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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,427 miles

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 082012


  • 121,000 miles


2005 Accord 2.4 liter A/C stopped working. Was told condenser had a hole caused by a rock. Researched and found that numerous owners of Honda products have had the same issue. Honda needs to redesign the lay out and location of the A/C condenser or provide some sort of warranty and protection if they are not going to pay for the repair or replacement of the required parts. With the current design it is a money maker for Honda. Now it is going to cost me hundreds of dollars for the repairs that Honda should be paying for due to their poor design.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 132007


  • 28,000 miles
I have a 2005 Honda Accord with fairly low mileage. The A/C stopped working so I brought it to a Honda dealer while it was still under warranty. They found that there is a pinhole in the condenser and will not fix the problem because it was due to a road hazard. I feel this is a design flaw. The condenser is located 18 inches above the ground and there is not protection for it at all. It is common for a car to hit small pebbles at this location and there should be some sort of protection. I am stuck with a fairly new car and a $700 bill to fix a design flaw!!

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #2

May 062008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 94,625 miles
This is the 2nd time I have had to replace the condenser in my vehicle due to an item being projected from the road up into my condenser due there being no guard to cover it up. The first time it was a piece of tire from a semi, this time it was a rock. I think my 2005 Accord is a great car, but this is ridiculously expensive! I have to pick up my car tonight and drop another $800 to get it repaired. Something should be done to warn people.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 232008


  • 38,084 miles
The air conditioning suddenly stopped working. When brought to the service center they informed me a rock had broken the condenser. After researching this problem online I discovered it was relatively common in 2003-present Accord, in fact some owners reported this happening multiple times. I also found several individuals that said Honda replaced the part at no cost. When I informed my service center (criswell Honda of germantown, Maryland) of what I had found they told me they would not cover the cost of repair. In fact it is going to cost me over $700 due to the labor required in getting to the part (removing the front bumper). Even once I get the condenser replaced there is no guarantee this will not happen again. The problem is caused by poor design, there is absolutely nothing protecting the condenser from any type of road debris.

- Clarksburg, MD, USA

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