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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 1
Average Mileage:
32,204 miles

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Oct 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 93,241 miles


On Saturday at 11:50 pm, I was cruising at the 169th & maple rd, omaha, ne parking lot.. at a front parking junction, I made a right turn at about 2-3 mph speed. I slowed and braked for a pedestrian walking across my path. My car started revving and accelerating rapidly. I immediately pressed the brake pedals harder. The harder I pressed, the harder the acceleration became. I became very concerned and scared that the car might accelerate suddenly and may cause a terrible accident. I quickly move the gear hand pedal shifters foward to (P)ark. The car jerked forward a bit and then stood still; however, the engine started revving with a loud din and then back to normal.I started to slowly move the gear back into (D)rive mode. The car behaved normally and I parked my car in a available parking slot. Prior to this incident, I had a minor incident similar to this. This was a about 2 weeks back. I was slowed and stopped at a traffic light to make a right turn to maple. While in stop mode pressing the brake, the car started jerking and accelerating forward slowly. I quickly pressed the brake harder and it jerked forward and stopped. At that point, I just shrugged it off, thinking that was unusual but wasn't really bad to take issue. All this happened when I changed my Accord hybrid battery and a hybrid controller over a month back when I had a hybrid battery and the controller that needed to be replace on account of a safety issue with the car. The car felt ok after the change. However, I had the car since 2005 and never did I encounter a sudden acceleration on this car, not once until after the battery and controller change. I can only relate now to what actually has happened and is very concerned for my life and my family to whoever drives the vehicle.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #24

Sep 012010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated while driving various speed with the brake pedal engaged the vehicle jerked violently. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the rotors and brake pads needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to repair the problem. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 77,000.

- Woodstock , GA, USA

problem #23

Jun 052011


  • 3,000 miles
When trying to brake, my car shakes and shimmies as if it is stopping on a cobblestone road--worse when trying to brake when going downhill or at higher speeds. This minimizes my control as my steering column begins to shake and I have to "pump" the brakes to a complete stop. I replaced the brakes at about 3,000 miles and have to keep replacing them as it gets worse and worse. I took it to a mechanic and he said that my brake pads are fine and can't figure out what the issue is.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 052005


  • 1 miles


This started when I bought the car in 2005 and continues today (2011). I don't drive the car often for several reasons, one being a constant problem with the brakes. When driving on the highway at higher speeds, the wheel has always stuttered. When on a steep hill, the breaks have never halted the car completely. I have to make sure there are no cars crossing in front of me when on a steep hill. The brakes are terrible if I'm in a place where there is snow. I can't even drive it in snow or where there is a lot of rain. The tires are very good and all terrain, so it isn't that. I have the brakes inspected all of the time and they're only slightly used. I have tires rotated and aligned on a regular basis. But half of the time the brakes grind. Even after inspection at three different Honda dealerships, nobody can figure out what's wrong. I wrote to Honda about this and several other problems, but they didn't even respond, let alone remedy the problem. I feel the car is dangerous and I use it as little as possible in perfect weather conditions and on flat roads. It's sad that Honda takes no responsibility. I had only gotten Honda in the past because of reputation and reliability. I will be buying another "brand" from here on out. I used to live in California and now live in New Mexico. I bought the car in santa monica. I have been to several dealerships in both places.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #21

Jan 212011


  • 109,000 miles
I own a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid and every winter (mn) at least 6 -10 times a year the brakes do not work. The power braking system simply doesn't work. It takes every bit of strength in my legs to apply the brakes, and it is still quite hard to come to complete stop. Seems as if the colder it is, the worse and more frequent this happens. No one can give me an answer as to why it happens or how to fix it. However, they say just warm the car up first. We have warmed our car up, kept in the garage and after 25 minutes of driving down the road, car warm, so thing can happen at any given moment.

- Long Lake, MN, USA

problem #20

Jan 082007


  • miles
Brakes make grinding noise, the dealer says this is normal and claim the brakes are good.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 242009


  • 39,219 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was being serviced by an authorized dealer for an abnormal squeaking noise heard from the brakes when she was informed that all four brakes pads were completely worn and the rotors were warped. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred approximately one year later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where she was then informed that the calipers and rotors would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 39,219 and the current mileage was 48,539.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #18

Sep 082009


  • 77,023 miles
Break rotors warping.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #17

Dec 122005


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. The contact stated that while driving out of a parking space the brakes failed. She was able to stop the vehicle, drive to her residence without incident. She contacted the manufacturer who stated that she should let the vehicle warm up first and engage the brakes before driving to make sure that they are functioning properly. The failure was more prominent in cold weather. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by the brake canister and it needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000. The current mileage was 118,000.

- Aurora , CO, USA

problem #16

Apr 222006


  • 17,000 miles
The car jerks when the brakes are applied at highway speeds. The front of vehicle vibrates anytime the brakes are applied at speeds above 40 mph. There is a catch and release feeling speeds below. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told that the rotors needed to be turned at first 17,000 miles of ownership. As of today 8/8/2010, wheels have not been turned and same vibration exists.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #15

Jul 022010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 39,640 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, he heard a noise. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the front and rear rotors and right rear calipers were covered with rust and could not be rotated. The entire brake system had to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer and received a case number but was offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 39,700. The failure mileage was approximately 39,640. Updated 10/20/10 the consumer stated the rotors could not be turned. All four rotors had to be replaced including the calipers. Updated 10/21/10

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #14

Jun 162005


  • 51,000 miles
Have replaced brake 3 times on 2005 Honda has only 51000 miles and has not been drive hard. I find this is a common problem with Honda.

