+ year Honda's have this horrible tranny. So, my "long lasting car" plan just back-fired. And now I have one huge expense, and another time bomb waiting to go off. At least AAMCO will give me a 2 year warranty on this tranny.

- , Westfield, IN, USA

problem #8

Nov 102007

(reported on)

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

Purchased the car used with 62,000 miles. Replacement with a rebuilt transmission was covered under the used car warranty. Rebuilt transmission lasted 6 months.

- , Frederick, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 102007

(reported on)

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

Purchased as a used car transmission has already been replaced twice with 2 rebuilt transmissions. The third time the dealer put in a new transmission with a 100,000 mile warranty. After approximately 50,000 miles the transmission is starting to make a clicking noise when I step on the gas pedal. Will contact dealership again.

- , Frederick, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 202007

(reported on)

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles

my tranny is finished. it used to slip b/t 1st and 2nd, but recently it got really bad. the check engine light came on. when the engine got really hot, i'd get really big jerks in b/t gears b/c it'd take seconds for it to change gears (leaving me with no power during that time) and it'd have crazy jerks when i switched from drive to reverse. the transmission was toast.

i got estimates from mr. transmission to rebuild it ranging from $2100-2800, and another estimate saying that it'd be around 2100 to replace with one that had recently been in an accident (a totalled car)

after that estimate, i brought it into honda where i found that the transmission had the free extended warranty! anyways, i brought it in today for them to check out (a $100 dollar gamble b/c of the inspection costs). he called me back just now saying that it'd cost somewhere around $3000, but i reminded him of the warranty. after he checked it out, he came back with the good news that it'd be fixed on the house!

they also promised to fix my srs light which had been on for over a month. that has a 10 year warranty!

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #5

Apr 252007

(reported on)

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

Ok well my 3rd tranny just went on my 2000 Accord. I am fuming!!!! Granted i have a lot of miles (168k) but this tranny has about 70k miles on it. that is unacceptable for a honda. I had it replaced for free under warranty at 60k and 90k. I had problems back in the winter with it grinding and opened a case and did all that stuff but that was a lost cause. Took me like 3 weeks to get an answer. The guy on my case not once answered his phone and if i missed his call forget it. Total pain. Anyway they wouldnt do anything except offer the warranty rate of over $2000. What are you sick??? The dealer that fixed my car both times even denies fixing it one of the times and i have the receipt right there! I kinda just let the whole thing go because it was still shifting fine just grinded when i started going then go away. I had it treated with prolong and lucas. Well now it finally went all the way and wont shift right or anything and d4 light blinks. So i opened the case back up just now but i really dont expect to get anything out of it as they will probably give me the same bs. So I talked to a lawyer really briefly and he thinks there might be a case here for a class action lawsuit. I forgot what he said exactly but since they never actually fixed the problem and are just using the same bad ones again and people getting out of warranty and being stuck paying themselves that is a big no no and that could be a reason for the case. And also the fact that they are only warranting the car up to 109k and not the tranny itself that is a problem also since they are still bad trannys. They need to warranty all replacement trannys up to 109k or whatever. Its a total win win situation for them because i bet more then half the people that got them replaced will have to get it replaced again after the warranty is up. So im going to contact a law firm that might be interested in the case so I would like to get peoples information that had the same problem as me or something similar so we can possibly form this class action lawsuit. Just send me a comment here with your name and contact info and we'll go from there.

- , Stratford, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 132007

(reported on)

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

Trans started acting up around 70,000 miles or so. Had a triple flush at a dealership in Alabama, I had to pay for it. I moved to Chicago later and then had the trans replaced under warranty with no hassle at all from Fletcher Jones Honda. Had the car back in about 2 days.

I bought a Honda so I would not have to worry about this type of stuff, but it seems that the Honda trans from 2000 are crap.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

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