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:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,010 miles

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2005 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #10

Oct 172011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Car was running fine. No problems. All of a sudden the airbag light came on. I stopped the car and checked the seat on the passenger side and seat belts trying to figure out why it was on. I got back into the car and continued home. When slowing to turn into driveway a loud banging noise occurred. The car was put in park and immediately started rolling backwards. This could have been a hazard if a car had been passing by or if this had happened in busy traffic. I could have rolled back and hurt someone, hurt myself or rolled back into oncoming traffic. Also if someone had been walking behind the car and gotten ran over and killed. Anyway it was later towed to a dealer and diagnostics ran. The dealer informed me that I needed a new transmission. That is not right. My car was like new with a little over 68 thousand miles on it. I still owe on it and purchased it brand new. Honda should be responsible for this. Since this has happened to me and I have begun to research this I found a ton of recalls for this same problem, yet I am told my car is a 6 cylinder and is not under recall. Please help. I was told it would cost me 4400 plus $ to replace the transmission. Honda should be responsible for this cost.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #9

Aug 232010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer to have repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V395000 (power train: Automatic transmission) performed, but the transmission continued to slip and jerk while changing gears. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 149,467.

- Woodbridge , VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 262011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V395000 (power train:automatic transmission:control module (tcm, PCM). The vehicle stalled within two days of having the repairs performed while driving 50 mph. The dealer was notified and advised the contact to bring the vehicle in for examination. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 100,000.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 082010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Vehicle rolled backwards into the adjacent street while the transmission was in park on several occasions. Updated 05/06/11

- Guilford, CT, USA

problem #6

Jun 152010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord sedan. While driving 2-3 mph attempting a left turn, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise just before stalling without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where he was advised that the front passenger side axle was fractured and the driver side axle was also damaged. The dealer replaced both front axles. The contact called the manufacturer but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 141,000. The VIN was not available.

- Monroeville, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 212011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate any further. The vehicle rolled to a stop and was towed to an authorized dealer. The contact was informed that the transmission failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 90,000.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 172010


  • 71,000 miles


As accelerating the vehicle a hard jerk happens while shifting gears from 1 to 2nd gear. The rpms go extremely high even if you accelerate the car gently and once you let go the car takes a couple of seconds to drop the rpms and you feel the jerk and then the thump. If I need to brake suddenly the car makes like a thump sound and the transmission feels and sound abnormal. This only occurs when you first accelerate the car and you're going from first to second gear. It doesn't happen on any other gears. I haven't felt this in any other car. This incident with the gear change happens always with the car, in the mornings, at an signal intersection, and/or leaving any place. It also occurs recurrently.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 052009


  • 75,000 miles
Transmission failure on 2005 Honda Accord with 75K. It went out all of a sudden, almost causing an accident.

- Lamar, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 132008


  • 41,500 miles
Saturday afternoon 9/13/08, my wife experienced an unusual uncontrollably high RPM rapid vehicle acceleration when shifting from park to drive. Vehicle involved was a 2005, Honda Accord. Fortunately this event occurred in a private wild life parking area and not in an area congested with people where serious injuries/death could have occurred. Sequence of events: 1. initially vehicle could not be shifted from park to drive. Engine was shut off and restarted 3 or 4 times and she was then able to shift into reverse and back out of parking spot. 2. with foot on the brake she shifted from reverse to drive and then started forward. 3. at that time the engine started a rapid uncontrollably RPM increase and vehicle acceleration. 4. after moving forward and turning right to avoid hitting a tree head on the vehicle struck and jumped over a landscape railroad cross tie. The total distance traveled from the point of shifting into drive and jumping over the cross tie was approximately 30 feet. 5. at this time she believes the uncontrolled high RPM & vehicle acceleration stopped. 6. vehicle continued forward for 15 +/- feet and struck and damaged a heavy metal guard gate. 7. vehicle front end and underneath damage has not been assessed at this time. 8. cause of vehicle malfunction is also unknown.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 162005

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
Problems with the 2005 Honda Accord ex.** answer required***. the vehicle jolted everytime it was started. The vehicle also became stuck in second gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer replaced the transmission and the vehicle was returned to the consumer. The consumer still felt some jolting and took the vehicle to another dealer. The vehicle has been serviced twice for transmission problems. The key would not come out of the ignition. The consumer request that the dealer/manufacturer rescind the contract or provide her with a collateral exchange.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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