- Broadview, IL, USA

problem #13

May 222010


  • miles
I brought the car in April while driving home from the dealer I noticed that when applying the brake (slowly) before coming into a complete stop the brake pedal would lock up, release and then come to a complete stop slow acceleration I wasn't able to pick up speed once it did the check engine light would come on code P0122 throttle pedal position sensor.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 232005


  • 4,000 miles
I was traveling East on I-195. I saw that a police officer had a vehicle pulled over on the right. I moved over to the left lane. When I did, I crossed onto the rumble strip on the left of the highway. I applied the brakes while on the rumble strip and nothing happened. The vehicle began to accelerate wildly. I tried to bring the vehicle back under control. My husband pulled the emergency brakes. Instead of slowing us down; the vehicle went out of control. I clearly remember the last moments screaming brakes! brakes! we then went sideways before going across the grass median into opposing traffic. We were immediately struck on the passenger side by a vehicle-traveling West. My husband took the full force of the impact and was killed instantly. I went into a coma. I was airlifted to Texas neuro rehab in austin from capital health hamilton, NJ. Now I am permanently disabled. Not a moment in my life has gone by since that day without thinking of my husband and what happened to us. I remained in a coma until Oct, 2005 I woke up in tx. I have permanently lost my ability to walk, talk, or write normally. Honda issued a recall in 2005. I received it after the accident. I never gave up hope of finding the true cause. Recent problems with other hybrid vehicles were exposed. I continued looking on the web for Honda owners with similar complaints, and have found many. Limited space prohibits me from giving you more than one link. , for the brake problem. This complaint is like what happened when I applied the brakes on the rumble strip. Our accident report states: żvehicle #1 swerved over the left side rumble strip, came back onto the left lane, accelerated back over the left side rumble strip off the roadway through the grass median and onto westbound traffic there were no straight-line skid marks on the highway from my vehicle, only yaw marks when the vehicle went out of control.

- Newtown, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 092010


  • 66,000 miles
05 Honda/Accord sdn/Accord 4dr ex-L while my wife was driving on highway she lost complete control of car due to ABS brake failure. I brought car to Honda dealer to have car inspected. Dealer solution defective ABS module needed to be replaced at my cost due to warranty expiration. My reply was due to safety hazard and part being defective. Parts and labor should covered 100%.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 072010


  • 50,980 miles
I am not one to be affected by hype nor hysteria, but I do have some serious concerns about the brakes on the 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. When driving over rough surfaces or slick (due to ice or snow) roads the 2005 Honda Accord hybrid has a delay in braking response. There have been numerous occasions where I have almost rear-ended a car in front of me because of poor braking response/performance. I have wondered for quite some time if this was due to the regenerative braking interfering with the anti-lock braking system. The recent events with certain Toyota models have caused me contemplate whether there's an inherent problem with regenerative braking systems as a whole. Honda has not yet issued a recall regarding this problem, but when I was at my last routine service appointment, my service agent told me that other 2005 Honda Accord hybrids have been experiencing problems with their braking systems. They offered to fix the problem, but the repair was over $1,800 - a price I could not afford. It seems to me that if the problem is endemic to this particular model, there should be a recall issued.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #9

Jan 022010


  • 62,521 miles
2005 Honda Accord needs its second brake job. First brake job at 30,000 and now 2nd at 60,000. Honda states they are warping the front end to heat to such a degree that is warping my brakes and putting me an D my family at risk? what is causing, I don't live in an area where I ride my brakes, there are no hills, I've less than 4 miles from where I work. They suggest resurfacing and replacing the pads for the second time. Not sure why this is a recurring problem with this vehicle. There has to be some type of defect that is causing this to re-occur once maybe but twice.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 302005


  • 10 miles
Bad brakes on 2005 Honda Accord, 4 cyl, bought new, from purchase. Took back to dealer several times. Dealer unable to make repairs that last. Accord now has 32,000 miles and bad brakes. Bad brakes: At highway speed, the brakes don't hold, vibrates steering wheel, car does not stop.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #7

Jun 162009


  • 12,000 miles
At 12K reported a brake problem. Dealer could not identify cause and turned rotors front and rear and replaced the pads. At approximately 24K, same issue again. Dealer could not identify cause and replaced pads front and rear and turned rotors. The shake and vibration returned at just past the 36K warranty period. Car is now at 49K, left rear brake is worn out and the rotor is badly scored. Honda refused to provide any further factory assistance and stated it is my responsibility at this point. It is my contention that the car has had a safety issue with the brake system since new and Honda through it's dealer has not taken the proper steps to identify the issue and correct it, rather performed a bandaid fix and sent me on my way. This car is unsafe at this time and has been since new.

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #6

Apr 112009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,116 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the rear brakes have worn out before the front brakes. Current mileage was 28,300 and failure mileage was 28,116. Updated 05/05/09 updated 05/06/09

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

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