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:
24,750 miles

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2005 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 292008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The engine abruptly shut off and the vehicle could not be restarted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the failure was related to the battery. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred twice more. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic again and the alternator was replaced; however, there was no resolution to the malfunction. Recently, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the air condition system component. The vehicle was repaired and there had been no further occurrences. The failure mileage was 34,000 and current mileage was 34,300. Updated 10/14/08 updated 10/23/08.

- Long Beach Township, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 202008


  • 45,000 miles
While driving in the middle of a heat wave, the air conditioning in my 2005 Honda Accord hybrid had stopped blowing cold air. I had only had my car for three months, so I was confused at why my air conditioning had gone out. I took the car to a mechanic who told me that a rock had hit and damaged the ac condenser, causing the freon gas to leak from the condenser. He said that the condenser is located in front of the radiator and because of its location is will always be exposed to debris while driving. The condenser can be seen through the large holes of the vent at the front of the car. The mechanic gave me a $750 estimate for the part and labor. Since the car is a newer model, there are not old parts available. He also informed me that because the car was not designed to protect the condenser, that it is very likely that the part will be damaged again and again. This part is not covered by the warranty and I cannot afford to pay $750 every time this occurs.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 222007


  • miles
Per local Honda service department, air conditioner not working on 2005 Honda Accord because foreign object (road debris -rock) punctured A/C condensor. American Honda dspm contacted with request to provide assistance with repalcement cost and request was denied. I was told and have read of instances on the internet when Honda did pay for repair under the same circumstances.

- Morehead City, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 102006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55mph, the air conditioning failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer where the problem was identified as a hole in the condenser unit of the air conditioner. The manufacturer was notified.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

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